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2018 Ayr Chess Congress

A Scottish Chess Tour Event

Mercure Ayr Hotel - Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018

All Main Events: 5-Round Swiss tournaments played under the rules of Chess Scotland (CS)

Saturday Night Fun FIDE Open Blitz: 7 Rounds - 7:30 to 9:30pm

Scottish Chess Tour Web Site for further information.



Over 1750
FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1900 & Over 1500
FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1600 & Over 1200
CS Graded

Under 1300

CS Graded

Entry Fee£30 - (CS Mem.: £28)£30 - (CS Mem.: £28)£30 - (CS Mem.: £28)£30 - (CS Mem.: £28)
1st. Prize£150£150£150£150
2nd. Prize£100£100£100£100
3rd. Prize£50£50£50£50
Grading Prizes£30£30£30£30
Titled Players in the A Section - Free, if entry received before 31 March 2018 via the on-line contact form here.
Additional prizes may be added depending on entries.


In determining which section to enter, players should use their start of season Chess Scotland grading, as published in the CS grading list, July 2017. Players wishing to play in a higher section and who have a live CS grade or FIDE grade at the 31st March 2018 which would be high enough to qualify may do so but should state the section they wish to play in at the time of entry. Players cannot play down a section based on live grades. Latest FIDE or national ratings will be used for non-CS rated players.

Seedings for Sections A and B will be determined by FIDE ratings. Where a player does not have a FIDE rating their national rating will be used.

For ECF rated players the conversion that will be applied is as per the CS Chief Grading Officers recommendation. ECF *10+180 = CS, so an ECF player rated 100 will convert to 1180 CS.

Conditions of Entry

The organisers reserve the right to:
  • Increase or decrease prize money
  • Transfer entrants between events
  • Split or merge events depending on numbers
  • Withhold prizes from ungraded players if they play in events below their known strength
  • The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry without assigning a reason
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress