The 2nd Dorset Online Rapidplay Chess Championship

Sunday 6th March 2022 – 9:30 a.m. start on Lichess

7 round Dutch Swiss – 15 mins + 3 sec increments

£200 of Prizes! Free Entry

1st Prize: £30 2nd Prize: £20 3rd Prize:£10

4 Rating Prizes of £20 each in the following bands: 1899 to 1800, 1799 to 1650, 1649 to 1500 and Under 1500
February 2022 Standard OTB ECF ratings (or the tournament controller’s best estimate) to be used for rating prizes

Team Prize – £20 – please see the team rules and enter by contacting Martin Simons by 2 pm on Saturday 5th March at the latest.

Best Veteran (over 65 on 01/09/21) – £10

3 Junior Prizes (U-18, U-12, U-10 on 31/08/21) – £10 each

(Future years – add something about only one prize can be won (except team prize)) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The results will not affect your ECF rating.

The prizes are kindly being funded by the Dorset County Chess Association.

Entry will be restricted to players who have, in the past, either played in:

  • B&DCL, DCCA or Bacchus leagues
  • Dorset Rapidplay
  • Dorset Junior Championship
  • or belong to a recognised Dorset junior chess club (including Dorset Juniors, Castlepoint Library, Bournemouth Library, Ringwood Library and Wimborne Library junior clubs)

How to Enter

Step 1: If you are not already a Lichess member, set up your free Lichess account …

Step 2: Except for juniors, put your real name on your Lichess account…

Step 3: If you did not  join last year, request to join the ‘Dorset Rapidplay Events’ team on Lichess, filling in your real name and club and stating if you are a veteran or junior
Please complete this step by Thursday 3rd March.

This group is administered by Martin Simons (Controller). His Lichess username is ‘Non-Gambiteer’ and he will add you to the group. Please allow a day or so to do this. If you are unknown, your identity will need to be confirmed to ensure that you are eligible to join the group. The right is reserved to refuse or rescind entry without explanation.

Step 4: Join the ‘Dorset Rapidplay 2022’ Tournament  by 2 pm on Saturday 5th March at the latest.
You will not be able to enter on the day.  Please enter early to aid the smooth running of the event.

If you are planning to take a half point 1st round bye, please contact Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer on Lichess).

Step 5: Please do ‘turn up’ on Sunday 6th March before 9.30am (or withdraw) on the above link.


Round 1: 9:30 a.m. sharp on Sunday 6th March.

Please note that if you have joined the tournament in advance but are not on logged in and on the tournament page at 9:30am you will still be paired and will lose on time once your 15 minutes has elapsed. Please avoid this by either turning up on time or withdrawing from the tournament if you do not intend to play. This will also help to ensure all players have a proper game in the 1st round.

If you join the tournament after 9:30am, but before the other 1st round matches have all been completed, you will be awarded a half point bye for round 1.  However, as mentioned above, please contact Martin Simons if you are planning to do this as the entries to the Tournament will be closing at 2pm on Saturday 5th March.

Thereafter rounds will commence 2 minutes after the last game has finished in the previous round.

Each round should start roughly 35 to 40 mins after the start of the previous round, though may start sooner. Please be ready!

The event should finish no later than 2:00 pm.


The table below shows the entrants as of 4th March – 30 players have signed up.

Click on the column headings to sort the table into Name or Rating order as you wish.

On the day of the event this table will include Lichess username so that you can easily look up players.

Christian Westrap2089
Paul Hampton2065
Mike Duggan2061
Peter Anderson2050
Richard Allis2050
Russ Pegg2002
Alan Dommett2000
Reenen Du Toit1924
Richard Smith1923
Ian Deswarte1888
Adam Ursell1835
Paolo Mostardi1832
Robert Halse1819
Richard Ursell1814
Joseph Coburn1808
Robert Powell1803
Jamie Doyle1784
Peter Manning1774
David Aldwinckle1761
Nicholas Stout1760
Gillian Moore1697
Tim Jones1679
Femi Oloyede1594
Zander Booth1582
George Wright1570
Michael Pope1549
James Barnett1548
Natashane McCook1548
Leo Camopy1538
George Holden1497
Philip Ware1481
Ron Salinger1430
Alan Reid1429
Finn Schell1288
Florence Spirling1258
Dan Ursell1055
Ollie Welch970

Team Entries

Previous Years

Prior to last year there were face-to-face Dorset Rapidplay events. Reports on the previous four years can be found here

2021 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay

2020 Dorset Rapidplay

2019 Dorset Rapidplay

2018 Dorset Rapidplay


If you have a question about the tournament then you can submit it to the tournament organiser, Martin Simons, using the form below.

Please note that you cannot enter the tournament using this form. Please follow the 5 steps above to enter.