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

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 less an administration charge of £2.00 will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 5th November.
  4. ECF Standard play Grading Lists (July 2018) 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 device 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,
    3. go to school, college or university in Devon, or
    4. currently play for a Devon team.
  15. 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 sysem will be used.
  16. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 3 of the 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.12"] [Round "3"] [White "Taylor, Robert Graham"] [Black "Wensley, Oliver E"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D13"] [PlyCount "145"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Nh5 7. Bg3 Nxg3 8. hxg3 g6 9. Nc3 Bg7 10. Qb3 e6 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O a6 13. Rac1 Na5 14. Qc2 b5 15. Ne1 Bb7 16. Nd3 Qe7 17. b3 Rfc8 18. Qd2 Qd8 19. Nc5 Bf8 20. Nd3 Ba3 21. Rcd1 Qe7 22. Nb1 Nc6 23. Nxa3 Qxa3 24. Nc5 Rc7 25. f4 Rac8 26. g4 Nb8 27. f5 exf5 28. gxf5 Nd7 29. Bg4 Nxc5 30. dxc5 Re8 31. Rc1 Re4 32. Bf3 Re5 33. fxg6 hxg6 34. Qd4 Ree7 35. Bxd5 Bxd5 36. Qxd5 Qxa2 37. c6 Qe2 38. Rfe1 Qg4 39. e4 Qe6 40. b4 Qc8 41. Rc2 Re6 42. Rec1 Qe8 43. Re2 Rcxc6 44. Rxc6 Qxc6 45. Qd8+ Re8 46. Qd4 Qc4 47. Qxc4 bxc4 48. e5 Rb8 49. Ra2 Rb6 50. Kf2 Rxb4 51. Rxa6 Rb2+ 52. Kf3 c3 53. Rc6 c2 54. g4 Kf8 55. Rc7 Ke8 56. Kf4 Kd8 57. Rc5 Kd7 58. Ke4 Rb4+ 59. Kf3 Ke6 60. Rxc2 Kxe5 61. Rc5+ Kd6 62. Ra5 Ke7 63. Ra6 Kf8 64. Rc6 g5 65. Ra6 Kg7 66. Rc6 Rf4+ 67. Kg3 f6 68. Ra6 Rb4 69. Ra7+ Kg6 70. Ra3 Kf7 71. Re3 Rb5 72. Kf3 Re5 73. Ra3 1/2-1/2