The Torbay Chess Congress
An annual congress held on the English Riviera
The Torbay Congress
Torbay Chess Congress
Torbay Chess Congress

The 52nd Anniversary Torbay Chess Congress - General Information


The Congress runs four 5-round seeded Swiss Tournaments:
  • Open
  • Major - for grades under 170
  • Intermediate - for grades under 140
  • Foundation - for grades under 120.

Rate of Play

The time limit for each game will be all moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds per move from move 1. Digital clocks will be used.

Playing Schedule

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2018.

Round 1:Friday19:00 Round 2:Saturday10:00 Round 4:Sunday10:00
Round 3:Saturday15:00 Round 5:Sunday15:00
Round 1:Friday19:00
Round 2:Saturday10:00
Round 3:Saturday15:00
Round 4:Sunday10:00
Round 5:Sunday15:00

Admission to the Playing Area on the Friday evening will open at 6:30pm.

Default and Re-pairing Time

30 minutes after the above scheduled start times.


Except for Round 5, players may request one (and only one) ½-point bye.

A Game from Round 3 of the 2011 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2011.11.19"] [Round "3"] [White "Helbig, Paul"] [Black "Carr, Neil L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B24"] [PlyCount "44"] [EventDate "2011.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2011.11.19"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 a6 6. Be3 Nd4 7. Nce2 Nxe2 8. Nxe2 Bxb2 9. Rb1 Bg7 10. Bxc5 Qa5+ 11. Bb4 Qc7 12. c4 d6 13. Qd2 a5 14. Bc3 e5 15. Rb5 b6 16. Qb2 Ra6 17. Nf4 Nf6 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. cxd5 O-O 20. Bd2 Bd7 21. Rb3 b5 22. a3 Rc8 1/2-1/2