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

The 52nd Anniversary 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

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2018.

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.

A Game from Round 5 of the 2017 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2017.11.12"] [Round "5"] [White "Forster, James"] [Black "Wheeler, John Francis"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D35"] [PlyCount "40"] [EventDate "2017.11.10"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2017.11.12"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.11.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Nbd7 9. Nf3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. a3 Ne4 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. b4 a6 14. Rfb1 g5 15. Na4 g4 16. Nd2 f5 17. Nc5 Ndf6 18. Nf1 Nh5 19. Ng3 Nhxg3 20. hxg3 Nd6 1/2-1/2