Sunday 24 September 2017
9.30am - 6.00pm
The Batt School, Corn Street,
Witney, OX28 6DY
9.30 - Doors open and
Round 1 - 10.00
Round 2 - 11.15
Round 3 - 12.30
Round 4 - 13.45
Round 5 - 15.00
Round 6 - 16.15
17.30 - Prize giving
18.00 - Close
Rate of Play: 20
minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move
(Senior), 30 minutes per game (Junior Major), 15
minutes per game, two games per round with
alternating colours (Junior Minor).
The organisers reserve the
right to change times of rounds if circumstances
permit. Clocks will be used (instructions on how
to use clocks will be given if required before
the start of the tournament).
Qualification for Entry:
Players in the Junior Minor should know how the pieces move,
including castling, pawn promotion and the ‘en
passant’ rule. They should be under 18 on 1st
Late Arrival for Any
Round: Players arriving after the re-pairing
time of any round may be deemed to have lost by
default, unless the controller can pair them
satisfactorily. Players whose opponents have not
arrived must expect to be re-paired.
Entry Fee: The basic
entry fee is £9.00, one of the lowest entry fees
in England for an event of this kind. For the
Senior and the Junior Major section only, please add a pay to play
congress fee of £7.50 if you are not an
ECF member at Silver level or above for the
2017/2018 membership year.
If you enter on the day an
additional £6.00 will be added.
The tournaments will be run using a SWISS
(Junior section) For those
not familiar with the system; if your child
loses their first round, they are almost certain
to play someone else who has lost their first
round. Thereafter, they play people on roughly
equal points to them. The advantage of this
system is that very quickly children end up
playing others of the same ability and the
likelihood of your child losing all his/her
matches is very low.
Results in the Major section
only will be submitted for ECF rapidplay
All Senior results will be
submitted for ECF rapidplay grading.
Andrew Varney will be around at the Junior
tournament with a small bookstall and also to
offer advice to junior chess players and
The school is in Marlborough Lane, which is on
the right hand side as one proceeds down Corn
Street from the east. If coming by bus from
Oxford, the S1 and S2 buses (Stagecoach) stop at
Buttercross in the Centre of Witney just a few
yards from the school.
for a location map.
Car parking is
available on site. There is also unrestricted
parking in Corn Street, Church Green and the
other streets nearby.
Control Team: FA Chief Arbiter
Prizes: Lots of
trophies, medals and certificates! In addition,
there will be good quality trophies for
permanent retention for the top three places in
each section. Ties will be broken using sum of
progressive scores, followed by sum of
opponents’ scores if needed.
Refreshments: These will be available
on the premises, provided by Hacketts Outside
www.hackettsgroup.co.uk / 01993 700858.
Photographs: Witney Chess Club would
like to take photographs of competitors on the
day for publication on its website:
www.witneychess.org.uk. If you object to this,
please inform Mike Truran by email before the
Emergency Contact Numbers: During the
tournament if you need to contact us in an
emergency call 07793 118628. Please make sure that you put your
24th September contact telephone number on the
Queries: If you have any questions
please give Mike Truran a call on 01993 708645.
Email queries can be sent to .
Sections (Junior event): If entries
permit, we will separate entries into:
Minor section for under 50 ECF grade/ungraded
(b) a Major section which is open to
all players, whether graded or ungraded. If your
child is eligible for both sections, please
indicate on the entry form which section you
would like him/her to play in.
Child supervision: Due to the limited number of
personnel, the responsibility of supervising
children remains that of their parents or other
responsible adults. If this is your child’s
first chess tournament, we recommend you remain
on site until your child is settled and
preferably for the whole day, as chess
tournaments can be quite tiring for children not
used to them.
The tournament is organised by
those with experience of dealing with children
and running chess tournaments.