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

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. 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.
  3. Entry Fees less an administration charge of £2.00 will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 5th November.
  4. ECF Standard play Grading Lists (July 2018) will be used to determine tournament and seeding.
  5. Conversions from other rating systems and estimates for un-graded players will be decided by the organisers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ungraded player may not win more than the value of the 3rd prize and may not win any grading prize. Cash prizes will be paid by direct bank transfer.
  9. Congress equipment may not be removed from the playing or analysis areas.
  10. Smoking and live mobile phones/pagers/other electronic communication device are not permitted in the chess playing and analysis rooms. You may not carry a mobile communication device on your person during play.
  11. Food and drink must not be brought into the Livermead House Hotel for consumption on the premises. Mobile phones etc. may be left with the arbiters for safe keeping during play.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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,
    3. go to school, college or university in Devon, or
    4. currently play for a Devon team.
  15. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  16. Players’ details will be held electronically for the purposes of administering and marketing Torbay Chess Congresses; their entries will be published on the congress website; and congress games and results will be made available to the English Chess Federation for grading purposes and may be published online. Players not wishing to have their details published on the ECF Website should contact the ECF Office directly.
  17. 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.
A Game from Round 2 of the 2012 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2012.11.10"] [Round "2"] [White "Bolt, Graham"] [Black "Shaw, M."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2012.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2012.11.11"] 1. g3 e5 2. Bg2 d5 3. d3 Bd6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Nf3 Ne7 6. e4 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. Qe1 Re8 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Bxf3 Bb4 11. Bd2 d4 12. Ne2 Bxd2 13. Qxd2 c5 14. Bg2 Nd7 15. f4 Qc7 16. c3 f6 17. Bf3 Nc6 18. Qc2 b5 19. Rac1 Rac8 20. Bg4 Kh8 21. Qb3 c4 22. Qxb5 cxd3 23. Qxd3 Nc5 24. Qf3 d3 25. Bxc8 dxe2 26. Qxe2 Rxc8 27. b4 Ne6 28. Qc4 Ned8 29. Kh2 Qb8 30. b5 Na5 {The remainder of the score cannot be deciphered.} 1/2-1/2