Not long to go now before the opening of the Tradewise 93rd Hastings International Chess Congress, and the organisers are busy making sure that they are ready to welcome players from near and far to Horntye Park.
Grandmaster Deep Sengupta (IND, pictured) is returning to defend his title, and we look forward to some challenging games. Chris Ward will be providing his regular entertaining commentary, and there will be the familiar evening Pairs and Blitz events.
Of course, the Masters is not the only event taking place – there are short five-day tournaments and the five-round Weekend tournament, which has a FIDE-rated Open section.
The Congress is once again sponsored by Tradewise Insurance Services Ltd, Hastings Borough Council and the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust, with further support from the White Rock Hotel, the Lansdowne Hotel and KC Computers. Thanks also go to the English Chess Federation for their support.