The 23rd Dorset County Chess Association Rapidplay will be played on Sunday, 18 March 2018 at Ringwood. Entries are now possible. On-line entry is encouraged and you will see a blue form further down this page. Or if preferred, a more conventional application form can be completed and posted, and there is a link to that as well for printing off. Martin Simons is again the Rapidplay Controller and Mike Jay the Organiser

It will be run much the same as last year but the entry fee is now £15, and, for the first time, includes all hot and cold drinks, plus snacks and Martin’s renowned hot lunch. But prize money continues as last year: £100, £50 & £25 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd;  20 prizes in total of which £540 will be cash. Typically 1 in 2 players wins a prize. As previously, total entries will be capped at 50 to aim for the best possible playing conditions

Greyfriars RingwoodMore Congress Details

  • Venue is Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW
  • Runs from 9.45am to 6pm
  • 6 rounds of 30 minutes each for complete game
  • 1 section, for all entrants
  • FREE hot and cold buffet lunch
  • FREE hot and cold drinks, plus snacks, throughout
  • Entry fee £15 (£10 for juniors who are under 18 at 31 Aug ’17)
  • There will be a minimum 8 grading prizes of £20 each
  • Additional junior prizes, including a grading prize
  • Best team score of 4 players: £60 (average grade must be 145 or less)
  • Best Veteran (65 or over) book prize and trophy
  • Best score book prize for a 1st round loser
  • Best score for last 3 rounds – book prize (if tie, awarded to lowest graded)
  • Best lady prize of box of chocolates
  • Fun prize for worst performance relative to grade
  • We regret that we are unable to accept entries on the day
  • There is some car parking at Greyfriars and it is ok to use the Ringwood Library car park at the rear. There is no charge and you do not need to be a member for our event. But please note the public car parks in Ringwood unfortunately charge for Sundays. For more details on parking please go to the old Rapidplay website and click on “Venue” Also on this Weebly site are Rapidplay results prior to 2017 and including all previous winners

2018 ENTRY FORM (if you prefer to enter by completing an entry form and sending a cheque)

Please click here to download hard copy:  23rd RAPIDPLAY_2018_EntryForm



Dorset Chess Rapidplay 2017


47 took part, with Gabor Horvath, the highest graded entrant emerging winner by half a point. But as Gabor is unattached to a Dorset club, the Dorset Rapidplay trophy is shared by the joint runners-up, Oscar Garcia (Poole) and Allan Pleasants (Weymouth). Jon Catchpole (Southbourne) won the Veterans Cup.

The feedback is that is was another very friendly and sociable day, with both good company and good food. The Greyfriars venue in Ringwood, using 2 halls, one for playing and the other for relaxing and lunch, is popular. Special thanks to Martin Simons, who calmly and efficiently controls the Congress each year.