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 4 of the 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "4"] [White "McDougall, William M"] [Black "Menadue, Jeremy FS"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D11"] [PlyCount "113"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. c5 Qc7 7. Ne5 Bf5 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 g6 10. Nc3 Bg7 11. Bd2 Nbd7 12. f4 O-O 13. O-O e6 14. b4 Ne8 15. Be1 f6 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. Bg3 Rd8 18. Rab1 b5 19. a4 bxa4 20. Ra1 e5 21. f5 e4 22. Qe2 Bh6 23. Rxa4 Ng7 24. fxg6 hxg6 25. Bf4 Bxf4 26. Rxf4 f5 27. Qa2 Ra8 28. Ra6 g5 29. Rf1 f4 30. b5 fxe3 31. bxc6 Rxf1+ 32. Kxf1 Rf8+ 33. Ke1 Qg4 34. Qxd5+ Kh8 35. Qxe4 Rf4 36. Qxe3 Qxg2 37. Ne2 Re4 38. Qf2 Rxe2+ 39. Kxe2 Qe4+ 40. Kd2 Qb1 41. Qf8+ Kh7 42. Rxa7 Qb2+ 43. Kd3 Qb3+ 44. Kd2 Qb2+ 45. Ke3 Qc3+ 46. Ke4 Qe1+ 47. Kd3 Qd1+ 48. Kc4 Qe2+ 49. Kb4 Qb2+ 50. Ka5 Qa3+ 51. Kb6 Qb4+ 52. Ka6 Qa4+ 53. Kb7 Qb4+ 54. Ka8 Qxd4 55. Qxg7+ Qxg7 56. Rxg7+ Kxg7 57. c7 1-0