Frome Congress 2022

Tournament results and list of prize winners now available via the menu

Click here for photographs from Chris Lamming and Brendan O'Gorman

Organised by the Frome Chess Club (with many helpers), the annual Frome Congress is one of the most popular and friendly Congresses in the South-West,
regularly attracting between 150 and 200 entrants.

The Selwood Academy venue has comfortable playing conditions. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking.
The Congress includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated.

Please read the Congress Brochure (or the print-at-home version).

Catering provided by Fresh Kitchen.

If you have any questions please email

last updated 21/05/2022


May 13th - 15th 2022

Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF

Selwood Academy

Selwood Academy - (photo by Brendan O'Gorman 2016)


Four 5-round Swiss tournaments with 4-hour playing sessions


Grade Limit

Entry Fee*

(not including any applicable ECF fee or Junior discount)



First = £200,  Second = £150, Third = £100
Denys Bonner trophy
Under 1950
First = £150,  Second = £125, Third = £90
Leon York memorial trophy
Under 1750
First = £150,  Second = £125, Third = £90
Roy Hossell trophy
Under 1500
First = £150,  Second = £125, Third = £90
Cyril Chapman and Jean Mackereth (for ungraded players) trophies
* For late entries after 1st May add £3

ECF Fees

In the Open section there is no charge for Gold or Platinum ECF members.
FIDE registered players with a non-English affiliation £1.50. All other players £11

In all other sections there is no charge for Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF members. Otherwise a £9 ECF grading fee applies.

Junior Discount

There is a £5 discount for all Juniors under 18 on 1st September 2021.

Trophies and Cash Prizes

Somerset trophies are awarded to the highest placed Somerset player in each section.

Dependent on entry, there will be at least one grading prize in each section.
Team prize of £50 for genuine club teams of 4 players.
Except in the Open tournament, no ungraded player will be awarded a cash prize greater than £90.

Playing Schedule


18.50 Opening
19.00 Round 1


10.00 Round 2
15.00 Round 3


10.00 Round 4
15.00 Round 5

Players will be defaulted if not present within 30 minutes of start of round.

Rate of Play

All Sections: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from start of game.


A half-point bye may be claimed in any one of Rounds 1,2,3 or 4.


Bookstall and sets supplied by Chess Direct


Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available to buy throughout the day.

At lunchtime hot meals may be purchased from the cafeteria, thanks to Fresh Kitchen

Fresh Kitchen Logo Fresh Kitchen Chicken Curry box

Grading Information

The January 2022 ECF standardplay  grading list will be used to determine eligiblity for a section.
It is a condition of entry that all entrants agree that their results will be forwarded to the ECF for grading.

Conditions of Entry and Competition Rules

The full Conditions of Entry and Competition Rules are here.

2019 Photos

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2019 Congress in Play

George Miller
George Miller (on right) with Denys Bonner Trophy
Tim Woodward
Tim Woodward (on left) with Leon York Trophy
Theo Kirby
Theo Kirby (on right)with Cyril Chapman Trophy
Matt Goatcher
Matt Goatcher with Roy Hossell Trophy
Brendan Gibbs
Brendan Gibbs (on right) with Jean Mackereth Trophy
Photos by Chris Lamming (2019)