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
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

Uxbridge Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: UxbridgeJuniorChessClub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP]
Open Section – games graded ECF rapidplay 25 minutes for the game; no increments – 6 rounds; Under 8, 9 section & Under 10, 11 section qualifier – games graded rapidplay 20 minutes each game, no increments – 7 rounds. Prizes – Open 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in all sections | 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
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
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

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
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
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

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

May
17
Sun
2020
3rd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: crewecongress@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
A 7 round ECF / FIDE rated Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel. 4 sections Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Grading Prize in all sections | Entry form

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

May
23
Sat
2020
Cotswold Chess Congress @ Kings School, Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
The premier chess congress in Gloucesterhire incorporating the 2020 Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. Find us on Facebook | 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

Jun
26
Fri
2020
10th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
More prizes this year (being the 10th year) and – unlike other competitions – you can bring your own food and drink! Bacon sandwiches may be offered with tea and coffee. Minor U146 and Major U191 with July 2019 or Jan 2020 grades – you choose. £9 for ECF Silver and above members. 2nd and 3rd prizes doubled in each section with more than 20 people in | 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
14th Steve Boniface Memorial @ Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information (incl. past prize money list) on the Congress website. GM free entry

Aug
27
Thu
2020
Northumbria Chess Masters @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Four 9-round Swiss tournaments. Total prize fund – £5,500
Northumbria Masters Prizes – £1,000, £600, £400, £300, £200, £150
(eligible for title norms, FIDE-rated, British Championship qualifier)
Challengers (U2050, FIDE-rated) Prizes – £400, £200, £100
Major (U1825, FIDE-rated) Prizes – £400, £200, £100
Minor (U120 ECF, ECF graded) Prizes – £300, £150, £75

Sep
18
Fri
2020
Bradford Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm
Bradford Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford

Contact: Bavid Barlow Email: davidbar@blueyonder.co.uk Web: https://www.bradfordchess.co.uk/ [MAP]
3 sections, 5 rounds – OPEN; MAJOR 170 or below; MINOR 135 or below