SOMERSET COUNTY CHESS ASSOCIATION
Somerset Trophy Holders
About the Congress
Organised by the Frome Chess Club, the annual Frome Congress is one of the most popular and friendly Congresses in the South-West, regularly attracting between 150 and 200 entrants. The Selwood Academy venue has comfortable playing conditions. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking.
The Congress is a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event, part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated. (There will be a second British Championships qualifying place if there are 20 or more Open entries.)
Dates and Venue for the 2017 (28th) Congress
12th - 14th May 2017 at Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
Four 5-round Swiss tournaments with 4-hour playing sessions
Somerset trophies are awarded to the highest placed Somerset player in each section.
Dependent on entry, there will be at least one grading prize in each section.
Team prize of £50 for genuine club teams of 4 players.
Except in the Open tournament, no ungraded player may win higher than the value of the third prize.
The entry fee shown for the Open section is for Gold and Platinum members of the ECF.
Other players must pay an additional ECF Pay-to-Play fee of £10.
The entry fees shown for the Major, Intermediate and Minor Sections are for ECF Silver, Platinum and Gold members.
Non-members of the ECF and Bronze members must pay an additional ECF Pay-to-Play fee of £7 (adults) or £5 (Juniors).
There is a £5 discount in all Sections for Juniors (under 18 on 1st September 2016).
Entries received after 30th April incur an additional £3 late entry fee.
Paper leaflet (with accommodation list)
Selwood Academy (photo by Brendan O'Gorman 2016)