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


The Congress runs four 5-round seeded Swiss Tournaments:
  • Open
  • Major - for grades under 170
  • Intermediate - for grades under 140
  • Foundation - for grades under 120.

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

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.

Some Past Players' Comments

I always enjoy the total experience of the week-end, and this continues to be the case. More of the same please!
2018 Foundation
Having recently retired I want to play tournament chess on a regular basis again, having last done so over 20 years ago. I live in the North West so wanted to try somewhere other than my local area. The congress website was very appealing so I plumped for Torbay. Very glad that I did so. I had a super time and it was more than worth the 600 mile round trip. I honestly can't find a single negative thing that I think warrants comment. The organisation was excellent thanks to the dedicated people who put it together and the venue was perfect in my opinion. I met some lovely people and the whole experience was refreshing and most enjoyable. The best testimonial that I can give is that I will certainly be entering next year! Thank you for all the hard work that you, the organisers put in, and for making it such an enjoyable experience (results excepted!) for this very satisfied 'northerner'! Looking forward to doing it all again next year. Thanks.
2019 Major