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Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 8:32 pm
by Mick Norris
Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk

Classic English weekend tournament. Three sections. Open, U165, U125
£600 first prize in each section Last day for entry Wednesday 14 Aug. Move rate 80 minutes plus 30 seconds a move

Free parking; ECF Graded; University Accommodation available

Owens Park, 293 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6HD. Owens Park is a large University complex three miles south of the City centre. Car parking is in Richmond Park, entrance on Whitworth Lane M14 6HF.

TIMETABLE Rd 1 Friday 6.45.
Rd 2 & 3 Sat 9.45 & 2.30.
Rd 4 & 5 Sun 9.45 & 2.30

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Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:38 pm
by Mick Norris
Entries

Open top seed currently IM Brandon Clarke
Major
Knights

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:30 am
by Mick Norris
Top seed now IM Joe McPhillips

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:35 am
by Mick Norris
GMs Stephen Gordon & Nigel Davies join IMs Joe McPhillips & Brandon Clarke, FM Paul Macklin & Yichen Han among the 37 in the Open

69 in the Major, 54 in the Knights

Record (recent) turnout

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:05 pm
by Matt Bridgeman
You should go for gold and go FIDE next year!

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:33 pm
by NickFaulks
Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:05 pm
You should go for gold and go FIDE next year!
It would certainly be interesting to discover how many entries would be lost through reluctance to pay the ECF surcharge. However, I can understand that organisers may not be keen to take part in this experiment.

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:46 pm
by Mick Norris
Shreyas Royal playing too

13 Federations represented in total

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:59 pm
by IM Jack Rudd
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:33 pm
Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:05 pm
You should go for gold and go FIDE next year!
It would certainly be interesting to discover how many entries would be lost through reluctance to pay the ECF surcharge. However, I can understand that organisers may not be keen to take part in this experiment.
Given the number that have FIDE IDs in the Major (the Open entry list appears not to be up-to-date), I suspect not many. They might be lost for other reasons, mind.

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:07 pm
by Mick Norris
All but 1 of the players in the Open have FIDE IDs

That's mint imperial though, as it is what the organisers think of FIDE rating that matters :wink:

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:23 pm
by harrylamb
The three biggest weekend congresses in the North. (Some would argue in England)

Blackpool
Scarborough
Manchester

Are not FIDE rated. I run Manchester. It is not FIDE rated because I am convinced that FIDE rating tournaments reduces entries.

I also help to run a FIDE rated congress. Bolton Easter. A similar event run by the same team with the same high standards which struggles to reach half the entry of the Manchester event. This reinforces my opinion that FIDE rating reduces entries

Harry Lamb. Congress Director. Manchester Chess Federation

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:27 pm
by John Reyes
harrylamb wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:23 pm
The three biggest weekend congresses in the North. (Some would argue in England)

Blackpool
Scarborough
Manchester

Are not FIDE rated. I run Manchester. It is not FIDE rated because I am convinced that FIDE rating tournaments reduces entries.

I also help to run a FIDE rated congress. Bolton Easter. A similar event run by the same team with the same high standards which struggles to reach half the entry of the Manchester event. This reinforces my opinion that FIDE rating reduces entries

Harry Lamb. Congress Director. Manchester Chess Federation
Some people in Lancashire might say Heywood :)

Re: Manchester Summer Congress 16 - 18 August 2019

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:24 pm
by Mick Norris
131 at Heywood 2018

160 at Manchester 2019

No contest :wink: