52nd Cotswold Congress
ECF Grand Prix Event
Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2022
King's School, Gloucester, GL1 2DP

The Open will incorporate the Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. The title will be awarded to the highest scoring eligible player (for details and eligibility criteria, see below).

As it is not clear what the level and nature of the risk from Covid will be nor what regulations, if any, will be in force at the start of the congress, the organisers reserve the right to require additional mitigations against Covid-19, such as the compulsory wearing of face masks in the tournament hall. The decision as to whether this will be required will be made shortly before the event according to the situation at the time.

Competitors are reminded that they need pay their entry fees on or before June 1st, in order to assist the treasurer and avoid being left out of the first round pairings.

The congress committee is very grateful to The King's School, Gloucester for allowing the use of their school hall for this event.
  • The King's School is situated in the heart of the city, next to the Cathedral. If you are using SatNav please enter 'Gouda Way' - this will bring you directly to the main school entrance and car parks.
  • For detailed directions, please visit the school web site at http://www.thekingsschool.co.uk/about-kings/overview/directions/
  • There is ample free parking available in the school grounds.
  • Disclaimer - The school cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising at the congress.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school premises. Please do not drop litter.
  • Personal mains electrical equipment is not permitted to be used on the school premises.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off in and around the playing area.
  • General
    Gloucester Tourist Information is at 28 Southgate St, Gloucester, GL1 2DP; tel: 01452 396572 or visit https://www.visitgloucester.co.uk/where-to-stay/ to book accommodation online.
    Refreshments A Sainsbury’s store is within five minutes walking distance and there are numerous Eating and drinking establishments within walking distance.
    Players with impairments
    Please indicate if you have any impairment which requires special circumstances or remedial actions which need to be taken.
    The congress committee wishes to thank the Bude Chess Centre for providing the playing equipment. Email: chess@budechess.co.uk Tel: 01288 353070
    Emergency contact number
    If you are delayed en route or cannot turn up for a game, please text 07910 240299
    Open to all.
    For players rated below 1860.
    For players rated below 1635.
    Gloucestershire Individual County Championship
    The title of County Champion will be awarded to the highest scoring eligible player in the Open section. The eligibility criteria are as follows:
  • Membership of the Gloucestershire County Chess Association and one of the following:
  • Birth in the area comprising Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and that part of the City of Bristol lying north of the River Avon.
  • Five years consecutive residence in the said area at any time.
  • One month immediately previous and present residence in the said area.
  • Two months immediately previous and present membership of a club either in the said area or affiliated to the Association.
  • Present attendance as a teacher or student at a school, college or university in the said area.
  • Rating
  • The ECF rating list to be published on 1st April 2022 will be used to determine player ratings. Where a player is unrated at that date but subsequently acquires a rating in a later list, that rating will be used as evidence of playing strength.
  • Unrated players must provide evidence of their playing strength, including recent results, previous grades or ratings, prizes won and a reasonable rating estimate. Prizes for unrated players will be at the discretion of the congress committee.
  • Schedule
    Round 1 Friday 10.00 a.m.
    Round 2 Friday 3.00 p.m.
    Round 3 Saturday 10.00 a.m.
    Round 4 Saturday 3.00 p.m.
    Round 5 Sunday 10.00 a.m.
    Round 6 Sunday 3.00 p.m.
    Rate and Conditions of Play
  • Digital clocks will be used. Each player will receive 75 minutes plus 30-second increment per move from move one.
  • If a player has not arrived for their game within 30 minutes of the start time, that player will be defaulted, and the controllers may re-pair his/her opponent.
  • Players must abide by the FIDE laws of chess and any decisions made by the controllers in interpretation of the Laws are final.
  • Competitors may request a ½-point bye in any one round (except the final round) before the start of the congress.
  • Prizes
    1st £250. 2nd £180. 3rd £120.
    1st £220. 2nd £150. 3rd £100.
    1st £220. 2nd £150. 3rd £100.
    Other prizes may be awarded, at the discretion of the organisers, based on the number of entries to each section.
    ECF membership
    Current ECF membership is required at the Silver level. Players (including juniors) not satisfying this condition, including Bronze members will need to pay a "pay to play" fee of £9 in addition to their entry fee. At the end of the congress the organisers will arrange for this to be paid to the ECF.
  • Entries will be accepted up to Midday on Wednesday 1st June if the entry fee has been paid. Acceptance of entries after that time will only be permitted to avoid first round byes.
  • The congress committee reserves the right to refuse entry and to transfer competitors to other sections and to cancel or split any section at its discretion.
  • Information provided on the entry form may be recorded and used for congress administration, mailing lists (no information is provided to third parties for this purpose) and rating purposes. Photos may be taken for use on the congress Facebook page or website. If you do not want your photo published, please inform the organisers..
  • Entry Fees
    Open: £35. Major and Minor: £30. Players under 18 years old at 23rd May 2022 may deduct £4 from the entry fee.
    Enter online
    Complete the online entry form. and follow the instructions for payment and submission OR
    download the brochure, print and complete the paper entry form and send it to Andrew Gilmour, 74 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7JT. Details of how to pay are in the brochure.