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 …

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ TBA
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 events [ages as at 1/9/2019] open to all, although only Hertfordshire players are eligible for titles and trophies. Six-round graded Swiss-paired tournaments, all moves in 25 minutes plus 5-second increments from move 1. For more details, go to the HSCA website

Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

5th Brentwood Junior Tournament @ Brentwood Senior School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex
Mar 1 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
One-day Junior Rapid chess tournament. 6 rounds of graded rapid chess. Split into 4 sections based on age and grade. The top section (U18 Open) will be FIDE-rated. A packed lunch will be provided for the players and tea and coffee for the parents courtesy of Brentwood School | 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
21
Sat
2020
7th West London Junior Chess Championships @ St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street London
Mar 21 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tony Niccoli Email: tonyniccolichess@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior only rapidplay event with under 11, 9 and 7 sections. Limited to 90 players and always fills up so please enter in advance! | Entry form

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
4
Sat
2020
ECF National Schools Girls’ Finals @ St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Finals – all play all sections of eight teams. U19 and U11 sections

Apr
10
Fri
2020
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

Apr
15
Wed
2020
3rd Junior Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
Coaching event for juniors. 2 groups – novices and intermediates | Entry form

Apr
19
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
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). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

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

Apr
30
Thu
2020
English Seniors Championships @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/ [MAP]
Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated

May
2
Sat
2020
SCCU U185 and U150 Jamborees @ London TBC
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Thurstan Email: thurstan33@tiscali.co.uk 
A revival of the end of season SCCU jamboree

May
17
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
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). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Jun
5
Fri
2020
3rd EACU FIDE-rated Newmarket Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
Our annual Newmarket Congress, with three sections, two of which (Open and U1975/U170) will be FIDE-rated this year. The entry form will be available in late 2019. Any questions before then, please contact Richard Freeman

Jun
14
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
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). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 14 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
‘4 Way Chess’ is a fun version of standard chess played on a special chessboard by four players. Normal chess rules apply | Entry form

Jul
5
Sun
2020
9th Martlesham Heath Chess Open @ St Michael & All Angels Church The Drift Martlesham Heath Suffolk
Jul 5 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss. Two sections: Open & Junior only U60 | Entry form

 

Aug
21
Fri
2020
51st Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
Incorporating the Kent Individual Championships. 5 categories of entry – Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor. Prize money of £2,400. Free tea and coffee. Entry fee of £35 for adults, £5 for juniors, GM & IM are free | Entry form

Sep
26
Sat
2020
Junior 4NCL @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC Coventry Road, West Midlands
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Entry Fees – £100 for all three weekends, £50 for a single weekend. Prizes (per division, per weekend) – Individual trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Oct
4
Sun
2020
Hampshire Junior Open Congress @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
An annual tournament for young chess players who are less than 18 years old on August 31st, 2020. Players are invited from ANY county : there are no restrictions as this is an OPEN event. The event is a qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championships 2020 | Entry form