Calendar

In this time of COVID-19 …
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Dec
11
Sat
2021
Oxted Blitz Friendly – Head @ Oxted Library 12 Gresham Road Oxted Surrey
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP] The aim is to run this event those who have completed their Standard round and play against whoever is available.

Oxted Blitz Friendly – Tail @ Oxted Library 12 Gresham Road Oxted Surrey
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP] The aim is to run this event those who have completed their Standard round and play against whoever is available.

Oxted Rapid Friendly – Head @ Oxted Library 12 Gresham Road Oxted Surrey
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP] The aim is to run this event those who have completed their Standard round and play against whoever is available.

Oxted Rapid Friendly – Tail @ Oxted Library 12 Gresham Road Oxted Surrey
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP] The aim is to run this event those who have completed their Standard round and play against whoever is available.

English Rapidplay Chess Championship 2021 @ Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews, London
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Shohreh Bayat Email: Shohreh_b1987@yahoo.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/ [MAP] Ten of England’s top Grandmasters and International Masters face off in a weekend all-play-all rapidplay tournament. Live commentary in the auditorium with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest

Blitz Competition 4 @ Cavendish Conference Centre Cavendish Venues, 22 Duchess Mews, London
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Shohreh Bayat Email: Shohreh_b1987@yahoo.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/blitz.html [MAP] Entry Fee: £15. Time Control: All moves in 5 minutes. Grades: FIDE Blitz ratings will be used for this event. For players without a current FIDE Blitz rating, the following grades/ratings will be used instead: (1) FIDE rapidplay rating (2) FIDE standard play (3) other national rating

Dec
13
Mon
2021
Coulsdon Juniors Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com [MAP] A blitz tournament after their club championship matches each week at junior club in an attempt to increase the possibilities of ratings

Dec
15
Wed
2021
7th Seaton Jurassic Blitz Tournament @ Seaton Chess Club, Seaton Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton
Dec 15 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP] 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £3.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Trophy and prize for the winner and many other prizes | Entry form

Dec
18
Sat
2021
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am – Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: jalutton@aol.com Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/ [MAP] This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th, and 30th December at the same venue. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk

14th Northwick Park Five Round Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: jalutton@aol.com Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/ [MAP] This popular five round event consists of three sections, Open, Major and Minor. The Open and Major are both FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF rated only and entry to it is open to those under 1500 ECF and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above 1500. The Major is restricted to under 1860 FIDE. The Open starts at 9 am on Saturday and 9.30 on Sunday. Major and Minor start at 9.45 both days

13th Richmond Blitz Blast Rik Thomas Memorial @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, TWICKENHAM
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
13th Richmond Blitz Blast Rik Thomas Memorial @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, TWICKENHAM

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: richmond_blitz@hotmail.com Web: http://www.rjcc.org.uk/ [MAP] 13th Richmond Rapidplay Blitz Blast, held this time in memory of a Richmond Juniors’ staff member, Rik Thomas, who passed away during the pandemic. £3,000 prize fund to mark this occasion. 1st £500, 2nd £375, 3rd, £275, 4th £200, 5th £150, Female 1st £375, 2nd £275, U2000 £100, £60, U1500 £100, £60. Also RJCC, former RJCC, and King’s Head prizes | Entry form

Dec
28
Tue
2021
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/ [MAP] This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections – OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE-rated. The Minor is ECF rated only and is restricted to players under ECF 1600 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating. The Major is under 1940 FIDE

London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:45 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/ [MAP] This prestigious event has sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open.
The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk
There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 12th and 13th December at the same venue.

Jan
2
Sun
2022
Sussex Junior Hastings Rapidplay @ St Mary Star of the Sea, Magdalen Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea
Jan 2 all-day

Contact: Carol Graham Email: info@sussexjuniorchess.org Web: https://sussexjuniorchess.org/ [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections; U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

Jan
8
Sat
2022
PRO University Chess League @ Lichess.org and venue TBA
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PUCL is an all-play-all rapidplay team competition for Universities across the UK to compete in monthly fixtures. The top teams from each fixture qualify for the knockout playoffs, hopefully taking place OTB in Central London. The playoff games will be ECF rated; the group-stage games will not.
Group Stages Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8; Playoffs Round of 16: Feb. 5; Quarter Finals: Mar. 5; Semi-Finals: Apr. 2; Grand Finals: Apr. 3

