UK Blitz Championships 2022

The ECF is pleased to confirm that this years UK Blitz Championships will go ahead, with regional qualifier events on 3rd of 4th September or in some cases the weekend before or after. The finals will then be on 3rd December at a midlands location to be confirmed.

Regional qualifying events
There will be eight regional one-day qualifier events at locations across the country as follows —

England
London – Saturday 3rd September – St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Ave, Golders Green NW3 7SU
South West – Saturday 10th September – Polish Community Centre Whitbourne Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 2JX
Midlands – Saturday 3rd September – Holiday Inn, 212 Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
North West – Sunday 4th September – Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, Bolton BL2 1JP
North East – Sunday 11th September –The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, North Shields NE29 6TL

Scotland
Edinburgh – Sunday 4th September – Novotel Edinburgh Park, 15 Lochside Avenue, Edinburgh EH12 9DJ

Wales
Cardiff – Monday 29th August – Mercure Cardiff North Hotel, Circle Way East, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff CF23 9XF

Northern Ireland
Belfast – 4th September – NICS, Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3TA

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Format and rating
All qualifier events will be fifteen round Swiss tournaments. The time limit for all events will be all moves in 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. Default round times will as follows subject to variation by regional organisers —

Round Time Round Time Round Time
Round 1 11.00 Round 6 13.30 Round 11 16.00
Round 2 11.25 Round 7 13.55 Round 12 16.25
Round 3 11.50 Round 8 14.20 Round 13 16.50
Round 4 12.15 Round 9 14.45 Round 14 17.15
Round 5 12.40 Round 10 15.10 Round 15 17.40

Qualifier events will be FIDE rated.

Finals Qualification
The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final. The two highest-placed female players will qualify for the Women’s Final. If a female player finishes in the top two places, then she may choose whether to play in the Open Final or the Women’s Final. If she decides to play in the Open Final, the two regional qualifying places for the Women’s Final from that event will go to the next highest placed women in the same qualifier. If there are not sufficient women in the qualifier to offer these places to, the spare place or places will be distributed to the highest non-qualifying women across the other qualifiers. If fewer than two women enter a qualifying event, then the highest-scoring female player(s) in any of the eight qualifiers who did not qualify will be invited to play in the Women’s Final. In the event of this being tied, then the player with the highest Tournament Performance Rating on that score will qualify.

Categories and category prizes
Players will be allocated a category of 16 players or part thereof based on their initial seeding. For example, if there are 48 entries to a qualifying tournament, then there will be three categories of 16, with players 1 to 16 in Category A, 17 to 32 in Category B and 33 to 48 in Category C.
A category prize of £50.00 will be awarded to the highest-scoring player in each category. In the event of a tie, the lower-rated player will win the prize. If more than one player has the same rating, then the prize money will be shared.

Detailed qualifier event regulations can be found at the link here — UK Blitz Regional Qualifier Regs 2022

Finals
The finals for the UK Blitz Championships 2022 will be held at midlands venue to be confirmed on 3rd December. The Championships will include an Open and a Women’s final, each event having 16 players with 15 rounds of blitz games in an all play all format. The winners will become UK Open and Women’s Blitz Champions for 2022.

Format
The finals will be a 16-player FIDE-rated Round Robin tournament.

The time limit will be all moves in 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move with the following schedule —

Round Time Round Time Round Time
Round 1 12.00 Round 6 14.15 Round 11 16.30
Round 2 12.20 Round 7 14.35 Round 12 16.50
Round 3 12.40 Round 8 14.55 Round 13 17.10
Round 4 13.00 Round 9 15.15 Round 14 17.30
Round 5 13.20 Round 10 15.35 Round 15 17.50

The pairings for the finals will be drawn randomly in advance of the tournament.

Prizes
The prize money for the finals will be as follows —

Position Open Final Women’s Final
1st £800 £400
2nd £400 £200
3rd £300 £150
4th £200 £100
5th – 8th £150 (x4) £75 (x4)
9th – 16th £100 (x8) £50 (x8)
Total £3100 £1550

Total prize fund – £4650