In past years a number of Suffolk players have entered the Hastings Congress, which takes place just after Christmas every year. Last year, Adam Taylor (Manningtree) was the only local player to enter.
The TRADEWISE 92nd Hastings International Chess Congress will take place at Horntye Park Sports Complex from 28 December to 5 January and will be held in memory of Con Power, Director of the Congress for many years. The event will be sponsored by Tradewise Insurance Services and co-sponsored by Hastings Borough Council. Further support is given by the English Chess Federation, the White Rock Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel, KC Computers and the John Robinson Trust.
Tournaments will include Masters, Christmas, New Year Morning and Afternoon and the 34th Weekend Congress. The nine-round Masters will provide opportunities to qualify for titles and for FIDE ratings. The Weekend Major section will also be FIDE rated.