Warrington Chess Congress : 7th - 9th May 2010

De Veres Daresbury Park Hotel, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4BB


Grade Restriction

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Grading Prizes

Entry Fee

ECF Members Born <1/9/44 or >31/8/93






£50 each


Less £2 Less £3


Under 170



£50 £50 each


Less £2 Less £3


Under 140 £250



£50 each £25 Less £2 Less £3

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.

A late entry fee of £5 will be payable on entries postmarked later than Monday 3rd May 2010.  Entries on the day will be accepted at the organisers discretion and subject to a £10 additional fee.

Players in the FIDE Open section must be members of their National Federation.

No player may win more than one prize.

It's not practical for a weekend event such as Warrington 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.

In the week preceding the tournament, we will announce a sporting event whose outcome will determine colours at our congress!

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

Grades & Ratings

Ratings from the May 2010 FIDE list will be used for the Open, whilst grades published in the August 2009 ECF list will be used for the other sections.

The Open will be FIDE rated, whilst all sections will be ECF graded.

Time Control

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

Other Sections : 40 moves in 100 minutes (1hr 40) then an additional 20 minutes to complete the game.

 Re-pairing will take place 30 minutes after the start of a round.

Ungraded Players

Players without a grade in the 2009 ECF list must give details of estimated playing strength, including any previously held grading, or current grading from another body.  Ungraded players may not win a grading prize and, with the exception of the Open may only win 50% of any other prize.  Unrated players in the Open may not win a rating prize (unless one is specifically added for unrated players).


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.


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.

Venue and Directions

De Veres Daresbury Park Hotel, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4BB is just ¼ mile from M56 Junction 11 and 6 miles from Warrington Central railway station.

   By Car:  

A56, M56 Junction 11; take the Daresbury Park exit off the roundabout, then second exit off next roundabout, then second turning on right. The venue is approximately 400m from the motorway junction.

 By Train:   

Runcorn Intercity - 6 miles, Warrington Central - 6 miles, Warrington Bank Quay - 5 miles


By Air:  

Manchester International - 19 miles, Liverpool John Lennon - 19 miles

Special rates of £31 B&B per person per night (double or twin) and £45 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Daresbury Park Hotel.  To book a room email us telling us check in date / check out date / no of guests / room type.

We strongly advise players to book their room early to avoid disappointment as space is limited and these rooms do prove popular at these rates.


Tea, coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc will be available, as well as a fully licensed restaurant.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.


We hope that a bookstall will be operated during the event.



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