Players who are of any class of ECF Direct
Membership may deduct £2 from the entry fee to each tournament
entered other than the Masters.
Members of the Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club and players
residing in the Borough of Hastings may deduct 50% from the entry
fee for each tournament entered. Where more than one discount is
available, all may be used.
Cheques should be made payable to “Hastings International
Chess Congress”. Entries should be sent to the Congress Director
(address given below). If an acknowledgement of entry is required
a stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed.
A late entry fee of £12 to the Masters and £6 to other tournaments will be charged for entries postmarked
after 11 December (or 30 December for the Weekend Congress).
The Director reserves the right to refuse any entry without
assigning a reason. Except in such cases a deduction of 20% will
normally be made from any refund of entry fee. Refunds will be
made only if notification of withdrawal is made to the Director at
least 24 hours before the start of a tournament.
ECF grades used in the Congress will be those in force on the
first day of the relevant tournament. FIDE Ratings from the
October 2010 List will apply.
Players should note that under UK law smoking is now banned in all inside areas of Horntye Park Sports
Mobile phones: Players and spectators should not
bring mobile phones or electronic storage devices
to the venue. If it is necessary to bring such devices to the
venue, they must be switched off at all times and not used for any
purpose. Any player whose phone makes any sound during play
There will be a number of special evening events such as blitz or pairs
tournaments. Further details will be
announced in the programme.
Draws: Players are welcome to come along to the White
Rock Hotel from about 20.00hrs on Monday 27
December, where we expect to publish the provisional draws for the
first day’s play at about 22.00hrs.
Information for overseas players
It is better to fly to Gatwick as there is then a direct rail
link to Hastings. From
Heathrow or Stansted airports players should travel to Charing Cross
Station and from Luton Airport travel to London Bridge. Both of
these stations have a direct rail link to Hastings.
Those travelling on selected Eurostar trains should alight at Ashford International
Station for an easy direct connection to Hastings. Other Eurostar
passengers should travel to London St. Pancras / Kings Cross and
then to Hastings via Charing Cross, London Bridge or Victoria
Overseas players are also advised that they should expect to pay a
minimum of £30 per person per night for bed and breakfast
accommodation in Hastings.
Please note players are responsible for their own insurance against
damage or loss to person or property
Players needing visas should apply by 20th November. For a formal
invitation contact Stewart
The Hastings Borough Council website (www.visithastings.com)
gives information on all aspects of the town including
accommodation and travel.
Congress Director: Con Power
418 Harold Road,Hastings, East Sussex TN38 5HG
Tel. and Fax: 01424 431970
A list of hotels and guest houses in
Hastings can be obtained on request from this address or on the
Please note when the Congress Director, Con
Power, is unavailable, any queries should be addressed to Pam Thomas,
telephone: 01424 445348.
HORNTYE PARK SPORTS COMPLEX, BOHEMIA ROAD, HASTINGS TN34 1EX
Horntye Park is probably the best regular best chess venue in the country. It is
just over 1km from the town centre. Bus services go from the town
centre to the venue.
There is adequate car-parking space on the premises.
The playing hall is accessible to players with disabilities.
There are toilet facilities for players with disabilities and a
lift between floors.
Catering facilities will be available during most of the playing times.
Subject to confirmation on the Congress website the telephone number
of the chess office at Horntye Park will be 01424 718950 from 28th
NATIONAL CHESS LIBRARY
The National Chess Library now has a new home at the University
first collection to be donated to the library was that of the late
Sir Richard Clarke, the renowned statistician who devised the ECF
grading system. Next
came that of the grand old man of chess, the late Harry Golombek.
Other collections followed, building a library of approximately 6,000
addition of the National Chess Library adds to Hastings’
reputation as the home of English Chess. Further donations would be
collection has now been catalogued and can be viewed at
East Sussex TN34 1DQ
Tel: 01273 644640 or
on their website.
The Library will be open on
4th and Wednesday 5th January 2011 and
thereafter in term time between 09.00hrs and 20.00hrs.
HASTINGS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
These tournaments hosted by Sussex Junior Chess will be held in
conjunction with the International Chess Congress on Sunday 2 January
2011 at St Mary Star of the Sea School, 1/2 km from
For further details contact:
Paula Payne, SJC Entry Manager, 222 King Edward Avenue, Worthing,
West Sussex. BN14 8DL
Tel: 01903 209415 e-mail: email@example.com
This event is sponsored by Deutsch Industrial Ltd.
HASTINGS CHESS CLUB
in tradition, the country’s most famous chess club is usually open
between 1pm and 10pm. However,
players wishing to visit the club during the Congress should make
enquiries at the Congress Office at Horntye Park.
The Hastings Chess Congress Committee includes a Players’
Representative. Nominations are invited for
this post for the forthcoming year. Nominees must have played
in at least two of the last four Hastings Congresses including this
one. Nominations may be made before the Congress in writing or
by e-mail. These will be shown on the Congress website.
Nominations may also be made at the Congress until 30 December
2010. Voting will take place during the Congress after that
date. See the Congress website www.hastingschess.org.uk
for further details.