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Prestwick Congress 2013
The 3rd Prestwick Chess Congress will take place during the late Spring Bank Holiday this year, from Friday the 24th May to Sunday 26th May. The event will once again be held in the Aviator Suite at Prestwick International Airport.

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As a small taster I can reveal that Prestwick 2013 will be, as far as I’m aware, the first major weekend congress in Scotland to use incremental time controls across all of the main event sections. The arbiters should have some fun with that.

The time control is looking like it will be 90 minutes for all moves, with 30 second increments from move 1. This means no stopping writing down your moves and also (and I’m sure our qualified arbiters will correct me if I’m wrong) no rule 10.2 draw claims.
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That is correct. No draw claims, no time scrambles. Hmm, I'd better bring my pipe and slippers Big Grin
"How sad to see, what used to be, a model of decorum and tranquility become like any other sport, a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee"
Who was consulted over the use of incremental time controls?
Were CS consulted?
Where disability issues taken into consideration?
By announcing this type of time control, you are effectively banning disabled players particularly blind and deaf/blind from participating in the event. You simply cannot do that.
I would ask you to reconsider this
I am delighted to announce that Prestwick 2013 has its first entry. As winner of the 2012 women's competition Ali Roy has accepted her place in the 2013 Open.

The 2013 congress will again feature the women's competition. This is open to all graded females, regardless of section. The winner will be determined by tournament performance against live grade as given on the CS grading database at the start of the tournament.

I am also extremely pleased that Ali and her family have graciously agreed to allowing Prestwick to name the trophy for the winner "The Ali Roy Trophy".

There are a number of reasons for naming the trophy so. Among them are –

Ali is a fantastic role model for all of our juniors.

She has not only reprsented her country and her county at International level but has done so for a number of years displaying great sportsmanship and has been an ambassador for Scottish junior chess at home and abroad.

She’s been the best female player in Ayrshire for a number of years.

Ali has been supportive of chess in Ayrshire, particpating in league and County championships on a regular basis.

She was the first winner of the competition.
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See other topic with regard to equipment for disabled players, which has been split from this one. I imagine David will want to keep this topic for announcements and discussion on issues which are more specific to the Prestwick event.

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