Greater London Chess
Bernfield, Foley and Ashelford Tournaments
Tuesday evenings November 2023 to
Bernfield Paul Chantrell
Foley Paul Chantrell
Ashelford Martin Scott
- Rated tournaments for all playing strengths
(approximate rating limits: under 1500, 1500-1800 and over
- Games submitted for ECF rating
- All-play all groups with knockout play-offs
- Flexible tournament schedule fit
your tournament games around league matches through the
Entry fee £6
Open to GLCC club members only. Space permitting,
entries from new members will be accepted up until February
winner will be declared the Club Champion and hold the Bernfield
Trophy for one year. They will give the Club Champion's simultaneous
display at the Autumn General Meeting.
Foley winner to hold the Foley Cup
for one year.
Ashelford winner to hold the Ashelford
Trophy for one year and earns the right to compete in the Foley
the following year.
Engraved replica trophies awarded to all first time
In each tournament, all-play-all groups of up to eight players.
If any tournament receives more than eight entries then it may be
split into two groups with knockout play-off of group winners. The
controller may need to modify the grade banding of tournaments to
ensure players are evenly matched. Groups within tournaments will
be drawn by lot once entries have been received. If necessary, Sonneborn-Berger
tiebreak score will decide group placings.
Rate of play
This season we are experimenting with a new rate of play: All
moves in 60 minutes + 30 second increment per move. To set this
time control you will need to reprogramme the DGT2010 clock using
setting 18 (instruction manual in the box). At the end of the game
please return the program 18 settings to 75 minutes + 15 second
increment, our default for league matches. By mutual agreement of
the players, games may be played at 75 minutes + 30 second. If suitable
digital clocks are not available, then the rate of play is 30 moves
in 75 minutes, affter Blacks 30th move both clocks are turned
back 15 minutes and the game continues to a quickplay finish. If
both players do not want a quickplay finish, group stage games may
be played at a rate of 36 moves in 90 minutes with adjournment after
Arranging your games
You will be provided with contact details for players in your tournament
and you should arrange games against opponents in your group for
mutually convenient dates. The player of the White pieces has the
responsibility of contacting his/her opponent and should offer up
to four dates for the game to be played. One of these should be
accepted by the player of the Black pieces.
Reporting of results
Winner of the game or player of the White pieces if a draw must
report the games result within seven days of the game being played
using the Google results reporting form o nthe 'Club' page. Tournament
tables will be published on the GLCC website Club page and regularly
Results will be submitted for ECF rating on a monthly basis, hence
timely submission of results is essential. Unrated players should
provide an estimate of playing strength.
Players must be ECF members (minimum Bronze membership) to take
part in these tournaments.
The FIDE Laws of Chess apply. A copy of the current Laws (2022)
has been placed in the club equipment cupboard for reference. In
the event of a dispute the tournament controller will arbitrate.
Games will normally be played at St Georges Bloomsbury on
Tuesday evenings, start time 6.45pm. By mutual agreement, players
may arrange to play at another venue or with a different start time.
Players not arriving at the board within 45 minutes of the agreed
start time should expect to be defaulted. By mutual agreement of
the players, games may be played using an online platform such as
chess.com or lichess with the same time control as above. Online
games cannot be submitted for standard ECF rating. Please inform
the controller if any game is played online.
Before entering a tournament, please be sure that you will have
sufficient time to complete all your games by June 2024. If there
is more than one group in a tournament, group stage games must be
completed by 30 April 2024.
Schedule for knockout stage
K/O final to consist of one game at standard rate of play, first
named player has White. In the event of draw game replayed as follows:
- Swap colours for one game at 60 minutes per player. If drawn
- Swap colours for one game at 15 minutes per player. If drawn,
players share the title,
- Blitz games will not be submitted for grading.
If you need to withdraw from a tournament please notify the controller
as soon as possible. The tournament controller will rule on the
scoring status of a withdrawing players games.
All enquiries to Nigel Blades, tournament controller, phone ,
How to enter
Please enter by completing the Google
Form (takes you to a separate page). New member entries
accepted up to February 2024.
Payment of entry fees - please use the buttons below for Paypal
or card payments, or pay by cash or cheque (payable to Greater London
Chess Club) to the tournament controller on a Tuesday evening.