Imperial College Chess Congress

Imperial College Chess CongressThe Imperial College Chess Congress 2011 is now OVER. However, you can check out the final results for the Open, Major and Minor, as well as the Event Report here!

Event Summary

DATE: 04/Nov/2011 (Fri.) to 06/Nov/2011 (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 (U170 ECF / U2000 FIDE), Minor (U140 ECF). Open and Major sections will be FIDE rated, all three sections will be ECF rated. Players in the Open and Major must be members of their national federation (i.e. English players must be ECF members etc.).
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, can qualify for entry to the British Championships 2012.

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Introduction to the Imperial College Chess Congress

Imperial College has a history of hosting chess congresses several decades ago, and are reviving the tradition with its first long-play congress in over a decade (possibly two)!

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 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, and the schedule with a comfortable break for lunch should leave sufficient time to relax and grab a bite if required.

A small word of warning during rounds 1 (Friday night): being directly above the Union bar, it is likely there will be some noise as the round starts at 18.30 but nothing too loud hopefully!

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Playing Schedule

Registration Opens: Friday, 4/Nov/11 – 17.45
Introduction and Announcements: Friday, 4/Nov/11 – 18.20
Round 1: Friday, 4/Nov/11 – 18.30 to 22.30
Round 2: Saturday, 5/Nov/11 – 10.30 to 14.30
Round 3: Saturday, 5/Nov/11 – 15.00 to 19.00
Round 4: Sunday, 6/Nov/11 – 10.30 to 14.30
Round 5: Sunday, 6/Nov/11 – 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 London Team Rapidplay will be played.

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Parking is conveniently available on weekends for a charge at Imperial College (via the Exhibition Road entrance). 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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