Conditions 19/20

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Hastings International Chess Congress’. Entries should be sent to the Congress Chairman (address below). If a written acknowledgement of an entry is required, a stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed.
The Congress reserves the right to refuse any entry.

Refunds – a deduction of up to 20% will be made from any refund to cover any costs, and refunds will only be made if notification of withdrawal is received by the Director no later than 22 December 2019.

Late entries will invoke a late entry fee of £10 (the Masters) and £6 (other tournaments) for entries postmarked after 10 December 2019 (or 27 December 2019 for the Weekend Tournaments)

Eligibility to play in an event will be determined by the Grading and Rating lists as of 1 September 2019. The actual grade or rating used for all other purposes will be the most up-to-date value available on the first day of each event.

Players needing visas should apply by 19 November 2019. For a formal invitation contact  Pam Thomas Tel: 01424 445348 Email:

Information for overseas players
It is better to fly to Gatwick, as there is a direct rail link to Hastings. Those arriving at Heathrow or Stansted airports should travel to Charing Cross Station and those coming from Luton airport should travel via St. Pancras International and then to Hastings via the Ashford high speed service. Players from London should travel on the direct trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge stations.

National Express Coaches also have daily service between London and Hastings. Further information can be found on their website at

Players are advised that they should expect to pay a minimum of £40 per person per night for bed and breakfast accommodation in Hastings.

Please note that players are responsible for their own insurance against damage or loss to personal property.

The Hastings Borough Council website at gives information on all aspects of the town, including accommodation and travel.

Congress Chairman
The Hastings Chess Club, 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings TN34 1EB
Tel: 01424 436313 Email:

GM Chris Ward will provide commentary on the games in progress starting at 14.45 each afternoon.

Hastings Masters games will be shown on this website daily. Names of entrants to this and all other tournaments will appear from October. The final cross-tables of all tournaments will be displayed

Players should check this for the latest announcements and information.