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1st FIDE Ribble Rapidplay in Leyland

Friday 5th November 2021

The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council

Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH

Organised by Ribble Chess Tournaments


SectionMajor U2000 (U173)Minor U1650 (U127)
Entry Fee£18

English players who are Bronze or non ECF members £27
Non English Players (SCO/WLS etc.) £19.50.


English players who are Bronze or non ECF members £27
Non English Players (SCO/WLS etc.) £19.50.

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If you are not an ECF member, you may wish to join the ECF here.

Any Bronze members who wish to upgrade to Silver prior to the congress, may do so here. Alternatively, the ECF will upgrade you to Silver when the tournament has been rated as the Additional £9 fee covers the upgrade cost.

Please enter early. A late payment fee becomes payable during the last week of entry. We will only accept on the day entries by prior arrangement.

ECF to FIDE conversion formula

To convert your old ECF grade to FIDE ELO, use the following conversion 7.5*ECF+700 = FIDE

Rate of Play

Each player will have 15 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move from move 1.

Time Table

Round 1: 13:00
Round 4: 16.15
Round 2: 14:00
Round 5: 17.15
Round 3: 15:00
Round 6: 18.15


Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH.

It is a modern conference venue and is less than 10 minutes from the M6 Exit 28.
Free public Wi-Fi is available.

Exit the motorway at junction 28, turn left (from north or south) towards Leyland. Go straight across at the double roundabout onto King Street. Pass the Commercial Vehicle Museum on your left and then you come to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights. Continue along Towngate, through the traffic lights and follow the road right into Lancastergate. At the end of the road, turn left and first right onto West Paddock. The Civic Centre is on your right, go past the Civic Centre to enter the car park at the rear of the building.


Water, tea and coffee will be available free throughout the day, you may wish to bring your own cup.


The November FIDE rating will be used to determine a player's rating. The October ECF rating list will be used to determine a player’s rating. For players who do not appear in the Rapidplay list, other lists may be used at the discretion of the organisers. Unrated players must provide evidence for the organisers to assess their playing strength and any previous known rating must be declared.

Rating Information – It is a condition of entry that players agree to their rating information being published on the ECF website and the FIDE website.


A trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Major and the winner of the Minor.


10 minutes after the start of each round, new pairings may be made for each player whose opponent has not arrived and for any player otherwise having a full-point bye if they wish to play a game. Absent players will be defaulted after 10 minutes.

COVID safety arrangements

  • Players must not attend if they have Covid symptoms
  • Players must not attend if they have tested positive for COVID, or are required to self-isolate
  • We ask everyone to wear a face covering within the building (unless medically or age-exempt)
  • If both players agree not to wear a face covering, then the players do not need to wear a face covering at the board, although we ask them wear one when away from the board.
  • Both players are allowed a half point bye where a player is paired against a player who is unable or unwilling to wear a mask
  • Spectators, and players who have finished their game, are not allowed in the playing hall.