Frome Congress

Organised by the Frome Chess Club, 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 is part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships.
The Open is FIDE-rated and part of the British Championships Qualifying Grand Prix.

Notice of Cancellation

The 2020 Frome Chess Congress due to take place on May 15 17 has been cancelled as a precaution against the Covid-19 virus and to end all uncertainty regarding the event.

The organisers are devastated to have to make this decision but believe that this course of action is in the best interests of participants.

Entry fees already paid will be refunded in full.
For on-line entries, refunds will be made via PayPal to whichever debit/credit card or PayPal account funded the original payment.
Fees paid by cheque will be refunded by post. This process is expected to take a few days.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you again in 2021.



May 15th - 17th 2020

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 165
First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Leon York memorial trophy
Under 140
First =150,  Second = 125, Third = 90
Roy Hossell trophy
Under 110
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 9

Junior Discount

There is a 5 discount for all Juniors under 18 on 1st September 2019.

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 may win higher than the value of the third prize.

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 cooked meals will be available at the venue.
Catering by Hackett's Outside Catering Ltd

Grading Information

The January 2020 ECF standardplay  grading list will be used.
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)

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