Second Lancaster Rapidplay 21 January 2023

Cumbria uni

Contact: Richard Walsh, Email – [email protected]

Welcome to our 5 round ECF rated rapidplay event. We have found a different venue from last time which has free parking.

Prize fund £800 subject to entries. Note this is a not for profit event.

Entry cost £20 per person + £9 ECF for players who are not silver, gold or platinum ECF members

Time 10 am – 5.30 pm


Cumbria University, Bowerham, Lancaster LA1 3JD - Sentamu Building and the rooms are SB203 (the large one - congress) and SB204 (the one next to it – analysis room). You can park on the main car park preferably but as long as you don’t park where there are yellow lines it should be fine. No permits are needed since it’s a Saturday. See below for details of how to find us.

The venue is Disability Friendly.

Sections and prizes

Open – First £200, second £50. Grading prize £50 U2100

Major - U1900 First £150, second £50. Grading prize £50 U1700

Minor First U1500 £150, second £50. Grading prize £50 U1200

Opening of congress – 9.45 am

All games 30 minutes per player – no time increments

Round 1 – 10 am

Round 2 – 11.30 am

Round 3 – 1.30 pm

Round 4 – 3 pm

Round 5 – 4.30 pm

Prize announcements and close 6 pm

Arbiter – Keith Freshwater

Contact details for queries: Richard Walsh, [email protected]


There is a vending machine but you are advised to bring your own food. We have a separate room which can be used for food consumption and analysis. Please take any rubbish away with you.

Alternatively there is a Spar and a chippy up the road. There are also two pubs. The Park Hotel down the road and the Bowerham Hotel up the road opposite Spar . Neither are actually hotels! All within short walking distance.


Entries received after 18 January, if accepted, will require £5 late entry fee.

Eligibility for grade-restricted sections is determined by the published ECF RapidPlay grading list, as of 1st January or depending on date of entry

All sections are ECF graded. The following priority is used for section allocation and seeding.

ECF RapidPlay Grade Latest FIDE RapidPlay Rating ECF Standard Play Grade

Players without a current grade should use any grading previously held from the on-line ECF database and provide reference number from the site – see entry section for more information. This will be accepted as their grading subject to approval by the organisers.

Ungraded players are not eligible for a grading prize.

Ungraded players can only win up to £50 for the major or minor events. Any unallocated prize money in either event will be allocated to the runner up assuming they are graded.

A player qualifying for two prizes receives only the higher of the two prizes.

Prize money is subject to change depending on number of entrants.

In the event of a tie for grading prize, the prize is awarded to the lowest graded player

Swiss manager dictates the pairings in all rounds and they are not changed to suit individual preferences.

Cancellations – in the event that a player is unable to attend there will be no refund but please let the organiser know so pairings can be rearranged.



Maximum entry is 60 players – when it’s full it’s full

Entry fee £20.

ECF Grading Fee - £9 (Silver, Gold and Platinum members do not need to pay)

£5 extra for entries received after 18 January.

Entries are not accepted on the day.

please pay £20 or £29 by direct transfer to the Lancaster Chess Club Account (plus late entry fee if appropriate).

sort code – 09-01-27; account number 47651852. Include your initials and surname as reference number so we can match your payment to your entry.

After payment, please send the following in an email to Richard Walsh [email protected]:

ECF Graded players

Go to the ECF database and find your details. Click on your ECF Code to do this. Forward a link to your details to [email protected] together with which section you wish to enter (open, major or minor) and your name and rating. Use the priority list in the entry section of this website to determine your grade.

Note – if you do not do this you will be treated as an ungraded player unless we can track your details in some other way.

Ungraded players

Please email [email protected] the following information:

First Name

Second Name


Date of Birth

Club if any

How to find us:

By road:

From the north leave the M6 at junction 34 and follow signs to the city centre. Travel south, keeping in the left lane of the one-way system. Just past the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (on the right), take the first exit at the large roundabout onto Bowerham Road. The entrance to the campus is 300 yards on the left, opposite Bowerham Primary School. From the south leave the M6 at junction 33 and follow the A6 into Lancaster. At the first roundabout, take the third exit onto Bowerham Road. The entrance to the campus is 300 yards on the left, opposite Bowerham Primary School.

By rail:

Lancaster is on the main west coast rail line from London to Glasgow. The campus is a 30-minute walk or short taxi ride away. A taxi from the station will take around five minutes and cost around £5. Alternatively there are regular buses from Common Garden St – 100 or 4. Get off at Park Hotel stop and follow footpath to the campus.

Walking from the station · Leave the station passing the main ticket office and via the station slip road and left onto · Meeting House Ln. Continue to the traffic lights at the bottom of the hill and · Turn right onto King St/A6. continue straight ahead, against the flow of road traffic · At the canal bridge traffic lights, continue straight ahead, remaining on A6 · At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bowerham Rd · The entrance to the campus is 300 yards on the left. There is a pedestrian footpath just by the Park Hotel bus stop.

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