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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 …

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East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: [MAP]
The 2019 EACU Individual Championships, incorporating the EACU Junior Championships, and open only to EACU players (see entry form for definitions). A 5 round Swiss congress, with three sections – Open, Under-170 and Under-130 | Entry form

Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day with GM Nick Pert @ King Edwards School, Witley, Godalming
Mar 24 all-day

Contact: Nick Pert Email: [MAP]
Tournament and training day with GM Nick Pert. Bookonline here —

Surrey Last Chance Saloon & 10th West Surrey Championships @ Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: Web: [MAP]
If your child has already qualified through their club or is over 11 (from and including year 7 upwards as they qualify automatically for the Megafinal) but would like to practice for the Megafinal, improve their grade or gain their first grade then this is also the event for them …

Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day @ King Edward's School Witley, Wormley, Godalming
Mar 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: Web: [MAP]
The tournament will be played in four sections with training between rounds. ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors up to the age of 18, with no maximum grade (ECF graded); ECF graded U11 section for those under 11 on 31st August 2018 (year 6 and below) (ECF graded); Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2018 and under 80 ECF grade (ungraded); Beginners’ section for those under 9 on 31st August 2018 (year 4 and below), who have no ECF grade and playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)
20 players taking part in this event will qualify for a free place at a simultaneous exhibition in the summer against a top Grandmaster, likely to be Michael Adams! This has been provided by a private sponsor.

26th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Birmingham
Mar 31 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP]
Four Sections – Open, 170, 140, 110. Prize fund £1,000 | Entry form

English Seniors Championship @ St Johns Hotel Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: [MAP]
Seniors event – two 6-round events — Over 50 and Over 65. ECF graded and FIDE-rated
Online entry and full details —

Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, Chalmers Street, Edinburgh
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: Web: [MAP]
The largest annual weekend Chess Congress in Scotland. The venue is located in the city centre of Edinburgh and is suitable for disabled players including wheelchair users. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated. A group discount is available: when six players enter together, only pay for five entries. The time control for each of the four sections are 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The top games in the Premier Event will be broadcast live during the Congress. A Chess Bookstall will be provided by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London.
Four Training Sessions, free of charge, will be available to Coaches mainly for Teachers and Parents on both Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon from Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities | Entry form

37th St. Albans Chess Congress 2019 @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans, Herts AL3 4AW
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Douse Email: [MAP]
Congress website for entry form –
Prize fund over £3400. Good selection of hot and cold food.
5 round Swiss, 5 graded sections. Large playing hall with an extensive free car park

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
6 rounds, 2 sections. Major Under 171 and Minor Under 130 | Entry form

2019 Midland Open Junior Championship @ St. Nicholas Hall Leicester Grammar School London Road, Leicester
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: Web: [MAP]
ECF graded Under 9 section, ECF graded and FIDE-rated Under 11, 14 and 18 sections. £1,675 prize fund | Entry form

Southend Masters @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Email: [MAP]
9 round Swiss tournament eligible for GM and IM norms

CCF Easter LP Congress 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: Web: [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

Southend Easter Bank Holiday Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
FIVE 7 ROUND SECTIONS – FIDE Open to all, NEW FIDE Under 1900 (and must be Under ECF 160), ECF Under 145, ECF Under 120, ECF Under 95

2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

1st 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn Stevenage
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U120. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP]
Information —

ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP – entrance on Prince Arthur Road]
2 days, 5 games – U2200, U1900 and ECF Under 135 Sections. 10.30am start Saturday, 11am Sunday. Held a short walk from Hampstead Underground (Northern Line). 60 mins per player + 30 secs a move :: 5 rounds

Bourne End One Day Chess Congress @ Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:15 pm

Contact: Andrew Smith Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round tournament divided into sections by grade. 45 minutes on the clock | Entry form

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road Twickenham
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
Respected and longstanding series of rapidplay tournaments run by Richmond Junior Chess Club | Entry form

Cornwall Open Chess Congress @ The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth
May 3 – May 5 all-day

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: Web: [MAP]
1st Open Cornish Congress. Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U190, U150 & U110 | Entry form

Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 10 – May 12 all-day

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: Web: [MAP]
Five rounds, three sections (Minor U120, Major U160, Open) Swiss style tournament | Entry form

Castle Chess 5th Harrogate Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country – a small, relaxed event. 6 rounds – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
PRIZES – expected £180 per section but not guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries | Entry form

6th Martlesham Heath Chess Open @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
May 12 @ 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP]
Six round Swiss tournament. Time control: 10 minutes each with 10 seconds added per move. All ages are welcome! | Entry form

30th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: Web: [MAP]
The annual Frome Congress is a 5 round Swiss tournament with 4 Sections – Open, U165, U140, U110. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking. The Congress is part of the ECF Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated and part of the British Championships Qualifying Grand Prix | Entry form

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