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Remotecarrace Tournament

A chess tournament will be hosted for the first time in the Hayloft at Rainham Hall. The tournament will be one-day rapidplay event with open and minor sections. It’s open for chess players from Greater London, Essex and beyond to join us for a tournament with a beautiful, historic back drop.

The eighteenth century Stables at Rainham Hall has recently undergone a major conservation project. We will be hosting our first chess tournament on 1 October in the Hayloft on the first floor. Chess has a fascinating history and many games in London in the Georgian era would have been played in coffee houses, just like our re-imagination of Lloyd’s coffee house inside the Hall today. From 1700-70 the most popular London coffee house for chess players was Slaughter’s Coffee House in St Martin’s Lane. Slaughter’s was frequented by notable chess players such as Phillip Stamma, of Syria, and the French composer and musician, Andre Danican Philidor, considered to be the greatest player of the 18th century.

This event is open to all chess enthusiasts, to join us for a tournament in a unique and historic setting. Please note the Hayloft is accessible via an elevated platform lift. Our Stables Cafe on the ground floor will be open on the day 10am-5pm, serving refreshments, cakes, snacks and light lunches. Directions and travel information can be found on our main web pages.

Please see below for full details and booking information.


Five-round Swiss Tournaments. OPEN and MINOR (U-130ECF / U-1675FIDE). Prizes in each section: 1st £50, 2nd £25. ECF Graded and FIDE Rated. Maximum players: 32. Entry fee: £18 (see booking details below).

Date and Schedule

Saturday 1 October 2016, 10am-5.30pm (entries on the day will be accepted before 10.15am)

10.30 Round 1

11.45 Round 2

12.45 Lunch break

13.30 Round 3

14.45 Round 4

16.00 Round 5

17.15 Prize giving

Tournament rules

  • FIDE Laws of Chess (2014) apply, unless otherwise stated.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off at all times during play. If a player’s phone rings or makes a noise during play they shall lose the game.
  • If a player makes an illegal move their opponent shall be awarded 1 extra minute. On a second illegal move the player shall lose the game.
  • Players not arriving at the board within 10 minutes of the start of a round shall be defaulted. Their opponent shall be re-paired if possible.
  • Entry is deemed acceptance that the controller’s decision is final in all matters.

Rate of Play

30 minutes per player per game.


  • The most recently published ECF grades will be used. Rapidplay grades take precedence over standard play grades.
  • The most recently published FIDE ratings will be used. Rapid ratings take precedence over standard ratings. Blitz ratings will not be used.
  • If a player has an ECF grading and a FIDE Rating, both must meet the grade / rating limits for the Minor section.
  • If a player does not have a current grade or rating they should provide evidence of playing strength. In the Minor ungraded or unrated players may only win one third the value of any cash prize.
  • Any grade / rating conversions will be made using the formulae (FIDE-700)/7.5 = ECF or (National Elo-600)/8 = ECF.
  • All results will be submitted for ECF Rapidplay grading and FIDE Rapid rating. It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading and rating data being published in the ECF and FIDE online databases.


Online – complete and submit the form here by 8pm on Friday 30 September 2016 and pay your entry fee (cash or cheque only) by 10.15am on the day of the tournament. Online entries after 8pm on Friday 30 September will be treated as on-the-day entries and a £5 surcharge applies. Entries will be acknowledged by email if an email address is included.

By post – download and print the entry form, complete and post to Nigel Blades, 178 Lionel Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9QT, enclosing cheque (payable to Nigel Blades) to cover your entry fee. Entries will be acknowledged by email if an email address is included.

On the day – before 10.15am, space permitting. You will need to provide the information requested in the entry form below. £5 late entry surcharge applies. Cash or cheque payment only.

Players need to hold Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF membership otherwise a £7 (£5 for juniors) ECF pay to play fee applies.


Nigel Blades, ECF Level 1 Arbiter and FIDE Licensed Arbiter. Enquiries to Nigel, tel 029 8580 5867 or email


Thank you to our organiser Nigel Blades and London Public Service Chess League for loan of chess equipment.


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