Shropshire Congress 2016

We are delighted to launch the 2016 Shropshire Chess Congress which we hope will be our best yet.

The congress takes place on 8-10 January 2016 at Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford TF3 4AW.

Each year we conduct a feedback process with entrants and try to ensure that we improve the next congress based on what you say. We listened carefully to your comments after the last event and for 2016 we have introduced a new Friday evening to Sunday format, but still with five rounds for a new FIDE-rated Open alongside the ECF-graded Major and Minor.

We had another record entry last year and we are making further improvements to the playing areas to ensure ample space for players to move around without disturbing others, and there will be digital clocks throughout the congress with a new incremental time control.

The prize money for the Open has been increased significantly thanks to a generous sponsor, and since we don’t clash with the Hastings event this year, we have already attracted a number of titled players and hope to add to this line-up in the coming weeks. We have also increased the grading prizes in all sections.

We look forward to extending a warm Shropshire welcome to players from near and far. And as well as aiming to maintain our reputation for running a friendly, professional event, we will also continue our efforts to offer the best congress food with the help of the fantastic catering team at Wrekin Housing Trust.

Further details are available on our new congress website where you can also enter online now –

We are always very grateful to receive donations and this year we will put donations towards the purchase of additional digital clocks and equipment.

If you prefer to enter by posting a paper form, we are still happy to receive cheques! A pdf entry form can be downloaded from the website and please pass on the link to your club colleagues. If you would like a bulk supply of printed forms, or a banner advert for a website, please let me know.

Posted of behalf of

Steve Rooney
Shropshire Chess Congress