e2e4 Gatwick International

26th - 30th October 2016

Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick Airport, Langley Drive, Crawley, RH11 7SX, England

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A series of 10 player all play alls open to all players as follows:-

The Masters will offer players the opportunity to play for GM and IM norm in two 10 play all play all sections.  Players rated over 2050 can play the IM norm section, as can those who have qualified via the Challengers.

Unforunately, two GMs did not get UK visas and two other players withdrew.  We have replaced all of these players but it is no longer possible to run two all play all sections with all players having norm chances.  We have therefore taken the decision to combine the two sections into a 20 player swiss (still with 6 GMs) to ensure that everyone retains their norm chances. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The Challengers is open to players rated over 1900, or graded above 150 ECF, or qualified from a previous Major. Players will be placed in groups of approximately equal strength. The winner of each challengers section will qualify for the next Masters event free of charge.

The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 165 ECF) who want to play 9 competitive FIDE rated games of chess in a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to gain those all important rating points or obtain their first ever FIDE rating. Players will be placed in groups according to rating / grade so that all the players in a group are of a similar strength.

In an all play all, all games are FIDE rated, even if unrated players take part (this is unique to all play alls). Unrated players will obtain a full FIDE rating just by playing in this one event.

This event is only possible thanks to the generous support of

Part Of The English Chess Federation   The Friends of Chess

The John Robinson Trust were also approached for support, but unfortunately that request was declined.

We have negotiated special rates with Crowne Plaze Gatwick for players wishing to stay at the venue if booked through e2e4 chess

  Cost per person
per night (b&b)
Single £55.00
Double £36.00
Twin £36.00

There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying 4 nights at the venue, booked with e2e4 Chess.

A late entry fee of £10 will be payable on entries received later than Sunday 16th October 2016. 

Entries on the day will not accepted.

All entry fees must be paid when an entry is submitted, otherwise the entry will not be accepted.

English players must be Gold members of the ECF.

This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel. If you are staying in Gatwick, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue!

We'll give you a £10 discount off your entry fee if you do!!


It's not practical for an such as Gatwick to have an Opening Ceremony with the drawing of lots for colours, but we do believe that all players should be able to see that the draw for colours is fair, transparent and random. For those of you who have played in one of our events before, you will know that we like to be inventive when it comes to doing this.

We will announce how we will determine this nearer the time.


Playing Schedule

Opening Ceremony


14.50 - 15.00

Round 1


15.00 - 19.00

Round 2


10.00 - 14.00

Round 3


15.00 - 19.00

Round 4


10.00 - 14.00

Round 5


15.00 - 19.00

Round 6


10.00 - 14.00

Round 7


15.00 - 19.00

Round 8


10.00 - 14.00

Round 9


15.00 - 19.00

As this is an all play all no byes are allowed.  Each player must play in every round.



Time Control

All Sections : All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move increments from move 1

All games will be played using digital clocks.


Grades & Ratings

FIDE Ratings from the October 2016 list will be used for this event. ECF grades published in the August 2016 list will be used for unrated players.

All sections will be FIDE rated and ECF graded.


The default time for all sections will be 1 hour from the scheduled start of the round.

Ungraded Players

Players without a FIDE rating or ECF grade must give details of estimated playing strength, including any current or previously held grading or rating from the ECF or other body.


GM Norm Section

GM's - free of charge.

IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated above 2500 £50

IM's, WGM's and WIM's rated below 2500 £100

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated 2350 or over £100

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated below 2350 £150

Other players rated 2200 or over £200

IM Norm Section

GMs, IMs - free of charge.

FM's and WFM's rated 2350 or over £50

FM's and WIM's and WFM's rated below 2350 100

Other players rated 2200 or over £150

Other players rated 2050-2199 £200


Players rated over 2100 £35

Players rated 2000-2099 £50

Players rated 1900-1999 £75

Players without a FIDE rating £75


Players rated 1900-1999 £30

Players rated 1800-1899 £40

Players rated below 1800 £50

Players without a FIDE rating £50


Guests staying 4 nights or more at the Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel (booked through e2e4 Chess) may claim a £10 discount off of their entry fee.

All entries are subject to a minimum entry fee of £30.

Venue and Directions

The venue is in a prime location.  Crawley town centre is within walking distance (less than 1 mile) and Gatwick Airport is a short drive away (3.5 miles).  Car parking is available at the hotel, free of charge to those playing in our event.  There is also plenty of free on street parking within 5 minutes walk of the hotel.

   By Car:  

Take junction 7 from the M25 south onto the M23, following the signs to Brighton.  Exit the M23 at junciton 10 (A2011), following the signs for Crawley.  At the roundabout take the 3rd exit.  Go straight over the next roundabout (Hazelwick roundabout) - which is the 3rd exit.  The hotel is situated at the next roundabout (Tushmore Gyratory) - 3rd exit.  The entrance to the hotel is the first turning on your left.

  By Train:   

The nearest railway stations are Crawley, and Gatwick Airport (which is linked directly to the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport).

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express is the fastest rail link between the airport and central London. Non-stop trains run to and from London Victoria every 15 minutes and take 30 minutes (35 minutes on Sundays).

Tickets can be bought in the terminals, at the station, or onboard at no extra cost.

For details of prices, special offers and to book in advance, visit the Gatwick Express website or ring +44 (0)845 850 1530 (UK only).

Other rail services

The following services call at Crawley and Gatwick Airport. You should buy tickets before boarding the train.

First Capital Connect

Trains run every 15 minutes to Brighton (via Mid Sussex) and to Bedford via East Croydon, London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton. Services to King's Lynn, Peterborough and Cambridge leave from St Pancras International.
First Capital Connect website


Northbound trains run to London Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction, and to London Bridge via East Croydon. Southbound services run to Brighton, Eastbourne, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Southern website

First Great Western

Services run to Redhill, Guilford and Reading. Money-saving Gatwick Flyaway fares are available.
First Great Western website

Useful links

National Rail Enquiries or call +44 (0)845 748 4950.
London Underground maps
Door-to-door planner
 - use Transport Direct's planner to find the best route.


See full size imageBy Air:  

The venue is 3.5 miles from London Gatwick Airport. 

Special rates of £36 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) and £55 B&B (single) have been negotiated with Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel.   Due to high demand for this quality hotel we have only been able to secure 35 rooms at these rates, which are sure to sell quickly.  Because of this high demand, the hotel require a minimum two night stay in order to get the chess rate.


To book a room, simply include the details on your online entry form and then pay when you arrive at the hotel.  It's as simple as that!
There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee for those players staying at least 4 nights at the venue if booked through e2e4 Chess.


This event is only possible thanks to the support of the Crowne Plaza Gatwick Hotel.  If you are staying in Gatwick, please stay at the venue if you want the event to continue. 

There is a £10 discount off of the entry fee if you do!


Tea, coffee, alcoholic and soft drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc will be available, as well as a fully licensed restaurant, within the tournament venue for the duration of the event.

Please note that only refreshments that have been purchased from the hotel may be consumed within the hotel buildings.

Discounted rates on lunch, dinner and drinks will be available for all chess players.


No smoking is allowed within the hotel buildings.




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