Despite severe budget cuts, Hastings Borough Council has generously agreed to sponsor the International Chess Congress once again.
As well as being a traditional fixture in the Hastings calendar of events, the Congress is also a traditional part of the international chess calendar and this year favours a ten day event instead of nine days in recent years.
Events will include a ten-round Masters tournament, a five-round Christmas tournament over three days, five-round New Year Morning and Afternoon tournaments over five days and a five-round 30th Weekend Congress on 4th, 5th and 6th January.
As well as Hastings Borough Council sponsorship, the congress is generously supported by White Rock Hotel, the Lansdowne Hotel, the Pig in Paradise, Orion Energy, Deutsch and Horntye Park Sports Complex.
Hastings Masters: A ten-round accelerated Swiss Pairing tournament Friday 28th December 2012 to Sunday 6th January 2013. This event will provide opportunities to qualify for titles and for the FIDE Rating List.
Prizes: £2000, £1200, £750, £500, £350, £250, £200 plus Horntye Brilliancy Prize + trophy. The winner will hold the Golombek Trophy for one year.
More information on the official website