Richmond Blitz Blasts

Richmond Blitz Blasts are FIDE Rated open blitz events, normally played over 11 rounds.

Detailed Terms and Conditions applicable to these events can be downloaded from:

Covid-19 regulations presently applicable to these events can be downloaded from:

13th Richmond Blitz – “Rik Thomas Memorial”

Our next is event will be our annual Christmas Blitz, which will take place on the 18th of December, 2021. It will be run as a memorial tournament for Rik Thomas, a Richmond Juniors coach, who passed away during the pandemic. He was also a long-standing organiser of King’s Head Chess Club. We will also be marking the death of two parents, Suman Chatterjee and Jatinder Sian. This event will have a guaranteed prize fund of £3000. The entry form can be downloaded from:

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By agreement with Brian Valentine, the ECF’s Manager of Rating, this blitz tournament will be the very first or one the very first to be sent for ECF Rating. Until now, only Standard and Rapid games have been eligible for rating. Although, it will be sent for rating, it may take some time before the ratings are published, as Brian wants to make sure that there the rating output passes a reasonable sanity check.

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