Imperial College Chess Congress 2013

Imperial College Chess Congress - October 2013

Event Summary

IMPORTANT NOTE: Entries are considered provisional until payment is received (in case of going over-capacity). You will be contacted after you enter with details for payment. Cash on-the-day is acceptable only if the event is not over-subscribed. There is space for approximately 80 participants.

DATE: 18/Oct/2013 (Fri.) to 20/Oct/2013 (Sun.)
VENUE: Imperial College Union (1st Floor), Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB
South Kensington / Gloucester Road / High Street Kensington, Zone 1
5 Round Swiss
90 minutes per player for all moves plus a 30 second increment starting from move one. Default / repairing time 30 minutes.
SECTIONS: Open, Major (U175 ECF / U2000 FIDE), Minor (U145 ECF / U1750 FIDE). Open and Major sections will be FIDE rated, all three sections will be ECF graded. Please note the ECF Membership Requirements below.
ECF MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: All players in the Minor must be ECF Silver members or above, or pay an additional £6 pay-to-play fee on top of their entry fee. ENG players in the Open and Major must be ECF Gold members or above.
ENTRY COST BEFORE FRIDAY 27/SEP/2013: £30 for all sections (£15 off for current Imperial College Chess Club members).
ENTRY COST AFTER FRIDAY 27/SEP/2013: £35 for all sections (£15 off for current Imperial College Chess Club members).
PRIZES: Guaranteed a minimum of £200 / £150 / £100 in the Open, £150 / £100 / £70 in the Major, and £120 / £80 / £50 in the Minor. Additional money to the prize pool and grading prizes will be added if entries permit (which they should if we get a full house).
BYE: Players may request a half-point bye in advance (on the entry form) for Rounds 1 through 4.

The highest placed eligible player in the Open, not already qualified, may qualify for entry to the British Championships.

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Introduction to the Imperial College Chess Congress

Imperial College has a history of hosting chess congresses several decades ago, and revived the tradition with its first long-play congress in over a decade in late 2011. We have since followed up with a second in early 2013 and this edition will be the third!

A weekend of competitive chess in a great Zone 1 location, the venue is also conveniently located directly above the Imperial College Union bar, serving a variety of drink (at incredibly cheap prices!) to lubricate the parched throats of our competitors as well as offer a variety of snacks and food. Many restaurants and takeaways (info provided on the day for any who would like) are also comfortably within a 5-10 minute walk.

A small word of warning during round 1 (Friday night): being above the Union bar, it is likely there will be some background noise after about 20.00 but hopefully nothing too loud! The rounds have been scheduled so that there should be minimal noise from other Union activities throughout the rest of the weekend.

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Playing Schedule

Registration Opens: Friday, 18/Oct/13 – 17.00
Introduction and Announcements: Friday, 18/Oct/13 – 17.50
Round 1: Friday, 18/Oct/13 – 18.00 to 22.00
Round 2: Saturday, 19/Oct/13 – 10.00 to 14.00
Round 3: Saturday, 19/Oct/13 – 15.00 to 19.00
Round 4: Sunday, 20/Oct/13 – 10.00 to 14.00
Round 5: Sunday, 20/Oct/13 – 15.00 to 19.00

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Map and Directions

The event will be held on the first floor of the main Imperial College Union building (note: this is a different building than Imperial College Chess Club’s regular club / fixture room).  When you walk into the Beit Quadrangle, walk straight ahead through the clearing and enter the main Union building. Up the stairs on the first floor is the venue.

The closest tube stations are South Kensington, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington (all approx. 10 minute walk). The official address is:

1st Floor, Imperial College Union
Beit Quadrangle
Prince Consort Road

Please see below a map showing Imperial College’s South Kensington campus and where the Imperial College Congress will be played.

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Parking is available on weekends for a charge at Imperial College (via the Exhibition Road entrance), however we recommend using public transport if available. For more information please visit the below webpage (there is a phone contact for more details enquiries).

There are also limited meter parking spaces around Exhibition Road and around the Hyde Park area.

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