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The calendar is now sortable by category and by tag, both at the top of the calendar. You can use the button at the foot of the calendar to add this calendar to your own (Google, Apple, Timely etc). The print button at the top will print the page you’re on. Clicking on the main calendar bar (top left) allows you to choose a date to jump to. PLEASE NOTE – where an event is marked as ‘ALL DAY’ it may be best to check with the organisers in case they have not submitted a start and end time to us …

Official FIDE events … http://www.fide.com/calendar … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website – http://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html

To submit your event to this calendar – click here | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 1-2 weeks) – click here

Click to download these forms to register your event with FIDE
FIDE Rating Form – Rapid/BlitzFIDE Rating Form – Standard

The links to external websites within the calendar are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the ECF of any of the products and services available or opinions expressed on or accuracy of these other websites …

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Leeds Junior Chess Congress @ Fountain Primary School, Fountain Street Leeds LS27 0AW
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP] Major section open to any player. Prizes: 1st £60, 2nd £30, 3rd £15. Trophy for the winner.
Intermediate section open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110. Trophies for the top 3 and best girl. Age group prizes will be awarded depending on entry.
Minor Section open to any player with no grade or below 40. Trophies for the top 3. Best girl medal. Medals in each age group.
Novice Section (age limit U11 years of age on 1st September 2017) open to any player with limited experience or first tournament. Trophy for the top three and best girl, with age group medals | Entry form

Jan
28
Sun
2018
32nd Stockport Rapidplay @ The GUILDHALL 168 Wellington Road South (A6) Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections, Open (open to all), Major ( U 170), Intermediate ( U 140), Minor ( U 110).
Prizes each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prize. plus Buxton, Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League Major, Intermediate and minor trophies | Entry form

Feb
2
Fri
2018
Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Fluin Lane Frodsham Cheshire WA6 7QN
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: patrick.ridley@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.kisekigo.com/frodsham18.html [MAP] A 5 round Swiss standard play tournament with a FIDE-rated Open and Under 160 and Under 120 sections. The Open is part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix. Discounts for junior (under 18) and senior (over 65) playes, and special discount for players in the parallel Cheshire Go tournament at the same venue on Saturday 3rd Feb. Free car parking. Good road and rail access | Entry form

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Northern Junior Championship @ Excelsior Academy Denton Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP] Sections for Under 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18 – depending on numbers the older age group will be under 14 and open sections. Age eligibility at 1st January 2018 | Entry form

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Leyland Rapidplay @ Academy@Worden, Westfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1QX
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandrapidplay2018@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/32/home [MAP] Please note the change of venue. The Minor tournament, with a low grading limit, is suitable for juniors, including those who do not have a grade. Major Tournament – Under 190, grading prize U165; Intermediate Tournament – Under 145, grading prize U120; Minor Tournament – Under 100, grading prize U80 & ungraded prize | Entry form

Mar
2
Fri
2018
39th County Durham Open Chess Congress @ Houghton Sports Centre
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm
Mar
4
Sun
2018
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: icfwp@yahoo.co.uk Previous event – here [MAP] The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics.
The holiday includes — a seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering opening principles, middle game, endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

Mar
9
Fri
2018
42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk [MAP] £6700 in prizes. Five sections – Lancashire Open, The Imperial Major (U181), The Intermediate (U155), The Minor (U135) & The Standard (U115) | Live games at http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk

Mar
30
Fri
2018
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP] Open, Major & Knights sections. FIDE rated Open. 2 rounds Friday & Sunday, 1 round Saturday morning. Blitz tournament on Saturday afternoon | Entry form

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelchess.weebly.com [MAP] ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 people the first prize is £200 (and £100 grading prize for each of 24 in this section). Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! Entry form

May
20
Sun
2018
First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/Rapid2018 [MAP] Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)

Jun
1
Fri
2018
22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP] A 5 round Swiss event – 4 sections – Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

Jun
22
Fri
2018
3rd North Wales FIDE Open (incorporating 5th Colwyn Bay) @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com Web: http://www.colwynbaychess.org.uk/nwcongress.html [MAP] Once again to be held at the lovely Venue Cymru in Llandudno (as per the British Chess Championships 2017) – £1,625 guaranteed prize fund, with thanks to our sponsors www.wholesaleschess.co.uk
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160) and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize
Entry fees including member discounts* are Open/Major £28 and Minor £26. Further £5 discount for juniors (U18 as at 1/1/2018). Late entry fee applies for entries received after 15th June 2018 | Entry form

*see entry form for full details

Jul
8
Sun
2018
2nd Ashton Rapidplay @ Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 8RS
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Hardy Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com Web: http://www.ashtonccc.co.uk [MAP] 6 round Swiss with section for U150, U115 and U80/ungraded – 25 minutes per game | Entry form

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

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