The building works at St Columba's which were a nuisance at the 2013 Congress have been completed, and we are back to our large (and newly-refurbished) playing hall with capacity for 250 players.
It is normally held over a Saturday and Sunday just before or after the Easter weekend.
The 2014 Congress will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April - two weeks before the Easter Weekend.
There is over £2,700 in prize money. The prizes for each tournament are £270, £135 and £70 (£320, £160 and £80 for the Open tournament). There are grading prizes for each tournament, and also veteran and junior prizes.
The format is a 5 round Swiss tournament, with three rounds played on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. A player may request a ½ point bye in advance for any one round except round 5.
Details of recent results are set out here.
|10.00||Round 1||10.00||Round 4|
|14.30||Round 2||14.30||Round 5|
Food and refreshments will be availabe in the rest area from 9:00am on both Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the Congress.
36 moves in 90 minutes (30 moves in 75 minutes for re-paired games). Unfinished games will be decided by a 15 minute Quick Play finish.
TCS will attend with a book store offering a range of chess books, trophies, chess sets and chess clocks. 10% of all sales quoting SAC14 will be donated to the St Albans Congress funds.
See our sponsors page for details.
In due course you will be able to enter the 2014 Congress online, and pay by your PayPal account or credit card. In 2013, approximately two-thirds of the participants entered online, and this way of entering was very popular.
All enquiries should be directed to Terry Douse: