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 1 of the 2014 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2014.11.14"] [Round "1"] [White "Brusey, Alan"] [Black "Fairbairn, Stephen"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B09"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2014.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2014.11.15"] 1. d4 g6 2. e4 d6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. f4 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. e6 fxe6 7. h4 Nf6 8. h5 gxh5 9. Be2 O-O 10. Bxh5 Nc6 11. Bf3 Bd7 12. g4 Rf7 13. Be3 Nb4 14. Bxb7 Rb8 15. Bf3 Nbd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxd5 exd5 18. Nh3 e5 19. Ng5 exf4 20. Nxf7 Qe7 21. Ne5 dxe5 22. Bc1 exd4+ 23. Kf2 Bb5 24. Qf3 Qe4 25. Qxe4 dxe4 26. Bxf4 e3+ 27. Kg3 Bc6 28. Rh5 Rxb2 29. Rc5 Be4 30. Rxc7 Rxc2 {The remainder of the score cannot be deciphered.} 0-1