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Friday, March 9, 2012

British blitz chess championship on March 24

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Hi everyone,

The 2012 British Blitz Championship will take place on Saturday March 24 , 2012 at the Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, West Midlands. 

This tournament will be FIDE-rated towards the new FIDE Blitz Rating List. You can access the official website for more info.

Format The competition will be an 11-round Swiss. Each round will be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds non-cumulative (Bronstein) increment per move. No ties for any place shall be split; thus, prize money shall be shared. The default time shall be 5 minutes.

Entry Fee
The entry fee shall be £15, and £10 for juniors. Holders of the GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM and WFM titles shall be entitled to free entry. There will be a £5 surcharge for all entries on the day of the event.

The following prizes will be awarded: 1st place – £250, 2nd place – £150, 3rd place – £75. There will be two grading prizes of £40 each for players graded under 160 and 120. There will be a £50 prize for the highest-scoring junior player i.e. a player who was under 18 years old on 1st January 2012. These prizes may be increased in value, or additional grading prizes may be awarded, if there are sufficient entries. Prize money will be transferred by the ECF after the completion of the event. The title of British Blitz Champion will be awarded.

Grading Prize Eligibility Where players have both a standardplay ECF grade and a rapidplay ECF grade in January 2012, the lower of the two shall be used for the purposes of seeding in this tournament, and grading prize eligibility. Ungraded players with a FIDE rating will be assigned a grade using the conversion: ECF = (FIDE – 650)/8. All other ungraded players will not be eligible for any grading prizes. A player can only win one prize.

This event will be FIDE-rated, and therefore games played will count towards the new FIDE Blitz Rating List, to be published on July 1, 2012. This will not affect your standardplay rating! There is no requirement to be an ECF Direct Member to play in this event.

Quinborne Community Centre will be providing sandwiches and other light snacks on site, at reasonable prices

How to get to the venue from Birmingham
Air: Birmingham International Airport is serviced by Birmingham International Railway Station. It is a ten-minute train journey on some services from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street. Proceed to the bus instructions for further directions.

Bus: The 24 service stops outside the venue. This starts its journey from Colmore Row, in Birmingham City Centre. This is just outside the main entrance of Birmingham Snow Hill, a five-minute walk from Birmingham New Street, and a ten-minute walk from Birmingham Moor Street.

Car: There is limited parking on the car park on site. There are more parking spaces on Overdale Road, which is alongside the venue.

British Blitz Champion Title
The following players will be eligible:
(i) Players who appear on the FIDE Rating List representing one of England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.
(ii) Players who presently reside in either the United Kingdom or Ireland.
(iii) Players who were born in either the United Kingdom or Ireland.
(iv) Players who hold any class of British or Irish citizenship.
In the event of a tie on gamepoints between players, the title shall be awarded to the player with the highest TPR.

Other Events
The day after this event, there will be a FIDE Rapidplay-rated Rapidplay with a £1,000 prize fund, including a £200 first prize.

Laws of Chess
The FIDE Laws of Chess will be used throughout the event. Specifically, Appendix B (Blitz) will be in force throughout the competition. Inexperienced players are advised to read these, and familiarise themselves with them.

Please note – No online entries will be accepted without payment of the entry fee. This will be done via Paypal, once you’ve submitted your entry.

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