Frodsham Weekend Chess Congress 2017

A Chess Congress with sections U120, U160 and Open

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th February 2017

Part of the ECF Grand Prix

Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN

Controllers: Alex Holowczak and Jim McPhilips

The Congress is supported by the Frodsham Chess Club


Frodsham station is on the railway line between Manchester and North Wales, half way between Warrington and Chester.

Unfortunately buses replace trains on the line on Saturday and Sunday.

From the station, turn right at the bottom of the station approach, turn right again and bear east along the High Street for 500m and turn right into Fluin Lane, or take the path in the south-east corner of the area south of the station.

By road, Frodsham can be reached via the M56. Leave at Junction 12, following signs to the A56 and continue on into Frodsham. Fluin Lane is the B5152 and runs south from the A56, immediately left after a footbridge over the road. There are signs to the Community Centre, which is on the right. There is a large free car park.


A selection of drinks and light refreshments will be available for purchase during playing hours.


The Holiday Inn Runcorn has offered a rate of £53.00 B&B per night. Email quoting the Chess Congress CHE030217, or contact the hotel directly on 01928 754856 during Monday-Friday office hours.


5-round standard play tournament with Minor, Intermediate and Major sections, with Fischer time controls.

Entry Form (PDF)


Round 1Friday19:00 to 23:00
Round 2Saturday10:00 to 14:00
Round 3Saturday14:45 to 18:45
Round 4Sunday10:00 to 14:00
Round 5Sunday14:45 to 18:45

Rate of Play

Fischer timing will be used. Each player will have 110 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made.

If you wish to withdraw during the event, you must notify your section Controller, to avoid inconvenience to your next opponent. Players whose opponents have not arrived within 30 minutes of their clock starting will be re-paired if possible.


Open:For players of any grade
U160:For players graded under 160
U120:For players graded under 120

Prizes in each section: 1st £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, plus a grading prize of £30. Additional prizes will be awarded if there are sufficient entries.

Entry Fees

These are:

Standard fee, Open £30, other sections £27

Reductions (additive) of

  • £4.00 for any player aged under 18 or Over 65 on 1st September 2016.
    Your date of birth must be supplied if you wish to claim either of these (also if playing in the Open).
  • Open £10.00 for Gold or Platinum (but not Bronze or Silver) members of the English Chess Federation,
    or members of another national Chess association
    £7.00 for Silver, Gold or Platinum (but not Bronze) members of the English Chess Federation,
    or members of another national Chess association.
    Your membership number/association name must be supplied if you wish to claim this.
  • £10.00 for any player playing in the Go tournament on Saturday.

There will be a £4.00 surcharge for entries received after Wednesday 1st February.


The August 2016 Grading List will be used (not the new list to be published in January, except in those cases where a player has a grade in the new list but not in the August list). The February FIDE rating list will be used for the draw in the Open, the other grades being converted as necessary.

Ungraded players must provide information to assist the organisers in allocating them to the appropriate section. Any previous grade must be declared. A player without a current published grade in a grading list recognised by the organisers will not be eligible to win more than £50.00. All results will be submitted to the ECF for grading. It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading information being published on the ECF website.

Team Competition

There will be a team competition for teams of four who are bone fide members of a club, with the best three scores to count. Prize: a digital clock.

Book Shop

We are pleased that there will be a book and equipment stall provided by Chess Essentials.
Call 01422 292392 or email and ask Howard or Caroline if you want to pre-order.

To Enter

Please complete the Entry Form (PDF) and send to the address below.

Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to Frodsham Chess Club and sent with your entry form. Payment by bank transfer is also possible - see the form for details.

Entries by email will be welcomed, but please supply all requested information; they will be acknowledged.


Address: Lee Brook, Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 3EN
Tel: 01928 719787

mobile: 07816 200512 (please use this if you have a travel problem and will be late for a round)


Players names, club and grades will appear on the list of entries.
Photos of players may be taken and used for publicity on the tournament or other website.

History of Frodsham Weekend Chess Congress

Cheshire Go Tournament

This will be held at the same venue on Saturday 5th February. If you wish to play in both tournaments you may take two half-point byes in the chess on the Saturday and have £10 reduction in your entry fee. Entry details are available here or from the BGA website.