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Friday Evening FIDE Blitz in Leeds

at Clayton Hotel Leeds - 28 October 2016

9-Round FIDE Blitz 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Chief Arbiter: Alex Mcfarlane


1st Prize£40
Rating Band 2010-1826 (175-151 ECF*)£25
Rating Band 1825-1641 (150-126 ECF*)£25
Rating Band 1640-1450 (125-100 ECF*)£25
Rating Less than 1450 (100 ECF*)£25
ECF conversion rate (ECF*7.5)+700

The organisers reserve the right to redistribute, in whole or in part, any prize won by a competitor who has won or shared a prize. A rating prize may be reduced to £10 if there are fewer than 5 qualifiers for that rating band. The rating prizes, if reduced, will be announced during the first break. Players with estimated ratings are eligible for rating prizes. Players who do not have an estimated rating, are not eligible for a rating prize.

Entry Fees

On-line in Advance - Debit/Credit Card or Pay-Pal

On-line entry closes on the Wednesday evening prior to the Tournament

On the Day - Cash Payments Only£14

Rate of Play

Each player will have 3 minutes plus a 2 second increment per move from move 1.

Provisional Timetable

  • Rounds 1 to 5: Start 7:00
  • Rounds 6 to 9: Start 8:25
We expect the tournament to have concluded by 9:30. The timetable is advisory and we will allow a least a 15 minute break between each session. During each session, games will commence a couple of minutes after completion of the previous round in order that we can complete the tournament on time.

Entry Requirements

On-line entry requires a FIDE Identification Number (FIN).

If you do not have a FIN, please choose one of the following options:

  1. If you wish to be registered as English for the future, please enter your Date of Birth on the entry form. **
  2. or

  3. If you do not wish to be registered as English for the future, please contact your federation for a FIN

** Please note - Any future changes of federation will incur a cost to you.

We cannot accept late entries to the FIDE Blitz from non English players who are not registered with their home federation.


For the purposes of pairing players for games, ratings will be based on the following (in order of priority):

  1. FIDE Blitz
  2. FIDE Rapid
  3. FIDE Standard
  4. National Rapid
  5. National Standard
There will no re-pairings should players fail to appear. Players who fail to appear will be defaulted when their time runs out.


Clayton Hotel Leeds is a modern hotel is situated just south of the city centre and is a short walk from Leeds railway station, view on Google Maps. The address is Clayton Hotel Leeds, City Walk, Sweet Street, Leeds LS11 9AT. GPS 53.788077, -1.547654

Please note: No food or beverages may be brought into the Hotel for consumption on the premises.


Photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. Any objection should be notified to the event organiser.

Further Information and Frequently Asked Questions

New to Competitive Chess – Is a FIDE Blitz suitable for me? If you are new to competitive chess, a FIDE Blitz may be a suitable tournament to start playing competitive chess in a non to serious environment. You do not need to write down your moves, but you do need to have had experience of using a chess clock. A Blitz game is played very quickly and you will need to be confident with using a chess clock.

I haven’t got a FIDE Rating, can I play in the FIDE Blitz? Yes, absolutely. For pairing of players we will convert an ECF grade to an estimated FIDE Rating. An English player without a FIDE code will be registered with FIDE through English Chess Federation. A non English player will need to be registered with their own Federation before we can accept their entry.

I do not have a FIDE Rating, will I get one after the FIDE Blitz? Once you have played 5 games against players with a FIDE rating (of any kind) and provided you have scored at least one point against them, you will get a FIDE blitz rating.

Where can I obtain further information?
Use the Contact Form to request further information.