Thanks to generous sponsorship from Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd, we have been able to add new prizes and increase others for the tournament.
The tournament – a nine-round FIDE-rated Swiss – will have opportunities for international title norms, including for GM and IM, and now has a total prize fund of £3,150, including a 1st prize of £1,200. Other prizes are: 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150, top junior £100, top Under 2400 player £100 and top Under 2200 player £100.
We have confirmed entries from a number of very strong titled players, including 6 Grandmasters: Vojtech Plat (Czech Republic), Oleg Korneev (Spain), Jahongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan), Daniel Gormally, Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell (England). We also have entries from 8 International Masters: Justin Tan (Australia), Andrew Greet (Scotland), Grzegorz Nasuta (Poland), Alan Merry, David Eggleston and Gary Quillan (England) and Andrew Muir (Scotland).
To allow for the maximum IM, GM, WGM and other norm opportunities, we plan to use the FIDE-approved Baku Acceleration pairings system.
IMPORTANT: Due to the need to provide norm opportunities and space restrictions, we are currently not accepting new entries from players with FIDE ratings lower than 2200. Players wishing to enter after 9/12/17 rated less than 2200 should contact the organiser and will be put on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you are a titled player (IM/GM/WGM) and would like to enter, please contact the organiser, Tim Wall, directly at: timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com, or call: +44 (0) 750 372 2366.
If you would like to join the waiting list to enter, please also contact Tim Wall.
As well as our main sponsor, we would also like to thank various organisations who are supporting the tournament financially.
These donations have enabled us to offer a limited number of appearance fees to titled guest players (Grandmasters & International Masters) to ensure that there are enough non-English players to allow for title norms, and to offer coaching and financial support to local junior players entering the tournament.
Several local players are hosting a visiting GM or IM during the tournament. If you would like to offer to be a host for a visiting titled player, please contact Tim Wall.
Full list of entries received so far:
1 GM Vojtech Plat (CZE) 2560
2 GM Oleg Korneev (ESP) 2553
3 GM Jahongir Vakhidov (UZB) 2500
4 GM Daniel Gormally (ENG) 2474
5 IM Justin Tan (AUS) 2464
6 IM Andrew Greet (SCO) 2460
7 IM Grzegorz Nasuta (POL) 2450
8 GM Mark Hebden (ENG) 2445
9 GM Keith Arkell (ENG) 2423
10 IM Alan Merry (ENG) 2422
11 IM David J. Eggleston (ENG) 2389
12 IM Gary Quillan (ENG) 2344
13 FM Alex Longson (ENG) 2317
14 IM Andrew Muir (SCO) 2297
15 Paul Macklin (ENG) 2296
16 FM David J Walker (ENG) 2284
17 FM Charles H Storey (ENG) 2262
18 FM Chris Duncan (ENG) 2242
19 Richard McMichael (ENG) 2232
20 FM Sohan Phadke (IND) 2196
21 Thomas Eggleston (ENG) 2170
22 James Moreby (ENG) 2105 (junior)
23 WFM Sarah Longson (ENG) 2103
24 Stuart White (SCO) 2098
25 Joseph Dalton (ENG) 2045 (junior)
26 Daniel Sullivan (ENG) 1952
27 Yichen Han (NED) 1937 (junior)
28 Max Turner (ENG) 1923 (junior)
29 Nick Burrows (ENG) 1920
30 Zheming Zhang (ENG) 1900 (junior)
31 Robert Kane (ENG) 1893
32 Piotr Niedbal (POL) 1877
33 Robin J Nandi (ENG) 1810
34 Robert Stern (ENG) 1802
35 Mark Younger (ENG) 1720
36 Peter J Garrett (ENG) 1685