Ulster Open 2021

The Belfast Open is being moved to Lisburn on Saturday November 20th this year, as (a) Lisburn is 15 minutes closer to Dublin (b) Lisburn is 15 minutes closer to me, and (c) it was easier to get a venue.

Details:

Three rounds, McMahon format, handicap of difference in McMahon Score minus one.
Time Limits: 40 minutes main time plus 3 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi (EGF Class B) (I might change this to 45 depending on how the Dublin tournament 3 weeks earlier pans out)

Date: Saturday November 20th 2021
Entry Fee: £5 (payable at sign-in) (Euro equivalent acceptable.)
Venue: Lisburn chess rooms, 60-62 Longstone Street, Lisburn. BT28 1TR. map (Note Lisburn chess rooms are new to this location, so google might not find them if you just search for Lisburn chess. The entrance is down Tonagh Avenue. You should see lots of posters up in the upstairs windows.)

Schedule:

10.00: Sign-In
10.30: Round One
12.45: Lunch
14.00: Round Two
16.15: Round Three

Registration:

Email james8hut A-T hotmail D-O-T com with name, entry grade, and EGF PIN if known. Please email at least the day before, as I need to ensure there are enough boards/clocks. I also need to let Lisburn chess know how many are expected as well. Also, if you’re interested in going out for a meal in the evening, let me know, and we’ll arrange something.

How to get to Lisburn:

From Dublin: The enterprise train doesn’t stop at Lisburn as such, but you get off at Portadown where they have a slower train waiting on you that will stop at Lisburn. The bus to Belfast stops at Sprucefield shopping centre. There are connecting buses to the centre of Lisburn.

From Belfast international airport: The Ulsterbus (109A) service operates between Lisburn Rail Station, Belfast International Airport and Antrim Buscentre. For timetable visit Translink website.

From Belfast itself: There are direct trains to Lisburn. There are also buses from the Europa bus station.

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