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Hours of Play

Saturday 20th October Sunday 21st October
(Doors open 08:30) (Doors open 08:30)
Round 1: 09:30 Round 4: 09:30
Round 2: 14:00 Round 5: 14:00
Round 3: 18:30 Prize Giving: 18:30 approx

Rate of Play

All moves in 90 minutes plus 15 second increment per move from move 1.


All games played in this congress will be submitted to the ECF for grading. It is a condition of entry that entrants’ grading information will be published on the ECF website. Anyone objecting to this must contact the ECF Office in order that their details can be withheld.

Mobile Phones

These must be switched off at all times within the playing area.  If a person’s mobile phone makes any sound during play, that person will lose the game.

Late arrivals

Players arriving more than 30 minutes after the scheduled round start time will be defaulted. Players without opponents should expect to be re-paired 30 minutes after the start of a round..


A bye may be taken in any of rounds 1 to 4, provided this is requested with entry. However, a bye in round 3 can be requested on the Saturday of the event, provided this is done before 17.00.


Entries can be made online from the Congress website, using PayPal to make payment. Alternatively, cheques payable to Bury Area League Chess Congress should be sent, together with the completed entry form, to Steve Lovell, Congress Secretary, at the address near the foot of the home page. Payment by bank transfer can be made upon request to the Congress Secretary.


Entrants' names and grades, along with pairings and results, will be displayed on the Congress website.


Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Director or Congress Secretary.


A bookstall will be provided by Chess & Bridge


Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend.

No smoking

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building.

Car Parking

Drivers are recommended to use the St Andrews long stay car park, between Parkway and St Andrews Street North (IP33 1TZ), 5 mins walk from the venue.


We've negotiated special rates at the Dragonfly hotel. For more details and for other options please visit our Accommodation page.

Right to refuse entry

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


The Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress is governed by a constitution, as approved by our parent body the Bury Area Chess League.


In all matters, the Congress Director’s decision is final.