Kings Place Chess Festival

£3000 in prizes inc. £1000 for women and juniors!

DeMontford Bell Kings Place Chess Festival

Saturday, July 8th, 10:30am-6pm

90 York Way

London, Greater London

For more information, visit or visit the event page on Facebook.



Open to All

First place: £1,000 plus the De Montford Bell Trophy

Second place: £500

Third place: £250

Under 170 Major, Under 145 Minor and Under 120 Amateur

First place: £100

Second place: £50

Third place: £25

My First Chess Tournament Under 85

Trophies and medals


Gladstone Mini-Masters Individual and Team Awards

Major Under 170 – Best Under 16 prizes of £100, £50 and £50 Best U16 Girl

Intermediate Under 145 – Best Under 14 prizes of £100, £50 and £50 Best U14 Girl

Minor Under 120 – Best Under 12 prizes of £100, £50 and £50 Best U12 Girl

Amateur Under 85 – Best Under 10 prizes of £100, £50 and £50 Best U10 Girl

Team Awards – for any team of 4 girls nominated with entry

Intermediate Under 145 – Best Girls Under 14 Team - £100, £60

Minor Under 120 – Best Girls Under 12 Team - £100, £60

Stephen Moss, feature writer at The Guardian and author of The Rookie: An Odyssey through Chess (and Life), will present the prizes.

Please note that cash prizes will be shared. There will be a tie break for other prizes.

For any additional queries, please email organiser Adam Raoof at A copy of the tournament rules will be available on the day and all entries need to be submitted before the day.

Limited availability. Early booking advised. Sponsored by DeMontford Bell.

My First Chess Tournament If you are graded ECF Under 85 or ungraded and playing in a tournament for the first time, then you may play in this section. PARENTS - DID YOU KNOW that your U18 child might be eligible for a FREE English Chess Federation membership from 4 July 2017 (lasts until September 2018)? Check with the ECF for full details on 01424 775222 as it will save you ££ on entry fees - including Kings Place!

Grandmasters and International Masters - free entry for the first 20 registered into the Open and no membership requirement for non-ENG GMs and IMs. or email

Format: six rounds, swiss system (not a knockout)

Time control:
all moves in 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds added for each move made (Fischer timings)

Entry fee: various depending, no entries on the day

ECF Membership: ideally minimum Silver in order to qualify for a discount on the entry fee

ALL sections are FIDE rated and graded by the English Chess Federation.

The event is in five sections, Open (for the strongest players), Major Under 170, Minor Under 145 and Amateur Under 120. These are based on ECF grades. Under 85 My First Chess Tournament If you have never had a grade or you are Under 85, then you may play in this section.

If you have never played in a tournament before and you have never had a rating the new My First Tournament section is the appropriate section for you!

Plus: Watch the tournament live

Watch the action unfold live on the tournament relay screen - with live commentary from Grandmaster Chris Ward, ex-British Champion and Nick Murphy.

Subject to capacity

Schedule - please note the start time

Round 1: 10.30am – 11.30am

Round 2: 11.45-12.45pm

Lunch: 12.45pm-1.45pm

Round 3: 1.15-2.15pm
Round 4: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Round 5: 3.45pm-4.45pm
Round 6: 5.00pm-6.00pm

Prizes will be awarded no later than 6.30pm