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
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
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

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
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

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
22
Fri
2020
3rd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Basingstoke RG27 9JS
May 22 – May 25 all-day

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

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

The 24th South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
Large and comfortable playing area | 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

Jun
27
Sat
2020
CCF Summer Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jun 27 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

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

Jul
10
Fri
2020
25th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Wychwood Park, Weston, Crewe
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Three Sections – FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2000 & ECF Under 135

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

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

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
25
Fri
2020
10th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Harrogate Chess Congress has more prizes this year being the 10th year and unlike other congresses you can bring your own food and drink. The venue is in beautiful grounds away from noise. An exciting part of Yorkshire with the MINOR Under 141 and MAJOR Under 171 – you choose your 2020 January or 2020 July grade and £9 discount for ECF members of Silver or above grade. 2nd prize, 3rd prize and grading prize double for each section with over 20 people in | Entry form