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Last day to enter online2024-01-13
Entries after 2024-01-13£2 late fee

The 2024 Lothians Allegro will take place in Bainfield Bowling & Social Club

Bainfield Bowling & Social Club
34 Hutchison Causeway
EH14 1RU


Sunday 14th January 2024

All Main Events: 5-Round Swiss tournaments played under the rules of Chess Scotland (CS)


Section Premier

FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1900
FIDE Rated
CS Graded


Under 1600
CS Graded


Under 1300
CS Graded

Entry Fee£22/£20*£22/£20*£22/£20*£22/£20*
1st. Prize£150£80£80£80
2nd. Prize£75£40£40£40
3rd. Prize£40£20£20£20
NOTE THAT THERE ARE ONLY 3 ENTRY FEE OPTIONS £22,£20 for Adults and £12 for Juniors

The Smerdon Trophy, in memory of Bill Smerdon, will be presented to the highest finisher in the Open who is resident in the Lothians.

In the Minor Event, the highest placed junior, under 16 (on the day of the tournament) and within the grading limit of 1000 or less, will receive £20.

* £2 discount for CS members/Students/Unemployed/Over 60s
Titled Players in the Premier Section: Free for GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs and WFMs, if entry received before 13th January 2024 via the on-line contact form here.
Junior entry fee is £12 for all entries in all sections (with discount £10 from £22).
Junior is under 16 at the start of the tournament

Playing Sessions

RoundDayStart TimeExpected Finish

Time Control

All moves in 20 minutes, with 10-second increments from move 1.

Bye Requests

Half-point Bye's are available in rounds 1 to 4. Please request when entering.


The December 2023 FIDE Allegro Rating will be used to determine a player’s rating.

If a player does not have a FIDE Rating, we will use the Chess Scotland Allegro grading list.

For players who do not appear in the standard list, other lists may be used at the discretion of the organisers. Ungraded players must provide evidence for the organisers to assess their playing strength and any previous known grade must be declared.

FIDE Identification Number (FIN)

The results of the FIDE-rated sections of this event will be submitted to FIDE, the world chess federation. Players in these sections need to be registered with FIDE to allow the results to be submitted. All players in the FIDE-rated sections must have a FIDE Identification Number (FIN). Chess Scotland can register players who are eligible for Scotland (SCO) – eligibility rules here.

List of SCO registered players can be found here.

Please read the notes on eligibility at the above link, complete the application form on the Chess Scotland website and send it to the Chess Scotland Rating Officer. Please get a FIN from your home federation if not eligible for a Scotland registration.

Seedings for the Premier and Major will be determined by FIDE ratings. Where a player does not have a FIDE rating their national rating will be used.

Conditions of Entry

The organisers reserve the right to:

  • Increase or decrease prize money
  • Transfer entrants between events
  • Split or merge events depending on numbers
  • Withhold prizes from ungraded players if they play in events below their known strength
  • Redistribute prize money from someone who has won multiple prizes as we deem appropriate
  • Redistribute prize money in the event of a tie as we deem appropriate
  • Reserve the right to refuse entry without assigning a reason
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress

You must have a FIN, or be prepared to be registered with CS if you qualify for CS membership. Please enquire if you are unsure of the registration rules before deciding to enter.

Payment options

Our preferred payment method is by PayPal and online entry. You can pay by bank transfer or Faster Payments:

Chess Edinburgh
SC 80-02-77
Account 00299520

Make sure you put your name or FIN in the Ref.
A confirmation email will be sent by Chess Edinburgh.

Contact us / Alternative Entry Options

Please use the contact form to contact us.

Alternative methods of contacting us and entering the congress are listed below.
Tournament Director: Martin Robinson
Entries Secretary: Dave Watson
Treasurer: Jim O'Neil

If sending cheques, please make them payable to 'Chess Edinburgh' To Entries Secretary Dave Watson Tel 0131 334 1062 70 Meadowhouse Road Edinburgh EH12 7HS

Errors and Omissions Excepted