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Greater London Chess Club

Open to all players

Five-round Swiss Tournaments
and MINOR (U-120ECF / U-1600FIDE)

Prizes in Open (thanks to our kind sponsor):
1st £100 2nd £50 3rd £25

Prizes in Major and Minor Sections:
1st £50, 2nd £25

ECF Graded and FIDE Rated

Saturday 30 June 2018

Upper Vestry House, St George's Bloomsbury
6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR
Directions to venue





Doors open 9.45am
Entries on the day accepted before 10am
Tea and coffee available throughout the day

10.30 Round 1
11.45 Round 2

12.45 Lunch break

13.30 Round 3
14.45 Round 4
16.00 Round 5

17.15 Prize giving

Tournament rules

  • FIDE Laws of Chess (2018) apply, unless otherwise stated.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off at all times during play. If a player has a specific reason for keeping their phone on, they should make this known to the controller at the start of the tournament. Otherwise, if a player's phone rings or makes a noise during play they shall lose the game.
  • Players not arriving at the board within 10 minutes of the start of a round shall be defaulted. Their opponent shall be re-paired if possible.
  • Entry is deemed acceptance that the controller's decision is final in all matters.

    Rate of play

    25 minutes + 5 second increment per player per game.

    Grading / Rating

  • The most recently published ECF grades will be used. Rapidplay grades take precedence over standardplay. You can look up your ECF grading here.
  • The most recently published FIDE ratings will be used. Rapid ratings take precedence over standard ratings. Blitz ratings will not be used. You can look up your FIDE rating and FIDE Identification number (FIN) here. If you don't have a FIN we can register you to England. If you wish to be registered to another country you will need to contact their Federation directly to obtain a FIN.
  • If a player has an ECF grading and a FIDE Rating, both must meet the grade / rating limits for the Minor or Major sections.
  • If a player does not have a current grade or rating they should provide evidence of playing strength. In the Minor and Major sections ungraded or unrated players may only win one third the value of any cash prize. GLCC club members exempted from this rule.
  • Any grade / rating conversions will be made using the formula ((FIDE - 700) / 7.5 = ECF or (National Elo - 600) / 8 = ECF.
  • All results will be submitted for ECF Rapidplay grading and FIDE Rapid rating. It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading and rating data being published in the ECF and FIDE online databases.

    Entry fees

  • Non-GLCC members £20 for all sections, if received by 8pm on Friday 29 June 2018
  • £25 for entries received after this time
  • GLCC members £15
  • Players need to hold Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF membership otherwise an additional £7.50 ECF pay to play fee applies. If you already hold Bronze ECF membership the pay to play fee will upgrade you to Silver.

How to enter

Online – complete and submit the Google entry form by 8pm on Friday 29 June and choose your entry fee payment method. Online payment preferred, by Paypal or card at the link below. Online entries after 8pm on Friday 29 June will be treated as on-the-day entries and a £5 surcharge applies.

By post – download the entry form, print, fill in and post to the organiser with cheque payment, to arrive by Thursday 28 June.

On the day – before 10.00am, space permitting. You will need to provide the information requested in the entry form. £5 surcharge applies to non-GLCC members.


Cheque payment

Details for cheque payment are in the postal entry form.



All enquiries to Nigel Blades, tournament controller, tel 020 8580 5872 or email


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