e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

9th - 11th May 2014

De Veres Uplands House, Four Ashes Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP15 6LB


Section 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize Grading Prizes Entry Fee Hotel Guest
FIDE Open £400 £200 £100 £50 each £35 Less £5
FIDE Challengers
U2000 / U175
£300 £150 £75  £40 each £31 Less £5
FIDE Major
U1750 / U140
£300 £150 £75 £40 each £31 Less £5
Minor
U115
£125 £75 £50 £30 each £20 Less £5

(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

  Cost per person
per night (b&b)
Single £49
Double £32.50
Twin £32.50

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 to continue!

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 this.

Playing Schedule
Opening Ceremony Friday 18.50 - 19.00
Round 1 Friday 19.00 - 23.00
Round 2 Saturday 10.00 - 14.00
Round 3 Saturday 15.00 - 19.00
Round 4 Sunday 10.00 - 14.00
Round 5 Sunday 15.00 - 19.00

 

Pairings

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.

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.

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.

Time Control

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

All games will be played using digital clocks.
Re-pairing may take place 30 minutes after the start of a round.

Defaults

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.



Venue and Directions

Set amidst beautiful Chiltern countryside and landscaped gardens overlooking the Hughenden Valley, Uplands House combines a classical mansion house with purpose-built contemporary buildings.  With 18 acres of grounds to explore, you're bound to be inspired.

 By Car:  

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.

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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

Description: C:\Users\Sean\Documents\e2e4Chess\images\airport.jpgBy Air:  

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 463 1514. 
 
There is a £5 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 2 nights at the venue if booked through e2e4 Chess.

 

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!


Refreshments
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.

Smoking

No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.

   

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