Hours of Play

Saturday 23rd October Sunday 24th October
(Doors open 08:30) (Doors open 08:30)
Round 1: 09:30 Round 4: 09:30
Round 2: 14:00 Round 5: 14:00
Round 3: 18:30 Prize Giving: 18:00 approx

Rate of Play

All moves in 90 minutes plus a 15 second increment per move from move one.


All games played in this congress will be submitted to the ECF for rating. It is a condition of entry that entrants’ rating information will be published on the ECF website. Anyone objecting to this must contact the ECF Office in order that their details can be withheld.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones must be switched off in the playing area, and must not be on a player’s person at any time during their game. Any player whose mobile phone makes any sound during play, or who is found to be using or consulting any device capable of suggesting chess moves, will be immediately defaulted that game.

Late arrivals

Players arriving more than 30 minutes after the scheduled round start time will be defaulted. Players without opponents should expect to be re-paired 30 minutes after the start of a round.


A bye may be taken in any of rounds 1 to 4, provided this is requested with entry. However, a bye in round 3 can be requested on the Saturday of the event, provided this is done before 17.00.


Entries can be made online from the Congress website, using PayPal to make payment. Alternatively, cheques payable to Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress should be sent, together with the completed entry form, to Steve Lovell, Congress Secretary, at the address near the foot of the home page. Payment by bank transfer can be made upon request to the Congress Secretary.


Entrants’ names and ratings, along with pairings and results, will be displayed on the Congress website.

Covid Measures

While we hope to stick to the approach set out below, it’s important to note that the government keeps their own position under review. If the government legislation or guidance changes, we may need to follow suit.

We’ve opted for light-touch approach in our Covid measures. With a spacious, well-ventilated venue we aim to make the Congress as safe as possible, but we need our players’ help. Firstly and most importantly, if as the event approaches a player has Covid symptoms or any other reason to think they might have Covid, they must not come to the Congress. Instead they should contact us via the website as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. Secondly, we ask all players to bring a mask. Wearing of masks will be optional, but if a masked players requests their opponent to wear one too, we’d like them to oblige.

Weather permitting, we’ll open external doors to improve ventilation. It’s possible that you’ll need to wear an extra layer as a result. There will also be hand sanitiser available at several points around the playing area and at other key locations.

For obvious reasons, players should not feel obliged to shake hands with their opponent before or after their game.


Any photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. If any entrant objects to this, they must inform the Congress Director or Congress Secretary.


A bookstall will be provided by Chess & Bridge.


There will be free, self-service, tea and coffee facilities available. We don’t know how often we’ll be able to refresh the supply of clean crockery, but we’ll at least have a fresh supply each morning. Thirsty players are advised to bring their own reusable cup!

The bar at the venue will be open from around noon on both days. They don’t offer much to eat, but there is a Tesco express within a two-minute walk, and a coffee-shop not much further away (where our discount card will also be valid).

No Smoking

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building.

Car Parking

Drivers will need to display a parking permit on their vehicle’s dashboard. To save admin at the event, we’d like attendees to print these off for themselves from our website. The link to access the permit will be emailed to entrants over the weekend prior to the tournament (with a reminder a few days later). We’re aware that some may not have access to a printer, so we’ll also be able to give our permits at the event where required. Drivers will be able to choose from any of the three Moreton Hall car parks. One of these is at the venue itself, and the others are just a short walk away. If space is in short supply, we’ll also be able to use the field by the venue as “overflow parking”


We have again arranged special rates at the Dragonfly hotel. For more details and for other options please visit our Accommodation page.

Right to refuse entry

The Congress Director reserves the right to refuse entry without being required to state a reason.


The Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress is governed by a constitution, as approved by our parent body the Bury Area Chess League.


In all matters, the Congress Director’s decision is final.

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