Online Entry is closed
Last day to enter online2020-03-31
Entries after 2020-03-31£2 late fee

The 2020 Edinburgh Chess Congress has been cancelled due to increasing concerns over health relating to Covid 19 (Corona Virus) outbreak.

St Thomas of Aquin's High School - Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April 2020

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


Section Premier

FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1900
FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1600
CS Graded


Under 1400
CS Graded

Entry Fee£40 / £42* £30 / £32*£30/ £32*£30/ £32*
1st. Prize£1000£250£250£250
2nd. Prize£500£125£125£125
3rd. Prize£250NANANA
4th. Prize£100NANANA
Two Grading Prizes£65 (U2000 & U1800)£65 (U1700 & 1500)£65 (U1400 & U1200)£65 (U1200 & U1000)
The East of Scotland Trophy and £200 prize will be awarded to the highest eligible player in the Premier.

* Note. Players who are not members of Chess Scotland pay the higher fee.

* £2 discount for CS members/Students/Unemployed/Over 60s
Titled Players in the Premier Section: 50% discount for FMs : Free for GMs and IMs, if entry received before 31 March 2020 via the on-line contact form here.
Junior discount £10 - all main sections. Junior is under 18 at the start of the tournament

Playing Sessions

RoundDayStart TimeExpected Finish

Time Control

All moves in 90 minutes, with 30 second increments from move 1.

Bye Requests

Half point Bye's are available in rounds 1 to 4. Please request when entering.


The March FIDE Rating will be used to determine a player’s FIDE rating. If a player does not have a FIDE Rating, we will use the Chess Scotland grading list.

For players who do not appear in the standard list, other lists may be used at the discretion of the organisers. Ungraded players must provide evidence for the organisers to assess their playing strength and any previous known grade must be declared.

Seedings for the Premier and Major 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
  • Redistribute prize money from someone who has won multiple prizes as we deem appropriate
  • Redistribute prize money in the event of a tie as we deem appropriate
  • Reserve the right to refuse entry without assigning a reason
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress

You must have a FIN, or be prepared to be registered with CS if you qualify for CS membership. Please enquire if you are unsure of the registration rules before deciding to enter.

Payment options

Our preferred payment method is by PayPal and online entry. You can pay by bank transfer or Faster Payments: SC 80-11-14 Account 00131923 – Make sure you put your name or FIN in the Ref.
A confirmation email will be sent by ECC.

Contact us / Alternative Entry Options

Please use the contact form to contact us.

Alternative methods of contacting us and entering the congress are listed below.

If sending cheques, please make them payable to 'Edinburgh Chess Congress' To Entries Secretary Dave Watson Tel 0131 334 1062 70 Meadowhouse Road Edinburgh EH12 7HS

Errors and Omissions Excepted