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 4 of the 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "4"] [White "de Coverly, Roger"] [Black "Dilleigh, Stephen P"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D77"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 dxc4 7. Na3 Nc6 8. Nxc4 Be6 9. Ne3 Qd6 10. b3 Rad8 11. Bb2 Qd7 12. Rc1 Nb4 13. a3 Nbd5 14. Nxd5 Bxd5 15. Qc2 Qb5 16. b4 c6 17. Rfe1 Be4 18. Qc5 Qxc5 19. Rxc5 Nd5 20. e3 Nb6 21. Ba1 Rd5 22. Nd2 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Rfd8 24. Nb3 R5d7 25. Rec1 a6 26. R5c2 Na4 27. Nc5 Nxc5 28. bxc5 e6 29. Bc3 Re8 30. f4 Bf6 31. Rb1 Bd8 32. Rcb2 Ree7 33. Kf3 f5 34. d5 Rxd5 35. Rxb7 Rxc5 36. Rxe7 Bxe7 37. Rb8+ Kf7 38. Bd4 Rb5 39. Rh8 Bxa3 40. Rxh7+ Kf8 41. Ra7 Bc5 42. Bxc5+ Rxc5 43. Rxa6 Kf7 44. Ra7+ Kf6 45. h3 e5 46. fxe5+ Kxe5 47. g4 fxg4+ 48. hxg4 Kf6 49. Kf4 Rc4+ 50. Kf3 g5 51. Rd7 Ke6 52. Rg7 Kf6 53. Rd7 1/2-1/2