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University of Warwick 6th Rapidplay

Event from Chess

Saturday 02 March 2024, 10.30AM - Saturday 02 March 2024, 6.30PM

Science Concourse, Floor B2 

Location: University of Warwick Science Concourse, Library Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Click Here for Entry List

The University of Warwick 6th Rapidplay is an official ECF and FIDE rated chess tournament located on Warwick University campus taking place on Saturday 2nd of March 2024. It is open to all - students and members of the public alike. The time control is 15 minutes each with a 5 second bonus added to your clock every time you make a move. FIDE Rules of Chess apply. The 5th University of Warwick Rapiplay won the prestigious ECF Congress of the Year 2023.

This page contains information on Entry, Timetable, Prizes, Rules, Information for non-students, Getting to campus and Tickets


The entry fee is £12 for regular entrants and £8 for Warwick Chess Society members. Entries close at 23:59 on the 1st of March 2024.
Please contact us via email to warwickunichess@gmail.com if you are unable to buy a ticket due to capacity and we can add you to a waiting list.

We have 3 sections: Minor (U1400), Major (U1800) and the Open.

You must be an English Chess Federation member SILVER or above to enter, otherwise you'll have to pay a £9 surcharge BEFORE you may play. This can be obtained on the ECF website: Membership rates & joining details – English Chess Federation

You can find your membership status and FIDE ID number here: ECF Rating System

University students who were not members of the ECF prior can get free silver membership for one year by selecting the option on the sign up form.

If you do not have a FIDE ID, submit the form without it. Your ID will be created when the tournament results are submitted to FIDE. Be aware that in this case you will be registered as English on your FIDE profile. This will likely require a fee if you wish to change it in future.

To enter, please purchase a 'ticket' (entry fee) through this page and complete the entry form which you will see after clicking 'Proceed'. Instructions on how to do this for non-students can be found at the bottom of this page. If you have any technical issues with the ticketing system please email us at warwickunichess@gmail.com. Unfortunately we are unable to accept entries on the day. If you have purchased a ticket, AND can not find your name on the entries list within 24 hours, please let us know, by email.


Round 1 - 10:40am

Round 2 - 12:00pm

Round 3 - 1:00pm

Round 4 - 2:00pm

Round 5 - 3:00pm

Round 6 - 4:00pm

Round 7 - 5:00pm

Prizegiving - 6:10pm


There will be an analysis room with chess sets provided. Food and drinks can be purchased from the café downstairs, or the nearby Cannon Park, which has a Tesco Superstore and an assortment of other retailers. Up to 2 half point byes may be requested before the tournament (except in the final round). Contact: Sidharth Panicker (Tournaments Director) warwickunichess@gmail.com



With a good number of entries the prize money should be the following:

These figures may be modified if entries are too low. There will be no tiebreak system for cash prizes. Prize money from ties will be split equally. If a player wins multiple prizes, the grading prize may be given to the next highest scoring eligible player instead if it is less than the other prize



The usual rules of chess apply. Please keep all electronic devices switched off and either in a big or on the table in front of you. In the event that a device makes a noise or is discovered upon a person during a round, the player will be forfeited their game. In all disputes, the arbiter's decision is final. All players grades for the tournament will be determined by the first grade in the following list that the player has:

ECF rapdiplay grade, FIDE rapidplay grade, ECF standardplay grade, FIDE standardplay grade.

If a player has none of the above they must provide a rough estimation of strength. The organiser and arbiters reserve the right to move players between sections as they see fit. The chief arbiter may expel any player who shows dissent by word or action to any other player, arbiter or person on the campus.

The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, theft or accident during the tournament.

We recommend that you wear a mask whilst in the playing area and do not spectate. Please take a lateral flow test before coming to ensure the safety of the arbiting team and other players.

Tournament Director: Sidharth Panicker
Chief Arbiter: Chun Chiu
Arbiters: Jorel Ali, Sam Foster

Instructions for non-students:

If you're from outside of the univeristy, here's how to enter the Warwick Rapidplay
If you find any instructions unclear, please contact us at warwickunichess@gmail.com and we will be happy to answer questions for you

  1. Creating a Warwick SU account:
    Visit: https://www.warwicksu.com/account/register/guest/ and register a guest account. You must validate your account by clicking the link that was sent to you. Remember to check your Junk folder if you don’t see the email.


  2. Log in to your new account:
    Visit: https://www.warwicksu.com/login/ and log in as a guest at the bottom of the page.

3. Register for the Warwick Rapidplay:
Visit University of Warwick 6th Rapidplay (warwicksu.com) (This website) and add the appropriate ticket.

Then once at the basket, confirm that you have purchased the correct ticket and press "Proceed to Checkout"

Then fill out the form with your details and complete the checkout.
DOB is required to help with submitting FIDE ratings
The ECF Rating Code is NOT the ECF Member ID that starts with 'ME'
ECF Rating is your most recent rapidpay rating. If this is not available, use FIDE Rapdiplay.


Getting to campus

Travel Directions to the University (warwick.ac.uk) is the official website with detailed instructions on all forms of transport.
A select summary is provided below.

1. Car
You can reach the campus using the address CV4 7AL on your satnav, or following signs to the University of Warwick or The Warwick Arts Centre.
Directions to the cark park is shown by the red arrows. As central campus has a one way road system, you will have to follow the light orange arrows to leave.
Then follow the dark green arrows to reach the playing venue, circled in dark blue.

Due to recent changes, parking at the university will now cost £2. Parking tickets have switched to the APOCA App car park system, but our parking stewards will be able to take change and setup the payment for you if you do not wish to download the app and do it yourself.


2. Bus
To reach campus from Coventry, please take the 11 (To Leamington Spa), 12X or 14.
To reach campus from Leamington Spa, please take the 11 (To Coventry), U1A (To Warwick Uni) or U2 (To Warwick Uni).
All these buses will stop at the 'University Interchange', and from there follow the dark green arrows to reach the playing venue, circled in Dark Blue.


Book trains to either Leamington Spa or Coventry Railway Station for convenience.
From Coventry Railway station, take either the 11 (To Leamington Spa) or 12X (To Uni of Warwick or Canley) busses to reach campus.
From Leamington Spa station, take the 11 to campus.
Once at campus, follow the instructions in the bus section above.

You can find an unmarked copy of the map in ready to print format here: campus_map_a2_september_2021_general.pdf (warwick.ac.uk).

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£12.00 (Non-member)

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