St George’s Church of England Foundation School
Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2LH

Preparations are well under way for the 50th Thanet Chess Congress next month and if you haven’t signed up yet, now is your chance! In addition to some very generous prize money, thanks to our sponsors, the congress is an ECF Grand Prix qualifier and both the SCCU and Kent Individual Championships are up for grabs.  Most important of all, as this is the 50th congress there are special prizes of five brass kings to be awarded to the winners of each of the sections. These are being made by John Couzens of Broadstairs Chess Club. Not only is John one of the sponsors of the tournament but he is also a participant so it is possible that he may even win one of his own trophies. The picture on the left shows what the kings will look like and the one below shows the kings in preparation stage. John says: “Kings in wax from the new silicone mould, ready for ceramic coatings in the lost wax process” which I hope means more to you than it does to me.   

These are unique prizes – although John has promised to make some more for the 100th congress in 2069 – so sign up now. We are continuing our policy of free entry to GMs and IMs and have repeated our offer successfully introduced last year of £5 entry for U16s, which resulted in a high class field of juniors. Once again, there will be a charity bookstall and this year our chosen charity is the Royal British Legion. If you have any unwanted old (or new) chess books that are cluttering up your house that you wish to discard, please bring some along and we will make them available for anyone who wants them in return for a donation in the charity box.     

With this being the 50th Thanet Congress, we invited all those we could trace who played in the original 1970 congress to take part and I am delighted to say that four of those players have already signed up: David Horton, David Howdle, Zia Mehmet and Michael Wiltshire. Furthermore, we are especially pleased that Gordon Lloyd, who was the instigator and controller of the first and many other Thanet Congresses, is also taking part. We are optimistic that there will be more but if anyone knows one of the 1970 originals, please pass on this information and contact details of the Controller, Andy Flood (see below).      

Everything you need to know is on this site. If you have any questions, contact Andy. In brief, the congress consists of the following:

  • five round Swiss
  • five sections: Open, Challengers (U171), Major (U151), Intermediate (U131) and Minor (U111)    
  • over £2,300 in prize money
  • FREE entry to GMs and IMs
  • Only £5 for U16s
  • ECF Grand Prix qualifier
  • SCCU and Kent individual championship 
  • online entry 
  • ample free parking
  • charity bookstall
  • modern, spacious venue

Controller: Andy Flood                                                                                                                     aflood@sspp.co.uk            tel. 01843 446255                                                                                                                                mob. 07880 724893

Arbiter: Kevin Thurlow