Events 2016/17

 

Hastings Masters
A nine-round accelerated Swiss Pairing tournament – Wednesday 28 December 2016 to Thursday 5 January 2017

This event will provide opportunities to qualify for titles and for the FIDE Rating List. Such ratings go down to 1000, thus it would be reasonable for any player graded over ECF 50 to aspire to a FIDE-rating here.
Rate of play
40 moves in 100 minutes, followed by all remaining moves in 50 minutes, with the addition of 30 seconds for each move from the start.
Entry Fees
GM, IM, WGM, WIM  – Free
FM, WFM – £35
Players with FIDE ratings 2125 and above – £75
Below 2125 – £115
Players without FIDE ratings ECF 190 (Elo 2125) and above – £125
Below ECF 190 (Elo 2125) – £145

The entry fee is reduced by 50% for any of the following —
players under 18 or over 65 on 28 December 2016; registered disabled players and members of Hastings & St.Leonards Chess Club; players residing in the Borough of Hastings.

Those registered as ENG who are not Gold or Platinum members must pay an additional levy of £10. Non-English entrants are required to have a FIDE identification number. If they do not, they must obtain one in advance from their International Rating Officer.

Thanks to the John Robinson Trust, limited assistance may be available for suitable players under 21 on 28 December 2016. Details will appear on this website.
The Masters winner will hold the Golombek Trophy in name for one year.

Prizes: £2000, £1200, £750, £500, £350, £250, £200
There will also be prizes of £200 each for —
• The highest placed female player
• The highest placed player who is neither a GM nor IM
• Best relative FIDE rating performance by a player rated under 2200.
• Best relative FIDE rating performance by a player aged under 18.
No player may win both rating prizes.

Tradewise Insurance will award prizes for those not already holding 3 norms, achieving GM/WGM or IM/WIM FIDE title norms, which will be valid towards titles. GM/WGM norms £200 and IM/WIM norms £100.
Horntye will present a prize of £100 and a trophy for the “Winner of Best Game”.
Congress Director, Alan Hustwayte, will present a prize for best performance against rating.
The two highest placed eligible players not already qualified will be entitled to play in the 2017 British Championship.

Players, other than grandmasters, may take a half point bye in any round of the Masters apart from the last. Notice must be given early on the previous evening. This is particularly suitable on New Year’s Day.

GM Chris Ward will provide commentary on the games in progress starting at 14.45 each afternoon. Hastings Masters games will be shown on this website daily.

Names of entrants to this and all other tournaments will appear from October. The final cross-tables of all tournaments will be displayed.


RATE OF PLAY – applies to all the following tournaments
All moves in 110 minutes, with an extra 10 seconds for each move. Each player must keep score until the time remaining on his clock has dropped below 5 minutes. Once a player has stopped scoring under this rule, he does not need to resume scoring if his time then increases to above 5 minutes.


Christmas Tournament
Wednesday 28 December 2016 to Friday 30 December 2016 – 5 round Swiss tournament over three days

This event will be in graded sections of approximately 16 to 20 players below ECF 200 (Elo 2200)
Entry Fee: £38 (Juniors £34)
Prizes (for each section): £140, £90, £65 plus a grading prize of £30.


New Year Morning Tournament
Monday 2 January 2017 to Thursday 5 January 2017 – 4 round Swiss tournament over 4 days

This event will be in graded sections of approximately 16 to 20 players below ECF 200 (Elo 2200)
Entry fee: £34 (Juniors £30)
Prizes (for each section) £130, £ 85, £60 plus a grading prize of £30


New Year Afternoon Tournament
Monday 2 January 2017 to Thursday 5 January 2017 – 4 round Swiss tournament over 4 days

This event will be in graded sections of approximately 16 to 20 players below ECF 200 (Elo 2200)
Entry fee: £ 34 (Juniors £30)
Prizes (for each section) £130, £85, £60 plus a grading prize of £30


Hastings Weekend Congress
Friday 30 December 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017

Major Tournament – FIDE-rated
All English entrants must quote their membership number when entering. Other entrants are required to be members of a national federation affiliated to FIDE. Open to players below ECF 180 (Elo 2040)
Entry Fee: £38 (Juniors £34)
Prizes: £300, £200, £100, plus a rating prize of £50 for those with a published FIDE rating below 1900.
Those registered as ENG who are not Gold or Platinum members must pay an additional levy of £10.

Minor Tournament
Open to players below ECF 150 (Elo 1825)
Entry Fee: £ 38 (Juniors £34)
Prizes: £300, £200, £100 plus a grading prize of £50 for players below ECF 135

Under 120 Tournament
For players below ECF 120 (Elo 1600) or with no previous experience of competitive chess
Entry Fee: £22 (Juniors £20 )
Prizes: £100, £75, £50, £25 plus grading prizes of £25 for players graded ECF 99-80 and below ECF 80.
Players may take a half point bye in any round except the last. Requests for such byes must be stated on the entry form. This relates to all tournaments on this page.


PLEASE NOTE
ECF Members of at least Silver level may deduct £7 (Juniors £5) from the entry fee for Christmas, New Year and Weekend Minor and U120 events.
Members of Hastings and St. Leonards Chess Club and players residing in the Borough of Hastings receive a £10 discount from the entry fee for the Christmas, New Year, Weekend Major and Minor events and £5 from the Weekend U120 …