All English entrants must be direct members of the English Chess Federation and must quote their membership number when entering.
Details of regulations relating to entry fees can be found on the Entry page
These must be switched off in the playing venue. If a player's phone rings, makes a sound, or he uses it during play he shall be forfeited.
Smoking is forbidden in the playing and contiguous areas or the commentary room.
All regulations relating to prize payments made be found on the Prizes page of this website.
Players rated 2200 or higher must register before 20.00hrs on 26 January 2009 or have confirmed their entry at the Caleta Hotel in order to be included in the first round draw.
There is no charge for spectators to watch the games in play, to attend GM Stuart Conquest's commentaries on the games in play; or to attend the evening Master Classes.
Draws by mutual agreement in under 30 moves are not allowed. There must be no pre-arranged or tacit agreements to draw games of any length, by repetition or otherwise. Genuine draws by repetition or stalemate are acceptable. Penalties may involve loss of prize money.
An appeals committee will be formed comprising of three senior players. All appeals will be submitted in writing within two hours of the end of the game.
Players who wish to take one half-point bye in the Masters may do so, provided they give adequate notice. Normally this is not available for either the first or last round. This may be particularly convenient for somebody wishing to take part in the new coaching initiative.
Players are expected to help ensure their games are shown correctly on the internet.