Prize Money: Masters

1st £50,000; 2nd £25,000; 3rd £12,500;
4th £6,250; 5th £4,000; 6th £3,500;
7th £3,000; 8th £2,500;
9th £2,000; 10th £1,500

Best relative rating achievement:

2500 – 2599 £1,250
2400 – 2499 £1,000
2300 – 2399 £750 
2200 – 2299 £500 
1900 – 2199 £500

Ladies’ Awards

1st £6,000; 2nd £3,000; 3rd £1,500; 4th £1,250; 5th £1,000; 6th £500

Prizes (including the first prize) shall be shared where players have the same score.
No player can win more than one complete prize.

A player forfeits the right to a rating prize if they are absent for the last round.

Tie-break (for deciding who receives the award of a trophy):

In the event of two players tying for first place in the open (i.e. not applicable to the ladies' awards), the winner of the tournament (plus an extra £500 prize money) will be decided by a play-off on the evening of 1 October, after the completion of all round-9 games. The play-off will consist of two rapid games with a rate of play of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds a move, with colours to be determined by the toss of a coin. If the rapid match finishes equal then the winner will be determined by Armageddon with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, Black having draw odds. A toss of a coin will determine colours.

In the event of three or more players tying for first place, the top two will be determined by tie-break, in the  following order of priority, and will enter the play-off described above:

  • The results between the players involved in the tie
  • Sum of progressive score
  • Sum of opponents’ scores (Buchholz)
  • Sonneborn-Berger
  • Number of won games

British Championship Qualifier:

The highest placed eligible player not already qualified shall qualify for the right to play in the 2018 British Championship, subject to ECF regulations.

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Update - entries for the Masters is now closed
Published: 02 Jun 2017

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Update - entries for the Masters reach the venue's capacity
Published: 12 May 2017

As at 09:30 BST on 12 May, we have 158 confirmed entries for the Masters from 33 countries, including 64 Grandmasters. After taking into account 16 reserved places where entry is still to be confirmed, we have reached the venue’s 174 player capacity.

The online entry facility for the Masters will remain open for the time being but any entries received from now on will be put on a reserve list on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that no further entries will be accepted into the Masters for players rated below 2000, although they can, of course, enter the Major. 

For those titled players still enquiring about conditions, I reiterate that the conditions budget was fully committed months ago and so there is no point in asking, unless your initials are MC! 

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in our tournament.

Alan Ormsby

12 May 2017


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