e2e4 High Wycombe Congress
9th - 11th May 2014
(W)GMs and (W)IMs may play free of any entry fee.
(W)FMs may play for half price.
In order to encourage participation of female players, who are a minority in chess, there is half price entry for all women and girls in this event
Players with a FIDE rating may play in the Challengers only if it is below 2000. Players without a FIDE rating may play in the Challengers if their ECF is below 175.
Players with a FIDE rating may play in the Major only if it is below 1750. Players without a FIDE rating may play in the Major if their ECF is below 140.
It is hoped that entries will be sufficient to increase the above prize fund particularly with additional grading prizes.
We have negotiated special rates with De Vere Uplands House Hotel for players wishing to stay at the venue if booked through e2e4 chess
There is a £5 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying 2 nights at the venue if booked with e2e4 Chess.
A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries received later than Sunday 2nd May 2014.
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 in FIDE rated sections must be Gold members of the ECF. In non FIDE rated sections, all players must be Silver ECF members (or above) or pay the ECF £6 pay to play fee.
No player may win more than one prize. Ungraded or unrated players may not win a grading prize and, with the exception of the Open may only win 50% of any other prize.
This event is only possible thanks to the support of De
Vere Uplands House Hotel. If you are staying in
High Wycombe, please stay at the venue if you want the event
We'll give you a £5 discount off your entry fee if you do!!
It's not practical for an event
such as High Wycombe 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
Pairings in all sections will be according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.
If more than 32 players participate in any section then accelerated pairings may be used for up to the first 3 rounds of that section, at the controllers discretion.
Grades & Ratings
FIDE Ratings from the May 2014 list will be
used for all FIDE rated sections, whilst ECF grades
published in the January 2014 list will be used
for ECF graded sections and unrated players.
Any player who enters, only to find himself ineligible because of his new grade may transfer to the correct section or receive a full refund.
Open, Challengers and Major sections will be FIDE rated, whilst all sections will beECF graded.
Players without a FIDE rating, or ECF grade must
give details of estimated playing strength,
including any current or previously held grading or
Players without a FIDE rating, or ECF grade must give details of estimated playing strength, including any current or previously held grading or rating.
All Sections : All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increments from move 1
All games will be played using digital clocks.
Venue and Directions
Exit the M40 at Junction 4, signed to Wycombe (A404). After 400m go straight over the roundabout and down Marlow Hill into High Wycombe. At mini roundabout follow one way system to the right following signs to Amersham (A404) through the Town Centre and up Amersham Hill (railway station on right). Follow the A404 for about 1 1/2 miles to a mini roundabout (petrol garage on right). At mini roundabout turn left into Kings Hill Road. After 3/4 mile turn left into Four Ashes Road. Uplands House is found 3/4 miles on the right.
Uplands House is 2 miles from High Wycombe station with railway connections direct to/from London Marylebone. Taxis can be booked from the taxi rank or organised via our Reception
Heathrow Airport is 30 miles from Uplands House. Taxis to/from the airport can be organised via our Reception.
Special rates of £32.50 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £49 B&B (single) have been negotiated with De Vere Uplands House Hotel. These rooms will be popular as always and 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 De Vere Uplands House Hotel. If you are staying in High Wycombe, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue.
There is a £5 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, within the tournament venue for the duration of the event.
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.