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Sun, 16 Jul



Colchester Chess FIDE Rapid

Six rounds of FIDE-rated rapid games at Colchester Town Hall

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Time & Location

16 Jul 2023, 10:00 – 17:00

Colchester, High St, Colchester CO1 1PJ, UK

About the event

FIDE Rapid July 2023

Six rounds of FIDE-rated rapid games at Colchester Town Hall on 16-Jul-2023

Only £30 entry, FREE for titled players

Sections and Prizes

Three sections based on the latest available ratings: U1600, U1900 and Open


U1600, U1900, Open Prizes

1st Prize £100 2nd Prize £60 3rd Prize £40     

The higher of the latest ECF and FIDE Rapid ratings will be used to determine the section of a player.

 Players in a lower section can play in any higher sections if they wish.


Players should be ECF members at Silver or above. Otherwise, there will be a £10 additional fee. Players without a FIDE ID code will be registered as ENG.

Titled players (WCM to GM), please select "Tiled Player" for the ticket option.

Please scroll down to register

Time control

20 minutes for each player and 5 seconds increments per move

The default time is 10 minutes. After which, we will attempt to re-pair with another available player. The new game will be 15 minutes with 5 seconds increment per move.


The games will take place in the “Moot Hall” on the 2nd floor of the Colchester Town Hall. There will be sitting spaces in the Community Room (Ground Floor) and the Grand Jury / West Committee Room (1st Floor) of the same building.

Colchester Castle and Castle Park are within 100 meters of the venue. If the weather permits, these are lovely outdoor spaces to enjoy the break time.   


Free tea/coffee will be available.

The Town Hall is on the High Street, and all popular food chains are available nearby.

Details of any on-site arrangements will be available nearer the time.   


1. Car

There is limited onsite parking. The Britannia Car Park is about 8-10 minutes of walk and costs only £1 on Sundays. A closer alternative is Greyfriars Hotel Car Park by Castle Park, which costs £5 for 12 hours on Sunday. Several other public car parks are within a 10 minutes walk from the venue. Further details are available here. The Colchester park and ride details are here (Park and Ride does not run on Sundays).  

2. Trains

There are two stations in Colchester. The Colchester Town station is only 10 minutes walk away. Colchester North station is only 20 minutes walk away. Please check here for the service updates.


The Chief Arbiter reserves the right to merge sections due to insufficient entries in one or more sections. If merged, prizes will still be awarded to the participants of the original individual sections. In case of a tie-break, prize money will be split equally among the players with the same points. 

The organisers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property. 

The Organisers and Arbiters cannot act in loco parentis for junior players.   

Personal data is held solely for our events and to inform you of future chess events. 

We share some data with the English Chess Federation and FIDE for rating purposes.

Ask your friends to register for the newsletter The Chess Circuit here 

Check the calendar at for more dates and events

ALL PLAYERSYou should be an English Chess Federation at SILVER level or above, and quote your ECF membership number when entering. Check your membership status here 

Ring 01424 775222 to join or visit the ECF website to join.

ALL PLAYERS need to quote a FIN (FIDE Identification Number) with your entry.

Non-English players will have to obtain a FIN from their national federation 

If you are ENG then use this form to request your FIDE ID-

Please check your current English Chess Federation rating here.


  • 1 hour

    Round 1

  • 1 hour

    Round 2

4 more items available


  • ECF Silver + Membership Ticket

    This ticket is open to all current ECF Silver, Gold, or Platinum members

    +£0.75 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Ticket

    This ticket is for non-ECF members, or ECF supporter-bronze memberships

    +£1.00 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Titled Players

    This ticket is open for all titled players WCM to GM

    Sale ended



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