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

2022 Torbay Chess Congress Rules

It is a condition of entry that players agree to abide by the following Congress rules.

  1. The organisers reserve the right, without giving a reason, to transfer or refuse an entry.
  2. In order to ensure comfortable conditions for the players the number of entrants will be limited. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Players wishing to enter after these limits have been reached can ask to be placed on a waiting list by contacting the Congress Secretary.
  3. The Congress Organisers and the Toorak Hotel will continue to follow Government rules and guidelines regarding Covid 19. At present, no specific Covid 19 precautions are planned, and entrants must be willing to play opponents who choose not to wear a face mask. Please note that the hotel recommends the use of face masks in enclosed areas. The Organisers reserve the right to cancel the Congress in the event of a new pandemic wave; if this happens entrants will be entitled to a full refund of their entry fees. The hotel has a specific 'Covid Guarantee' which deals with accommodation refunds in the event of new Government measures.
  4. All fees must be paid before play starts. Late entries at the venue are at the discretion of the organisers; please phone first to check availability of places.
  5. Entry fees will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 15th November.
  6. The ratings used for entry (or pairings) in each tournament will be in the following priority order:
    1. ECF standardplay ratings
    2. other national standardplay ratings
    3. FIDE standardplay ratings
    4. Standardplay ratings estimated on a case-by-case basis by the organisers, based on all available information.
    Entries to rating-limited sections will be based on the July 2022 rating lists; pairings will be based on the most recent November 2022 rating lists. We will advise entrants for rating-limited sections if a reallocation is required following publication of the July 2022 lists.
  7. The current FIDE Laws of Chess will apply. Excepting: A Player not ready to start play within half an hour of the scheduled start of play time for each round will lose.
  8. Seeded Swiss pairings will be made by Controllers using ECF rules or computer programs based on ECF or comparable rules. Pairings between members of the same family or club etc. will be avoided, if possible, at the sole discretion of the Controller.
  9. If a player qualifies for more than one cash prize, he shall be paid the higher amount and the Congress Director will decide how most fairly any balance shall be re-distributed. Except in the Open Tournament, an unrated player (i.e. a player entered on the basis of a rating estimated by the organisers) may not win more than £50 in prize money and may not win any rating prize. Cash prizes will be paid by direct bank transfer.
  10. Congress equipment may not be removed from the playing or analysis areas.
  11. Smoking and live mobile phones/pagers/other electronic communication devices are not permitted in the chess playing and analysis rooms. You may not carry a mobile communication device on your person during play.
  12. Food and drink must not be brought into the venue for consumption on the premises. Mobile phones etc. may be left with the arbiters for safe keeping during play.
  13. Players agree to abide by the decisions of the Controllers and accept that in all matters relating to the Congress the decisions of the organisers are final.
  14. The Torbay League Individual Championships are trophies awarded to the highest-placed player in each tournament who is a member of a club playing in the Torbay League. The trophies are the Basil Wallis Cup (the Open), the Challenge Cup (the Major), the Intermediate Cup (the Intermediate) and the Candidates Cup (the Foundation).
  15. In order to win the Ralph Newman Cup, one of the following conditions must be met. The player must:
    1. be born in Devon, or

    2. be currently living in Devon, or

    3. go to school, college or university in Devon, or
    4. currently play for a Devon team.
  16. With the exception of the Basil Wallis Cup, no player without a current ECF rating may win a trophy.
  17. Each entry for the team competition must consist of four players who are bona fide members of the same club.
  18. Tie-breaks for the award of trophies will be resolved by sum of progressive scores; if this produces a tie then the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break system will be used.
  19. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  20. Players’ details will be held electronically for the purposes of administering and marketing Torbay Chess Congresses; their entries and results will be published on the congress website; and congress games and results will be submitted to the English Chess Federation for rating purposes and may be published online. Players not wishing to have their details published on the ECF Website should contact the ECF Office directly.
  21. Long running games in a morning round may be ended and adjudicated by the arbiter if the start time of the afternoon round is about to be impacted.

The Torbay Congress is Resuming in 2022

After a break in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19, the Torbay Chess Congress is planning to resume in 2022. The dates are Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November.

The venue is the TLH Toorak Hotel, Torquay.

TLH Toorak Hotel Torbay Chess Conference