Bristol Winter Congress on 24th – 26th November 2017

Christmas is rapidly approaching but before the festive season truly begins there is one last opportunity in 2017 to lock swords across the board in the last of the big Bristol tournaments. The Bristol Winter Congress is always an ultra competitive and very well run congress, and this edition features not one but two titled players.

A selection of images from the Steve Boniface Congress in August.  Expect the usual high level of competition this Friday. 

GM Keith Arkell and IM Chris Beaumont are the top seeds in the FIDE rated open event but a spring of tough players are also competing from the Bristol league and surrounding districts. Anyone on social media will have noticed Chessable’s CEO David Kramaley will be in attendance and is training hard for the event. I’ve met David a few times and he’s always available to chat about the benefits of Chessable to boosting a players chess, so if nothing else, grab a coffee with him.

There is also two other sections.  The U155 Major and U125, which in recent times is seeing an explosion in the talented junior ranks of the Bristol area punching though.

To this day the Bristol Winter Congress remains my only Major win of a congress, joint first with Roger Hardy and Jerry Hendy back in 2012. I also finished a memorable second in 2015 so I am disappointed not to be in attendance this year. Anecdotally I’ve always felt like the level of play is high in the Bristol Winter Congress because the league season is a few months old and players have generally sharpened their repertoires and dusted off any cobwebs from the summer.

This is the first congress with Clifton CC’s Igor Doklestic running the ship and his first major initiative has been to overhaul the Bristol Congress website.  Whilst he is still working on it, it now contains lots of nice information such as places to stay, entries received, detailed venue information (especially parking) and dates for all competitions in 2018.

Depending on which section you are entering the price varies from £20 – £28, which is cracking considering its a full weekend of high standard chess.

The entry details for the congress can be found here – entry form.

Good luck to everyone taking part!


Jon Fisher

Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.

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