The English Chess Federation and the Tradewise Insurance Company are pleased to announce that Tradewise have agreed generous funding to assist English chess.
Building on its sponsorship of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival – acclaimed as the world’s leading open chess tournament pioneering women’s participation – Tradewise will now be sponsoring the English Chess Federation, in order to enable:
1) The Hastings International Chess Congress, the world’s oldest tournament, to continue as a fixture in English chess heritage;
2) The ECF Grand Prix to incorporate new prizes for club players, and incentives for female participation;
3) Assistance for promising players to earn international title norms in England
Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys stated, “This is a great step forwards in the modernising of chess sponsorship. All with a motor vehicle must purchase insurance, and with every policy purchased via Tradewise 64, the greater the benefit for the world of chess. I sincerely believe this initiative is one that will be noticed, and applaud the ECF for making this happen.”
ECF President Dominic Lawson remarked, “I am delighted my initial discussions with James Humphreys, during the recent Tradewise Open in Gibraltar, have ultimately led to this agreement, which will safeguard the Hastings tournament – a fixture on the international chess scene since 1895.”
Tradewise will become the English Chess Federation’s official insurance provider.