Blackpool Chess Conference

 2014 Blackpool Open Winner - Matthew Sadler

GM Matthew Sadler, winner of the 2014 Puma Lancashire Open, receives the Jack Wolstenholme Trophy from Congress Director, the late Simon Woodcock



Welcome to the website of the Blackpool Chess Conference - one of the largest weekend chess tournaments in Britain. The event is run by Bill O'Rourke and his team and takes place every year in early February, the next one will take place on the  9th to the 11th of February.

Entries are now closed we hope you have a fun conference. 

Here you will find everything that you need to know about Blackpool Conferences past, present and future! 
Latest News

Do you know of a promising young player 10-16? If so please bring the following to their notice.

Blackpool Congress will be used to assess young players as follows, under the auspices of Peter Purland, Chairman of EPSCA:

a/ The congress will be used as a junior squad trial for players over 11 years of age and under 16 (Y7-11). All sections will count as a half norm qualifier for all players of the correct age. Players will play in their normal section as per grade. A score of 2.5/4 plus half point bye or 3/5 will qualify for the half norm.

b/ The congress will also count as an Under 11's Epsca trial to be held at Liverpool College April 22nd & 23rd. (Y5 and 6 only) Scores as above to count.

If you have any questions regards these trials, please direct them to:

Peter Purland

01516391798 or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Covid Guidance 

In line with most tournaments and businesses, there will be NO requirement to wear a mask at present, though hand sanitiser will be available at many points. If a player wishes to wear a mask or not PLEASE be courteous to their preference. 
This years Sponsor is Chess Essentials
Chess Essential chess stall at Dundee

Chess Essentials will attend with a chess stall.
Contact details 07914885976
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Contact Howard for any pre-orders.




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