Calendar

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/or end time to us …

To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s)* | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated January 29th 2020)
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

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 FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link – https://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html?view=calendar&task=uregister

A new badge system has been introduced whenever possible from 26/3/18 onwards. An amber wheelchair (below) means that the venue has at least some disability-friendly aspects, whereas a green wheelchair (also below) means it’s particularly so. In all cases, but especially where no badge is evident, PLEASE contact the organisers for more details …


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 …

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Castle Chess 16th Fareham Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
Prizes dependent on entries. Expected £180 per section

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Maidenhead Junior Tournament @ Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: http://nigelwdennis.wixsite.com/mysite [MAP]
Includes tournament qualifying for the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal. Open to all juniors under the age of 18. Suitable tournament for beginners | Entry form

Mar
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
7
Sat
2020
PRO University Chess League Playoff @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London
Mar 7 all-day
PRO University Chess League Playoff @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London

Contact: Dylan Mize Email: dylancmize@gmail.com Web: http://prounichessleague.co.uk
PUCL is the UK’s first intercollegiate team rapid event. Fixtures are played between teams of 4 students from the same uni, in an all-play-all format, once a month during the academic year. All matches will be hosted at a venue on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. All relevant tournament information can be found on our website. To Enter a team from your uni, follow the “signup” link from the homepage – prounichessleague.co.uk | Flyer

EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, and only East Anglian Chess Union players are eligible to enter. It will be a five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130 – and will include the EACU Junior Championships in each section as well. The winner of the Open section will be the EACU Open Champion, and will qualify for a place in the 2020 British Championship | Entry form

Mar
13
Fri
2020
44th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 13 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 15 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: blackpoolchessconference@virginmedia.com 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 | Entry form

Mar
21
Sat
2020
45th Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – Mar 22 @ 5:45 pm

Web: http://NottsChess.org [MAP]
Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs , WIMs. OPEN 1st £750 , 2nd £400

Mar
22
Sun
2020
North East League Round 5 @ Leam Lane WMC, Fewster Square, Leam Lane, Gateshead TBC
Mar 22 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Apr
9
Thu
2020
2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Four sections – FIDE Rated Open (nine rounds), FIDE Rated U2050 (seven rounds), FIDE Rated U1825 (seven rounds) and ECF Under 120 (seven rounds)

64th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Ian Hunnable Email: ianhunnable@outlook.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk/ [MAP]
FIDE one-day Rapidplay, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U145, ECF U120, ECF U95 | Entry form

Apr
10
Fri
2020
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.wecucongress.com [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & qualifying event for the British Championships. A FIDE rated major section U1950.
An ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies’ Championship | Entry form

Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
FIDE rated Open. Major and Knights sections. 5 rounds. 8 round 10 minute blitz on Saturday afternoon, 14:30 start | Entry form

Apr
13
Mon
2020
CCF Easter Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 13 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Rapidplay_Easter.html [MAP]
Rapidplay with an Open section plus as many rated sections as numbers (and the grades and ratings of the players) reasonably allow

Apr
18
Sat
2020
Staffordshire Congress @ Ryecroft Community Hub, 28 New Forest Road, Walsall
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Alberto Gissi Email: albegissi@yahoo.it Web: http://congress.org.uk/congress/62/home [MAP]
5-round standard play ECF graded tournament with Open, U160, and U120 sections. Each player will have 95 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Full details and online entry form on http://congress.org.uk/congress/62/home
Special discount for the first 5 players graded at least 200 (or 2200 FIDE rating)/titled players who register and pay! | Entry form

38th St. Albans Chess Congress @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com [MAP]
Prize fund over £3500. 5 playing sections. Large playing hall. Ample free parking. Hot and cold food available. Close to the M1 + M25

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
5 rounds Swiss, 4 sections – Open, U170, U145, U120 | Entry form

4NCL Women’s League @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road West Midlands Birmingham
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Round 1 Saturday 12.00; Round 2 Saturday 16.00; Round 3 Sunday 10.00; Round 4 Sunday 14.00

May
1
Fri
2020
Durham County Chess Congress @ Mercure Darlington, Kings Hotel, 1 Priestgate, Darlington
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: mickriding@hotmail.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major and Minor events **** Now £3000 prize money guaranteed **** To enter online – https://durhamchesscongress.co.uk
Very accessible location and excellent four star premises – https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8911-mercure-darlington-kings-hotel/index.shtml | Entry form

May
2
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

May
3
Sun
2020
Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

Eccles First Chess Congress @ Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Barbara Farrar Email: eccleschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.eccleschess.com [MAP]
Seven games of rapidplay chess to be held on one full day of chess play. Entry form and/or brochure pending …

May
8
Fri
2020
54th Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – May 10 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: rhylchesscongress@yahoo.com [MAP]
A five round Swiss style congress with Fischer time controls – 110 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move. All prizes will be forwarded a week after the event | Entry form

May
15
Fri
2020
Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Chris Lamming Email: fromecongress@gmail.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP]
Standard play, five rounds. FIDE rated Open. Four sections – Open, U165, U140, U110. On-site catering in a great setting in Somerset, very popular with juniors and adults alike. Well-stocked bookstall, large analysis area | Entry form / brochure

May
16
Sat
2020
30th Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament. 3 games on Saturday (16th May) and 2 games Sunday (17th May). 3 sections – Minor U130; Inter U150; Major U170. July or January Grades (you choose). You can win £200 in the Minor. The venue is a social club so excellent value drinks | Entry form