The British EGP
The year 2016 event will be held at:
Old Combination Room (OCR)
on Saturday 27th @ 0930 & Sunday 28th February @ 0900
Please contact the organiser (Imre Leader) if you intend to
take part so that there is enough equipment (i.e. boards and clocks):
An eleven round Swiss-system is run with seven on the Saturday (three morning and four afternoon) and the remaining four on the Sunday morning.
The top two players from that then participate in a final and the next two in a 3rd/4th play-off, both on the Sunday afternoon. This allows those
players who don't make these matches and have a long way to travel to leave at 1 o'clock on the Sunday. Entry fees for the event are £15 waged,
£5 unwaged. Please note: Play on the Sunday starts at 0900 when clocks will be started - players have lost on time due to turning up late on
HOW TO GET THERE:
The postcode for the venue is CB2 1TQ
A zoomable map of the immediate vicinity of the venue can be found
Finding the room:
There are two ways to find it:
1) Facing Great Gate (the main entrance)... enter Great Gate. On the opposite side of the court are some steps leading up to a door. Go up
those steps, and through the door (mind your head!). Turn left, up the stairs, and on your left is the OCR.
2) Enter Great Gate, and ask a porter (i.e. those nice people wearing black bowler hats) where the OCR is. If challenged by them then say you
are guests of Professor Leader.
GETTING TO CAMBRIDGE:
NOTE: Three-letter station codes are those used by UK the railway network - other countries may use different codes. Cambridge station is not to be
confused with Cambridge North though the latter may be closer to some hotel accommodation.
You are strongly advised to use Park and Ride facilities or hotel car parks (see ACCOMMODATION) as city centre parking is limited and likely
to be more expensive. The Park & Ride sites offering bus connections closest to venue are:
Madingley Road (best for M11 - J13 no southbound access - proceed to junction 12 and turn round). Alight Bridge Street just after the bus gate
(it is that thing with rising bollards in the road).
Newmarket Road (A14 West) Alight Bridge Street just after bus gate.
St Ives (A1(M)) - Busway Route B.
Longstanton - Busway Route B.
Milton Keynes (M1 J14) - X5. Alight Magdalene Street (or Madingley Road P&R for connections).
The nearest car park to the venue is Park Street
(https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/park-street-car-park) which offers
Blue Badge and Streetcar spaces.
Cambridge is 67 miles (41 km) from the port of Harwich which offers roll on roll off car ferry and foot passenger sailings to/from
Hook of Holland.
By Rail (domestic):
The nearest station to the venue is Cambridge (CBG) which is served by:
Govia Thameslink Railway (http://www.thameslinkrailway.com) stopping and
Cambridge Express services from London King's Cross (via Stevenage) and King's Lynn.
Abellio Greater Anglia (http://www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk) services
from King's Lynn, London Liverpool Street (via Bishops Stortford), Ipswich, Peterborough.
CrossCountry - http://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk services from Peterborough
(connections Virgin Trains East Coast and East Midlands Trains services), Birmingham New Street (connections Virgin Trains West Coast, other
CrossCountry and London Midland City services) and Stansted Airport.
A high frequency bus service runs between the railway station and the city centre -
PLUSBUS tickets are available.
Rail travel to Bicester North (BCS), Milton Keynes Central (MKC), Bedford (BDM) or St Neots (SNO) rail stations then using the connecting X5 coach
or Huntingdon (connections via Busway B - Alight Drummer Street or change at St Ives for shorter walk using Route A) may be a better alternative
than rail to Cambridge. An X5 timetable can be found here: http://www.stagecoachx5.com,
and Busway here: http://www.thebusway.info.
By Rail (international):
GoLondon - http://www.golondon.nl (to Cambridge) services from Netherlands stations via
Hook of Holland-Harwich ferry.
Eurostar (http://www.eurostar.com) services from Paris Gare du Nord, Bruxelles Midi and
Lille Europe to St Pancras International. Connections to Cambridge are from nearby Kings Cross (200 metres away) or should there be engineering work
Victoria line tube to Tottenham Hale is an alternative. If onward tickets for Cambridge are needed to be purchased then it is recommended to ask
for tickets from LONDON INTERNATIONAL (station code LNE), which give CIV protection - explained by the very helpful man in Seat 61:
http://www.seat61.com. Despite the article mentioning Eurostar,
they are also valid with rail-sea-rail tickets (e.g. from Ireland).
