24th Heywood Chess Congress

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018

Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 1LW

Sponsored by

Van Leeuwen




The Van Leeuwen Harry Praeger Open

Open to all players

1st £300, 2nd 160, 3rd £80
Grading Prize of £20


The Heywood Township Jim Tennant-Smith Major

Restricted to players graded 180 and below

1st £250, 2nd £120, 3rd £80
Two Grading Prizes of £20


The Link4Life Intermediate

Restricted to players graded 160 and below

1st £250, 2nd £120, 3rd £80
Two Grading Prizes of £20


The Antonin Weleminsky Minor

Restricted to players graded 140 and below

1st £250, 2nd £120, 3rd £80
Three Grading Prizes of £20


The Kumon Maths & English Novice

Restricted to players graded 120 and below.  This section is intended as an introduction to tournament play and is restricted to players of any age who have never had any grade of over 120.

1st £120, 2nd £60, 3rd £30



Sessions Of Play

Saturday 16th June    Opening Ceremony 08.50
  Round 1 09.00 -  13.00
  Round 2 13.45  -  17.45 
  Round 3 18.15  -  22.15
Sunday 17th June Round 4 09.30  - 13.30
  Round 5 14.15  - 18.15
  Prize Giving Ceremony    18.20  - 18.30

Rate of Play

40 moves in 1 hour 40 minutes, after which each player has a further 20 minutes to finish the game.  Swiss system of pairings.



January 2018 ECF grades will be used. Players not in possession of a current ECF grade must state their last published grade, and the year to which it applied. Players with no official grading must give evidence in writing of their playing strength and all their latest chess playing results. If in doubt, please check before entering, as non-disclosure of material facts may lead to disqualification.


Congress Competition

Please note no telephone entries can be accepted


White to Checkmate in 2 moves