Cornwall County Chess Congress 2019
We are pleased to announce that this year's congress will be held in the beautiful setting of the Terrace Rooms at the Falmouth Hotel with its fine view across Falmouth Bay. The congress will be open to all players, both from Cornwall and from outside Cornwall.
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May 2019
Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NZ
List of Entries
The list of entries received to date is here.
For players graded below 190. The highest placed Cornish player will become Cornwall champion and will receive the Emigrant Cup to hold for a year.
For players graded below 150. The highest placed Cornish player will receive the Falmouth Cup to hold for a year
For players graded below 110 and ungraded novices. The highest placed Cornish player will receive the Penwith Cup to hold for a year.
The January 2019 ECF Grading List will be used to determine section allocation and grading prizes.
Ungraded players must provide evidence of previous grades and recent performances in other competitions.
The decision of the organisers will be final as to which section an ungraded player may enter
Round 1 Friday 1900
Round 2 Saturday 1000
Round 3 Saturday 1430
Round 4 Sunday 1000
Round 5 Sunday 1430
½-Point Bye
Players may take a half-point bye in rounds 1 to 4, provided this is requested before the first round pairings are drawn.
Rates and Conditions of Play
30 moves in 75 minutes, then 30 minutes rapidplay to complete the game.
A player failing to appear at the board within 30 minutes of the start of any round will be defaulted for that round.
The prizes for each section will be as follows:
1st £150
2nd £100
3rd £70
Grading £40
Grading £40
In addition to the above the trophy winner in each section will receive a bonus of 40 in addition to any other prize that he or she may qualify for.
An ungraded player may not win a sum of money higher than the third prize in his/her section and may not win a grading prize.
Only players eligible by birth education or residence in Cornwall may be awarded the title of Cornwall Champion and/or the Emigrant, Falmouth or Penwith Cup.
Entry Fees
20 for all sections. Players under 18 years old at 3rd May 2019 are entitled to a discount of 5.
ECF membership
Current ECF membership is required at the Silver level. Players (including juniors) not satisfying this condition will need to pay a "pay to play" fee of 7.50 in addition to their entry fee. At the end of the congress the organisers will arrange for this to be paid to the ECF.
By post
Using the entry form, which may be downloaded from here, please send entries to Mrs Rebecca Gardiner, 18 May Gardens, Lanner, Redruth, TR16 6AR.
By email
Please download the entry form from here, complete it and attach it to an email to
Payment of ECF membership and entry fees
By cheque
Please make all cheques payable to Cornwall County Chess Association and send them to Mrs Rebecca Gardiner, 18 May Gardens, Lanner, Redruth, TR16 6AR.
By bank transfer / online payment
Bank details are sort code: 20-87-94, account number: 33014126. For identification of your payment on our bank statement please use your first initial and surname as the reference. Please also send an email to confirming your payment.
Players will not be entered in the draw until all monies due have been received. Players making payment after the controller has commenced making the draw for round 1 will be required to take a first-round bye.
Mobile Phones, etc.
If a player's mobile phone or other electronic device makes an audible sound, he/she loses the game automatically.
Congress Rules
It is a condition of entry that players agree to abide by the congress rules. These may be downloaded from here.
Congress Brochure
The congress brochure may be downloaded from here.
FIDE Arbiter John Constable
Colin and Rebecca Gardiner