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Greater London Chess Club

Open to all players

Five-round Swiss Tournaments
and MINOR (U-120ECF / U-1600FIDE)
Prizes in each section: 1st £50, 2nd £25

ECF Graded and FIDE Rated

Saturday 1 July 2017

Upper Vestry House, St George's Bloomsbury
6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR
Directions to venue



Doors open from 10am.
Entries on the day accepted before 10.15am.
Tea and coffee available throughout the day.

10.30 Round 1
11.45 Round 2

12.45 Lunch break

13.30 Round 3
14.45 Round 4
16.00 Round 5

17.15 Prize giving

Tournament rules

  • FIDE Laws of Chess (2017) apply, unless otherwise stated.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off at all times during play. If a player has a specific reason for keeping their phone on, they should make this known to the controller at the start of the tournament. Otherwise, if a player's phone rings or makes a noise during play they shall lose the game.
  • If a player makes an illegal move their opponent shall be awarded 1 extra minute. On a second illegal move the player shall lose the game.
  • Players not arriving at the board within 10 minutes of the start of a round shall be defaulted. Their opponent shall be re-paired if possible.
  • Entry is deemed acceptance that the controller's decision is final in all matters.

    Rate of play

    25 minutes + 5 second increment per player per game.

    Grading / Rating

  • The most recently published ECF grades will be used. Rapidplay grades take precedence over standardplay.
  • The most recently published FIDE ratings will be used. Rapid ratings take precedence over standard ratings. Blitz ratings will not be used.
  • If a player has an ECF grading and a FIDE Rating, both must meet the grade / rating limits for the Minor or Major sections.
  • If a player does not have a current grade or rating they should provide evidence of playing strength. In the Minor and Major sections ungraded or unrated players may only win one third the value of any cash prize. GLCC club members exempted from this rule.
  • Any grade / rating conversions will be made using the formula ((FIDE - 700) / 7.5 = ECF or (National Elo - 600) / 8 = ECF.
  • All results will be submitted for ECF Rapidplay grading and FIDE Rapid rating. It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading and rating data being published in the ECF and FIDE online databases.

    How to enter

    Online - complete and submit the form below by 8pm on Friday 30 June 2017 and pay your entry fee by 10.15am on the day of the tournament. Online entries after 8pm on Friday 30 June will be treated as on-the-day entries and a £5 surcharge applies.

    On the day – before 10.15am, space permitting. You will need to provide the information requested in the entry form below. £5 surcharge applies to non-GLCC members. Cash or cheque payment only.

    Players need to hold Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF membership otherwise a £7 (£5 for juniors) ECF pay to play fee applies.


    All enquiries to Nigel Blades, tournament controller, tel 020 8580 5872 or email


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