Frequently Asked Questions

So, who exactly are e2e4?

We are a bunch of chess players who enjoy running chess events as well as playing in them, but prefer to play in nice conditions rather than the common environment of a draft school or church hall.

The idea of e2e4 was born in the bar one Saturday night at the Bunratty Chess Festival when a group of English players were asking why there was nothing like Bunratty in England.

Sean Hewitt is the main protagonist. Sean is a well respected FIDE International Organiser and FIDE International Arbiter who has was involved for a number of years with the Gibraltar Chess FEstival. In 2011 he organsied and ran the 2011 Irish National Championships on behald of the Irish Chess Union (he is half Irish after all) and arbited at 2011 European Championships.

In addition to these events we also run the Leicester Chess Congress on behalf of LRCA, so you may know us as Leicester Chess.

Where are you based?

Some of us originate from Leicestershire, and played for Littlethorpe (now Heathcote Arms) Chess Club although Sean is now based in the North West.  However, people from all over including West Midlands, the South East and Devon are involved.

What events have you run so far?

A full list of the events we have run, including results can be found here.  Given the number of players who have played in one event and then come back and played in another, we must be doing something right! 

Read our testimonials to see what players say about us.

So how did it all begin - and how did you chose your venues?

Quite simply, a few of us played in the two Bunratty Chess Festivals on the west coast of Ireland.  That event, like many Irish events, is played in a nice hotel and was great fun.  Then we played in the South Lakes Open in Grange over Sands - again at a nice hotel.  So, one night, over a beer, we said that's what we should do - run our events in hotels.  No more drafty church halls or schools!  So we got on the phone and spoke to some hotel chains.  De Veres were interested right from the start and they suggested Milton Keynes as a suitable venue that they could provide that met all our requirements.  That event went very well and De Veres were keen to host another event - and we mutually agreed on Denham Grove near Uxbridge.  That proved popular with 123 players participating.  Things went well and we now hold regular events at a number of De Vere locations.  We also use Barcelo, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn locations.

You offer good prize money too.  Is that for real, or do you pay out reduced prize money all the time?

Yes, the prizes are real!  We need around 90 players to cover the cost of the prize money and (with one exception) we have always paid out at least the advertised prizes.  At every other event we have paid out additional prizes.  The exception was when we had a very small number of entries in one section so we  reduced the prizes for that section only.  Even then we paid out every penny received in entry fees as prize money!

We have never failed to pay out a prize that we have advertised.

How come all these events are British Championship Qualifiers?

This is an initiative from the organisers of the British Championships.  Any open swiss held in the UK which is FIDE rated can claim a British Championship Qualifying Place.  We have done just that, and indeed were the first to do so.

Do I need to be a member of the ECF to play?

If you're English and want to play in a FIDE rated event (which for us means all Opens, most Majors and some of our other sections and all of our all play all sections) then the answer is yes.  However, if you are not English OR if you are playing in a section which is not FIDE rated then you can enter regardless, although there is of course a discounted entry fee if you are an ECF member.

Ok.  I'm convinced.  How do I enter?

You can enter online for all events by selecting the appropriate button from the events home page, or you can download an entry form and post it to us - it's your choice!

What if I need to contact you?

Just click on the contact us button and get in touch via the most convenient method for you!



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