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Wey Valley, Surrey New Year FIDE Rapid Play – Our Surrey County Squads Qualifier

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Wey Valley, Surrey New Year FIDE Rapid Play – Our Surrey County Squads Qualifier

Date: Sunday 22nd January 2023

Venue: Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7NZ

Four Sections:

A Section for adults and juniors of any age NOT wanting to try out for a county squad:

  • MAJOR (U2000 ECF) for adults and juniors

A Section for less experienced juniors(if rated they must be under 850ECF) and beginners starting out in their first chess competition U18 NOT wanting to try out for a county squad:

  • MINOR (U850 ECF) for juniors (U18) only

Two Sections for juniors wanting to qualify for a Wey Valley, Surrey county squad:

Please note, if you wish to be considered for a place in a Wey Valley , Surrey County squad then you MUST play in one of the sections below:

  • UNDER 12 (Incl. U11 and U10) for children born on/after 1/9/11   
  • UNDER 9 (Incl. U8, U7, etc.) for children born on/after 1/9/14

This is your opportunity to be selected for one or more of the Wey Valley, Surrey squads. We will select players for the following three squads:

  • Under 9 – mixed
  • Under 11 – mixed
  • Under 11 – girls

For more information on EPSCA and the Wey Valley, Surrey teams click on the this link:

EPSCA and the Wey Valley, Surrey

Attention Parents:    Can you help?

If you can volunteer to help in the playing hall during play on the day then please email us at one does not need any specific chess knowledge for this as an arbiter will be there, one will only be taking results of a section.


MAJOR Section: (prize money will be split among tying players).

First Place – £100

Second Place – £40

Third Place – £10

U12 Section: (prize money will be split among tying players).

First Place – £100

Second Place – £40

Third Place – £10

Highest scoring, eligible player (eligible to play for the Wey Valley, Surrey in EPSCA events) will be given the Champion Title and Foster-Yeow Cup which is to be held for one year.

A rosette or medal will be awarded to all players who score 3 or more points out of 5.

U9 and MINOR Sections:

First Place – Winners’ Rosette

A rosette or medal will be awarded to all players who score 3 or more points out of 5.


The following times are a guide because if it is possible we will bring the round time forward on the day.

Arrival From09:30
Round 110:00
Round 211:45
Round 313:20
Round 414:55
Round 516:30
Prize Giving (Approx.)18:00
Round times are a guide as if possible we willbring the round time forward on the day
At this Wey Valley qualifying tournament, entrants play five games during the day and no one will get knocked out.


In all sections players will be paired using Swiss-Manager. Pairings will be posted at .

No discussion will be entered into concerning the pairings.

Nobody gets knocked out and players are expected to play all five rounds.  If a player needs to leave early, please inform the controllers prior to leaving or upon your arrival if possible.


1 point for a win, ½ for a draw or 0 for a loss.

Time Control:

In all sections there will be 5 rounds played with digital clocks on all boards.  Clocks will be at a rate of all moves in 30 minutes plus 10 second increments per move per player. This time limit is used in the U9 section of the EPSCA National Team Championships with the U11 sections getting slightly longer so is good practice for these competitions.


It is a condition of entry that all players in all sections must record their games. If you have not done so before, it is a simple procedure and information on how to can be found here.

Scoresheets will be provided. One may use a scorebook, however, if a controller/ arbiter sees anybody misuse their scorebook (e.g. looking through it) during a game then the player will lose the game by default and may also be disqualified from the remaining rounds.


All games in all sections will be sent to FIDE and the ECF for rating.  It is a condition of entry that players agree to their rating information being published by both FIDE and the ECF (English Chess Federation). This information (Rating Reference Number, Name, Club(s), Grade(s), Rating Category) is published as part of the Rating list on both FIDE’s and the ECF’s websites.

How to Enter:

Click below to go to another webpage where you need to complete your details and make your payment:

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Entry Fee:

Please see the table below:

Early Bird (ECF Member)Early Bird (Non ECF/ Bronze ECF)
  • ‘Early Bird’ rate applies up to Thursday 19 January 2023.
  • ‘Late Entry’ rate (additional £5) applies from Friday 20 January 2023.
  • ‘Late Late Entry’ rate (additional £10) applies from 18:00 Saturday 21 January 2023.
  • Parents, guardians or family members who are not playing are welcome free of charge, but please only one adult/ carer per entrant/ sibling group.

How to Join the ECF or Upgrade a Bronze Membership :

If you and/ or your child(ren) would like to become an ECF member or upgrade a bronze membership, please use the link below.  Juniors who have not previously been an ECF member, get their first year free:

Terms and Conditions:

It is a condition of entry that players agree to the chess entries for all terms and conditions, which can be found here

Code Of Conduct:

Help us to encourage a fun spirit during the event. Not everyone can win but everyone should enjoy themselves and learn more about themselves and the game in the process. Our code of conduct can be found here


Parking and Other Travel:

Parking is in a large car park in front of the school.

Arbiters Decisions:

All arbiters’ decisions are binding and final.  Players must reconcile any disagreements before leaving the tournament hall.

Parent/ Guardian Rooms:

Will be available for parents and players who have finished their games to wait.  Entrance is not permitted in the playing hall during round times.

Disclaimer and Parent Responsibility:

The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, theft, damage, accident or children during the tournament.  Organisers will act in loco parentis providing supervision only in the chess playing hall while chess is in play.  Parents are responsible for their children throughout the whole tournament and must be on site at all times in case of emergency or other requirement.


A player may withdraw at any point up to the closing of early bird entries, Thursday 19 January, subject to a £7 administration fee. Withdrawal subsequent to this date forfeits the full entry fee.

FIDE Laws of Chess

We will be following the FIDE Laws of Chess with few exceptions which have been outlined in the two documents below:

For Information and Queries Contact:

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