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

2020 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 will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 5th November.
  4. ECF Standard play Grading Lists (July 2020) 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 devices 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, or

    3. go to school, college or university in Devon, or
    4. currently play for a Devon team.
  15. With the exception of the Basil Wallis Cup, no player without a current ECF grade may win a trophy.
  16. Each entry for the team competition must consist of four players who are bona fide members of the same club.
  17. 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.
  18. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 5 of the 2018 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "5"] [White "De Coverly, Roger D"] [Black "Byez"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [PlyCount "0"] [EventDate "2018.11.09"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.11.12"] 1-0 [Event "Major"] [Site ""] [Date "2018.11.12"] [Round "5"] [White "Bill Ingham"] [Black "James Fewkes"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D12"] [WhiteElo "0"] [BlackElo "0"] [Annotator ""] [Source ""] [Remark ""] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.c4 c6 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 e6 8.O-O Nd7 9.a3 Be7 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 O-O 12.a4 Qa5 13.Ba3 Bxa3 14.Rxa3 b5 15.Rfa1 b4 16.cxb4 Qxb4 17.Qc3 Rab8 18.g3 Rfc8 19.Qxb4 Rxb4 20.Rc3 g6 21.Ne1 Nb6 22.a5 Nd5 23.Rc5 Rb5 24.Rac1 Rxc5 25.Rxc5 Nb4 26.Nf3 Rb8 27.Kf1 Rb5 28.Ke2 Rxc5 29.dxc5 Na6 30.Ne5 Nxc5 31.a6 Nxa6 32.Nxc6 Nc7 33.Nxa7 h5 34.e4 e5 35.Nc6 f6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Major"] [Site ""] [Date "2018.11.12"] [Round "5"] [White "Phil Foley"] [Black "Arthur Hibbitt"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B34"] [WhiteElo "0"] [BlackElo "0"] [Annotator ""] [Source ""] [Remark ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Qb6 10.Bxd4 Qxd4 11.Qxd4 Bxd4 12.Nd5 Kd8 13.O-O-O Bc5 14.Bc4 e6 15.Nf6 Be3+ 16.Kb1 Bxf4 17.Bb5 d6 18.g3 Be5 19.Ng4 Ke7 20.Rhf1 a6 21.Bc4 b5 22.Be2 Bg7 23.Rd3 f5 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Bf3 Ra7 26.Ne3 Rf8 27.Rfd1 Be5 28.c4 Bb7 29.Bxb7 Rxb7 30.Rb3 Kd7 31.Nc2 f4 32.Rf1 Rbb8 33.gxf4 Bxf4 34.Rbf3 Bh6 35.cxb5 axb5 36.Nd4 b4 37.Rf7+ Ke8 38.Rxf8+ Bxf8 39.Nxe6 Ke7 40.Nxf8 Rxf8 41.Rxf8 Kxf8 42.Kc2 Ke7 43.Kb3 Ke6 44.Kxb4 Kd5 45.Kc3 Ke4 46.Kd2 Kd4 47.b3 Kc5 48.Kc3 d5 49.b4+ Kb5 50.a3 Kb6 51.a4 Kc6 52.Kd4 1-0 [Event "Major"] [Site ""] [Date "2018.11.12"] [Round "5"] [White "Andrew Di-Vetta"] [Black "Peter Manning"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A10"] [WhiteElo "0"] [BlackElo "0"] [Annotator ""] [Source ""] [Remark ""] 1.c4 f5 2.f4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.b3 b6 5.Bb2 Bb7 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.d3 O-O 8.a3 Be7 9.Qd2 Qe8 10.Rg1 d5 11.Ne5 Nbd7 12.Nb5 Bd8 13.O-O-O a6 14.Nd4 c5 15.Ndf3 d4 16.h3 Bc7 17.e3 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Rd8 19.exd4 cxd4 20.g4 Qe7 21.gxf5 exf5 22.Re1 Qd6 23.Bg2 Bxg2 24.Qxg2 Ne8 25.Kb1 Qh6 26.Nc6 Rd6 27.Nxd4 Rg6 28.Qd5+ Kh8 29.Ne6 Rg8 30.Ng5 Rf6 31.Nf7+ Rxf7 32.Qxf7 Qc6 33.Re6 Bd6 34.Rge1 Nc7 35.Bxg7+ Rxg7 36.Re8+ Nxe8 37.Rxe8+ Qxe8 38.Qxe8+ Rg8 39.Qe6 Bxf4 40.Qxf5 Bh6 41.Qf6+ Bg7 42.Qxb6 Rf8 43.b4 1-0 [Event "2018 Torbay Congress Foundation"] [Site "Livermead House Hotel"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "5"] [White "Callingham, Harry"] [Black "Naldrett, George"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "119"] [BlackElo "119"] [ECO "B12"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 h6 5.b3 e6 6.Be2 Bb4+ 7.c3 Bxb1 8.cxb4 Bh7 9.O-O Ne7 10.Qd2 O-O 11.b5 cxb5 12.Bxb5 a6 13.Be2 Nbc6 14.Ba3 Re8 15.Rac1 Rc8 16.Kh1 Qd7 17.Qf4 Bf5 18.h4 Ng6 19.Qe3 Qd8 20.h5 Nh4 21.Bc5 Be4 22.Rg1 Nxf3 23.gxf3 Bf5 24.Kg2 Qg5+ 25.Qxg5 hxg5 26.Kh2 f6 27.f4 g4 28.Kg3 Kh7 29.Bxg4 Bxg4 30.Kxg4 Ne7 31.Bxe7 Rxc1 32.Rxc1 Rxe7 33.Rc8 fxe5 34.fxe5 g6 35.f3 gxh5+ 36.Kxh5 Kg7 37.b4 Kh7 38.a4 Kg7 39.b5 axb5 40.axb5 Kh7 41.b6 Kg7 42.Kg5 Kf7 43.Rc7 Ke8 44. Rxe7+ Kxe7 45.f4 Kf7 46.f5 exf5 47.Kxf5 Ke7 48.e6 Kd6 49.Kf6 Kc6 50.e7 Kd7 51. Kf7 1-0 [Event "2018 Torbay Congress Foundation R5"] [Site "Livermead House Hotel"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "5"] [White "Hillman, Graham"] [Black "Fraser, Alan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "114"] [BlackElo "114"] [ECO "C60"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bd6 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 O-O 6.Bg5 Qe7 7.Nbd2 Nd8 8.Bc4 c6 9. Qe2 Bc7 10.O-O d6 11.d4 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.Rfe1 Ne6 14.Bxe6 Qxe6 15.Rad1 h6 16. Bh4 Bd8 17.Bg3 Bc7 18.Nb3 Nd7 19.h3 Rfe8 20.Qd3 f6 21.d5 Qf7 22.Nh4 Bb6 23.dxc6 Bxc6 24.Qxd6 Rac8 25.Nf5 Re6 26.Qb4 a5 27.Nxa5 Bc5 28.Qb3 Qe8 29.Nxc6 Rxc6 30. Qxb5 Rc7 31.Qb3 Kh7 32.Qc2 Nb6 33.Kh2 Nc4 34.Rd3 Qb8 35.b3 Nd6 36.Nxd6 Bxd6 37. Red1 Qb6 38.c4 Bc5 39.Rd5 Bd4 40.f4 Rce7 41.f5 Rc6 42.Be1 Qa7 43.Bb4 Rb7 44.a3 Qb8 45.Qe2 Qe8 46.h4 g5 47.h5 Rg7 48.g4 Rb7 49.Qc2 Qb8 50.Kg2 Kg7 51.Rd3 Kf7 52.Bd2 Qa7 53.b4 Ra6 54.Qb3 Rc7 55.b5 Rb6 56.c5 1-0 [Event "2018 Torbay Congress Foundation R5"] [Site "Livermead House Hotel"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "5"] [White "Fraser, Chris"] [Black "Walsh, Shaun"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "119"] [BlackElo "119"]