Between January 18th and January 20th 2013, the e2e4 Chester Congress will be taking place at Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester. This is a friendly event for all levels of players, with a first prize of £300.
e2e4 is a chess initiative set up by a number of people, foremost among them the FIDE arbiter Sean Hewitt, seeking to promote chess throughout the country. One of their regular events is the Leicester Chess Congress: a fun and vibrant chess gathering. At the last Leicester Chess Congress, Grandmaster and five times British Rapidplay Chess Champion Mark Hebden put in an exciting appearance.
The great thing about the events run by e2e4 is that they are qualifiers for the British Championship. So you never know, you could end up playing in the next major championship in Britain! This is a great opportunity, as the British Chess Championship is an amazing place to be. At this year’s British Chess Championship, which ran from July 23rd to August 4th, Gawain Jones defeated Stephen Gordon in spectacular style during the final battle for the title.
The philosophy of e2e4 is one of inclusion, of getting as many people as possible involved in, and enjoying, chess. One of the ways in which that philosophy will manifest itself at the forthcoming e2e4 Chester Congress is the fact that all female players of whatever age can play at this event for free. This is due to the fact that the organisers have noted the relatively small number of female players in the chess world, and they hope to encourage more women and girls to play chess with this initiative.