e2e4 High Wycombe Congress

7th - 9th October 2011

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


Please note that the hotel is now sold out. 

Places are still available in the tournament however!

Section Restriction 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize Grading Prizes Entry Fee Hotel Guest ECF Members Born <1/9/44 or >31/8/93
FIDE Open Open to all £400 £200 £100 £50 each £35 Less £5 Less £2 Less £3
FIDE Major U2000 /U170 (if unrated) £300 £175 £75 £35 each £31 Less £5 Less £2 Less £3
Minor U140 £250 £150 £75 £35 each £27 Less £5 Less £2 Less £3

* FIDE rated players may play in the Major if they are rated below 2000 irrespective of ECF grade, whilst players without a FIDE rating can play in the Major provided they have an ECF grade below 170.

It is hoped that entries will be sufficient to increase the above prize fund particularly with additional grading prizes.


Members of the ECF may elect to receive a £2 discount. Please quote your membership number.

Players born after 31/8/1993 or before 1/9/1944 may claim a £3 discount off of their entry fee.

In order to encourage participation of female players, who are a minority in chess, there is free entry all women and girls who have not played previously in an e2e4 event.

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

A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries postmarked later than Monday 3rd October 2011 or submitted online after Wednesday 5th October 2011.

Entries on the day will be accepted at the organisers discretion and subject to a £10 additional fee.

All entry fees must be paid when an entry is submitted.

English players in the FIDE Open and FIDE Major sections must be members of the ECF.

No player may win more than one prize.


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! We'll give you a £5 discount off your entry fee if you do!!


It's not practical for an 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.

Colours for this event will be determined by Thursday's (6 Oct) Blue Square Premier match between Cambridge Utd and the might Stockport County!

If Cambridge win, the top seed will be white in Round1 in each section. If Stockport win, or the game is a draw, the top seed will be black in R1 in each section.

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 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.

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.

Grades & Ratings

FIDE Ratings from the September 2011 list will be used for the Open and Major, whilst ECF grades published in the August 2011 list will be used for the Minor.

The Open and Major will be FIDE rated, whilst all three sections will be 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 from the ECF or other  body.

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.

By Train:  

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

By Air:  

Heathrow Airport is just 30 miles from Uplands House. Taxis to/from the airport can be organised via our Reception.

Special rates of £31 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £48 B&B (single) have been negotiated with De Veres Uplands House Hotel. To book a room include the details on your online entry form or email us telling us check in date / check out date / no of guests / room type or call the e2e4 chess hotel reservation line on 0845 463 1514.

Please note that the hotel is now sold out on Friday 7 October, with a handful of rooms left on Saturday 8 October.

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 Veres 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.

Discounted rates on lunch, dinner and drinks will be available for all chess players.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.



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