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

2020 Torbay Chess Congress Rules

It is a condition of entry that players agree to abide by the following Congress rules.

  1. The organisers reserve the right, without giving a reason, to transfer or refuse an entry.
  2. All fees must be paid before play starts. Late Entries at the venue are at the discretion of the organisers; please phone first to check availability of places.
  3. Entry Fees will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 5th November.
  4. ECF Standard play Grading Lists (July 2020) will be used to determine tournament and seeding.
  5. Conversions from other rating systems and estimates for un-graded players will be decided by the organisers.
  6. The current FIDE Laws of Chess will apply. Excepting: A Player not ready to start play within half an hour of the scheduled start of play time for each round will lose.
  7. Seeded Swiss pairings will be made by Controllers using ECF rules or computer programs based on ECF or comparable rules. Pairings between members of the same family or club etc. will be avoided, if possible, at the sole discretion of the Controller.
  8. If a player qualifies for more than one cash prize, he shall be paid the higher amount and the Congress Director will decide how most fairly any balance shall be re-distributed. Except in the Open Tournament, an ungraded player may not win more than the value of the 3rd prize and may not win any grading prize. Cash prizes will be paid by direct bank transfer.
  9. Congress equipment may not be removed from the playing or analysis areas.
  10. Smoking and live mobile phones/pagers/other electronic communication devices are not permitted in the chess playing and analysis rooms. You may not carry a mobile communication device on your person during play.
  11. Food and drink must not be brought into the Livermead House Hotel for consumption on the premises. Mobile phones etc. may be left with the arbiters for safe keeping during play.
  12. Players agree to abide by the decisions of the Controllers and accept that in all matters relating to the Congress the decisions of the organisers are final.
  13. The Torbay League Individual Championships are trophies awarded to the highest-placed player in each tournament who is a member of a club playing in the Torbay League. The trophies are the Basil Wallis Cup (the Open), the Challenge Cup (the Major), the Intermediate Cup (the Intermediate) and the Candidates Cup (the Foundation).
  14. In order to win the Ralph Newman Cup, one of the following conditions must be met. The player must:
    1. be born in Devon, or

    2. be currently living in Devon, or

    3. go to school, college or university in Devon, or
    4. currently play for a Devon team.
  15. With the exception of the Basil Wallis Cup, no player without a current ECF grade may win a trophy.
  16. Each entry for the team competition must consist of four players who are bona fide members of the same club.
  17. Tie-breaks for the award of trophies will be resolved by sum of progressive scores; if this produces a tie then the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break system will be used.
  18. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  19. Players’ details will be held electronically for the purposes of administering and marketing Torbay Chess Congresses; their entries will be published on the congress website; and congress games and results will be made available to the English Chess Federation for grading purposes and may be published online. Players not wishing to have their details published on the ECF Website should contact the ECF Office directly.
  20. Long running games in a morning round may be ended and adjudicated by the arbiter if the start time of the afternoon round is about to be impacted.
A Game from Round 2 of the 2018 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2018.11.10"] [Round "2"] [White "Simpson, Derek"] [Black "Bolt, Graham"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B06"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2018.11.09"] [SourceVersionDate "2018.11.12"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c3 d6 4. Bg5 Nf6 5. Bd3 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. h3 c5 8. Nd2 cxd4 9. cxd4 Nc6 10. Ngf3 Qb6 11. Nb3 a5 12. a4 Nb4 13. O-O Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Re8 15. Nfd2 d5 16. e5 Ne4 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Qb5 Qxb5 19. axb5 b6 20. Nd2 f5 21. Nc4 Rb8 22. f3 Bd7 23. Na3 g5 24. Bf2 exf3 25. gxf3 f4 26. Kg2 Be6 27. Rac1 Rec8 28. Rc3 Rxc3 29. bxc3 Rc8 30. Rc1 Bc4 31. h4 e6 32. hxg5 hxg5 33. Kh3 Bd3 34. c4 Bf8 35. c5 1/2-1/2