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The Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 2HB

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th March 2017

Sponsored by

The Hotel Collection

£6400 in Prizes

Five Sections + British Championship Qualifier

An English Chess Federation GAME FEE Event

Congress Director: Simon Woodcock
Chief Controller: David Welch, ECF Chief Arbiter



Lancashire Open

1st Prize £700, 2nd £400, 3rd £200

Three Grading Prizes of £100

Best Junior £30


The Imperial Major

For players graded below 181

1st Prize £500, 2nd £300

Five Grading Prizes of £100

Best Veteran £50

Best Junior £30


The Intermediate

For players graded below 155

1st Prize £500, 2nd £200

Four Grading Prizes of £100

Best Veteran £50

Best Junior £30


The Minor

For players graded below 135

1st Prize £500, 2nd £200

Four Grading Prizes of £100

Best Veteran £50

Best Junior £30


The Standard

For players graded below 115

1st Prize £400, 2nd £200, 3rd £100

Four Grading Prizes of £50

Best Veteran £50

Best Junior £30

All cash prizes will be posted out after the tournament and must be claimed within 6 months from the end of the tournament.


The August 2016 ECF grading list will be used unless players without a grade in this list have a grade in the January 2017 list.

Grading history and other sources may be used to place a player in a higher section.

Players without a current grade must give their last published grade and the year of publication. Failure to disclose will result in disqualification.

The highest published grade must be used for Yorkshire/non-English players, ECF "F" grades have a lower priority.

Adult players (over 18 years of age) without a grade/history may only enter the Open section. Ungraded juniors must give a full indication of their strength.

Players with grades/ratings that are not in the public domain must supply a signed photocopy of their grading/rating.

The Director reserves the right to place any entry whose grade cannot be verified into the section of his choice.

Grading Prizes - Players with a ELO/FIDE rating will be assigned a converted grade for the purpose of grading prizes.

It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading information being published on the ECF Website. Players not wishing to have their details published on the ECF Website should contact the ECF Office directly. All results will be sent to the ECF for grading in the ECF Grading List.

The last date for entry is Thursday March 9th 2017. Players should check the website to confirm entry. No entries accepted after this date. No telephone entries accepted at any time.


Friday Opening Ceremony    18:55
  Round 1 19:00 - 23:00
Saturday       Round 2 09:30 - 13:30
  Round 3 14:15 - 18:15
Sunday Round 4 09:30 - 13:30
  Round 5 14:15 - 18:15

Rate of Play

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


The Imperial Hotel is the most famous and historic hotel in the lively coastal resort of Blackpool!

It is situated on Blackpool's North Promenade with spectacular views over glorious beaches to the Irish Sea, only minutes from all local attractions.

The Imperial Hotel has hosted the créme de la créme of British politics with the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair at their annual party conferences and now hosts one of the largest weekend chess congresses in Britain ... the Blackpool Chess Conference!

PLEASE NOTE: No food or drink to be taken onto the premises. The Imperial is offering special reduced prices on food and drink in our areas of the hotel.

The hotel have replaced the car park barriers and have made the car park for hotel guests only. They have also increased the daily charge to £5. The Congress Director was not aware of this change at the time the entry form went to print.


The bookstall at the 2017 Blackpool Chess Conference will be provided courtesy of Chess Direct Ltd, sponsors of the Junior Prizes.  A full range of chess goods will be on sale throughout the congress.