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30 March-02 April, 2018
Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2UN

Generously supported by the Essex Chess Association

Chief Organiser: Adam Raoof

Arbiters: Adam Raoof, Norman Went, Michael Flatt and Tim Dickinson

Links: Online Entry | Downloadable Entry Form (pdf) | EntrantsWhere to stay


  • ALL tournaments are now 7 rounds!
  • FIDE Rated Open
  • You can take two half point byes (not in the last round).
  • Parking is free and we have lots of space!
  • Start 11am, finish by 8pm - easily commutable
  • 90 minutes per player + 30 seconds a move throughout
  • Top boards live on the internet!

Annual chess festival now in its 62nd year


  • FIDE Open to all
  • Leigh on Sea Under 170 / ECF Graded
  • Westcliff Under 145 / ECF Graded
  • Southchurch Under 120 / ECF Graded
  • Thorpe Bay Under 95 / ECF Graded

ALL tournaments consist of 7 rounds. 90 minutes per player per game PLUS 30 seconds per move. All events are ECF graded and the Open is also FIDE rated. YOU MAY TAKE TWO BYES in any rounds but the final round, as long as you book them with your entry.

ENGLISH players in the Open must be Gold or Platinum members of the English Chess Federation. Players in the ECF graded sections should be Silver or above, but Bronze and non-ECF members may play on payment of a supplement.


Open - £800 / £500 / £200
ECF Sections - £150 / £75 / £40


Friday 30th March - Rounds 1 and 2 at 11am and 4pm
Saturday 31st March  - Rounds 3 and 4 at 11am and 4pm
Sunday 1st April  - Rounds 5 and 6 at 11am and 4pm
Monday 2nd April  - Final Round 7 at 11am 


will be awarded to the highest placed eligible player in the FIDE Open

Quick links

You can find these features on the 2018 Congress menu, or simply click the links below!

Linked features are available now. Non-linked features will be available in due course.

We have access to a small number of sensory boards and are broadcasting the top three games in the FIDE Open each round. This new DGT LiveChess Cloud format is best viewed with Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera, but it doesn't work so well with IE11. To select the games for each round, click on one of the above links, then click on the header above the board view.

Get me there

 Click the link for directions to

 The Southend Congress

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