e2e4 London Gatwick International
26th - 30th October 2013
We return to one of our best locations for our 9 round swiss!
The Masters is a 9 round swiss that will offer players the opportunity to play exclusively stronger players and achieve GM & IM norms. The Masters is strictly open only to players rated 2100 or above, players graded over 190 ECF, titled players, and those who have qualified via a previous International Challengers section. e2e4 will invite at least 3 GMs to play, with at least 1 extra GM for every 10 paying players. This will be a very special event.
The Challengers is also a 9 round FIDE rated swiss open to untitled players rated over 1900, or graded above 150 ECF. For every 10 players entered, we will offer a qualifying place for a future Masters event free of charge.
The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 175 ECF) who want to play 9 competitive FIDE rated games of chess in a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to gain those all important rating points or obtain their first ever FIDE rating.
The Seniors is open to all players aged 60 or over. It is a 5 round FIDE rated swiss, with one game a day, played in beautiful surroundings.
English players must be Gold members of the ECF, or upgrade their Silver or Bronze membership to Gold.
FIDE ratings now go down to 1001 so it is realistic for any player graded 60 ECF or above to obtain a FIDE rating.
We have negotiated special rates with Crowne Plaza Gatwick for players wishing to stay at the venue if booked through e2e4 chess
Players entering by Sunday 6th October 2013 may claim a £10 discount off of their entry fee.
There is also a £10 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying 4 nights at the venue if booked with e2e4 Chess.
A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries received later than Friday 18th October 2013.
Entries on the day will be accepted at the organiser's discretion, subject to a £10 additional fee.
All entry fees must be paid when an entry is submitted, otherwise the entry will not be accepted.
English players must be Gold members of the ECF
No player may win more than one prize.
This event is only possible thanks to the support of Crowne
Plaza Gatwick Hotel. If you are staying at
Crawley, please stay at the venue if you want the event
We'll give you a £10 discount off your entry fee if you do!!
It's not practical for an event
such as this to have an Opening
Ceremony with the drawing of lots for colours, but we do
believe that all players should be able to see that the draw
for colours is fair, transparent and random. For those of
you who have played in one of our events before, you will
know that we like to be inventive when it comes to doing
Colours for this event will be determined by the result of the 10.38 greyhound race at Crayford on Saturday 26 October. If the winner wears an even number then the top seed in each section will play white in round 1. If the winner wears an odd number, then the top seed will be black in round 1.
The race was won by trap 4, so the top seed in each section will play white in the first round.
Players make take up to three byes in any round apart from the last.
Pairings in all sections will be according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.
Venue and Directions
The venue is in a prime location. Crawley town centre is within walking distance (less than 1 mile) and Gatwick Airport is a short drive away (3.5 miles). Car parking is available at the hotel. This is free of charge to those staying in the hotel, or £5 per day if not. There is also plenty of free on street parking within 5 minutes walk of the hotel.
Take junction 7 from the M25 south onto the M23, following the signs to Brighton. Exit the M23 at junciton 10 (A2011), following the signs for Crawley. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit. Go straight over the next roundabout (Hazelwick roundabout) - which is the 3rd exit. The hotel is situated at the next roundabout (Tushmore Gyratory) - 3rd exit. The entrance to the hotel is the first turning on your left.
The railway station is linked directly to the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).
Tickets can be bought in the terminals, at the station, or onboard at no extra cost.
For details of prices, special offers and to book in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website or ring +44 (0)845 850 1530 (UK only).
Other rail services
The following services call at Gatwick Airport. You should buy tickets before boarding the train.
First Capital Connect
Trains run every 15 minutes to Brighton (via Mid Sussex) and to
Bedford via East Croydon, London Bridge, St Pancras
International and Luton. Services to King's Lynn, Peterborough
and Cambridge leave from St Pancras International.
Northbound trains run to London Victoria via East Croydon and
Clapham Junction, and to London Bridge via East Croydon.
Southbound services run to Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth and
First Great Western
Services run to Redhill, Guilford and Reading. Money-saving
Gatwick Flyaway fares are available.
Special rates of £33 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £49 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel. We have a limited number of rooms and these will be popular as always so players are therefore strongly advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
The easiest way to book a room include the details on your
online entry form. Alternatively you can email us
telling us check in date / check out date / no of guests /
room type or call the e2e4 chess reservation line on 0845
This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel. If you are staying at Crawley, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue.
There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee if you do!
Tea, coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc
will be available, as well as a fully licensed restaurant. Please note that only refreshments that have been purchased from the hotel may be consumed within the hotel buildings.
No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.