Congress of the Year 2018

St. George’s C of E Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH 

over £2,300 in prize money

free entry to GMs/IMs

£5 entry for U16s

Welcome to the 49th Thanet Chess Congress, the official Congress of the Year 2018. We are naturally delighted to have been awarded this accolade by the ECF and the citation can be read here. If you have not played at Thanet before, we very much hope to see you this year. Full details can be found on this site and please note there is free entry for GMs and IMs and only £5 for U16s.  At the risk of swelling our heads to bursting point, you may also want to have a look at the Broadstairs Chess Club website which was voted Website of the Year.  

Thank you to all who came to the congress last year and we look forward to seeing you again and perhaps bringing some of your friends to sunny Broadstairs this summer. You will have noticed that we have a new venue which is no more than a bishop’s fianchetto from the university which has been our home for several years. In fact, St George’s hosted the Congress immediately before we moved to the university but it was then a different building to this one. The previous school was knocked down and the current building opened in 2010.

Once again, Andy Flood is the controller, Kevin Thurlow is the arbiter and there will be five sections with the same grade boundaries. Thanks to our sponsors, we have maintained entry fees at the same level including the generous reductions for GMs/IMs and U16s. Finally, following last year’s successful innovation of a charity second hand bookshop that raised over £100 for the Pilgrim’s Hospice, we shall again be inviting players to donate chess books which will be available for sale with all proceeds going to this year’s charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which has two stations in Thanet. For information about the work of the RNLI please click here.