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Burntwood Rapidplay

Saturday 1st June 2024


Burntwood Memorial Institute

Rugeley Rd,
Burntwood, Lichfield, WS7 9BE

All profits from this event go to
Burntwood Lions Charity

The nearest Stations to Burntwood are in Lichfield. There are direct trains to Lichfield Trent Valley from London Euston and Crewe. Trains to Lichfield City station come from Birmingham New Street.
Once in Lichfield take the 8/60/62 Bus to Burntwood.
If you are coming by car there is ample car parking at the venue.

7-Round RapidPlay Tournament: 15+10

4-Sections ECF & FIDE rated: Open, Major (U2000), Intermediate (U1750) & Minor (U1500)

Chess-Results Event Page appears here




Major (U2000)

Intermediate (U1750)

Minor (U1500)

Entry Fee





1st Prize





2nd Prize





3rd Prize





Rating Prize






Players should be ECF members at Silver or above, Or a non-ENG player with active FIDE ID, otherwise there will be an additional "Pay-to-Play" fee of £10

Please note that Entries are only Accepted when the payment has been processed online. Unrated players will be requested to provide evidence of their playing strength/past grade or rating to enter them in the suitable section - The organiser reserves the right to change the section of player/s or withdraw them

No refunds will be issued less than 7 days before the event start time for any reason

Players may take a Half-Point Bye in advance in Any One Round Except the Last Round if requested on the entry form

Players without a FIDE ID code will be registered as ENG

The event is limited to 150 players


The Higher of the latest ECF and FIDE Rapid Rating Lists will be used to determine player’s ratings as published on the May rating list. Both ECF and FIDE ratings will need to be below the stated section limits to be eligible for the Major, Intermediate and Minor sections. In case neither an ECF nor a FIDE Rapid Rating is available, Standard Ratings/Estimated Ratings (with evidence) may also be used by the Organiser to determine a player's section as required

Rate of Play

Each player will have 15 Minutes plus a 10 Second Increment from start

Planned Playing Schedule

Please aim to arrive by 10 am to allow a prompt start to the first round. While every effort will be made to adhere to the planned playing schedule, the Organiser does not take responsibility for reason/s affecting the schedule beyond their control

Please note that there are No Scheduled Breaks for Lunch, etc. in between rounds

Round 1: 10:30

Round 2: 11:40

Round 3: 12:50

Round 4: 14:00

Round 5: 15:10

Round 6: 16:20

Round 7: 17:30

Planned Finish : 18:30


Tea & Coffee and snacks will be available at the venue to purchase - You can pay by Contactless Card or cash.

Disabled Access

The venue is Disability friendly - any such person needing help is requested to inform the Organiser in advance


Winners will be announced within two working days from the conclusion of the event. Money prizes (as advertised) will be awarded to winners & these will be endeavoured to be disbursed via bank transfers within two to five working days from the receipt of bank details from the winners. In case of a tie on points for Place position/s, the prize will be jointly shared, suitably modifying the overall prize money. In case of there being more than one player tied for the first place, there will be no second place prize, as the latter prize money will be pooled for the first prize joint winners. No player can win more than one prize and the organisers decision will be final. (i) In all sections, players without an ECF or FIDE rating can win a maximum prize money of £50 - the remaining prize money will be apportioned to other winners in that section/s

Pairings, Sections & Clocks

All pairings will be done using 'Swiss Manager' software and displayed on Chess-Results.com

Default time is 10 minutes, after which Re-Pairing may be offered for each player whose opponent has not arrived and for any player otherwise having a full-point bye. If a player does not show up for a round without informing the Organising/Arbiting Team in time, then the player shall be excluded from the tournament for all the remaining rounds automatically. Reinstatement of the excluded player will be at the discretion of the Organiser / Chief Arbiter.

In general, sections will not be merged. However, the Chief Arbiter reserves the right to merge sections if there are insufficient number of entries in one or more sections - Prizes would then be suitably adjusted

Score-sheets will be provided for those who wish to notate their games - please bring your own Pen/Pencil. Digital clocks will be used in all sections

Fair Play Regulations

To comply with FIDE regulations - All mobile phones and electronic devices, including smart watches, must be switched-off at all times in the Playing Hall. They should be put either face-down on the playing table, in the players coat on the back of the chair, or in a bag under the desk that must not be moved whilst games are in play. If it is evident that during play, a player’s device is not turned off or a player has such a device on their person or has had access to any such device, the player shall be defaulted & will lose the game

Any spectators (Players are classified as spectators after finishing their games), Parents/guardians/carers and others who may enter the Playing Hall must also have their mobile phones / electronic devices switched-off at all times


Photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes by the Organiser. One is allowed to take photos during the first five minutes of the Round only - if using a mobile phone to take photos, please ensure to keep them on airplane mode while play is in progress. Any objection should be notified to the organiser prior to the event

Behaviour, parental supervision and disclaimers

Please treat the premises with respect and follow all signs and rules as requested

A high standard of behaviour and respect for others and property is always expected. Players entering or leaving the Playing Hall while other games are in progress should do so quietly

Smoking / Vaping including e-cigarettes is NOT allowed in the playing venue; nor is the consumption of alcohol

The Organisers and Arbiters are unable to act "in loco parentis" for children. Parents/guardians/carers are responsible for their children throughout the entire duration of this event. Children under the age of 8 must remain under sole parental supervision throughout. Supervision of children over the age of 8 and teenagers may be shared between adults. However, Parents/guardians/carers should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children and their behaviour at this event

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

GDPR - Personal data is held solely for the purposes of our events. This is for administration and to inform you of future chess events. We share some data with the English Chess Federation and FIDE for rating purposes. Results, ratings and photos may be used on social media pages or in publicity unless informed otherwise. Please message the Organiser if needed

Additional Conditions of Entry

The organiser/s also reserve the right to:
  • Transfer entrants between sections & / Or Split or Merge sections depending on numbers
  • Refund players (minus the Paypal payment processing fee) if the tournament needs to be cancelled for any reason beyond the control of the Organiser
  • Withhold prizes from unrated players if they play in sections below their known strength & / Or Distribute the prize fund as they deem appropriate in the circumstances
  • Refuse entry without assigning a reason & / Or take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the event
  • Change / Delay the Start Timings of the Rounds based on the playing situation on ground
  • Spectators and Players who have finished their game (they then become spectators) are generally not allowed to stay in the Playing Hall and may be asked to leave the Playing Hall (area #1). There will be some seating arrangement for non-players in an adjacent room (designated as the Non-Players' area #2) at the venue. Thank You.