Scottish Blitz

ChessThe Scottish Blitz Open Championship is an international chess tournament held in Edinburgh. The current Scottish Blitz Champion is Fide-Master Neil Berry (Edinburgh).

The Aim

The aim of the one-day event is to encourage chess in Scotland. There may be top Grandmasters playing for prizes… But it’s important to not forget that Blitz is all about fun!

Title Sponsor: Walkers Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread, based in Aberlour, have become the title sponsor of this year’s Scottish Blitz Chess Championship. If you wish to find out more about sponsorship call the Scottish Blitz Phone number listed below and we’ll send you more details.

Is it for juniors?

Yes. We are hoping to encourage as many juniors to play in the event as possible. As such, juniors will receive a discounted entry.


Surgeons’ Hall is located in central Edinburgh. It is a five minute walk away from Waverley Train Station and ten minutes from Edinburgh Bus Station. If travelling by car, we recommend checking parking beforehand.

Tournament Details

Name: Scottish Blitz

The 2nd Scottish Blitz Championship will be held at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, on Saturday 15th June from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Entry fees: Adult £20 and Student/Junior(U18) £10. Please note the revised adult entry fee.

The event will be Fide Blitz rated with official Fide blitz rules applying. The time control will be 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment. There will be 13 rounds with a tentative time schedule detailed below:

Registration       8:30-9:00am
Round 1               9:15-9:40am
Round 2               9:40-10:05am
Round 3               10:05-10:30am
Morning Break 10:30-11:00am
Round 4               11:00-11:25am
Round 5               11:25-11:50am
Round 6               11:50-12:15pm
Lunch                   12:15-13:15pm
Round 7               13:15-13:40pm
Round 8              13:40-14:05pm
Round 9             14:05-14:30pm
Round 10             14:30-14:55pm
Afternoon Break 14:55-15:15pm
Round 11             15:15-15:40pm
Round 12             15:40-16:05pm
Round 13             16:05-16:30pm
Prize-giving        16:30pm

Additional Rules:

a) Eligiblity for grading prizes will be determined by the player’s assigned rating. (i.e. with FIDE blitz rating taking priority over CS grade)
b) The tournament organiser reserves the right to alter prize money as all prizes quoted are based on a satisfactory number of entries.
c) Should a player miss registration, then they will receive a half point bye for round 1.
d) The arbiter’s decision is final on matters relating to play.
e) The Scottish Blitz Champion title will be awarded to the highest placed Scottish player. In the event of a tie, the Champion will be decided by i) Head to Head ii) Highest TPR.

Any questions, call the Scottish Blitz phone number for more details.

Prize Fund £1500

1st £600, 2nd £400, 3rd £200, 4th £100.

Best Under 2000: 1st £50, 2nd £25.

Best Under 1700: 1st £50, 2nd £25.

Best Junior (u18): 1st £50, 2nd £25.

First Scottish Blitz

Statistics from the tournament in 2012.

  • Over 8,000 website hits(60% United Kingdom, 20% U.S.A, 10% Europe, 5% Russia, 5% other)
  • ArticlesChess Scotland, ECF, Chess Vibes, The Scotsman, The Week in Chess.
  • 80 Players17 titled players including 8 Grandmasters.
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Scottish Blitz Phone Numbers

Business Name 0870 / 0871 01 / 02 / 03 Free Phone 0843 / 0844 / 0845Comment
Scottish Blitz 0131 554 5068