3rd Cornwall Autumn Congress 2024

The Cornwall County Chess Association welcomes you to its 3rd Autumn Congress which will be held from 20th to 22nd September 2024 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 we will benefit from financial support by the Cornwall Chess Trust. We thank the trustees for their generous contribution and continuing support for Cornish chess.

Venue
Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG (Tel: 01736 362371)
Date
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2024
List of Entries
The list of entries received to date is here.
Sections
Open
Unrestricted entry.
Major
For players rated below 1850.
Minor
For players rated below 1550 and ungraded novices
Rating
The August 2024 ECF OTB Rating List will be used to determine section allocation and grading prizes.
Unrated players must provide evidence of previous ratings and recent performances in other competitions.
The decision of the organisers will be final as to which section an unrateed player may enter
Schedule
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 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.
Prizes
  All sections
1st £150
2nd £100
3rd £70
Rating £40
Rating £40
Junior £25
In the Major and Minor; unrated players will receive 50% of any prize to which they are entitled. No player may win more than one prize
Entry Fees
£30 for all sections. Players under 18 years old at 31st August 2024 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.
Entries
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 90