Electronic devices such as mobile phones must be completely switched off and placed in a bag under player’s table. The bag must not be moved at any time during the game.
Default time – players arriving 30 minutes or more after the start of a session in any tournament shall lose by forfeit, unless the arbiter decides otherwise.
Refreshments while at the board – players must confine their refreshments to tea, coffee and cold drinks.
Juniors are players under 18 years on the 28 December 2017
The Maureen Charlesworth Trophy will be awarded for the most meritorious performance by a local player. Further details will appear in the programme.
Playing venue – Horntye Park Sports Complex, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1EX Telephone: 01424 716666 is probably one of the best regular chess venues in the country with excellent lighting. It is just over 1km from the town centre and is shown on the map in this brochure. Bus services run from the town centre to the venue. There is adequate car-parking space. The playing venue is accessible to players with disabilities including toilet facilities for the disabled and a lift between floors.
Catering will be available during most of the playing times.
Subject to confirmation on the Congress website, the telephone number of the chess office at Horntye Park will be 07582 149239 from 28 December 2017
Players should note that under UK law smoking is banned in all inside areas of Horntye Park Sports Complex. This also applies to e-cigarettes.
The Hastings Chess Congress Committee includes a Players’ Representative. Nominations are invited for this post for the forthcoming year. Nominees must have played in at least two of the last four Hastings Congresses including this one. Nominations may be made before the Congress in writing or by email. These will be shown on the Congress website. Nominations may also be made at the Congress before 31st December, 2017. Voting will take place during the Congress after that date.