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 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.12"] [Round "3"] [White "Gregory, Keith D"] [Black "Forster, James Connor Christ"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A11"] [PlyCount "153"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. b3 g6 5. Bb2 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Bf5 8. d3 Na6 9. Nbd2 Qb6 10. a3 Rfd8 11. Qc2 Rac8 12. Be5 Nh5 13. Bxg7 Nxg7 14. b4 Qc7 15. Qb2 Qd7 16. Rfe1 Nc7 17. Rac1 a6 18. Nb3 Qe8 19. Rc2 Be6 20. Nc5 Rb8 21. Nxe6 Ngxe6 22. cxd5 Nxd5 23. Rec1 Qf8 24. Bh3 Nec7 25. d4 e6 26. Bg2 Nb6 27. e3 Qd6 28. Ne5 Nbd5 29. Nc4 Qf8 30. Rb1 Qe8 31. Na5 Rd6 32. Nb3 Rdd8 33. Rbc1 Rd6 34. Re2 Qf8 35. Nc5 Rdd8 36. Rec2 Rd6 37. Bf1 Qe8 38. Bc4 Nb6 39. Bb3 Nbd5 40. Ba2 Rdd8 41. Nd3 Rd6 42. Rc5 Rdd8 43. a4 Nb6 44. Bb3 Nbd5 45. Bd1 h5 46. h4 Kh7 47. Qe2 Qe7 48. Qf3 Kg7 49. Rb1 Ra8 50. Nf4 Nxf4 51. Qxf4 Nd5 52. Qe5+ f6 53. Qe4 Nc7 54. Bb3 Rd6 55. Bc2 Qe8 56. Bd3 Rd5 57. Bc4 Rd6 58. Bf1 Rd5 59. Qc2 Kf7 60. Bg2 Rd6 61. Bf1 Rd5 62. Qb2 Qd7 63. Rc2 Rd8 64. Rbc1 Qe8 65. Bc4 R5d6 66. Qb3 Qe7 67. Bf1 Rd5 68. Rc5 Qe8 69. Rxd5 Rxd5 70. Rc5 Qd7 71. Bg2 Rd6 72. Kh2 Kg7 73. Bh3 Kf7 74. Bf1 Rd5 75. Qb2 Kg7 76. Bd3 Qe8 77. Be4 1/2-1/2