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.


May 17th - 19th 2019

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

Selwood Academy

Selwood Academy - (photo by Brendan O'Gorman 2016)

***New for 2019*** - Self-contained separate ground-floor playing arena for the Open


Current List of Entrants

Entry can be on-line here or by mail with a paper entry form. Alternatively, download a full-colour Congress brochure (which includes an entry form).
For a paper copy of the brochure e-mail name and postal address to Frome Chess Congress. Here is an Accommodation list of hotels and B&B establishments in the area.


Four 5-round Swiss tournaments with 4-hour playing sessions


Grade Limit

Entry Fee*

(not including any applicable ECF fee or Junior discount)



First =200,  Second = 150, Third = 100
Denys Bonner trophy
Under 165
First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Leon York memorial trophy
Under 140
First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Roy Hossell trophy
Under 110
First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Cyril Chapman and Jean Mackereth (for ungraded players) trophies
* For late entries after 3rd May add 3

ECF Fees

In the Open section there is no charge for Gold or Platinum ECF members.
FIDE registered players with a non-English affiliation 1.50. All other players 10.50

In all other sections there is no charge for Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF members. Otherwise 7.50

Junior Discount

There is a 5 discount for all Juniors under 18 on 1st September 2018.

Trophies and Cash Prizes

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.

Playing Schedule


18.50 Opening
19.00 Round 1


10.00 Round 2
15.00 Round 3


10.00 Round 4
15.00 Round 5

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

Rate of Play

All Sections: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from start of game.


A half-point bye may be claimed in any one of Rounds 1,2,3 or 4.


Bookstall and sets supplied by Chess Direct


Hot and cold drinks and cooked meals will be available at the venue.

Grading Information

The January 2019 ECF standardplay  grading list will be used.
It is a condition of entry that all entrants agree that their results will be forwarded to the ECF for grading.

Conditions of Entry and Competition Rules

The full Conditions of Entry and Competition Rules are here.

2018 Photos

2018 Congress in Play
2018 Congress in Play

Tim Headlong
Tim Headlong (on left) with Denys Bonner Trophy
Dave Marshall
Dave Marshall with Leon York Trophy
Jamie Beviss
Jamie Beviss (on left) with Roy Hossell Trophy
Martin Archbold
Martin Archbold with Cyril Chapman Trophy
James Grover
James Grover with Jean Mackereth Trophy
Photos by Chris Lamming (2018)

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