2019 Details

The table below shows the entry fee and prize structure for the 2019 event, and may be different to what we decide upon for 2020.

Open Major
Entry Fees for ECF Members at Platinum, Gold or Silver Level (ECF Membership Guidance)
GM / IM Free  ← If received by 19th October
Adult £ 30 £ 27 £ 27 £ 24
Junior £ 25 £ 22 £ 22 £ 18
Entry Fees for ECF Non-Members and Adult Bronze Members (ECF Membership Guidance)
GM / IM £ 9  ← If received by 19th October
Adult £ 39 £ 36 £ 36 £ 33
Junior £ 34 £ 31 £ 31 £ 27
Prize Money
1st Prize £ 350 £ 200 £ 200 £ 150
2nd Prize £ 180 £ 100 £ 100 £ 80
3rd Prize £ 100 £ 60 £ 60 £ 50
Grading Prize £ 50 £ 50 £ 50 £ 50
Note: Juniors are those aged under 18 on 1st September 2019

Monetary Prizes

The prize money is guaranteed if entries reach 140. Junior prizes and additional grading prizes will be awarded if finances permit. Players without an ECF or FIDE grade will not be eligible for grading prizes and a deduction of 50% will be made on any cash prize won by such a player unless playing in the Open section of the tournament.

No player may be awarded more than one monetary prize. In the event that this would otherwise occur, the player will be awarded the prize with the higher monetary value. The organisers reserve the right to vary this arrangement if doing so results in a fairer distribution of prize funds. This is most likely to occur where a player would qualify for a share of more than one prize.

To qualify for a junior prize, the player must have been under the age limit on 1 September 2019.

Tie Breaks

In the event of a tie for a grading prize, the prize will be awarded to the lowest graded player. No other tie breaks will be in operation for grading or other monetary prizes, with prize money being shared equally between qualifying players on the same number of points. Tie-breaks will be used for non-monetary prizes (as described below).

Chess.com Membership Prizes

In addition to the prizes noted above, there are also prizes of Diamond Membership at chess.com for the top three finishers in each section. Those finishing first will win a six month membership, and those finishing second or third will win a three month membership. Since these memberships cannot be shared, tie-breaks including Direct encounter, Sonneborn–Berger and grading performance will be used if necessary.

Deadline for Entries

Entries close at 8pm on Friday 25th October to allow organisers to make final arrangements.


Refunds will be provided at the organisers’ discretion, but not for players who fail to turn up.

Right to refuse entry

The Congress Director reserves the right to refuse entry without being required to state a reason.

ECF Membership Guidance

As per the entry fees above, entrants who are not current ECF members at Silver level or above on the date of the tournament must pay an additional £9.

Please ensure you have renewed your membership which falls due on 1 September each year.

Juniors who have not previously been ECF members are entitled to free Silver membership in their first year. Bronze members may upgrade their membership to Silver by paying an additional £9 to the ECF (or in the case of juniors, for free). This will entitle you to ECF Silver member discounts at other Congresses. Any Adult Bronze member who plays will be automatically upgraded to Silver membership, though it may take the ECF some time to process this upgrade. Junior Bronze members can contact the ECF to be upgraded to Silver free of charge.

For more details visit the ECF’s membership pages.