Timetable information and ticket bookings can be can be made on Loco2 website (https://loco2.com)
By Coach (Domestic - National Express):
National Express (NX) (http://www.nationalexpress.com coach services operate to
and from Norwich, London Victoria Coach Station, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Brighton. Infrequent direct NX services are
also available to Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Nottingham and Sheffield. All coaches call at Parkside
and some also call at Madingley Road (interchange with P&R for shorter walk) or Trumpington Park and Ride sites.
By Coach (Domestic - Stagecoach Cross County X5):
This service is to and from Oxford and calls at Milton Keynes Coachway (interchange with NX services to North of England, Wales and Scotland)
A timetable can be found here: http://www.stagecoachx5.com. Through ticketing is
available from National Express agents. megabus.com fares are available on X5 route, but from
Oxford only. All coaches call at Parkside. The X5 additionally calls at Magdalene Street, its closest stop to the venue, at 1/2 mile to the
northwest. For a shorter walk the X5 calls at Madingley Road Park and Ride (this is a request stop on X5 services to Cambridge) for transfer to P&R
bus services. The English National Concession pass is valid for free off-peak travel on both the X5 and P&R services.
By Coach (international):
Eurolines services run from many cities in continental Europe and Morocco via Channel
crossings to London Victoria Coach Station. Through tickets may be available to Cambridge - contact your local agent. From Ireland services via
Dublin-Holyhead ferry crossing call at Milton Keynes for connections to Cambridge (X5). Megabus operate coach
services from Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rosslare and Boulogne to London but do not offer onward connections to Cambridge. Megabus services from
Rosslare also available to/from Birmingham.
The nearest major airports are London Stansted (STN) and London Luton (LTN).
Budget airlines Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com) and easyJet
(http://www.easyjet.com) use both airports. The larger London airports Heathrow (LHR) and
Gatwick (LGW) are also within easy reach by rail and coach. Connections from all are by either coach or rail.
By local bus:
Details of service buses in the Cambridge area can be found here:
http://www.stagecoachbus.com/cambridge. The main local buses passing closest to the venue are:
(citi) 1 - Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton - Arbury via Addenbrooke's (hospital) and rail station. Alight Bridge Street near bus gate.
(citi) 2 - Addenbrooke's - Science Park. Alight Bridge Street near bus gate.
77 - Madingley Road P&R - Newmarket Road P&R. Alight Bridge Street near bus gate.
Busway B - Huntingdon Rail Station - St Ives - Cambridge. Alight Round Church Street (first stop after bus gate).
Other buses tend to use Drummer Street Bus Station, St Andrew's Street, Emmanuel Street and Downing Street.
TRANSFER BETWEEN HOTEL, VENUE AND RAILHEAD:
On foot or by cycle:
For transfer between accommodation and venue there is walkit.com (foot)
and Google Maps. The venue postcode for any search is CB21TQ
and the train station postcode is CB12JW.
The two main taxi companies for Cambridge are Panther Taxis
(http://www.pantertaxis.co.uk) and Camtax Taxis
(http://www.camtax.co.uk). This option may prove to better for transfer to venue from
accommodation on the Sunday than public transport is this early Sunday mornings is very limited.
If you want to stay overnight in Cambridge, we recommend searching and booking via
Visit Cambridge (http://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation) or
Late Rooms (http://www.laterooms.com)
Alternatively - players have previously stayed at:
Warkworth House (close to Parkside coach terminal) - http://www.warkworthhouse.co.uk
Travelodge Cambridge Central (close to Cambridge train station) - http://www.travelodge.co.uk
Travelodge Orchard Park - http://www.travelodge.co.uk
Cambridge University colleges (http://www.cambridgerooms.co.uk) offer overnight
A number of B&B options in Tenison Road (first right off Cambridge station approach) including a Hostelling International/YHA youth hostel -
A number of options outside Cambridge are also available in:
Kings Cross, London - http://www.kingsx.co.uk/kx2.htm
Travelodge Bedford Goldington Road -
http://www.travelodge.co.uk X5 bus route stop is 0.1 miles away
in the direction of town centre (turn left out of hotel and adjacent to green space). Do not use the nearer stop across the road as the X5 does not
Travelodge Bedford Wyboston - http://www.travelodge.co.uk - X5 bus
route stop is 3/4 miles north of hotel (heading away from Black Cat Roundabout) at footbridge.
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