The ECF Jan 2020 grading list will be used for entries. Players entering before Jan 2020 should use their Aug 2019 rating and will be contacted if their new rating affects the Event they have entered. If a player is eligible for two cash prizes, he/she will receive the higher value prize only.


Open – Open to all

Major – For players with ECF rating 170 and below

Minor – For players with ECF rating 135 and below


OPEN: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £125
Grading Prizes: U190 £50, U180 £50

MAJOR: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £125
Grading Prizes: U155 £50, U145 £50

MINOR: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £125
Grading Prizes: U115 £50, U100 £50

For Open competitors meeting NCCU Qualifying criteria (see

  • The highest placed person will be awarded the NCCU WAHLTUCH ROSE BOWL and a 2020 British Championship qualifying place.
  • The highest placed Senior (over 60) will be awarded the NCCU JOHN LITTLEWOOD trophy and
  • The highest placed Junior (U18) the NCCU SPENCER CHALICE

The Tony Mezzo Trophy will be awarded to the best result by a Durham League player in the Major

Any person winning two prizes (place and grading) will receive the higher of the two.

Time Control

All games will be played at a rate of 90 minutes per player with a ten second increment for each move played

Entry Fee

All entry fees are £32.50 with the following exceptions –

  • Add £7.50 if you are ECF Bronze or not ECF registered at time of entry
  • Deduct £5.00 if you are Under 18 or Over 65 as at 01/01/2020


Round 1Friday 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Round 2Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm
Round 3 Saturday 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Round 4 Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm
Round 5Sunday 2:30pm to 6:30pm