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 March 22nd 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 …

Apr
9
Thu
2020
2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
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
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

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
18
Sat
2020
38th St. Albans Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm

Unfortunately, St.Columba’s College St. Albans – our venue for the Congress – have advised us that as a precaution against the spread of the Corona virus,  we will have to postpone this year’s Congress until the Autumn Term. New dates in October will  be announced in due course …


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

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


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 – CANCELLED @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress will return in 2021!

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
Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Sybil Andrews Academy, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: bobjoneschess@btinternet.com Web: http://www.bsechess.org.uk/juniorcongress [MAP]
Four sections – Under 18, Under 11, Under 9, Minor (must be under 11 and either ungraded or graded below 50)

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

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


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

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
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

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

*** This event has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. We hope to be able to run it later this year or next year ***

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

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***

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

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


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
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

Oct
2
Fri
2020
26th 4NCL Congress @ Holiday Inn South Normanton M1, Jct.28 Carter Lane East South Normanton Alfreton
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 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

Oct
30
Fri
2020
2nd Hull 4NCL International Congress @ Royal Hotel Hull,170 Ferensway, Hull, East Yorkshire
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk [MAP] Web: www.4ncl.co.uk
FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7.00pm – Sunday 7.00pm. Prize fund: £3300.00

Oct
31
Sat
2020
8th Witney Congress @ Cokethorpe School, Witney OX29 7PU
Oct 31 – Nov 1 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk [MAP]
Four main sections – Open, U170, U145 and U120

Nov
28
Sat
2020
British Rapidplay Chess 2020 @ Trinity University Brownberrie Lane Horsforth Leeds
Nov 28 @ 11:00 am – Nov 29 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Brent Kitson Email: kitson453@btinternet.com Web: http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk [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