Frome 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 part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships.
The Open is FIDE-rated and part of the British Championships Qualifying Grand Prix.

Somerset Trophy  Winners 2017

Trophies are awarded to the highest placed Somerset player in each section.

Jack Opie - Jean Mackereth and Cyril Chapman Trophies
Jack Opie
Jean Mackereth and
Cyril Chapman Trophies

David McGeeney - Roy Hossell Trophy
David McGeeney
Roy Hossell Trophy

Tim Woodward - Leon York Trophy
Tim Woodward
Leon York Trophy

Andy Gregory - Denys Bonner Trophy
Andrew Gregory
Denys Bonner Trophy


May 18th - 20th 2018

Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF

5-Round ECF graded Swiss tournament

Open is FIDE-rated

On-line Entry or Paper Entry Form

Accommodation List    2018 Brochure

List of Entrants



Open Major U165 Intermediate U140 Minor U110

Entry Fee

30 21 21 21

First Prize

200 150 150 150

Second Prize

150 125 125 125

Third Prize

100 90 90 90

Entry fees above are for ECF Gold members in the Open and Silver members in the other sections. For other entrants an additional charge may apply.
There is a 5 discount for Juniors.


Entries received after Friday 4th May 2018, if accepted, will require 3 late entry fee.

On-line entries will be accepted up to midnight on 17th May 2018.


90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from start of game (all sections)


FRIDAY 18th May
Opening  18.50    Round 1   19.00
SATURDAY 19th May       
Round 2   10.00    Round 3   15.00
SUNDAY 20th May       
Round 4   10.00    Round 5   15.00 

Players will be defaulted if not present within 30 minutes of start of round.


Participation in this Congress implies acceptance of the Congress Competition Rules.


If disabled, please send description of any special requirements that would help you to take part in this event to Frome Congress Entries

The 2017 (28th) Congress

12th - 14th May 2017 at Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF

The 2017 Congress was one of the most successful ever.. There was an exceptionally large entry of 188 with record numbers in the Minor and Intermediate sections. Particularly pleasing was the relatively large number of juniors of both sexes, many of whom were playing their first ever standard play tournament. This bodes well for the future. A good time was had by all.

28th Congress in play
Congress in play (Photo by Kevin Paine)


Open    Major (U165)    Intermediate (U140)    Minor (U110)

Prize Winners

All the Games from the Open

Allan Pleasants Jane Richmond

Allan Pleasants and Jane Richmond - Joint First in the Open along with Scott Crockart (Photos by Dave Tipper)

Selwood Academy

Selwood Academy
(photo by Brendan O'Gorman 2016)