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Stockport Rapidplay Congress

An annual event held on the final Sunday in January every year.

36th Stockport Rapidplay Congress

Took place on Sunday 28th January 2024 at The Guildhall on Wellington Road South.

Event Report

An event report can be viewed here, and full results and cross-tables will be added as soon as we can.
The winning move
Deep in thought
The large room at the Guildhall ready to play chess

Photos from the 2023 event used with permission from Vadym Skakun


Entries are now closed. We do not expect there to be any on the day entries available.

We are operating a waiting list in case of withdrawals, please contact us if you would like to be added to this list.

If paying on the day, please arrive in plenty of time to allow for registration so that we can start promptly. Payment on the day will be cash only.

Group Entries

Online group entries are now closed.

Entry List

Please click here to open the latest available entry list as a pdf.

If you have entered online you should have received an email confirming receipt of your entry. If you haven't, please check your spam folder. If you are still unsure whether your entry has been received, please contact us; please do not submit the online form more than once.

of prizes won


The Programme for the event can be viewed online as a pdf.


The Open Section open to all players

The Major Section for players rated under 1900

The Intermediate Section for players rated under 1700

The Minor Section for players rated under 1450


In all sections:

1st Place: £150
2nd Place: £100
3rd Place: £50
Grading Prizes: £50 (depending on number of entries)

Veteran prize for the highest scoring over-65 in the whole tournament.

Junior prizes awarded depending on number and age of entrants.

The highest scoring Stockport League registered player in the Major, Intermediate, and Minor sections will be awarded an individual trophy.

Entry Fees

  Adult Junior (Under 18)
ECF Bronze / Non-Member £35 £28
ECF Silver, Gold, or Platinum £26 £19

Late entry fee of £5 for entries received after Saturday 20th January 2024

Groups of 5 or more can deduct £3 per person from above fees when:

  1. entering and paying before the day
  2. using the group entry online form to enter


Round One

10.00 am
Round Two 11.20 am
Round Three 12.40 pm
Round Four 2.10 pm
Round Five 3.30 pm
Round Six 4.50 pm
Prizegiving 6.15 pm

Each player has 30 minutes for all moves; there is no increment.


The Guildhall can be found at 169 Wellington Road South (A6), Stockport, SK1 3UA

There is a large supervised car park at the rear of the Guildhall, entrance on Brentnall Street (£3 per car payable on entry).

Public Transport

Stockport rail and bus stations are 1/2 mile walk up the A6 (10-15 minutes); Davenport rail station is less than one mile walk (20-25 minutes) or by bus 378A

The 192 bus service provides frequent transport from the centre of Manchester, with a bus stop outside the venue.


Further Details

Players may request a Half Point Bye for the First Round at time of entry.

ECF Ratings from January 2024 will be used. RP ratings will take precedence over LP ones unless the RP rating is provisional and the LP is not. Ratings used will be subject to the discretion of the organizers.

Ungraded players must give details of their strength, previous results, and any previous grade. Except in the open section, they may only win one half of the first or second place prize. All other prizes will be paid in full.

It is a condition of entry that the organizers' decision in any dispute is final.

There will be a bookstall provided by Chess Essentials with chess books, DVDs, sets and boards. Anyone wishing to pre-order should contact Howard at or 07914 885 976

Further Questions?

For anything not covered above, please contact us using this form.

The Organizing Team

Gareth Griffiths

Event Organizer

Gareth has been a section controller since 2017 and helped to organize the event since 2018

Peter Taylor

Event Organizer

Peter has organized and run the Stockport Rapidplay for over 30 years since its inauguration

Andy Stoker

event organizer

Jeff Mason

event organizer

Previous Years


169 players competed across 4 sections with section winners: Owen Crawford 5.5/6 (Open); Maksym Kryshtafor 5.5/6 (Major); Eric Bennett 6/6 (Inter); and Shlok Maheshwari and Zak Buthfer 5.5/6 (Minor)

A full report is available here.


119 players competed across 4 sections with section winners: Nigel Davies 6/6 (Open); Tetsuaki Sanada 5/6 (Major); Alan Riddoch 6/6 (Inter); and Phil Shaughnessy and Philip Smith 5.5/6 (Minor)

A full report is available here.


138 players competed across 4 sections with section winners: Paul Macklin and Joshua Pink 4.5/6 (Open); Sam Davies 5.5/6 (Major); Sam Parry 6/6 (Inter); and Dawn Supatan 5.5/6 (Minor)


140 players competed and section winners were: Adam Ashton and Joe McPhillips 5/6 (Open); Phil Seery 5.5/6 (Major); Mick Norris 5.5/6 (Inter); Denzel Supatan 5.5/6 (Minor)


123 players competed and section winners were: Nigel Davies 5.5/6 (Open); Mark Hann and Andrew Jacques 5/6 (Major); Richard Renegade 5.5/6 (Inter); Andrew Beswick and Sam Hayman 5.5/6 (Minor)


126 players competed and section winners were: Joe McPhillips 5.5/6 (Open); Nicholas Barnaby 5.5/6 (Major); Graham Ashcroft, Rob McLean, and Ian Stone 5/6 (Inter); Anthony Hunt 5.5/6 (Minor)


128 players competed and section winners were: Robert Shaw and Joe McPhillips 4.5/6 (Open); Nicholas Martin 5/6 (Major); Piotr Lipka 5.5/6 (Inter); Greg O'Connor, Holly Jacobson, John Kelly and George Scattergood 5/6 (Minor)


149 players competed and section winners were: Adam Ashton 6/6 (Open); Joao Rita 5.5/6 (Major); Geraint George 5.5/6 (Inter); Stephen Crockett 6/6 (Minor)