Scarborough Chess Main Playing Hall

Scarborough Chess Congress

2019 Details

Next years Scarborough Chess Congress is being held in the Spa Centre from the 25th until the 27th of October 2019.

There will be five sections, the Foundation (U116), Minor (U136), Intermediate (U151), Major (U171) and Open. Download Event PDF for more information about the congress and to send postal entries.


This should be your highest British grade unless it is an ECF F one in which case other national take precedence.

The Aug 2019 ECF grading list will be used. Players not in possession of a current grade must state their last published grade and the year to which it applied. Players with no official grading must give an estimate of their playing strength with evidence or a reference by a known player. In all matters the Arbiters decision is final. Ungraded players are not eligible for Grading Prizes.

Rate of Play

In all sections: All moves in 110 minutes with 10 second increment added with each move.

Round Times

Round 1: Friday October 25th 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
Round 2: Saturday October 26th 9.30am to 1.30pm
Round 3: Saturday October 26th 2.15pm to 6.15pm
Round 4: Sunday October 27th 9.30am to 1.30pm
Round 5: Sunday October 27th 2.15pm to 6.15pm

Prize giving to follow as soon as possible once all games have been finished.

Cliff Lifts

The Spa Centre is experiencing mechanical problems with the Cliff Lift. It is intended to have a replacement bus service running every 15-20 minutes. The cost of this bus is £1.

Prize Money

Almost £6000 prize money is up for grabs at this years event. The Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor and Foundation all have the a first place prize of £500, second place prize of £250, third of £125 and fourth place prize of £75. Grading prizes are also included in these sections.

This year the best Junior, Veteran and Woman prizes are all £100. The best scarbourgh player will get a £20 book prize. The junior prize is for players under 18 on 01/01/19 and the Veteran prize is avalible for anyone over 65 on 01/01/19.

Section for Everyone Qualified Arbiters Ages Welcome High Standard Open Scarborough Chess Venue


Qualified Arbiters

The Scarborough Chess Congress is run by FIDE titled arbiters.

All Ages Welcome

People from all over the UK and all ages come to play at the Scarborough chess congress. We have Junior and Veteran prizes.

High Standard Open

Masters and strong players from all over the UK come to Scarborough to take part in Scarboroughs Open.

Scarborough Chess Venue

The Spa is a multi purpose venue on the Yorkshire coast, it has held the Scarborough Chess Congress for many years. The spa provides places to analyse games, places to eat and other entertainment.