Worcestershire Chess Association
Closed Congress 2024

Saturday 13th July
Sunday 14th July

King's School Worcester,
Dining Hall

Tournament Details

Saturday 13th July to Sunday 14th July
King's School Worcester, Dining Hall
Entry Fees
Adult: £12
Junior(u18): £6
Four Round Swiss, Single Section
Time Control
75 minutes for each player with a 30 second increment from move 1
Aiden Griffiths
There are six WCA Champion trophies to compete for. There are no cash prizes so as to keep entry fees to a minimum
There will be facilities for making tea and coffee, along with biscuits and other snacks available for all players.
Direct Confrontation > Buchholz Cut 1 > Buchholz
Round 1 Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Round 2 Saturday 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Round 3 Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Round 4 Sunday 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Prize Giving Sunday 6.30 p.m. approx.

WCA Champion Titles

Individual Champion

Awarded to the overall winner of the WCA Closed Congress 2024.

Women's Champion

Awarded to the highest scoring female player.

Junior Champion

Awarded to the highest scoring player aged under 18 on 13th July 2024.

Senior Champion

Awarded to the player with the highest score out of those born in the years 1960 to 1974.

Veteran Champion

Awarded to the highest scoring player born in 1959 or earlier.

Minor Champion

Awarded to the highest scoring player with a rating of 1650 or below in the July 2024 ECF standardplay original rating list with five rated games played prior.


Venue Address

King's School Worcester
Castle Place

Google Maps


King's School is next door to the town center, behind the Cathedral. Castle Place is a narrow road nearby (but not through) Edgar Tower, which leads directly into the campus. Signage there will direct you to the Dining Hall.

Please note that if travelling by car there is no parking at the school campus itself.


City Center parking is available at King Street, Clare Street, Tallow Hill or the multi-storey St Martin's Gate municipal car parks or the NCP Cathedral story car park. A full list of parking spots can be viewed on the City Council's website.

Rules & Regulations

ECF Membership
ECF membership of Bronze or above is strongly encouraged. Players without an ECF membership must pay an additional £9 to cover ECF 'pay to play' costs. Juniors can receive a free silver membership for their first year.
If withdrawing during the tournament, please notify a controller or note it on your score sheet. If you withdraw before the first round, your entry fee will be refunded, less a £2 administration fee.
Publication & Photography
Names of players, their club affiliation, any title gained and photographs taken throughout play and during prize giving will be published on WCA associated websites and sent to local news media and the ECF.
FIDE Laws of Chess & Disputes
This tournament will follow the FIDE Laws of Chess which all players must abide by. Any dispute will be heard fairly but the organiser’s decision is final.
ECF Rated Games
All games will be submitted for ECF Standardplay rating.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones should be switched off during play. A player whose mobile phone sounds during a game will be defaulted.
No Smoking
The whole school site is non-smoking. Smoking and vaping is banned on the campus.
Late Arrivals
Players not arriving within 30 minutes of the start time of any round will be defaulted and their opponents re-paired if possible.
Unrated Players
Unrated Players must supply details of their playing strength with their entry. Unrated players are not eligible for the Minor Champion title.
Final Entries
Entries should be received by 6pm on Friday 12th July. No entries will be accepted on the day. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entries.
Junior (u18) Supervision
All players under the age of 18 must have a responsible adult at the event who has agreed to supervise them. In addition contact details of a parent/guardian must be provided.
Each WCA Champion should be unique. If a player qualifies to win multiple champion titles, and it was possible for another player to have won both, they will be invited to choose a title to keep.

Entrant List

Seed Name Rating Club
1 Joseph Friar 2103 Kidderminster
2 Lee Davis 2055 Malvern
3 Kevin Hurney 2047 Longbridge
4 Stewart Fishburne 2031 Halesowen
5 Peter Kitson 2018 Worcester
6 Brian Turner 1954 Malvern
7 Joe Rastall 1926 Worcester
8 Gavin Cartwright 1891 Longbridge
9 Dorin Luca 1866 Worcester
10 Darren H Whitmore 1861 Longbridge
11 Joshua Clarke 1847 Malvern
12 Edward Higgs 1813 Worcester
13 Phillip Austin 1750 Worcester
14 Julie Wilson 1747 Stourbridge
15 Scott Oxtoby 1712 Worcester
16 Robert Sutton 1702 Worcester
17 Tony Shaw 1701 Worcester
18 James Allsopp 1655 Malvern
19 John Varilone 1624 Kidderminster
20 Chris Lee 1573 Worcester
21 Simon Berry 1485 Worcester
22 Paul Serafini 1411 Worcester
23 Colin Vernon 1385 Worcester
24 Alfie Brazier 0 Worcester

Total Entrants: 24 Last Updated: 12 Jul 2024, 5:09 p.m.

Entry Form

Eligibility (Select One)

We are sure you will be known to the organisers. If anything does need to be confirmed we will get in touch.

You do not appear to be eligible to play in the WCA Closed Congress. Please send an email to info@worcestershirechesscongress.uk if you feel that you should be able to play.

Entry Type

Adult Entry Fee: £12

Junior Entry Fee: £6

In addition to providing the information requested below it is essential that Junior entrants have a responsible adult at the Congress who has agreed to supervise them.


Total Price: £0

Additional Notes
Consent to Terms