Hereford Chess Congress
Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December
The Green Dragon Hotel has been recently refurbished and is situated in the centre of this lovely city
Arbiter: John Constable
The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 8BG. Tel: 01432 272506
See the Accommodation section for special rates.
Mrs Rebecca Gardiner, 18 May Gardens, Lanner, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 6AR
Telephone: 01209 217210 (Calls before 9 o'clock p.m., please)
During the congress, in an emergency, telephone The Green Dragon Hotel 01432 272506
Tournament Sections
For players graded below 175
For players graded below 145
For players graded below 120.
The July 2019 ECF Grading List will be used to determine section allocation and grading prizes.
Ungraded players must provide evidence of previous grades and recent performances in other competitions.
The decision of the organisers will be final as to which section an ungraded player may enter
Entry Fees
£35 for all sections to ECF members at Silver level and above.
ECF Bronze members and non-members must pay an additional ‘pay to play’ fee of £7.50
Juniors (under 18 on 1st September 2019) may deduct £5
Entries received after Wednesday 27th November 2019 may not be accepted.
Timetable for Playing Sections
Round 1 Saturday 0930
Round 2 Saturday 1400
Round 3 Saturday 1830
Round 4 Sunday 1000
Round 5 Sunday 1430
Except for round 5, players may request one half-point bye.
Rates and Conditions of Play
36 moves in 90 minutes, then 15 minutes quick play finish.
A player failing to appear at the board within 30 minutes of the start of any round will be defaulted for that round.
Prizes will be awarded according to the number of entries. Ungraded players may not win grading prizes and not more than third prize in any tournament except the Major.
Entry and Payment
Entries can be made by post, or by email to The entry form may be downloaded using the link at the top of the page.
Payment to be made with a cheque payable to Chess 4U or by Bank Transfer to Chess 4U, Sort Code: 30-13-42, Account Number: 12757768. Please use your name as the reference.
The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 8BG. Tel: 01432 272506
The hotel is located in the centre of the historic city of Hereford and is within an easy 15-minute walk from the Hereford railway station and under 2hours by car from Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.
The hotel has a limited car park on a pay & display basis. Hotel guests will receive a discount. There are also several easy to find NCP car parks in the immediate area.
We have negotiated the following special rates for chess players staying at the hotel. It is essential to book before 1st November quoting reference number 62455 to obtain these rates:
  • Single occupancy bed & breakfast £65.70 per night
  • Double/Twin occupancy bed & breakfast £81.90 per night
  • The hotel is a lovely chess venue.
    “Located in the centre of bustling Hereford City, The Green Dragon Hotel looks forward to welcoming you to enjoy the ambience of this historic hotel as you explore the city and beyond. Whether joining us for business or leisure, we have something for everyone.
    The city has a diverse offering of attractions from the ancient Cathedral on our doorstep, art galleries, great independent cafes, pubs and restaurants, modern shopping facilities in the Old Market complex and lovely walks along the River Wye and through the old city centre, all within a few minutes of the hotel.”
    Congress Information
    The congress brochure, list of entries and congress rules can be accessed using the links at the top of the page.