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. Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Organiser.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 2011 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2011.11.20"] [Round "4"] [White "Arkell, Keith C"] [Black "Helbig, Paul"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A48"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2011.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2011.11.19"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. b4 Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. Nbd2 d6 6. e4 e5 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. dxe5 Ng4 9. Rb1 Ncxe5 10. O-O Nxd3 11. cxd3 Bxb2 12. Rxb2 Ne5 13. d4 Nxf3+ 14. Nxf3 Bg4 15. h3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 c6 17. Rd1 Qg5 18. d5 a5 19. bxa5 Rxa5 20. Rxb7 cxd5 21. Rxd5 Rxd5 22. exd5 Qe5 23. a3 f5 24. Qd1 Rc8 25. a4 Rc4 26. a5 Qf4 27. g3 Rc1 28. gxf4 Rxd1+ 29. Kg2 Ra1 30. Ra7 Ra3 31. a6 Kf8 32. f3 Ra2+ 33. Kf1 Ke8 34. h4 Kd8 35. Ke1 Kc8 36. Kd1 Kb8 37. Rb7+ Ka8 38. Rxh7 Rxa6 39. Rg7 Ra4 40. Rxg6 Rxf4 41. Ke2 Rxh4 42. Rxd6 Ra4 43. Rf6 f4 44. Kd3 Kb7 45. Rc6 Ra8 46. Ke4 Ra4+ 47. Ke5 Ra8 48. Rc3 Rf8 49. d6 Re8+ 50. Kf6 Re1 51. Rc4 Re2 52. d7 Rd2 53. Ke7 Re2+ 54. Re4 1-0