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

Following feedback from last year's entrants, we are pleased to announce that the 2023 Open tournament will be both FIDE and ECF rated.


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).

October FIDE and ECF ratngs will determine eligibility to play in a partcular secton. If an entrant has both a FIDE rating and an ECF rating, the higher of the two ratngs will be used. An increase in a player's ratng between entering the Congress and the publicaton of the October ratng list may necessitate a change in secton allocaton. 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. Alternatvely, your ratng may decrease. If you become eligible for a lower secton, and you wish to change, you should contact the Congress Secretary before 9th November 2023.

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 10th to Sunday 12th November 2023.

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 2023 Torbay Congress is at the Toorak Hotel

The 2023 Torbay Congress will take place on Friday 10th through to Sunday 12th November.

The venue is the TLH Toorak Hotel, Torquay.

TLH Toorak Hotel Torbay Chess Conference