Frome Congress

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

Somerset Trophy Holders

Rob Skeen - Jean Mackereth
Robert Skeen
Jean Mackereth Trophy
Alastair Drummond - Cyril Chapman
Alastair Drummond
Cyril Chapman Trophy
Hugo Fowler - Roy Hossell
Hugo Fowler
Roy Hossell Trophy
Tim Woodward - Leon York
Tim Woodward
Leon York Trophy
David Buckley - Denys Bonner
David Buckley
Denys Bonner Trophy

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


Grade Limit

Entry Fee

Time Control



90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move

First =200,  Second = 150, Third = 100
Denys Bonner trophy
Under 165
40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 minutes quick-play finish

First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Leon York memorial trophy
Under 140
40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 minutes quick-play finish

First=150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Roy Hossell trophy
Under 110
40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 minutes quick-play finish

First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Cyril Chapman and Jean Mackereth (for ungraded players) trophies

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.

Conditions of Entry

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On-line entry or  Download paper entry form

   Paper leaflet (with accommodation list)

Current List of Players

Open    Major    Intermediate    Minor