e2e4 London Gatwick International

26th - 30th October 2013

Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick Airport, Langley Drive, Crawley, RH11 7SX, England

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

  Cost per person
per night (b&b)
Single £48.00
Double £33.00
Twin £33.00

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 to continue!

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 this.

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.

Playing Schedule

    Seniors Other Sections
Saturday 14.50 - 15.00 Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony
Saturday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 1 Round 1
Sunday 10.00 - 14.00   Round 2
Sunday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 2 Round 3
Monday 10.00 - 14.00   Round 4
Monday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 3 Round 5
Tuesday 10.00 - 14.00   Round 6
Tuesday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 4 Round 7
Wednesday 10.00 - 14.00   Round 8
Wednesday 15.00 - 19.00 Round 5 Round 9

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. 

Time Control

Seniors : 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes to complete the game, plus 30 second increments from move 1. 

Other Sections : All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increments from move 1

All games will be played using digital clocks


Grades & Ratings

FIDE Ratings from the October 2013 list will be used for the FIDE rated sections, whilst ECF grades published in the August 2013 list will be used for unrated players.

All sections will be FIDE rated and ECF graded.


Notwithstanding the fact that players may be re-paired 30 minutes after the start of the round the default time for all sections will be 1 hour from the scheduled start of the round.

Ungraded Players

Players without a FIDE rating, or ECF grade must give details of estimated playing strength, including any current or previously held grading or rating.

Entry Fees


GM's, IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated 2300 or over free of charge.
GM's, IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated below 2300 £50
FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated 2300 or over £50
FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated below 2300 £75
Other players rated 2200 or over £100
Other players rated 2150-2199 £150
Other players rated below 2150 £200


Players rated over 2100 £30
Players rated 2000-2099 £50
Players rated below 2000 £75
Players without a FIDE rating £75


Players with a FIDE rating £40
Players without a FIDE rating £50


All Players £30


  • Players entering by 6th October 2013 may claim a £10 discount off of their entry fee.

    Guests staying 4 nights or more at the Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel (booked through e2e4 Chess) may claim a £10 discount off of their entry fee.

    All entries are subject to a minimum entry fee of £30.

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.

   By Car:  

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.

  By Train:   

The railway station is linked directly to the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick Express

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.
First Capital Connect website


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 Southampton.
Southern website

First Great Western

Services run to Redhill, Guilford and Reading. Money-saving Gatwick Flyaway fares are available.
First Great Western website

Useful links

National Rail Enquiries or call +44 (0)845 748 4950.
London Underground maps
Door-to-door planner
 - use Transport Direct's planner to find the best route.

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 463 1514. 
There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 4 nights at the venue if booked through e2e4 Chess.


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.



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