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Friday Evening FIDE Blitz in Leyland at Holiday Inn Express - 21 April 2017

9-Round FIDE Blitz 7.00pm to 9.45pm

Chief Arbiter: David Welch


1st Prize£40
Rating Bands above 1640(125 ECF*)
Highest scorer of the middle third rated players
Highest scorer of the lower third rated players
£25 each
Rating Band 1640 and below(125 ECF*)
Highest scorer of the top half rated players
Highest scorer of the lower half rated players
£25 each
ECF conversion rate (ECFx7.5)+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. 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£15

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

If you do not have a FIDE Identification Number, please choose one of the following options:

  • If you wish to be registered as English for the future, please enter your Date of Birth on the entry form. **
  • If you do not wish to be registered as English for the future, please contact your federation for a FIDE Identification Number

** 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. National Rapid
  4. FIDE Standard
  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.

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
The time table is advisory, we will aim for a 15 minute break between each session and a completion of the last round for 9:35.

Holiday Inn Express - Preston South, Reedfield Place, Walton Summit, Preston PR5 8AA. This modern hotel is situated close to the motorway network where the M6 (J29), M61 (J9) and M65 (J1) intersect. There is a spacious reception lounge area and bar where players and non-players may congregate outside of the tournament room. Parking is available at the hotel free of charge.

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 both for the current and future FIDE Blitz events. Any objection should be notified to the event organiser.

Further Information

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.