Our second weekend congress of the 2018/19 season takes place from Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th September at the North West Castle Hotel (Entry Brochure above) in the seaside town of Stranraer. This is another first time visit for us, bringing our events to Dumfries & Galloway. Our venue even has its very own curling rink and regulary hosts major national and international competitions. We again are offering seven different sections, so "hurry" and enter and see if you can "sweep" all before you.
Our top event is open to players graded 2100 and above as well as titled players graded at least 2000. They will be joined by the winner of the BOA U2200, the 2 highest rated 2000 players and the highest rated junior above 1800 wishing to play. The event is FIDE and Chess Scotland graded.
Our next level of event is also rated by both CS and FIDE and is open to players rated between 2199 and 1700, with players below needing to request to play up.
Next up is a Chess Scotland only rated event for those rated under 1800, with players below 1300 needing to put in their request to play up to take part.
Also a Chess Scotland only rated event for those rated under 1400.
Our new junior only section for players rated under 800, giving players a taste of congress chess. Graded by Chess Scotland and SJC.
Our quicker than last season Rapidplay is open to all and is rated by FIDE only.
Our Rapidplay far too slow for your liking? Try our FIDE only rated open Blitz.
Play will be governed by the 2018 FIDE Laws of Chess
It is at the Tournament Director's discretion to allow entry or allow a player to play up
Players should pay their entry fees before the start of their first round's play
Players may be repaired after 15 minutes if their opponent has failed to turn up. Any player who fails to turn up within the 30 minute defualt time will forfeit
Mobile phones are permitted but must be switched off at all times within the playing venue (both players and spectators). During play the phone must not be carried by the player, with any player found to be doing so forfeiting their game. Any player who must have an active phone will need to inform the arbiter before start of play or suffer the same fate
The Arbiters rulings will be final
Players may win only one cash prize per section
In the event of a tie, cash prizes will be shared proportionately in favour of the winner of the tournament tie-breaker. This will be direct encounter and if this is not decisive an Armageddon Play Off will be used
There is only one bonus amount for winning the Championship with 4/4. In the event of more than one player acheiving this, the bonus will be shared proportionately in the same fashion as with the other cash prizes.
In the event that not enough players have entered the Championship, the highest 2000 rated players wishing to play will be drafted to make the minimum numbers if possible.
The cash prizes advertised are dependent on the number of entrants indicated. These prizes may be increased or decreased if number of entrants are higher or lower than expected
The Tournament Director reserves the right to do what is deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress
Data will be passed on to both Chess Scotland, SJC and FIDE for grading purposes
A list of entrants, individual matches and their results, overall congress results and photographs of the event will be publshed on this website and also by interested third chess related parties, such as Chess Scotland, as well as local press organisations
In the event that a player does not wish their photograph to be taken, please inform the Tournament Director so that we can respect your wishes
You will find out the details of all our congresses and results here.