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

The Torbay Chess Congress - General Information


There will be a maximum of 160 entrants; if this number is reached, you can request to be put on a waiting list by emailing the Organiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entrants will be prioritised according to the date and time that their entry is received.


The Congress runs four 5-round seeded Swiss Tournaments:
  • Open (FIDE and ECF rated)
  • Major - for ratings under 1950 (ECF rated)
  • Intermediate - for ratings under 1750 (ECF rated)
  • Foundation - for ratings under 1500 (ECF rated).

In the Open tournament, if a player has a FIDE rating, that will be used; if the player does not have a FIDE rating but has an ECF rating, then the ECF rating will be used. In the Major, Intermediate and Foundation tournaments, if a player has an ECF rating, that will be used; if the player does not have an ECF rating but has a FIDE rating, then the FIDE rating will be used.

The October 2024 ratings will determine eligibility to play in a particular tournament. An increase in a player's rating between entering the Congress and the publication of the October ratings may necessitate a change in tournament allocation. This can be checked on the Torbay Chess Congress website. If you wish to withdraw as a result, please contact the Congress Secretary who will arrange a full refund of your entry fee. Alternatively, your rating may decrease. If you become eligible for a lower tournament, and you wish to change, you should contact the Congress Secretary before 7th November 2024.

Rate of Play

The time limit for each game will be all moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds per move from move 1. Digital clocks will be used.

Playing Schedule

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November 2024.

Round 1:Friday19:00 Round 2:Saturday10:00 Round 4:Sunday10:00
Round 3:Saturday15:00 Round 5:Sunday15:00
Round 1:Friday19:00
Round 2:Saturday10:00
Round 3:Saturday15:00
Round 4:Sunday10:00
Round 5:Sunday15:00

Admission to the Playing Area on the Friday evening will open at 6:30pm.

Default and Re-pairing Time

30 minutes after the above scheduled start times.


Except for Round 5, players may request one (and only one) ½-point bye.

Results and Pairings

Results and pairings will be posted on noticeboards during the Congress and online using Swiss Manager.

The 2024 Torbay Congress is at the Toorak Hotel

The 2024 Torbay Congress will take place on Friday 8th through to Sunday 10th November.

The venue is the TLH Toorak Hotel, Torquay.

TLH Toorak Hotel Torbay Chess Conference