The Torbay Chess Congress
An annual congress held on the English Riviera
The Torbay Congress
Torbay Chess Congress
Torbay Chess Congress

2017 Torbay Congress - Entry Fees and Prizes

Entry Fees

Open Tournament (any player may enter)£37
Major Tournament (for grades under 170)£37
Intermediate Tournament (for grades under 140)£37
Minor Tournament (for grades under 120)£37

For players who have Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF Membership on the dates of the Congress, the above fees are reduced by £7.

Juniors (under 18 on 1st September 2017) receive a £5 discount on the above prices.

There is a late fee surcharge of £5 for pre-paid entries made online after 3rd November 2017 (or postmarked after 3rd November 2017 in the case of postal entries). The late fee surcharge for players who pay at the venue is £5.

Prizes and Trophies

British Championship qualifying place
British Championship qualifying place
The winner of the Open shall qualify to compete in the 2018 British Chess Championship. If the winner has already qualified, the place will be offered to the next highest-placed player who has not already qualified. The winner will also receive an entry fee bursary of £100.

Prizes and Torbay League Individual Championship Trophies

Prizes increased in all sections
Prizes increased in all sections

The first, second and third prizes for the Open Tournament have been increased slightly compared to 2016, and the prizes for the three graded tournaments have been brought up to the level of the Open, which constitutes a substantial increase.

No grade limit
Under 170
Under 140
Under 120
TrophyBasil Wallis CupChallenge CupIntermediate CupCandidates Cup
1st Prize£230£230£230£230
2nd Prize£135£135£135£135
3rd Prize£80£80£80£80

Grading and other prizes will be dependent on entrants.

Best Score by a Devon Player in the graded tournaments (Major/Intermediate/Foundation): Ralph Newman Cup.

Best score by a junior across all four sections: John Whitfield Cup.

There will be a prize of £40 for the team of four players from the same club with the highest aggregate score. Sum of progressive score will be used to determine tiebreaks.

So that prize money may be as widely distributed as possible, no player may win more than one prize (excluding any team prize and special Anniversary awards). Money prizes may be combined and shared.

ECF Grand Prix

The Torbay Congress participates in the ECF Grand Prix which runs from 1st July to 30th June. Each year the final rankings are available from early August on the ECF website: ECF Grand Prix.

Torbay Chess Congress
Human affairs are like a chess* game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca. 4BC - 65AD