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 3 of the 2012 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2012.11.10"] [Round "3"] [White "Wheeler, John Francis"] [Black "Menadue, Jeremy FS"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D16"] [PlyCount "144"] [EventDate "2012.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2012.11.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 a5 6. e3 Bg4 7. Bxc4 e6 8. O-O Bb4 9. h3 Bh5 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. Qc2 O-O 12. Rd1 Qc7 13. e4 e5 14. Bg5 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 exd4 16. Rxd4 Qe5 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Rad1 h6 19. Qe2 Be7 20. R1d2 Rfd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Rxd8+ Bxd8 23. g3 Bb6 24. Kg2 Kf8 25. Qd3 Ke7 26. Kf1 h5 27. h4 g6 28. Nd1 Nd7 29. Qd2 Qd4 30. Qc2 Nc5 31. Nc3 Qd3+ 32. Qe2 Qxe2+ 33. Kxe2 Ne6 34. Bg2 Bd4 35. Nd1 Nc5 36. b3 Nxb3 37. Kd3 Bb6 38. Kc4 Nc5 39. Ne3 Nd7 40. Nd1 Ne5+ 41. Kc3 Bc5 42. f4 Bb4+ 43. Kd4 Nd7 44. Bf3 Be1 45. g4 hxg4 46. Bxg4 Bxh4 47. Nb2 Bf2+ 48. Kc4 Be3 49. Nd3 Nb6+ 50. Kb3 f6 51. f5 gxf5 52. Bxf5 Kd6 53. Nb2 Kc5 54. Bg6 Kd4 55. Bf5 Bc1 56. Nd1 c5 57. Nc3 c4+ 58. Kc2 Bf4 59. Ne2+ Ke5 60. Nc3 Be3 61. Bg6 Bd4 62. Bf5 Kd6 63. Nb5+ Kc5 64. Nc7 Kb4 65. Ne6 Be5 66. Nd8 Nxa4 67. Nxb7 Bc7 68. Bd7 Nb6 69. Be8 a4 70. Kb2 Nc8 71. Bd7 Nb6 72. Be8 c3+ 0-1