English Seniors Championships 2023

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50+ Championship Results Player Score Prizes
1st = and Joint English 50+ Champions GM Keith Arkell and GM Mark Hebden 5.5 points £350 each, trophy
3rd = GM Nigel Davies and Andrew Lewis 5 points £50 each
Women’s 50+ Champion  WIM Natasha Regan 3.5 points Trophy
Over 50 Performance Prizes      
1800-1999 Barry J Hymer   £50
Under 1800 Saket Singhal   £50
65+ Championship Results      
1st and English 65+ Champion IM Chris Baker 6 points £500, trophy
2nd IM Paul Littlewood 5.5 points £200
3rd = Kevin Bowmer and Paul Raynes 5 points £50 each
Women’s 65+ Champion Susan Selley 3 points Trophy
Over 65 Performance Prizes      
1800-1999 Roger de Coverly   £50
Under 1800 Nigel Collins   £50

To see recordings of the commentary on the last two rounds from FM Jonathan Blackburn and WIM Lan Yao – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpea7ALna1A and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbb8_0kMg5o

The English Seniors Championships took place between Thursday 4th May and Monday 8th May 2023 at the Woodland Grange, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa CV32 6RN

Follow the Championships online —

Chess.com – https://www.chess.com/events/info/2023-english-senior-championships
Livechesscloud – Over 50s | Over 65s
Lichess – Over 50s | Over 65s
Chess24 Over 50 – https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/english-senior-championship-2023-s50/6/1/1
Chess24 Over 65 – https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/english-senior-championship-2023-s65/6/1/1

Commentary on Rounds 6 and 7
There will also be commentary on the final rounds with FM Jonathan Blackburn and WIM Lan Yao —
Sunday evening 07/05 – Round 6  – round starts at 4.00pm with commentary from 5.00pm
Monday 08/05 – Round 7 – commentary from the start of the round at 11.00am until the final game is complete.
Commentary will be broadcast on the new ECF Twitch streaming account – https://www.twitch.tv/ecf_streaming


Over 50 – players must be aged 50 or over on 31st December 2023; Over 65 – players must be aged 65 or over on 31st December 2023. 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 rules2023 English Seniors Tournament Rules

The congress will have a total of seven rounds over five days, with playing schedule as follows for each of the championships –
Thursday – Round 1 – 17.30 – 21.30
Friday – Round 2 – 10.00 – 14.00; Round 3 – 16.00 – 20.00
Saturday – Round 4 – 16.00 – 20.00
Sunday – Round 5 – 10.00 – 14.00; Round 6 – 16.00 – 20.00
Monday – Round 7 – 11.00 – 15.00
Prizegiving following Round 7

Players may take half-point byes in any round apart from Round 7, and up to two half point byes can be requested.

Time control
All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1

Entry fees
£65.00 (players must have Gold or Platinum ECF membership or pay a surcharge of £12)
WGM/GM/WIM/IM – free entry
Early Bird discount – entries received before 17th March will receive a £5.00 discount. No entries will be taken after Tuesday 2nd May.

Both sections will be FIDE-rated and ECF-rated

Prizes Over 50
1st – £500
2nd – £200
3rd – £100
Under 2000 prize – £50
Under 1800 prize – £50
50+ Senior Championship trophy for the winner
50+ Senior Women’s Championship trophy for the highest placed female player

Prizes Over 65
– £500
2nd – £200
3rd – £100
Under 2000 Best Performance prize – £50
Under 1800 Best Performance prize – £50
65+ Senior Championship trophy for the winner
65+ Senior Women’s Championship trophy for the highest placed female player.

Please note – in both sections, performance prizes will be awarded based on best W-We for players within the specified rating category.

Please email director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk
Chief Organiser – Adrian Elwin

Bed and breakfast rooms are available at the Woodland Grange, Leamington. Entrants wishing to book room(s) at the venue should contact the Woodland Grange direct by emailing ebroadhurst@makevenues.co.uk with their booking requirements, or telephoning 01926 310507.
When making a booking players should explain that they are taking part in the ECF English Seniors Chess Championships (4th-8th May). The hotel should then offer the preferential rate for players taking part in the event.

Enter the Seniors event
Entries are now closed

Seniors entrants listclick here

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 section, the award of the championship trophy and the title of Over 50/Over 65 champion will be decided by a tie break. The following methods will be applied in this order —
Direct Encounter | the greater number of wins | the greater number of games with black (unplayed games shall be counted as played with white) | Buchholz Cut 1 | Buchholz | Sonneborn-Berger
For more details see the FIDE handbook – https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=187&view=article

Please note that place prize money will be divided equally amongst the players tied for that place. Prizes will be paid by BACS after the conclusion of the event.

The organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry for any reason. 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. Pairings will be made using the Swiss Manager program.

FIDE ratings used will be from the 1st May FIDE rating list. ECF ratings used will be from the May 2023 list. Players who are unrated must provide the organiser with details of their strength. For pairing purposes, the higher of the player’s FIDE and ECF rating will be used.

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

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

Previous events
Click here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/