In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.

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 September 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

Official FIDE events … … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website –

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link –

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 …

Hendon Blitz – POSTPONED @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
10 minute blitz tournament of 6 rounds rated by FIDE

Coventry & District Chess League Rapidplay – CANCELLED @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry CV5 7NL
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Hampstead Online Congress @ Zoom
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

We will be giving eBooks, Chessable Pro subs and videos as prizes. I’m also giving a hard copy of Arkell’s Endings to the winner of the best endgame that weekend! 

Richmond Blitz Blast @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road Twickenham
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Continuation of our popular FIDE rated blitz tournaments in 2020 | Entry form

Coventry Chess Club Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry CV5 7NL
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: David Filer Email: [MAP]
Rapidplay event – Open, U145 and U110 sections. 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increment. All players welcome from inside and outside the league. The event subject to the Covid situation at the time. All appropriate safety precautions will be taken.

46th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Feb 26 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Dr Tim Paulden Email: Web: [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West (160+ entrants in 2020), hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2020, and will be made available via our website

Hull Rapid 2021 @ Royal Hotel Hull, Royal Suite, 170 Ferensway, Hull
Apr 11 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round Swiss rapid tournament – 3 sections, all FIDE-rated and ECF graded
Open, U1900 (and ECF U160) and U1600 (and ECF U120). 20 mins + 10 secs increment from move 1. In each section – 1st place £120, 2nd place £60, 3rd place £30. 2 performance prizes (£30 and £20). Junior trophy and spot prizes in rounds 1-4 for best performance | Entry form

Northumbria Chess Masters @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3HZ
Aug 26 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Four 9-round Swiss tournaments with a projected total prize fund of £5,600 (subject to confirmation): Northumbria Masters (eligible for title norms, FIDE-rated, British Championship qualifier); Challengers (U2050, FIDE-rated); Major (U1825, FIDE-rated); Minor (U1600 ECF, ECF rated) It is expected that entry forms will be available in April 2021, once all details of the event (including the prize fund) have been confirmed.

3rd Hull 4NCL International Congress @ Royal Hotel Hull,170 Ferensway, Hull
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP]
FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7.00pm – Sunday 7.00pm. Prize fund: £3300.00


British Rapidplay Chess 2021 @ Trinity University Brownberrie Lane Horsforth Leeds
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – Nov 28 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Brent Kitson Email: Web: [MAP]
Open/Major/Intermediate/Minor (2 days, 11 rounds) and Under 11 England Trial (one day). Open to all chess players in the British Isles