Organiser Mick Riding and his team have worked very hard to bring their plan for the congress to fruition and everyone is hoping it will attract the support it deserves.
Here is a summary from Mick.
'Three tournaments each with a prizes of £500, £250, £125 + two x £50 grading. All guaranteed.
NCCU support with their three main individual awards up from grabs plus a British Championship qualifying place
A wonderful playing venue in a very accessible location (Darlington centre) by road or train.
Discounted accommodation at the playing venue (Kings Mercure, Darlington) and alternative accommodations starting from £50 for one person, two nights
A full spectrum of town centre amenities including parking.
Chess Direct bookstall.'
The full details and an entry form can be found over at the excellent website.
I have known Mick since the early 1980s (since I first played in the Durham County Chess Congress, in fact) and I know he has put so much work into this project.
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed the congress is on the same weekend as the Fourth Teesside Megafinal but I honestly don't care in which of the two events the juniors of Teesside would prefer to play. Just get out there and play chess!