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London Christmas Chess Congress

Thursday 28th December, Friday 29th December and Saturday 30th December 2023

University of Westminster Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Harrow, HA1 3TP

Standard Play Tournaments

OPEN FIDE rated, MAJOR U1940 FIDE rated, MINOR U1600 ECF rated


SectionOpenMajor U1940 FIDEMinor U1600 ECF
Entry Fee£30

(£42 non-Gold Members+)


(£38 non-Gold Members+)


(£32 non-Silver Members+)

1st. Prize£220£180£160

Rate of Play

Open: All moves in 120 minutes each plus 30 seconds added per move.

Major and Minor: All moves in 90 minutes each plus 30 seconds added per move.


Please arrive in plenty of time to start the first round promptly.

Round 1: Thursday 9.45am
Round 4: Friday 3.30pm
Round 2: Thursday 3.30pm
Round 5: Saturday 9.45am
Round 3: Friday 9.45am
Round 6: Saturday 3.30pm

Prizegiving Saturday 8.30pm

Major & Minor
Round 1: Thursday 9.45am
Round 4: Friday 2.30pm
Round 2: Thursday 2.30pm
Round 5: Saturday 9.45am
Round 3: Friday 9.45am
Round 6: Saturday 2.30pm

Prizegiving Saturday 7.00pm


University of Westmister, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP

There is a large car park at the venue. Approx cost £8 per day. The nearest Underground stations are Northwick Park (4 mins walk) and Harrow on the Hill (10 mins walk). Kenton is the nearest Overground station (6 mins walk) with trains direct from Euston and Watford Junction. Buses 114, 182, 183 and 186 pass the Campus.


We hope canteen facilities will be open for breakfast from 9 am and will serve until 4pm each day. Vending machines are available.


Tim Onions will be in attendance at the event with his professional bookshop


The December rating list will be used to determine players' ratings

The Major has a rating limit of 1940 FIDE, The Minor has a rating limit of 1600 ECF

All results will be sent for Standard Play rating with the ECF . The Open and Major will also be FIDE rated


Cash prizes in all sections.

Pairings, Sections & Clocks

All pairings will be done using swiss-manager software and displayed on Default time is 20 minutes. After which re-pairing may be made for each player whose opponent has not arrived and for any player otherwise having a full-point bye. Digital clocks will be used in all sections.

Unrated Players in the Minor

These rules apply to players without a Standard Play rating of type A to D.

A FIDE rating will be converted to an ECF rating. Players with a Rapidplay rating only must use this. Please contact the organiser if there is any doubt regarding the section in which you wish to play.

The following rules apply to all other players.

Other unrated players must include details of events they have played in during the period May to December 2023 to help the Congress Manager ensure that they are playing in the correct section.

The Congress Manager will use all available information to place players in the correct section. If information becomes available after an entry is accepted then a player may be transferred at any time.

An unrated winner is limited to a prize of 60% of the advertised first prize. Any additional funds will be allocated to the other prize winners.

LJCC has adopted the ECF Safeguarding policy which can be found on the ECF website.

LJCC and helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

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