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9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web: [MAP]
The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £25 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

2019 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ Mercure Daventry Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day
Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP – entrance on Prince Arthur Road]
2 days, 5 games – U2200, U1900 and Under 1700 and must also be U135 ECF 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

5th Potters Bar Junior Chess Tournament @ Broadfields Primary School, Roseberry Drive, Edgware
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: [MAP]
Local coaching event with graded and ungraded sections. For graded players and those new to competitive chess | Entry form

North London Schools Grand Prix #1 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road London
Sep 22 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: [MAP]
LJCC qualifying event. 6 rounds. Time control – 20 mins plus 5 sec increment per player. There will be four Grand Prix meetings this term with the best three results counting towards the final scores | Entry form

CCF Junior Club Championship Round 1 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: [MAP]
Round 1 of the CCF Junior Club Championship, but all newcomers welcome. Fully FIDE-rated as well!

East Finchley / Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
We split all entrants into three rated and graded sections on the day – Open / Major and Minor

Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Web: [MAP]
Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form

Northumberland Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre Howdon Road, Royal Quays North Shields
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: Web: Online entry – [MAP]
Weekend Congress – modern venue is the same one as for the British Championships. Great area, near to the coast and Newcastle City | Entry form

CCF Autumn Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: | Web [MAP]
1 day FIDE-rated Rapidplay in as many sections as numbers reasonably allow


English Chess Challenge Champion of Champions @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
The final event of the 2019 English Chess Challenge – where the winners of each age group come together to play off for the ultimate title

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: [MAP]
A 5-round rapidplay in four graded tournaments. £950 prize fund | Entry form

Letchworth FIDE Rapid @ Broadway Hotel, Letchworth Garden City
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm
BBCA Monthly Rapidplay 2019 @ The Hason Raja Centre, Spitalfields Housing Association, 117 Vallance Road, London
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: [MAP]
ECF graded Open & Major sections will be played with 10-minute plus five-second incremental time control. Entry fee is only £20 for adults and £15 for juniors for both sections.  However, all players are required to be ECF Silver and above members. All other players, including foreign players with FIDE ID, must pay an additional £9.00 with the entry fee. Discounted entry fee is available for BBCA members. Attractive 1st and 2nd prizes along with several grading prizes are available in Open and Major sections.
Chief Arbiter – Michael Flatt | Flyer | Enter online here

Wiltshire Championship 2019-20 @ N/A
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am

Contact: Tony Ransom Tel: 01225 774538
Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me —
Round 1 – to be completed by 15th November 2019 | Round 2 – to be completed by 1st January 2020 | Round 3 – to be completed by 7th February 2020 | Round 4 – to be completed by 14th March 2020 | Round 5 – to be completed by 21st April 2020 | Details

39th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Russell Granat Email: Web: [MAP]
Revival of a prestigious weekend congress after a successful event at the same venue in 2018. All three sections now FIDE-rated – Open, U1900/160, U1675/130. Online entry available at

Castle Chess 15th Fareham Congress @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country. A small, relaxed event. 6 round event, 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

Norfolk County Championships @ Tithe Barn, Rectory Road, Horstead
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP]
A closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident in the county of Norfolk for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Oct 5 @ 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

CCF Junior RP LJCC Qualifier and U18 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 5 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
LJCC Qualifiers at U12, U10 and U8 level; in addition an unrelated U18 event with prize money

Maidenhead and Earley Junior Tournament @ Radstock Lane Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Earley
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Hampshire Junior Open Congress @ Winchester College New Hall College Street Winchester
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP]
The Hampshire Junior Open Chess Congress is an annual tournament for young chess players who are less than eighteen years old on August 31st, 2019. Players are invited from any county – there are no restrictions as this is an OPEN event! The event is a qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

Bucks Junior Chess Congress @ Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe
Oct 6 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ray Sayers Email: Web:
Open to all junior players (Bucks and outside Bucks). A qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC). Age Sections – Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 | Entry form

PRO University Chess League Group Stage @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London
Oct 12 all-day
PRO University Chess League Group Stage @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London

Contact: Dylan Mize Email: Web:
PUCL is the UK’s first intercollegiate team rapid event. Fixtures are played between teams of 4 students from the same uni, in an all-play-all format, once a month during the academic year. All matches will be hosted at a venue on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. All relevant tournament information can be found on our website. To Enter a team from your uni, follow the “signup” link from the homepage – | Flyer

Leicester HE Atkins Rapidplay @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Andy Morley Email: [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (20 mins + 10 sec) in Open, U165, U140, U115, Junior U80 and Junior ‘Schools’ U25 sections. Online entry here

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road Twickenham
Oct 13 @ 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

Maidenhead Junior Tournament @ Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

North East League @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [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

English Girls’ Chess Championships 2019 @ Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: [MAP]
Open to any girls under 18 on 31st August 2019, and incorporating the 1st Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Championships – part of the Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Festival 2019.
Championship – Saturday and Sunday, five round Swiss. All moves in 50 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £15.00
Minor – Under 9 and Under 14 sections Saturday, six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section; Under 11 and Under 18 sections Sunday – six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section
Special event – Simul with top female chess player planned for Saturday evening | Enter online | Entry form

Hampton Junior Chess Congress @ Twickenham Preparatory School 43 High Street Hampton
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
Qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships. Under 8, 10 & 12 sections