English Championships 2024

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Above – last year’s winners Michael Adams and Katarzyna Toma

Event Details
The English Championships and English Women’s Championship takes place between Thursday 20th June and Sunday 23rd June 2024 at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth-Warwick, 212 Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1ED

Eligibility
Players must be born in England or have lived in England for at least the preceding 12 months. In addition if they have a FIDE registration, it must be ENG.

Tournament rules
Detailed tournament rules may be found here – 2024 English Tournament Rules

Rating
Both events will be FIDE-rated and ECF-rated.

Capacity
We will be implementing a venue-based limit on player numbers across the two championships.

Format and playing schedule
There will be two competitions – English and English Womens. The congress will have a total of seven rounds over five days at 90 mins with 30 second increment time control, with playing schedule as follows for each of the championships –
Thursday – Round 1 – 11:00 to 15:00; Round 2 – 16:30 – 20.30
Friday – Round 3 – 10.00 – 14:00; Round 4 – 16:00 – 20:00
Saturday – Round 5 – 10:00 – 14:00; Round 6 – 16:00 – 20:00
Sunday – Round 7 – 10:00 – 14:00
Sunday – Playoffs (if required) as soon as practical after Round 7

Time control
Game in 90 minutes per player with 30 second increments from move 1.

Qualification for the English Championships
Direct entries will be accepted from eligible players where –

  • They have a FIDE title of GM, WGM, IM or WIM; or
  • They have a rating over 1900 ECF in the respective rating list as at February or later and have entered for the event before the capacity limit is reached (at which point entries will be closed)

There will be up to eight reserved places for general wildcard entries from players who have not otherwise qualified regardless of their rating.

Qualification for the English Women’s Championships
Direct entries will be accepted from players where –

  • They have a FIDE title of GM, WGM, IM or WIM; or
  • They have a rating over 1700 ECF in the respective rating list as at February or later and have entered for the event before the capacity limit is reached (at which point entries will be closed)

There will be up to four reserved places for general wildcard entries from players who have not otherwise qualified regardless of their rating.

Entry fees
Open Championship – £70.00
Women’s Championship – £35.00
Players must have Gold ECF membership or above
GMs, WGMs, IMS, WIMs – free entry
FMs, WFMs – half price entry

Latest date for entries
12.00 midday on Tuesday 18th June for direct entries and registrations, with registrations subject to an earlier closing date if the capacity limit is reached.
Players qualifying by way of their FIDE title will be offered free entry

ENTER the OPEN event
ENTER the WOMEN’S event

Prizes – Open
1st – £1600
2nd – £1200
3rd – £600
4th – £200
Performance Prizes – 2200 plus, 2000 – 2199, U2000 – £50 each
Additional prize – Best Under 18 player (born 1st January 2006 or later) – £50
English Open Championship Tony Miles trophy for the winner

Prizes – Women’s
1st – £800
2nd – £600
3rd – £400
Performance Prizes – 2000 plus, 1800-1999, U1800 – £50 each
Additional prize – Best Under 18 player (born 1st January 2006 or later) – £50
English Women’s Championship trophy for the winner

Performance prizes are based on best W-We tournament performance for players within the specified category.
The first placed player not already qualified for the British Championships will qualify for the British Championships in July as the English nominee. No player may win more than one prize. Unrated players cannot win a performance prize.
In the event of a tie for first place in either championship, the award of the championship trophy and the title will be decided by a playoff.
Ties for second or third place will be determined by tie break using the following methods applied in the specified order  —
(a) Direct Encounter (b) Median-Buchholz (c) Buchholz Cut 1 (d) Buchholz
All place prize money will be shared equally between tied players.

Byes
Applications for half-point byes will be considered for the first two rounds only. Applications must be made in advance of the championships and will be subject to agreement at the organiser’s discretion. Zero point byes may be requested where required, but of course must be notified to the controllers in advance of pairings for the affected round.

Refreshments
Only refreshments obtained at the hotel may be consumed on the premises.

Pairings
Pairings will be made using the Swiss Manager program. Players failing to arrive in the playing area within 30 minutes of the start for each round will be defaulted. Players whose opponents default will be offered a re-pairing if possible.

GDPR
Personal data collected will be handled according to the GDPR details accessible here [PDF]

Enquiries
Please send email enquiries as follows —
English Championships – director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk
English Women’s Championships – director.womenschess@englishchess.org.uk

Open entrants list to datehttps://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-2024-entrants/

Women’s entrants list to date – to follow shortly

Accommodation for the event
Bed and breakfast rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth. Entrants wishing to book room(s) for the event should contact the Holiday Inn direct by emailing sales@hi-kenilworth.com with their booking requirements. Players should let the booking office know that they will be taking part in the English or English Women’s Chess Championships to obtain the preferential rate available for participants at the event.