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The annual Leyland Chess Congress will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday to Bank Holiday Monday. It is a 6 round Swiss congress, two rounds each on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. The congress is an ECF Graded event and the Open is FIDE Rated.

The FIDE Open Tournament is part of the British Championships Grand Prix event.

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New Venue - The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre

Please note, our new venue this year is:- The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council
The venue is less than 10 mins.from the M6 Exit 28
Refreshments are available
There is free car parking at the rear of the venue
Use Post Code PR25 1DH to obtain directions.


SectionFIDE OpenMajor U170Minor U135
Entry Fee£30£26(£33.50 Bronze or non ECF members)£26(£33.50 Bronze or non ECF members )
First Prize£250£200£200
Second Prize£100£100£100
Third Prize£50£50£50
Grading PrizeU1950 - £40U150 - £40U115 - £40

If you are playing in the Open Section and do not have a FIDE ID, please contact your preferred National Federation before the event. At present, changing your nationality with FIDE will cost you money, so make sure you are listed with the Federation that you wish to belong to.

Please enter early. A late payment fee becomes payable during the previous weekend, plus an additional 'On the day fee' for those who enter after the entry date cutoff.

Time Table

Opening CeremonySaturday09:25
Round 1Saturday09:30 - 13:30
Round 2Saturday14:00 - 18:00
Round 3Sunday09:30 - 13:30
Round 4Sunday14:00 - 18:00
Round 5Monday09:30 - 13:30
Round 6Monday14:00 - 18:00
Prize GivingMondayAfter the last round

Missing players will be defaulted after 30 minutes from the start of the round.

Ratings and Gradings

FIDE Ratings will be used for the Open championship. ECF grades may be converted to estimated ratings for unrated players. ECF grades from the summer list where possible, otherwise other lists may be used at the organisers discretion. Players without a grade must give full information regarding playing strength, including their best previous results and/or their highest grade. The organisers reserve the right to transfer entrants to other sections, but will endeavor, if time allows, to inform entrants beforehand.

Rate of Play and Pairings

All games must be completed in 1 hour 50 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

All tournaments will be paired using computer pairings.

Harry Marsden Memorial Trophy

There is a special trophy available at the Leyland Congress, to be held for one year. The Leyland Chess Congress Shield, in memory of Harry Marsden, will be awarded to the highest scoring player, in any section, who is resident in the borough of South Ribble or a member of Leyland Chess Club. In the event of a tie, the trophy will be decided on Sum of Progressive scores, then the Sum of Opponents score if required.


The organisers reserve the right to:
  • Transfer entrants between events
  • Withhold prizes from ungraded players if they play in events below their known strength
  • Redistribute in whole or in part a prize won by a competitor who has won or shared a prize
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress

Chess Essentials

There will be a chess stall provided by Chess Essentials during the event. Supplying chess boards, chess sets, clocks, books, DVDs, stationery and chess novelties. Please ring or email for items which you wish to pre-order such as stationery. email: Tel.: 01422 292 392

Further information

For further information on the congress, contact David at

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