How to Enter


This is the easiest and preferred method to enter. Ideally you should be a current member of the English Chess Federation at SILVER level or above (as it will be cheaper for you!). There are several options for payment when entering online:

  • Credit card via Paypal
  • Cash on the day
  • Cheque in the post
  • Bank transfer

PDF Entry Form

Download and save the interactive PDF entry form on your computer.

In order to open and fill in this interactive PDF form, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Download the free PDF reader here — Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Alternatively, you can download the paper version PDF. Print out using your printer and post to Geoff Brown.

Phone / Email

If the two above options fail in anyway, please contact the Chief Organiser: Geoff Brown.

Tel: 07931 563 787

Entry Fee

  • ECF Silver members or above — £16.00 (£13.00 juniors)
  • ECF Bronze or non-members — £23.50 (£20.50 juniors).
  • Late entry surcharge submitted after 25 August 2018 — £5.00

To avoid paying the additional £7.50 you must buy or renew your Silver membership or above before playing in this event.

For further information on ECF membership visit: ECF Membership or telephone the ECF office, Monday to Friday: 0142 4775 222


  Open Other Sections
First £125 £100
Second £75 £50
Third £25 £25
Grading £25 £25

Prizes may be changed (increased or decreased) subject to the numbers of entries received.

Playing Schedule

Round 1 10:15am Round 4 2:15pm
Round 2 11:30am Round 5 3:30pm
Round 3 12:45pm Round 6 4:45pm
Prize Giving: 6:00pm

Grading and Rating

Eligibility for the sections will be based on the latest available ECF grading list. The following priority will be used for section allocation and pairing:

1. ECF rapid grade
2. ECF standard play grade
3. FIDE rapid rating — converted to ECF grade
4. Other grade or rating — converted if necessary


Darnall & Handsworth Chess Club would like to take photographs on the day for publicity purposes, e.g. for use on its website; or in a press release. If you object to this then please inform the Entry Secretary, Geoff Brown, in writing before the tournament. Click here for latest Photo Gallery


Darnall & Handsworth Chess Club
Stradbroke Community Centre
Richmond Road
S13 8LT

How to find us

By Car

Leave the M1 at junction 33 and head towards Sheffield along the A630. Take the second turn-off and turn left at the roundabout onto the B6200 to Handsworth. Asda supermarket will be on your right. Turn right at the lights after Asda, but before Aldi, onto Richmond Park Road. Travel to the end and turn right again, this time onto Richmond Road. After 500 metres the road rises slightly. The left turn into Stradbroke Primary School and Community Centre is immediately prior to a pelican crossing halfway up the rise.

From Sheffield centre, head for M1 motorway along the A57 / A630 Sheffield Parkway. Turn right towards Handsworth on the B6200 and follow the above directions from there.

By Bus

The number 74 bus stops outside the Community Centre. Services depart from Sheffield Interchange. The services are half hourly and the bus that leaves the Interchange at 09.35* should arrive at the playing venue around 09.50*. Services 24 (First) and 25 (Stagecoach) leave Arundel Gate in Sheffield approximately every ten minutes. Both services stop about 200 metres from the playing venue. Aim for the 09.07*, 09.19* or 09.29* departures.

* Based on the timetable valid on date of going to press

Car Parking

Car parking for about 50 vehicles is available at the playing venue. Otherwise please use surrounding streets.


Tea and coffee will be available at the playing venue. Shops, café and fast food outlets are about 500 metres away.


The playing area at the venue is wheelchair accessible and the venue has a disabled toilet. It would help the organisers if disabled competitors could contact the Entry Secretary, Geoff Brown, about any special requirements they may have. The Organiser will try to cater for such requirements wherever possible.

Phones / Electronic Devices

During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. Such devices may be stored in a bag as long as the device is completely switched off. If you are found with a device in your possession when away from the board, e.g. in the toilets, then you will lose your game and may be banned from the rest of the tournament and / or future events.

Late Entries

Please enter early to aid administration and to avoid disappointment. Entries submitted after 25 August 2018 will only be accepted at the organiser’s discretion and will be subject to a £5.00 surcharge.

