Congress Information

Sections and Prizes:

Open Major U175  Intermediate U140  Minor U110
 Prizefund £560  Prizefund £460  Prizefund £400  Prizefund £330
 1st £250 – 2nd £130 – 3rd £80  1st £210 – 2nd £100 – 3rd £60  1st £170 – 2nd £90 – 3rd £60  1st £140 – 2nd £70 – 3rd £40
 Grading Prizes £100  Grading Prizes £90  Grading Prizes £80  Grading Prizes £80
 Entry Fee: £30/£25 * (GMs free)  Entry Fee: £28/£23 *  Entry Fee: £26/£21 *  Entry Fee: £24/£19 *
* £5 early entry discount for entries received and paid by 4th July 2019 *

Additional fees:

Entries on the day will be accepted at the organisers’ discretion but will be subject to a £10 last minute fee

Section transfers requested after the first round draw has been made: £10

Refunds will be subject to a £3 admin fee to cover payment processing fees; No refunds after July 11th 2019

Playing Schedule and Time Control:

All moves in 80 minutes plus a 10 secs increment per move from move 1.

Welcome Sat 09:45
Round 1 Sat 10:00 – 13:00
Round 2 Sat 13:30 – 16:30
Round 3 Sat 17:00 – 20:00
Round 4 Sun 09:30 – 12:30
Round 5 Sun 13:00 – 16:00
Prizegiving Sun approx 16:30

One half-point bye is available in rounds 1-4 if requested on entry form.

Default time is 30 mins; players without an opponent after this time must expect to be re-paired.



Hot and cold snacks, freshly made sandwiches, drinks and confectionery will be on sale throughout the event. There will also be a BBQ throughout the day.

Sussex U18, U14 and Girls Anne Gammans Titles:

The George Self Cup (Sussex U18 Champion), the Brian Denman Cup (Sussex U14 Champion) and the Ann Gammans Cup (Sussex Girls Champion) will be awarded to the highest placed Sussex players on grading performance.

Full terms and conditions on request.

Mobile Phones:

Mobile phones must be switched off at all times within the playing area. If a mobile phone makes any sound during play that person will lose the game.


Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed anywhere inside the building.

Conditions of Entry:

The tournament controller’s decision is final in all matters.

If there are insufficient entries in a section, the organisers may combine sections.

All prizes are subject to the number of entries.

Additional prizes may be available if the level of entries is sufficient.

In the event of a tie, prizes will be split.

No player may receive more than one cash prize.

ECF Standardplay grades will be used where possible (January 2019 grading list).

If a player has no ECF grade but has a FIDE grade, the ECF translation may be used.

If a player has no FIDE or ECF standardplay grade, then ECF Rapidplay grades will be accepted as the player’s strength.

Players with estimated grades are not eligible to win a grading prize.

Players participating in less than 4 rounds are not eligible to win a grading prize.

If ungraded, please provide an estimate of playing strength and details of recent results.

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.

The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry without giving a reason; or to transfer players to a higher section at any point during the event.

The organisers accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, theft or accident to the person or property of anyone attending the event.

The organisers are unable to act ‘in loco parentis’ for juniors. Parents and carers are responsible for their children throughout the event.

Privacy Policy:

Your details will be stored on our database solely to inform you about future events and for ECF grading purposes.

We will not share your details with third parties other than the ECF.

Entries (entrant’s names and grades) will be displayed on the congress website

Results, grades and photos will be published on the organiser’s website and may be used in the Press. Photos of juniors will not be named.

Please advise the organisers if you wish to opt-out of any of the above.

Entry Form