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The St Albans Chess Congress

Organised by the St Albans Chess Club, the annual St Albans Chess Congress has become one of the most popular congressses in the area, regularly attracting around 200 participants.  The venue at St Columba's College provides abundant parking, a spacious main playing area, a large relaxation area, and a canteen serving breakfast, lunch and hot or cold snacks and drinks throughout the day.

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.


The 2014 Congress will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April - two weeks before the Easter Weekend.


There are five tournaments:
  • Open - no grade limits
  • Challengers - for players graded 180 and below
  • Major - for players graded 160 and below
  • Internmediate- for players graded 140 and below
  • Minor - for players graded 120 and below

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.

Times of Play

Saturday                        Sunday  
10.00 Round 1   10.00 Round 4
14.30 Round 2   14.30 Round 5
18.30 Round 3   18.30
Prize giving

Food and refreshments will be availabe in the rest area from 9:00am on both Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the Congress.

Rates of Play

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.

The St Albans Congress is also sponsored by and The Goat Inn, Sopwell Lane, St. Albans.

See our sponsors page for details.

How to enter

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You can 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.

Alternatively, if you would rather pay by cheque you can download and print an entry form.
  • Click here to download the entry form in Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Click here to download it in Adobe Reader format (.pdf).


All enquiries should be directed to Terry Douse:

Telephone: 01727 751072
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Congress News

Our report on the 2014 St Albans Chess Congress has now been published on this website. You can view it by clicking here.
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