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Senior & Junior Rapidplays

Sunday 22 September 2019

9.30am - 6.00pm

The Batt School, Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6DY







9.30 - Doors open and registration


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: Each player will be allowed 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move for the game (15 minutes with no increment per player per game in the Minor section, in which two games per round with alternating colours will be played).


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 September 2018.


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 £10.00, 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 2019-20 membership year.


If you enter on the day an additional £6.00 will be added.


Tournament Arrangements The tournaments will be run using a SWISS system.


(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.


Senior and Junior Major results will be submitted for ECF rapidplay grading and (for the first time this year at no extra cost).


Sponsors: We are very grateful to our sponsors, Hacketts Outside Catering Ltd: / 01993 700858.


Junior Bookstall: Andrew Varney will be around at the Junior tournament with a small bookstall and also to offer advice to junior chess players and parents.


Location: 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. Click here 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 Dave Thomas.


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 Catering Ltd.


Photographs: Witney Chess Club would like to take photographs of competitors on the day for publication on its website: If you object to this, please inform Mike Truran by email before the tournament.


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 22nd September contact telephone number on the entry form.


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:


(a) a Minor section for under 50 ECF grade/ungraded players;

(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.




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