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We are pleased to announce that the Chessable British Chess Championships will be held at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay from 8th to 21st August 2022 inclusive. This will be the 108th British Chess Championship in a series which has run almost unbroken since 1904, with Torquay having previously hosted the Championships on six occasions, most recently in 2019.

Eligibility and Qualifying
The Chessable British Championship, Chessable British Junior Championships and Chessable British Senior Championships are restricted to citizens of the UK, British Overseas Territories, or the Republic of Ireland or players who have been resident for the last 12 months in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
In addition players wanting to take part in the main British championship will need to qualify based on their title, rating or other qualification criteria as set out in –
a) the Chessable British Championships Eligibility and Qualification Regulations
and
b) the supporting 2019-2022 British Grand Prix Rules
The full list of qualifying players for the British Championships as at June 2022 can be found here – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/chessable-british-championship-2022-qualifiers/
The Chessable British Junior and Chessable British Seniors Championships are open to all eligible players based on citizenship or residency as above with no specific qualification requirements.
All other events outside of the Chessable British Championship, Chessable British Junior Championships and Chessable British Senior Championships are open events with no specific eligibility or qualification requirements.
English players MUST be members of the English Chess Federation. ECF Gold membership is required for standardplay events and ECF Silver membership for rapid and blitz events.

Main Playing Schedule
The playing schedule is currently as follows —

Chessable British Championship
Week 2 – Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st August
9 round Swiss Championship with rounds starting at 2.30pm each day, aside from round 9 which will start at 10.00am on the final Sunday.
First 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes added for remainder of game, with 30 second increments added from move 1.
The British Championship competition will include prizes/awards for the British Open and Women’s Champions.
Entry fees
GM, IM, WGM, WIM – Free (on or after 7/7/22 – £75)
FM/WFM £80 (on or after 7/7/22 – £150)
2150 and above untitled £150 (on or after 7/7/22 – £225)
2000 – 2149 inclusive £200 (on or after 7/7/22 – £275)
Under 2000 £300 (on or after 7/7/22 – £375)
Prizes
Chessable British Championship – 1st £5,000; 2nd £2,500; 3rd £1,500; 4th £1,000; 5th £1,000; 6th £750
Chessable British Women’s Championship – 1st £1,000; 2nd £500
Under 21 – 1st £500; 2nd £250
Alexander Best Game Prize – £100
Championship Rating Prizes – 2201-2350 £300; 2051-2200 £300; 2050 and under £200
Eligibility/Qualification
This tournament is open to eligible players (based on nationality or residence) who are exempted or  qualified based on the qualification regulations here – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Qualification-Regulations-2022.pdf. The top 20 eligible players from the 2022 British Championships including ties will qualify for a place in the 2023 British Championship.

Chessable Major Open
Week 2 – Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st August
This event will run alongside the British, above.
9 round Swiss Championship with rounds starting at 2.30pm each day, aside from round 9 which will start at 10.00am on the final Sunday.
First 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes added for remainder of game, with 30 second increments added from move 1.
Entry fees
GM, IM, WGM, WIM Free (on or after 7/7/22 – £75)
FM/WFM £50 (on or after 7/7/22 – £125)
Others £100 (on or after 7/7/22 – £175)
Prizes
1st £750; 2nd £400; 3rd £250
Performance rated prize(s) to be announced at the Championships
Eligibility/Qualification
This is an open tournament with no eligibility or qualification requirement. The top 10 eligible players from the 2022 Major Open including ties will qualify for the 2023 British Championship.

Chessable Junior Championships U16, U14, U12, U10, U8
Week 1 – Monday 8th to Friday 12th August
7 rounds over 5 days with one round on Monday at 2.30pm, Wednesday at 9.15am, and Friday at 9.15am, and two rounds on Tuesday and Thursday at 9.15am and 2.30pm.
All moves in 90 minutes with 30 second increments per move.
UNDER 16 (born 1/1/2006 or later); UNDER 14 (born 1/1/2008 or later); UNDER 12 (born 1/1/2010 or later); UNDER 10 (born 1/1/2012 or later); UNDER 8 (1/1/2014 or later) 
Entry fees
£50 (on or after 7/7/22 – £70)
Prizes
For each Championship – 1st £240; 2nd £120; 3rd £60
Eligibility/Qualification
This tournament is open to all eligible juniors (based on nationality or residence) who meet the age limit requirements for the various sections. There is no additional qualification requirement. The U16 Championships winner will qualify for a place in the 2023 British Championships.

Chessable Over 50 Championship
Week 1 – Monday 8th to Sunday 14th August
7 rounds over 7 days with rounds starting at 2.30pm each day, aside from round 7 which will start at 10.00am on Sunday 14th August.
First 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes added for remainder of game, with 30 second increments added from move 1.
Seniors 50+ – born 31/12/72 or earlier
Entry fees
£60 (on or after 7/7/22 – £80)
Prizes
1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100
Eligibility/Qualification
This is open to all eligible players over 50 at the end of 2022, with no additional qualification requirement. The winner of this competition will qualify for a place in the 2023 British Championships.

Chessable Over 65 Championship
Week 2 – Monday 15th to Sunday 21st August
7 rounds over 7 days with rounds starting at 2.30 pm each day, aside from round 7 which will start at 10.00am on the final Sunday.
First 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes added for remainder of game, with 30 second increments added from move 1.
Seniors 65+ – born 31/12/57 or earlier
Entry fees
£60 (on or after 7/7/22 – £80)
Prizes
1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100
Eligibility/Qualification
This is open to all eligible players over 65 at the end of 2022, with no additional qualification requierment.

