from Simon Richards, BEB
Please follow this link to your dedicated hotel booking website – http://www.bebres.org.uk/events/british-chess-championships-.html
Hotels will be added regularly, as we are constantly approaching new ones, so please ask your members to review the website often and to book ASAP, as rooms are very scarce in Bournemouth at this time of year …
In order to allow the Under 10 Championship to follow the Under 9 Championship, and also to reduce the number of double round days, the following format will be used for the 2016 Championships —
U8 Championship: Saturday, 23rd July
U9 Championship: Sunday 24th July and Monday 25th July
U10 Championship: Tuesday 26th July – Saturday 30th July (two double round days to be announced – one round each other day)
U11 Championship: Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th August (2 rounds on Sunday, 1 round Monday-Friday)
U12 Championship: Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July (1 round per day)
U13 Championship: Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th August (2 rounds on Sunday, 1 round Monday-Friday)
U14 Championship: Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July (1 round per day)
U15 Championship: Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th August (2 rounds on Sunday, 1 round Monday-Friday)
U16 Championship: Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July (1 round per day)
The list of qualifiers can only be compiled by the English Chess Federation once either:
(a) an ECF-grading file is submitted to the ECF Grading Administrator, and he is informed that the event is a British Championship Qualifier, or
(b) a FIDE-rating file is rated by FIDE.
At this point, the Qualification Secretary will be able to update the list of qualifiers. We hope that organisers and potential qualifiers accept this situation, and we would encourage organisers to submit their grading and/or rating files as soon as possible after the conclusion of their event in order for the ECF to be able to update the list of qualifiers in a timely manner. Any other steps organisers can take to send the results to the ECF (for example, a link to their website with results) would be appreciated.
To contact the Qualification Secretary about a qualification or any other matter related to qualification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The first lists of qualifiers will appear in September 2015.
Read on — 2016 British Championship Qualifying Regulations
Jonathan Hawkins is this year’s British Chess Champion and English Chess Champion, beating Keith Arkell in Round 11 to score 8½/11, half a point ahead of Danny Gormally, David Howell and Nick Pert.
The British Women’s Champion is Akshaya Kalaiyalahan, who scored 6½/11 and achieved a WIM Norm into the bargain! Akshaya also took the prize for the best performance in the Championship by a player graded under 2000.
A full list of prizewinners can be found here.