Events 2016

Rates of Play | Prizes

Events in red are FIDE-rated and require ECF Gold Membership
Silver for Non-FIDE-rated events and rapidplays, and Bronze for blitz

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open only to exempted or qualified players
Monday 25th July to Friday 5th Aug (rest day Sunday 31st July)
11 rounds beginning at 2.30 pm each day
Entry fees – before 23rd June – GM, IM, WGM, WIM – Free; FM, WFM – £75; 2150 and above untitled – £150; 200-2149 inclusive – £200; Under 2000 – £300
Entry fees – 23rd June and after – GM, IM, WGM, WIM – £50; FM, WFM – £75125; 2150 and above untitled – £200; 200-2149 inclusive – £250; Under 2000 – £350

BRITISH SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIPS
65+ (Born 1951 or earlier) Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July: 7 rounds, starting 2.30 pm daily
50+ (Born 1966 or earlier) Saturday 30th July – Friday 5th August: 7 rounds, starting 2.30 pm daily
(Competitors playing in both events must take either a 0 point bye in round 7 of 65+ Championship or ½ point bye in round 1 of 50+ Championship)
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £60; 23rd June and after – £80

BRITISH GRADED CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the following “grade restricted” sections, domestic ratings (January 2016) will primarily be used for entry qualification

5 round events starting 9:15 am daily
Under 180/2050 Championship – Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July
Under 160/1900 Championship – Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August
Under 140/1750 Championship – Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July
Under 120/1600 Championship – Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August

5 round events starting at 2.30 pm
50+ Under 150/1825 Championship – Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July
(Born 1966 or earlier)
65+ Under 150/1825 Championship – Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August
(Born 1951 or earlier)

Entry fees – before 23rd June – £45; 23rd June and after – £55

BRITISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
7 rounds
UNDER 16 (born 2000 or later) – Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July 9.15 am
UNDER 15 (2001 or later) Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th Aug 9.15 am + Sunday 31st July 2.30 pm
UNDER 14 (2002 or later) Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July 9.15 am
UNDER 13 (2003 or later) Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th Aug 9.15 am + Sunday 31st July 2.30 pm
UNDER 12 (2004 or later) Sunday 24th July – Saturday 30th July 9.15 am
UNDER 11 (2005 or later) Sunday 31st July – Friday 5th Aug 9.15 am + Sunday 31st July 2.30 pm
UNDER 10 (2006 or later) Tuesday 26th July – Saturday 30th July 9.15 am + Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th July 2.30 pm
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £45; 23rd June and after – £55

UNDER 9 (2007 or later) (6 rounds) – Sunday 24th July 9.15 am (briefing), rounds: 9.30 am 12 noon, 2:30 pm, 5 pm; Monday 25th July 9:15 am, 11.45 am
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £35; 23rd June and after – £45

UNDER 8 (2008 or later) (6 rounds) – Saturday, 23rd July 10.15 am (briefing), 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 pm, 3 pm, 4.30 pm, 6 pm
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £25; 23rd June and after – £35

Players entering both the U8 and U9 Championships before 18th July may deduct £10 from their total entry fee. In both Under 9 and Under 8 Championships the SECOND illegal move completed by the same player during a game will lose the game.

MAJOR OPEN – Open to all players
Monday 25th July to Friday 5th August (rest day Sunday 31st July)
11 rounds, starting 2.30 pm daily
Low scoring players may decide to transfer to the 5-Day Afternoon Open after 6 rounds.
Entry fees – before 23rd June – GM, IM, WGM, WIM – free; FM, WFM – £50; Others – £100
Entry fees – 23rd June and after – GM, IM, WGM, WIM – free; FM, WFM – £75; Others – £125

5 DAY OPEN MORNING TOURNAMENTS – Open to all players
Week 1 Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July 9.15 am Week 2 Monday 1st Aug – Friday 5th Aug 9.15 am
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £45; 23rd June and after – £55

5 DAY OPEN AFTERNOON TOURNAMENTS – Open to all players
Week 1 Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July 2.30 pm Week 2 Monday 1st Aug – Friday 5th Aug 2.30 pm
Entry fees – before 23rd June – £45; 23rd June and after – £55
Please note – this event is half price for any player who enters any morning event in the same week, or withdraws from the Major Open after 6 rounds.