Chessable Weekend Congress
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th August
Three sections – Atkins/Open, Soanes/U1750 and Yates/U1500
5 rounds over 3 days with round 1 on Friday evening, 2 rounds on Saturday (morning and afternoon) and 2 rounds on Sunday (morning and afternoon).
All moves in 90 minutes with 30 second increments per move.
Entry fees
£35 (on or after 7/7/22 – £50)
Prizes
For each section – 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50
Grading prize(s) to be announced
Eligibility/Qualification
This is an open tournament with no eligibility or qualification requirement aside from rating limits where shown.

Chessable Week 1 Weekday Congress
Week 1 – Monday 8th to Friday 12th August
Six sections – Open, U2050, U1900, U1750, U1600 and U1450
7 rounds over 5 days with one round on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 2 rounds on Tuesday and Thursday.
All moves in  90 minutes with 30 second increments per move.
Entry fees
£50 (on or after 7/7/22 – £70)
Prizes
For each section – 1st £240; 2nd £160; 3rd £80; 4th £50
Eligibility/Qualification
This is an open tournament with no eligibility or qualification requirement aside from rating limits where shown.

Chessable Week 2 Morning Congress
Week 2 – Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th 
Six sections – Open, U2050, U1900, U1750, U1600 and U1450
Seven rounds over 7 days with one round per day starting at 9.15 in the morning.
All moves in 90 minutes with 30 second increments per move.
Entry fees
£50 (on or after 7/7/22 – £70)
Prizes
For each section – 1st £240; 2nd £160; 3rd £80; 4th £50
Eligibility/Qualification
This is an open tournament with no eligibility or qualification requirement aside from rating limits where shown.

Chessable Blitz Events
Saturday 13th August – Weekend Evening Blitz
9 rounds Swiss tournament
Wednesday 17th August – Week 2 Evening Blitz
9 rounds Swiss tournament
All moves in 3 minutes with 2 second increments
Entry fees
£25 (on or after 7/7/22 – £35)
Prizes
For each event – 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50

Chessable Rapidplay
Wednesday 10th August
Three sections in each event – Open, U1750, U1500
Each event will be a 7 round Swiss Rapidplay
All moves in 10 minutes with 5 second increments
Entry fees
£30 (on or after 7/7/22 – £40)
Prizes
For each section – 1st £200; 2nd £100; 3rd £50

Chessable Junior U11 Rapidplay
Wednesday 10th August
7 rounds Swiss Rapidplay
All moves in 10 minutes with 5 second increments
Entry fees
£20 (on or after 7/7/22 – £30)
Prizes
1st, 2nd and 3rd – trophy prizes

Ratings
All tournaments will be submitted to the ECF and FIDE for rating.
The ratings used for entry (or pairings) in each tournament will be as below in order of priority where indicated –

Championship  – FE
Major Open – FE
Over 50 – FE
Over 65 – FE
Under 16/14/12/10/8 – MAX (F,E)
Rating-limited sections – MAX (F,E)
Rapidplay and Junior Rapidplay – MAX (RQ), MAX (F,E)
Blitz – B,MAX (R,Q), MAX (F,E)

The letters above have the following meanings —

F – FIDE Standardplay Rating
R – FIDE Rapidplay Rating
B – FIDE Blitz Rating
E – ECF / National Rating
Q – ECF Rapidplay Rating

MAX (A,B) means the higher of the two ratings – e.g. MAX (F,E) means the higher of FIDE or ECF rating will be used for the player.
A series of letter means the first available rating in the series has priority as the effective rating for the player.
Entries to rating limited events will be based on the June 2022 lists.
Pairings will be based on the most recent August 2022 rating lists.

1) Where a player has none of the above, the organisers will assign an estimate based on all available data on a case-by-case basis, failing which the player will be assigned a rating of 0
2) ECF ratings wil be considered equivalent to FIDE ratings.
3) The ratings allocated by this process will be used in the calculation of any relevant prizes.

Please note that we will advise entrants for rating limited competitions if a reallocation is required following publication of the June 2022 list. For the full schedule (PDF) click here – Chessable BCC Schedule 2022

Tournament Rules
For the Tournament Rules (PDF) click here – 2022 Chessable British Tournament Rules

Bookstall
We are pleased to confirm that the bookstall at the British will be provided by Chess and Bridge, with an extensive range of chess books, DVDs and equipment. Chess and Bridge will also be supporting the event with a number of book and DVD prizes which will be allocated across different tournaments and events

COVID Safety Guidelines
COVID safety arrangements for the events will be as detailed here – ECF COVID Guidelines Spring/Summer 2022

Entry Fees / Prizes
Click here for the entry fees and here for the prizes

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Entries to date
For an up-to-date list of entrants click here – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/chessable-british-chess-championships-entrants/
If you would prefer to fill in a paper entry form and email it or send it by post to the office, download one here – BCC Entry Form 2022. Please note this method takes longer to process.
 
Enquiries
Email: manager.british@englishchess.org.uk 
Tel: 01424 775222 (office hours only)
 
Accommodation
There are a number of guest houses and hotels (including the seafront Grand Hotel) close to the Riviera International Centre Playing Venue. Information regarding Torquay accommodation and local attractions can be found at the links below —

Players are advised to make flexible accommodation bookings where possible given the ongoing pandemic situation.

Sponsorship and Partners
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