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The Wey Valley, Surrey Spring Rapid Play

Our County U11/U9 Team Selection Chess Championships Event Two of Two

The Ramsay Cups

Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7NZ

Sunday 18 February 2024

5-Round ECF rated Swiss tournament with two FIDE rated sections

All four sections start at 10am, but are expected to end at different times:

  • Major and U11 Championship– See timings below, we estimate the end time 17:45.
  • U9 Championship and Minor – We estimate the end time 14:00.
  • Web Sites:
  • Chess-Results and Pairings
  • Sections

    SectionFIDE Major for adults and juniors (U2000ECF)FIDE U11 Championship - Wey Valley Team Selection SectionECF U9 Championship - Wey Valley Team Selection Section Minor juniors only (U1100 ECF) for beginners/ inexperienced players not wanting to try for the county squads
    Entry Fee£32.50 (£41.50 Bronze/ non ECF)£32.50 (£35 Bronze/ non ECF)£30 (£32.50 Bronze/ non ECF))£30 (£32.50 Bronze/ non ECF)
    First Prize£110£110 and U11 Ramsay CupU9 Ramsay CupWinners' Trophy
    Second Prize£50£50n/an/a
    Third Prize£20£20n/an/a
    Scoring 3 points or moren/an/amedalmedal
  • The Winner of the U11/ U9 championship section will receive ‘The U11/ U9 Ramsay Cup’ which they can hold on to for one year (please return to Mrs Billington-Phillips in time for her to present again at this event 16th February 2025) and engrave it with their name which will be seen by everyone in future years.
  • ECF Pay to play fee:

    Bronze or none members of the English Chess Federation (ECF) pay an additional £9 (MAJOR)/ £2.50 (Junior Sections).


  • Entries received after Friday 16 February 2024, if accepted, will require additional £5 late entry fee.
  • Entries received after 18:00 Saturday 17 February 2024, if accepted, will require additional £10 Late late entry fee'.
  • No entries will be accepted on the day of the event.
  • A player may withdraw at any point up to close of early bird entry, Friday, 16 January 2024 and receive a refund minus our £9 administration fee. Withdrawals after this date are not eligible for any refund and forfeit the full entry fee.
  • Pairings

  • In all sections players will be paired using Swiss-Manager. Pairings will be posted at (see above for link) and at the venue. No discussion will be entered into concerning the pairings.
  • Nobody gets knocked out and players are expected to play all five rounds.
  • If a player needs to leave early, please inform the arbiters prior to leaving or upon your arrival if possible.
  • Scoring:

    1 point for a win, ½ for a draw or 0 for a loss.


    Please note: We estimate Minor and U9 sections will be completed by 2pm!!

  • Times below will be kept to except for in the junior sections when play will continue for the next round fifteen minutes after the current round ends for all competitors. This means that the U9 and/ or the Minor sections may finish all their games by 13:30 and be able to go unless they have won a prize. Prizes will be presented in their playing room about 15 minutes after the last games in their section/ room have ended and following this players of said section/ room will be able to leave.
  • The U11 may take longer to play their games, but the same system will apply, the next round will begin fifteen minutes after all games in the U11 section have completed and the U11 Ramsay Cup will be presented to the winner in their playing room or next door fifteen minutes after all competitors have completed their fifth game.
  • As each section will be played in a separate classroom, competitors can come and go in between games without disturbing the other players still playing their previous round. So, as we have tried to explain above those younger less experienced players whose games are over quickly will have only a short break before the next one, therefore, making their whole day much shorter.
    Section:Major and U11 ChampionshipU9 ChampionshipMinor
    Arrival From09:3009:3009:30
    Round 110:0010:0010:00
    Round 211:4511:3011:00
    Round 313:2013:0011:40
    Round 414:5514:3012:20
    Round 516:3016:0012:50
    Prize Giving (Approx.)U11 Championship only 18:0517:3013:30

    Please Note - the Major Section will not have a prize giving as all prizes are money prizes which will be transferred electronically in the week following the event.

    Time Control:

    All four sections will all have 5 rounds played with digital clocks on all boards with the time control below:

    Major, U11 Championship and U9 Championship sections clocks will be at a rate of all moves in 35 minutes plus 5 second increments per move per player.

    Minor section clocks will be at a rate of all moves in 10 minutes plus 5 second increments per move per player.


  • Players' ratings will be determined by using (in order) ECF Rapid/ ECF Standard/ FIDE Rapid/ FIDE Standard.
  • Unrated players must provide evidence for the organisers to assess their playing strength and any previous known rating must be declared (players who have never been rated do not need to).
  • If possible, the most up to date Rating List will be used to determine a player's rating. For players who do not appear in the January List, other lists may be used at the discretion of the organisers.
  • Rating Information - It is a condition of entry that players agree to their rating information being published on FIDE and the ECF websites.
  • Attention Parents: Can you help?

    If you can volunteer to help in the playing hall during play on the day then please email us at: one does not need any specific chess knowledge for this as an arbiter will be there, one will only need to take results of a section.


    A food van supplied by Phil You Up will be on-site selling hot and cold refreshments and there is a shop and café a short 5 minute walk away.

    Other Information

  • No player may win more than one prize. In the three junior sections the winners, in the event of a tie for first place, will be split according to the tie-breaks advertised on chess-results. The winner after tie-breaks will be awarded the Champion’s cup/ trophy. However, prize money (in the Major and U11 sections) will be split among all tying players.
  • It is recommended that all players in all sections record their games, scoresheets and pencils will be available to use. If you are unable to record, then there is a great video on how to here: ""
  • If a player wishes to be considered for selection for a Wey Valley, Surrey County Team they should enter the correct championship section (U11/ U9) regardless of what their ECF rating is or if they do not have one.
  • If a player would like to play to gain experience, try a tournament for their first time, are new to chess, have not played much chess, are a beginner they should enter the ‘Minor’ section, unless they are rated above 1100 ECF in which case they are ‘too strong’ for the Minor section and will have to play in a different section.
  • Contact details will be stored on a computer for sending out details of future events organised by
  • Free Parking at the school.
  • All electronic devices; mobile phones / alarms/ Fitbits/ smart watches must be turned off and not on your person during play or in the playing hall while games are still in progress. If you have an electronic device with you, ensure it is turned off and placed on the table for the entirety of your game. It must not leave the table even if you need to go to the toilet during your game. After your game has ended and you have given in your result please take your device with you, but only switch it on after you have left the playing hall.
  • The afternoon/ evening before the event we will email all entrants’ players details and other useful information, please check your entrant details are correct and let us know of any errors or emissions.
  • In all disputes the decision of the arbiter is final.
  • A list of our future events and the Wey Valley, Surrey County Chess Teams (including how to play for them) can be found at our website:

    Short Explanation of Terms

  • FIDE - The abbreviation for International Chess Federation but expressed in French as 'Fédération Internationale des Échecs' - website:
  • ECF - The abbreviation for English Chess Federation - website: ECF Web Site