ENGLISH OPEN RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
11 ROUND FIDE RATED – Open, Under 150/1825, Under 120/1600
For this event, ratings will be used in the following order: FIDE Rapidplay, FIDE Standard, ECF Rapidplay, ECF or other National Standard
Rounds 1 – 5 – Saturday 23rd July: 1 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.45 pm; 5 pm; 6.15 pm
Rounds 6 – 11 – Sunday 24th July: 9.15 am, 10.30 am; 11.45 am, 1 pm; 2.30 pm; 3.45 pm
Entry fees – before 22nd July – £30; 22nd July and after – £40

BRITISH BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP (FIDE-rated)
Sunday, 31st July
11 rounds starting at 1.30 pm
Entry fees – before 22nd July – £20; 22nd July and after – £30

WEEKENDERS
5 rounds – for the following “grade restricted” sections, domestic ratings (January 2016) will be used for entry qualification)
Friday 29th July 7 pm, Saturday 30th July 9:15 am & 2.30 pm, Sunday 31st July 9:15 am & 2.30 pm.
Atkins Tournament – Open to all players
Soanes Tournament – Open to players under ECF 150/1825 (January 2016 list)
Yates Tournament – Open to players under ECF 120/1600 (January 2016 list)
Entry fees – before 22nd July – £30; 22nd July and after – £40
Players may ask to play in a higher section if they so wish. Players may request a ½ point bye in any of the first four rounds. Round 1 Byes must be claimed on the entry form. Inform your section’s Arbiter of any bye to be taken in later rounds.

Rates of Play

Rate of play: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. British Championship
Seniors Championships
Major Open
All moves in 90 minutes with 30 seconds per move added from move one. Graded Championships (U180, U160, U140, U120)
Seniors U150
Junior Champs: U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
5 Day Open AM / PM:
Weekenders: Atkins, Soanes, Yates
All moves in 50 minutes with 10 seconds per move added from move one. Junior Champs: U9
All moves in 20 minutes with 10 seconds per move added from move one. Junior Champs: U8
Rapidplays: Open, Under 150, Under 125
All moves in 3 minutes with 2 seconds per move added from move one. Blitz

Championship Play-Off

Should the Championship be tied, a play-off will determine the title. The play-off will commence on Saturday 6th August immediately after the prizegiving. The regulations for the play-off will be found on this website prior to the Championships.
Other Championships – In the event of any other championship being tied, the title and any prize money will be shared.

Prizes

EVENT PRIZES
British Championship 1st £5000; 2nd £2500; 3rd £1000
4th £750; 5th £500; 6th £250
British Women’s Champion £1000; 2nd £500; 3rd £250
Under 21 Champion (18-21) £250
Under 18 Champion £250
English Champion £1500
Alexander Best Game Prize £100
Most improved Performance Rating
2300 – 2150 (inclusive) £200
2149 – 2000 (inclusive) £200
Under 2000 – £200
Seniors Championships 65+; 50+ 1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100
Graded Championships U180, U160, U140, U120
50+ U150; 65+ U150
1st £250; 2nd £125; 3rd £60
Under 16 – Under 10 Championships 1st £250; 2nd £125; 3rd £60
Under 9 Championship 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Under 8 Championship 1st £100; 2nd £70; 3rd £30
Major Open 1st £750; 2nd £400; 3rd £200; 4th £100
Performance Rated Prizes to be announced at the Championships
5 Day Open Events AM/PM 1st £250; 2nd £125; 3rd £60
Weekender Atkins, Soanes, Yates 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Grading Prize(s) to be announced
Rapidplay Open, U150, U125 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Blitz 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £60

Additional Prizes

Best Game Prize – in junior sections (U16 – U10) – £50 (one prize for each week)
The De Lisle Prize (£800) – this is awarded for the best performance by a British female player in any section at the 2016 British Championships. Full details will appear on this website prior to the Championships.
The Neil Carr Scholarship Prize
This prize is a one-year scholarship for 2017 for the ECF Chess Academy International Programme. The prize is awarded to the highest eligible player in the Under 10 Championship. The winner will receive admission and one year’s fee for the ECF Chess Academy International Programme for the year commencing January 2017 (paid to the Academy direct). If the winner is already a student on the International Programme, then they will receive one year’s fee as above.

Eligibility

  1. The player will be:
  • Resident in the UK
  • Eligible to represent England in international tournaments
  • A member of the ECF academy or willing to become one (all junior ECF gold/platinum level members are automatically members of the academy)
  1. The player will have an ECF standardplay grade in the July 2016 list of at least their own age on 31stJuly 2016 x 10.
  1. In the event of a tie the following tie break, in order, will apply
  • 1) If ONLY two players tie the result of individual game between the players
  • 2) Sum of Progressive scores
  • 3) Sum of Opponents scores
  • 4) Sonnenborn Berger
  • 5) Drawing of Lots

Note: The winner is expected to show commitment to studying with the academy and attending all 4 study weekends in 2017. Students on the International Programme normally have an expectation of continuing to play chess until they are 18yrs old and as part of this to complete the full 3 year programme. Students are eligible for preferential selection to international tournaments in the Junior Selection Policy.

This prize is not transferable.

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