Ayr

Scottish Chess Tour

2018 Ayr Chess Congress

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018

Windows on the Ocean, Mercure Hotel, Dalblair Road, Ayr, KA7 1UG

TOURNAMENTS

 

A Over 1750

 

WILL BE FIDE RATED

 

B Under 1900/Over 1500

 

WILL BE FIDE RATED.

 

C Under 1600/Over 1200

 

Will be Nationally rated.

 

D Under 1300

 

Will be Nationally Rated.

 

All Events: Five round Swiss tournaments played under the rules of Chess Scotland.

Sections A to D - Ratings In determining which section to enter, players should use their start of season Chess Scotland grading, as published in the CS grading list, July 2017. Players wishing to play in a higher section and who have a live CS grade or FIDE grade at the 31st March 2018 which would be high enough to qualify may do so but should state the section they wish to play in at the time of entry. Players cannot play down a section based on live grades. Latest FIDE or national ratings will be used for non-CS rated players. Seedings for Sections A and B will be determined by FIDE ratings. Where a player does not have a FIDE rating their national rating will be used. For ECF rated players the conversion that will be applied is as per the CS Chief Grading Officers recommendation. ECF *10+180 = CS, so an ECF player rated 100 will convert to 1180 CS

Entry Deadline

 

Entries should be received by 13:00 Friday May 25th 2018.

 

ENTRY FEES

 

TITLED (GM, IM, WGM, FM, WIM, WFM) FREE if entry received before 30th April 2018 otherwise £30

 

JUNIORS (under 17 at the start of the tournament) - £22

 

ADULTS - £30

 

 

VENUE

 

The venue for the

tournament is the Mercure Hotel. The Mercure is a top class venue and hotel in the centre of town. It has fantastic amenities and with the 2018 event being the eighth chess event the hotel has hosted the management and staff are pleased to welcome chess players from all over, once more.

Accommodation

 

All players can book direct on 0844 815 9005 opt 3

 

Check the web site for prices and availability.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT FUN FIDE OPEN BLITZ

The Saturday Night Fun FIDE Open Blitz is open to all.

You don’t have to be participating in the weekend congress to take part.

Entry Fee for all players is £5 payable at the event.

 

Start time – 7.30pm. Finish time – 9.30pm approx.

FIDE rated. 1 Section. 7 rounds.

£5 entry fee, enter beforehand or at the congress.

All entry fees returned as prizes, less CS admin fee for FIDE rating.

Prizes – 1st place and rating prizes.

 

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA

 

All the latest news on the congress and other events at

www.scotchesstour.co.uk

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DISCOUNTS

Chess Scotland (CS) Members – Chess Scotland members may deduct £2.

Details of Chess Scotland membership and Chess Scotland fees can be found on the Chess Scotland website. www.chessscotland.com

Family Discount – £2 discount for each player, in addition to CS discount.

For example:

A: adult & junior (both CS members) – Adult £30 less £2 CS discount, less £2 family discount = £26. Junior £22 less £2 discount, less £2 family discount = £18. Total for family = £44. B: three juniors (two CS members, one not) – Juniors 3 x £22 = £66 less 2 x CS discount = £4, less 3 x family discount = £6. Total for family = £56.

 

PLAYING SESSIONS

 

Round 1 - Friday 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Round 2 - Saturday 9:30am to 1:30pm

Round 3 - Saturday 2.30pm to 6:30pm

Round 4 - Sunday 9:30am to 1:30pm

Round 5 - Sunday 2.30pm to 6:30pm

Rate of play: Incremental Time Control. 40 moves in 75 minutes followed by 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with 30 second increments from move 1. There will be no quickplay finishes.

Players without opponents will be repaired after 30 minutes where possible. A ½ point bye may be taken in any round, provided it is done so before the congress starts.

GRAND PRIX EVENTS

 

Events will form part of the ChessBase Grand Prix and (where appropriate) the Walter Munn Junior Grand Prix organised by Chess Scotland.

CONDITIONS

 

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.
  • The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry without assigning a reason.
  • Take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the congress.

 

Quick Entry

 

Click the link below to complete the online entry form.

PRIZES

All Sections

 

1st - £150

2nd - £100

3rd - £50

Grading Prizes - £30

 

Additional prizes may be added depending on entries.

Where places are tied for, the prizes will be shared.

There will be no official prize giving immediately after the congress. All prizes will be mailed by cheque or paid by bank transfer in the week following the congress.

 

It is therefore important that all entrants provide a home address or a contact e-mail to ensure that all prize winners receive their prize.

 

This saves players who finish early in round 5 from waiting around to receive prizes and allows the organising team to clear down the event and travel home at a reasonable hour.

 

 

Iain Fraser Junior Cup

 

1st - £75, Iain Fraser Cup & Gold Medal.

2nd - £50 & Silver Medal

3rd - £25 & Bronze Medal

 

Open to all graded juniors under 17 at 26th May 2018, regardless of section. Placings will be determined by tournament performance against live grade as given on the CS grading database at the start of the tournament.

Ali Roy Cup

 

1st - £50 & Ali Roy Cup.

 

Open to all graded females, regardless of section. The winner will be determined by tournament performance against live grade as given on the CS grading database at the start of the tournament.

Carol Wright Senior Cup

 

1st - £50 & Carol Wright Senior Cup.

 

Open to all players over 55 at 27th May 2018, regardless of section. The winner will be determined by performance against live grade as given on the CS grading database at the start of the tournament.