Edinburgh Chess Congress 2020



3-5 April 2020


St Thomas of Aquin's High School
Chalmers Street

See below for map

A ChessBase Scottish Grand Prix Event



1. Premier - Open
The event will be FIDE Rated. All entrants must be a member of a National Chess Association. The East of Scotland Championship Trophy and £100 prize will be awarded to the highest eligible player in the Premier.

2. Major - Grading limit 1900/172

3. Bishops - Grading limit 1600/142

4. Knights - Grading limit 1400/122


1st Prize £1000
2nd Prize £500
3rd Prize £250
4th Prize £100
Grading prizes 2 x £65

Other events:
1st Prize £250
2nd Prize £125
Grading Prize 2 x £65

Additional Prizes:
Giant Killing, Best Game, and Most Entertaining Game - £65 for each prize

Edinburgh Evening News Cup - This will be presented to the highest placed junior, in the Premier, under 18 on the 5th April 2020 normally resident in Scotland. A prize of £65 will also be awarded.

Entry Fees

Premier - £42

Events 2-4 - £32

Discounts (All events)

A discount of £2 is given if one of the following categories applies:
Over 60, unemployed, school pupil or full time student, or a member of any National Chess Association.

GMs and IMs will be given free entry.

Juniors receiving free school meals can make a request to the tournament organiser for free entry.

Late Entry Fee

Entries received, or payment made, after 31st March will be charged an extra £2.00.

Tournament Details

Time Controls

All Events: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move.

  • Friday, Round 1 - 18.30 to 22.30
  • Saturday, Round 2 - 10.00 to 14.00
  • Saturday, Round 3 - 15.00 to 19.00
  • Sunday, Round 4 - 10.00 to 14.00
  • Sunday, Round 5 - 15.00 to 19.00

Prize Giving will be at 19.30 approximately


The Congress Director has the right to make any changes that are necessary to ensure a successful Congress. Arbiters’ decisions on matters of play are final.

Smoking is prohibited in the School and its grounds.

Mobile telephones and all electronic devices must be switched off in the playing areas!


Provided in the Refectory.

Friday 18.00 – 21.00

Sat & Sun 9.30 – 15.00

Congress Director

Jim O'Neil

Tel 07970 114159

Entries Secretary

Dave Watson
Tel 0131 334 1062
70 Meadowhouse Road
EH12 7HS