1st Cornwall Autumn Congress 2022

The First Cornwall Autumn Congress will be held from 14th to 16th October 2022 in the fine setting of the ballroom at the Queen's Hotel, Penzance with its magnificent sea view across Mounts Bay, taking in St Michael's Mount to the East and the fishing village of Newlyn to the West.

In addition to the accommodation available at the Queen's Hotel, there are many hotels and B&B's within walking distance. One of the many attractions of Penzance is the Jubilee Pool which is about 400 metres along the promenade towards the railway station. Its facilities, including the geothermal pool, are open all year round. The railway station, with services to all parts of Great Britain, is about 10 minutes walk from the venue. There are also several car parks nearby.

Once again the Cornwall Chess Trust has agreed to cover the running costs of the congress. We thank the trustees for their generous contribution and continuing support for Cornish chess.

We look forward to welcoming returning and first-time players from all parts of the UK.

Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG (Tel: 01736 362371)
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022
List of Entries
The list of entries received to date is here.
Unrestricted entry.
For players rated below 1975.
For players rated below 1750.
For players rated below 1550 and ungraded novices
The July 2022 ECF OTB Rating 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
Except in the final round players may take one half-point bye in rounds 1 to 4, provided this is requested before the first round pairings are drawn.
Rate and Conditions of Play
All moves in 75 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1
A player failing to appear at the board within 30 minutes of the start of any round is liable to be defaulted for that round.
The prize fund amounts to £2,000, divided as follows:
  Open Others
1st £250 £160
2nd £175 £125
3rd £125 £75
4th £65 £45
Cornish £50 £40
Grading £50 £40
Junior £30 £25
Ungraded players are not eligible to receive a grading prize in any section. In the Major, Intermediate and Minor, ungraded players will receive 50% of any prize to which they are entitled.
Entry Fees
30 for the Open. £25 for all sections. Players under 18 years old at 31st August 2022 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, including Bronze members and supporters 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.
Please enter using the online entry form. and follow the instructions for payment and submission.
If you are unable to use the entry form, download the brochure, print, complete and send the entry form to Rebecca Gardiner at 18 May Gardens, Lanner, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 6AR
In order to ensure comfortable playing conditions, total entries will be restricted to 100
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.
ECF Arbiter John Constable
Colin and Rebecca Gardiner
18 May Gardens, Lanner, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 6AR
Email: cornwallcongress@gmail.com.. Tel. 01209 217210
Lists of hotels and B&B's together with other information about Penzance can be found at Penzance Online.
The Queen's Hotel is offering a 10% discount on its normal rate to people playing in the congress. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact the hotel direct, quoting "CHESS" as the reference.
How to get to the congress
If coming by car, leave the M5 J31 take the A30 exit to Bodmin/ Oke-hampton. The A30 takes you all the way to Penzance. At Penzance Branwell Lane roundabout take the 1st exit onto B3311, continue onto Wharf Road past the Jubilee Pool (left hand side) and the Queen's Hotel is about 480 metres down on the right. Hotel car park to the rear.
You may also find some free parking spaces in and around the area along with several car parks nearby.
If coming by train, Penzance is on the mainline with services to all parts of the UK. The railway station is about a 10-15minute walk from the venue or you can take a taxi.