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The Riviera Chess Congress
will be held on

Saturday 31st August to Friday 6th September 2024

At the TLH Carlton Hotel, Falkland Road,Torquay TQ2 5JJ

This congress has been organised by popular demand following the success of the first congress last year.

New this year, as requested by a lot of players last year we have a 7 round FIDE rated Open section. There are in addition, two, two section, 5 round ECF rated, Swiss congresses, a morning one (U1700, U1900) and an afternoon one (U1600, U1800) at a leisurely 90 min + 30 sec move. There is a £10 discount if you enter both tournaments.

Free tea and coffee will be supplied at 09:30 each day and will be replenished at 11:30, 14:00 and 16:00


You may claim a £5 discount on each entry if entering two tournaments.
SectionFIDE OpenAM U1900/PM U1800AM U1700/PM U1600
Entry Fee£48(£57 Bronze or non ECF members)£42(£51 Bronze or non ECF members )£42(£51 Bronze or non ECF members )
First Prize£350£300£300
Second Prize£275£225£225
Third Prize£200£150£150
Rating Prize£100£75£75

Note: Unrated players in the rated sections are only eligible to win 50% of any prize money
No competitor may win more than one prize.
If there are insufficient entries in any section then two sections may be merged, prizes will remain the same.

Entry Fees FIDE Open £48.00 Entrants must be ECF Gold or above members All ECF rated sections £42.00 ECF silver or above. Bronze/non-members must add £9.00 You may deduct £10 from each entry if entering two tournaments.

Mobile phones must be switched off in the playing area
FIDE Rules of Chess apply and the Arbiters decision is final. Default time 30 minutes

All games will be ECF standard play rated and ratings published on the ECF website. Unless informed otherwise the organisers may use photos taken at the event for publicity purposes.


The TLH Carlton Hotel is easy to find, being in the TLH complex of hotels, entrance and car park in Falkland Road.Please note: Car parking is free for hotel residents who have booked direct with the hotel, otherwise it is £10 per day. The playing room is the Riveira Lounge
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises.


Time Table

Opening CeremonySaturday14:20
FIDE Open Round 1Saturday14:30 - 18:30
AM Round 1Sunday09:30 - 13:30
PM Round 1Sunday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 2Sunday14:30 - 18:30
AM Round 2Monday09:30 - 13:30
PM Round 2Monday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 3Monday14:30 - 18:30
AM Round 3Tuesday09:30 - 13:30
PM Round 3Tuesday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 4Tuesday14:30 - 18:30
AM Round 4Wednesday09:30 - 13:30
PM Round 4Wednesday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 5Wednesday14:30 - 18:30
AM Round 5Thursday09:30 - 13:30
PM Round 5Thursday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 6Thursday14:30 - 18:30
FIDE Open Round 7Friday09:30 - 13:30

Missing players will be defaulted after 30 minutes from the designated start time of a round.
One half point bye may be taken in rounds 1-6 in the FIDE Open and rounds 1-4 in the other sections.


The June 2024 ECF/FIDE standard lists will be used for entry/eligibility purposes, latest available ratings will be used for pairings and determining rating prizes. Other lists may be used at the organisers discretion. Players without a grade must give full information regarding playing strength, including their best previous results and/or their highest grade. The organisers reserve the right to transfer entrants to another section.

Rate of Play and Pairings

All games must be completed in 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move for each player.

The tournaments will be paired using Swiss Manager computer pairings. Pairings and results will be published on www.chess-results.com


The organisers reserve the right to:
  • Transfer entrants between sections
  • Withhold prizes from ungraded players if they play in sections below their known strength
  • Redistribute in whole or in part a prize won by a competitor who has won or shared another prize
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress

  • Accommodation

Deals have been arranged with the TLH Carlton, the TLH Victoria and the TLH Derwent Hotels.

Bookings are to be made via their Private Reservations department on 01803 400500
You must quote the booking id number – ID 52425 at the start of the conversation

Accommodation from Saturday 31st August 2024 to Friday 6th September 2024 at the TLH Carlton, TLH Victoria or TLH Derwent Hotels at a discount off £5 per night over their best rate

There is a 2 night minimum stay for all guests.

Bookings are to be made via the Private Reservations department on 01803 400500
You must quote the booking id number –( ID 52425 ) at the start of the conservation)

Accommodation must be booked by telephone to get this deal.

Payment terms – a non-refundable deposit of 10% is required at the point of booking
The balance is due a minimum of 28 days before arrival.

We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.
Cancellation policy as per our TLH Leisure Resort Brochure and our website https://www.tlh.co.uk/terms-and-conditions

Further information

For further information on the congress, contact John at budechess@gmail.com