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5th Witney Weekend Congress

21st and 22nd October 2017

Cokethorpe School,

Witney, OX29 7PU


An ECF Tradewise Grand Prix Event



Online entry to this event is now closed.



Pairings and Results: OpenUnder 170 | Under 145 | Under 120 | Prizewinners | Photos with thanks to Brendan O'Gorman
Round times: Rd1 Sat 09.30; Rd2 Sat 14.00; Rd3 Saturday 18.30; Rd4 Sunday 09.30; Rd5 Sunday 14.00.



Contact: Mike Truran 01993 708645 | Controllers: Tim Dickinson, Priscilla Morris



Playing Schedule:

Round 1 Saturday 09.30
Round 2 Saturday 14.00
Round 3 Saturday 18.30
Round 4 Sunday 09.30
Round 5 Sunday 14.00


Rate of Play: All moves in 90 mins plus 15 seconds per move increment from move 1.

Any player arriving more than 30 minutes late will be deemed to have lost unless re-pairing is possible. His/her opponent, however, must expect to be paired again if another player is otherwise without an opponent after 30 minutes. The time allowance is subject to alteration in the case of such re-pairings. Pairings will be made using Tournament Director.


Byes: You may take a half-point bye in any one of the first four rounds. Please notify us if possible on the entry form or at the beginning of the tournament.


Withdrawals: If withdrawing during the tournament, please notify a controller or note it on your result slip. If you withdraw before the first round we will refund your entry fee less a £3.00 administration fee.


Grading: All sections will be ECF graded. Grades will be taken from the ECF's latest revision of the August2017 grading list. (If you do not have an ECF grade, please give any other official grade, or, if you have none, provide other evidence of your playing strength, e.g. other tournament results.) Only players with a current ECF standard-play grade are eligible for grading prizes.  Please note that it is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading information being published on the ECF website.


Analysis: A separate area will be available for analysis and discussion.



ECF membership: Under ECF membership arrangements (for more details, visit the ECF website at, there will be no charge for the grading of the games of those who are ECF members at Silver level or higher, but the tournament organizers will be charged extra for the grading of the games of non-members or Bronze-level members. Entry fees and discounts reflect these arrangements.



Further Information


Players entering the tournament agree to abide by the FIDE Laws of Chess and the decisions of the controllers, which will be final. We reserve the right to refuse entries or transfer entrants from one section to another at any point.


Mobile phones and electronic devices are only permitted in the playing area provided the device is completely switched off. During play, such devices must be placed in a bag as agreed with the arbiter. Both players are forbidden to use this bag without permission of the arbiter.


Prizes will be paid by direct bank transfer within seven days of the end of the congress. No player may receive more than one individual prize. Prizes will be shared in the event of a tie.


Location: Cokethorpe School is set in a parkland estate of nearly 150 acres, 2 miles south of Witney and 10 miles from Oxford. See map and help with directions here.


Refreshments: These will be available on the premises, provided by the Cokethorpe School catering team, and will include a comprehensive range of hot and cold food and drinks.


The title of Oxfordshire Chess Champion and the Championship Trophy will be awarded to the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the Witney Weekend Congress and the 2018 Kidlington Chess Tournament.


Cokethorpe School is set in a parkland estate of nearly 150 acres, 2 miles south of Witney and 10 miles from Oxford. See map and help with directions here.



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