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The organisers can now confirm that the Hastings Congress will take place from 28th December 2015 to 5th January 2016 at Horntye Park Sports Complex in Hastings.
The Congress is extremely pleased to confirm that new sponsorship has been agreed with Tradewise Insurance Company in conjunction with the English Chess Federation. This will enable the Congress to retain its familiar format. Tradewise Insurance are sponsors of the world-leading Gibraltar Chess Festival and their interest in sponsoring the English Chess Federation and thereby Hastings Congress is very welcome.
Their sponsorship is intended to provide incentives for female participation and the entry fee for female players will be reduced by 50%. Prizes will also be awarded to those not already holding the title: £100 for those achieving GM/WGM norm and £50 for IM/WM norm. Limited assistance may also be offered for suitable players under 21.
Further good news is that the John Robinson Trust is offering five English players U21 on 28th December 2015 bursaries of £100. These are for the highest rated players who enter by 10 December 2015. This will be a very appropriate way of remembering John Robinson who was a valued member of the Hastings arbiting team for many years.
Further details will appear on this website.
Hastings Borough Council continues to be a major supporter of the congress despite local budget cuts requiring support to all events to be significantly reduced. We are grateful to the Council and also to the White Rock Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel and KC Computers for their continuing support.
The on-line entry form will appear on the website after the British Chess Championships is over. Congress Director, Alan Hustwayte, will now receive entries. His email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries please contact Pam Thomas on email@example.com
At the Annual General Meeting of the Hastings International Chess Congress held on 21 March 2015, Con Power stood down as Director of the event after a remarkable 32 years. He was congratulated on his long service and thanked for all he had done on behalf of the many players who played in Hastings over the years. Congress Chairman, Paul Smith, presented Con with a watch to mark his much appreciated contribution to the Chess Congress.
Stepping into the Director’s role is Alan Hustwayte. He has been Secretary of the Congress Committee for a number of years. He has been a chess enthusiast over many years and is a long term resident of Hastings. He was congratulated by colleagues and is pictured here with Con Power.
Despite further funding cuts announced by the Borough Council, dates have been set for the next Hastings Congress which will take place from 28th December 2015 to 5th January 2016 and a drive to raise further funding is now underway.