Late Arrival for Any Round

Players will be defaulted if they have not arrived at their board within 10 minutes of the start of the round. Re-pairing will take place if possible.

Half Point Bye in Round 1

Players may request a half point bye in Round 1 only if they do so at the time of submitting their entry. A bye will not be allowed in the final round. Byes in other rounds will be at the Organiser’s discretion and must be requested in advance.

FIDE Laws of Chess

All sections will be played under the FIDE Laws of Chess and in particular Appendix Article A.4 relating to Rapidplay events. You are strongly advised to make yourself familiar with these laws. See Fide handbook

Conditions of Entry

The Organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry, or transfer an entry to another section, without explanation. Ungraded players cannot win a grading prize and, with the exception of the Open, may only win 50% of any other prize. Competitors can only win one prize and prizes will be allocated as the Organiser sees fit. The advertised prizes may be changed subject to the number of entries received. In the event of a dispute, the decisions of the Organiser and/or Chief Arbiter will be final in all matters. Players must agree to their grading information being published on the ECF website. The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee denotes acceptance of the tournament’s terms and conditions.


Pairings will be made according to FIDE Pairing Rules using the Swiss Manager programme.


The Organiser, along with Darnall and Handsworth Chess Club, accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of anyone attending this event.

If you've never played in a rapid chess tournament before, please read this short guide to tournament etiquette.

Turn electronic devices OFF or better still do not bring them.

If your phone or other device makes a noise during the game you will forfeit the game.

If you have a device do not take it to the toilet with you or you will forfeit the game. The arbiter will keep your phones during the game if necessary, but cannot guarantee their safety.

You should bring a pen or two if you need to write your games down.

You should bring correct change to pay your entry fees.

Make sure that the white side of the clock is up before starting.

Always shake hands with your opponents when you start.

Always shake hands at the end of the game, no matter what the result!

Never speak to your opponent during the game, except to offer them a draw or a drink.

If you have a problem of any kind with your opponent, pause the clock and call the arbiter and speak to them.

If you intend to adjust a piece, say, "I adjust" before doing so. Otherwise, if you touch one of your pieces, you must move it (if there is a legal move). If you touch your opponents piece, you must take it, if possible.

If you castle, touch the King first, otherwise, if you touch the rook first, your opponent can insist that you move the rook.

Offer a draw on your own time and AFTER making your move — then press your clock. Do not repeatedly offer a draw if your opponent refuses your first offer.

Do NOT hit the clock, especially with a piece. Each turn, move the pieces and press the clock with the same hand.

Adjust the pieces in your own time. If you knock pieces over, replace them in your own time.

Before promoting a pawn, find the piece that you require and replace the pawn before pressing your clock. You may PAUSE the chess clock to ask the arbiter for a piece, or to raise any reasonable query.

In rapid tournaments (25 or 30 minutes per player) you do not have to write the game down — but you may do so if you wish. Scoresheets are usually provided.

When you have finished the game, please reset the pieces and the clock.


Entering online is the easiest and preferred method.
There are several options for payment when entering online:

  • Credit card via Paypal
  • Cash on the day
  • Cheque in the post
  • Bank transfer

Pay via Paypal

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Discounts are available for the following:

  • Junior under 18 at 1 September (ECF Silver/above member) — £3.00 discount (entry fee £13)

PLEASE NOTE: Double check your grade BEFORE entering. ALL sections have grade limits and are FIDE rated and ECF graded. Check your current English Chess Federation grade here.

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3rd FIDE Rapidplay

ECF Grand Prix Event
6-round Swiss tournament

1 September 2018


25 minutes + 5 seconds per move. There is no requirement to record the moves.


All FIDE rated and ECF graded
OPEN — No upper limit
MAJOR — U170
MINOR — U120


Chief Arbiter: IA Adam Raoof
Assistant Arbiter: Phill Beckett
Chief Organiser: Geoff D Brown

Chess Direct Ltd

The playing equipment used in the tournament has been kindly loaned by:

Chess Direct Ltd
PO Box 18
South Yorkshire
S64 9AR

Tel: +44 (0)1709 890565

'Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack.' -- Wilhelm Steinitz