ESTCC – note to players

As no doubt you know, we were highly successful in the World Senior Team Chess Championship in Rhodes 15-25 April. We won silver for the first time in the 65+ group and five people won medals in the two sections, 50+ and 65+.  The next important senior event is at the British Chess Championships 29 July to 4 August. The European Senior Team Chess Championships take place in Croatia 17-27 September 2019. Full details can be found here – or

Please complete this form online –

Do NOT book flights until you have received confirmation from me that there is a team suitable for you.

Players rated under 1800 or graded under ECF 150 may not enjoy the experience. 

Please send the form off by 10 June (at that stage it can be tentative.) Then we can finalise by 17 June. We have to send in our team lists by 17 July.  

In order to play in the 50+, you must have been born by 31 December 1969 at the latest. Thus all players in the 65+ age group are entitled to play in the 50+.

In order to play in the 65+, you must have been born by 31 December 1954 at the latest. 

You must be registered with FIDE ENG. If you do not currently have a FIDE Identification Number (FIN) then you must obtain one. Email David Clayton on

The event takes place 17-27 September 2019. This means the arrival date and registration are 17 September. Registration takes place 15-21.00.  Play takes place 18-26 September every day at 15.00. Departure is 27 September. 

The playing venue is Hotel AURORA, Mali Losinj Island, Croatia. 

We will be staying at the Hotel VESPERA which is adjacent to the Aurora. Suncana uvale S, S51550 Mali Losinj 0038551231304

Losinj Island is often called Fragrant Island due to more than 1000 species of medicinal plants whose scents are felt in the air and create a unique experience. Rich offer of great hotels, superior wellness facilities and beautiful beaches are just a small part of tourist offer. In September the weather is 25C to 18C. 

Each team consists of 4 players + 1 optional reserve. Teams have to be registered by 17 July. line up changes must be made by 17 August **. The reserve must always play on board 4 and the team order cannot be changed. Our system is usually that all 5 players play regularly. 

Each tournament is a 9 round Swiss. The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes, 30 minutes for the rest of the game, +30 seconds per move increment from move 1. This means each player must keep score throughout the game. 

Players may only agree a draw after black’s 30th move.**

The default time for all rounds is 15 minutes.**

**I am trying to get these three rules amended. 

Several excursions and evening entertainment will be organised during the event.

The Hotel Vespera is a family hotel. provides some photos.

It is full board. 

COSTS per person
Bridge Overseas fee £50
ECU team entry fee €25
Organisation fee €40
Transfers depend airport €40 Losinj, €110 Rijek (Krk), includes a 25 minute ferry, €140 Pula
Accommodation single €77 per night – 7-27 is €770 in a room for single occupancy
Accommodation double €59 per night. 17-27 is €590 in a room per person for double occupancy. 
The Bridge Overseas rate of exchange is probably €1.1 = £1

This always complex as people travel from different airports. Here are two possibilities –
17.9 07,15 Stansted to Rijeka Ryanair £91.34 2 hours each way.
27.9 10.05 Rijeka to Stansted 
17.9 17.20 LHR to Pula BA arrive 20.10 2 hour flight.
28.9 16.30 Pula to LHR arrive 19.15 3.45hrs one change in Zagreb £279.64  It is a long coach ride to and from Mali Losinj. It is probably better to go out 17.9 BA and return 27.9 Ryanair though the maximum baggage allowance, paying extra is 10kg.

A word of warning. I found on the internet a very cheap way of doing the BA flight 27th. I copied the url to provide it for you. I saw though that at the end it had the word ‘false’. I phoned BA and there is no available fight that day. That would mean spending an extra night at the Vespera. 

I like to go out a day earlier in order to get acclimatised. Travelling out BA on the 16th (a longer journey) and back 28th the cost would be £381.94.

So far 7 50+ and 5 65+ have said yes. 4 more 50+ and 3 more 65+ vary from very likely to possible. 

Advance Information: The World Senior Individual takes place in Romania 11-24 November.

The World Senior Team Chess Championship takes place in Prague 4-15 March 2010.

Email: Tel: 02088926660