Shropshire Congress 2024


Congress latest news:

2024 dates moved forward 1 week to 12th-14th January

We have hit capacity and so are now closed to new entries.


Pairings (Chess-Results)

Live boards

Live Boards (Lichess)

Online entry – CLOSED

Entries to date

Gallery 2023

Results 2023

Entry form (PDF) available here

The 2024 Congress will follow the successful format of previous years with a five-round event across four sections from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
LIVE DGT chess boards for the top boards in ALL sections
Large practice/study area with TV screens displaying matches from every section.
Chess Essentials book store

Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January 2024

The Wrekin Housing Group, Colliers Way, Old Park, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4AW

Sections and Prizes:
Open – ECF-rated
First £300, Second £150, Third £75)
Major U1900 – ECF-graded
First £300, Second £150, Third £75
Intermediate U1700 – ECF-graded
First £300, Second £150, Third £75
Minor U1500 – ECF-graded
First £300, Second £150, Third £75
No player may win more than one prize in any section. In the event of a shared place prize, all prize money will be split equally.

Junior Prizes
Top Junior in each section – £25 Chess Essentials voucher.

Entry fees:
All sections – Adult £35 Junior (U18) £30
Additional late entry fee if received after 31/12/2022- £5
ECF congress fee for all sections if not Silver/Gold/Platinum member – £9
Playing schedule
Round 1 – Fri 6 Jan 2023 – 7pm – 11pm
Round 2 – Sat 7 Jan 2023 – 9.30am – 1.30pm
Round 3 – Sat 7 Jan 2023 – 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Round 4 – Sun 8 Jan 2023 – 9.30am – 1.30pm
Round 5 – Sun 8 Jan 2023 – 2.30pm – 6.30pm
There will not be a Prizegiving ceremony; prizes will be paid to winners following the event.
Players may request a half-point bye in any one of the first four rounds at the time of entry.
Rate of Play
All moves in 100 minutes, plus 10 seconds per move, from move one.
(All moves to be recorded until your clock goes under 5 minutes remaining)
Ratings and gradings
ECF Ratings from the October 2023 ECF list will be used.

Other information
Disabled access, Free Parking on site
Arbiters: Peter and Glynis Purland
All entrants will receive a Chess Congress wristband – please keep this visible whilst in the building otherwise you may be challenged by security.
Catering and refreshment
Friday evening- Light snacks and an honesty box
Saturday/Sunday- cooked breakfasts from the housing trust catering team
– main courses served from lunch time inc Sunday roast
Tea, coffee and soft drinks available throughout the weekend.

2024 Menu prices held at 2023 levels