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2022 British Chess Championships


The 2022 British Chess Championship congress is being held at Torquay in the Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6LZ.  It started on 08/08/2022, and finishes on 21/08/2022.


It is intended to give day-to-day coverage from 13/08/2022 on a separate webpage.


Besides the championships of various categories, there are also week-long and weekend congress-style events which have no “championship” status, and there are also rapidplay and even blitz events.  The diversity and timing of events means individual players have the chance to play in a number of different events if they have the enthusiasm and stamina.  Full details are to be found on the dedicated website at https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/.


The British Championship proper and Major Open were to start on 13/08/2022.


The previous week was taken up with age-limited events (Over 50, and Under 16, Under 14, Under 12, Under 10 and Under 8), and a rating-limited week-day congress running from Monday to Friday (with Open, Under-2050, Under-1900, Under-1750, Under-1600 and Under-1450 sections), and rating-limited and Junior rapidplay events being held on the Wednesday afternoon when there was a brief break in the week-day congress.


Friday 12/08/2022 saw the start of a more-traditional weekend congress (with Open. Under 1750 and Under-1500 sections), with a Blitz event sandwiched in on the Saturday evening.


Saturday 13/08/2022 saw the start of the British Championship proper and Major Open.  This scheduling has the one drawback that a player could not play in all rounds in the Open or Major Open as well as those of the Over 50 as the latter ran through to Sunday the 14th, though a “get-round” would be a half-point bye in the first half-point round of the Major Open (but no HPBs were allowed in the Open).


Sunday 14/08/2022 saw the start of a second rating-limited week-long congress running from Sunday to Saturday (with Open, Under-2050, Under-1900, Under-1750, Under-1600 and Under-1450 sections) with the difference that in week one there were two rounds per day (except the last) but in week two there was only one round per day, affording a more leisurely schedule which allowed for sunbathing and swimming in the sea in the afternoon.  A second Blitz event was sandwiched in on the Wednesday evening.


The Over 65 Championship was due to start on Monday 15/08/2022.


A tabular representation of the playing schedule is to be found at https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/BCC-Schedule-2022-new.pdf.


Entries as at 13/08/2022 stood at 1135, which meant entries into events, not actual players involved.  Individual players, some of whom had entries in multiple events included in that total, numbered 687, meaning the average player had entered 1.65 events.  Numbers of players entering different numbers of events were as follows.


No. of Events

No. of Players
















The players entering 7 events was Bodhana Sivanandan of Harrow, who had entered

the Under-8 Championship,

the Rapidplay Open,

the Weekend Open,

the Major Open,

the Weekend Blitz,

the Week 2 Congress Under 2050, and

the Week-2 Blitz.

Combining the Weekend Open and the Major Open necessitated taking half-point byes in rounds 1 and 2 of the latter.