Jan
9
Sun
2022
Hull Rapid 2022 @ Canham Turner Conference Centre, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX
Jan 9 @ 10:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: douglas.vleeshhouwer@gmail.com Web: https://www.hullchess.com/Rapid+Play+2022 [MAP] 5 round Swiss rapid tournament – FIDE-rated Open, U1900 and U1600. 20 mins + 10 secs increment from move 1. Per section: 1st place £120, 2nd place £60, 3rd place £30. 1st Performance prize £30, 2nd performance prize £20 | Entry form

Jan
21
Fri
2022
27th 4NCL Congress @ The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate HG1 2SR
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ [MAP] Sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1700. Five rounds. Entry fee £30.00. Prize fund £3,000

Jan
22
Sat
2022
2nd EJCOA Weekend Masterclass @ Zoom & Tornelo
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://ejcoa.co.uk/
Interactive Online Coaching for juniors & adults (in separate groups). Coaches include FIDE Trainers IM Andrew Martin, IM Lorin D’Costa, FM Tim Wall & other EJCOA coaches TBA | Entry form

Jan
29
Sat
2022
South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: amy@southofenglandjunior.com Web: http://www.southofenglandjunior.com [MAP] Prestigious annual junior chess tournament, sections from U7 up to U15. Counts towards ECF Youth Grand Prix. Open event – all welcome! Please contact us if you have any special requirements.

Jan
30
Sun
2022
Norfolk Rapidplay Congress 2022 @ Horstead Tithe Barn, Rectory Road, Horstead, Norwich
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP] 6 round Swiss. 3 sections – Championship, Challengers (U1750) and U1450. Limited to 50 entrants | Entry form

Feb
5
Sat
2022
PRO University Chess League @ Lichess.org and venue TBA
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PUCL is an all-play-all rapidplay team competition for Universities across the UK to compete in monthly fixtures. The top teams from each fixture qualify for the knockout playoffs, hopefully taking place OTB in Central London. The playoff games will be ECF rated; the group-stage games will not.
Group Stages Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8; Playoffs Round of 16: Feb. 5; Quarter Finals: Mar. 5; Semi-Finals: Apr. 2; Grand Finals: Apr. 3

Feb
6
Sun
2022
Sussex Junior Horsham Rapidplay @ Millais School, Depot Rd, Horsham RH13 5HR
Feb 6 all-day

Contact: Carol Graham Email: info@sussexjuniorchess.org Web: https://sussexjuniorchess.org/ [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections; U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

Feb
12
Sat
2022
YJCA Grand Prix Event 2 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org/ [MAP] 4 sections for Juniors – Major (any player) cash prizes for top 3; Intermediate (grades below 1450) trophies for top 3 and age group prizes; Minor (grades below 1000) trophies for top 3 and age group prizes; Novice (inexperienced players) trophies for top 3 and age group prizes and certificates to every player.

Feb
20
Sun
2022
31st Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School Waverley Mount Nottingham
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: rapidplay@nottschess.org Web: https://www.nottinghamshirechess.org/competitions/ [MAP] We are hoping to restart our long-running Rapidplay in 2022. More details about sections, prizes and how to enter will be available from our website in due course

Feb
25
Fri
2022
Doncaster Congress 2022 @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2HY
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: http://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP] Open, Major (U2000), Intermediate (U1800), Minor (U1600), all 5 rounds. Number of entries limited to 180 | Entry form

Feb
26
Sat
2022
35th Crowborough Chess Congress @ Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove Crowborough East Sussex
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: David Fryer Email: secretary@crowboroughchess.org Web: https://crowborough.org/ [MAP] Rapidplay tournament – 6 rounds – sections and format to be confirmed but similar to our past events – this event was postponed from September

Mar
5
Sat
2022
Swindon Rapidplay @ Polish Community Centre WHITBOURNE AVENUE Swindon Wiltshire
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Ben Ogunshola Email: swindonchessevents@gmail.com [MAP] Rapidplay 25 minutes plus a 5 second increment each move. 4 sections – Open, U1900, U1700 & U1500
Minimum prize fund: £600. Each section will have 1st prize £100 and 2nd prize £50. Entry fee – ECF Silver plus £20

PRO University Chess League @ Lichess.org and venue TBA
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PUCL is an all-play-all rapidplay team competition for Universities across the UK to compete in monthly fixtures. The top teams from each fixture qualify for the knockout playoffs, hopefully taking place OTB in Central London. The playoff games will be ECF rated; the group-stage games will not.
Group Stages Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8; Playoffs Round of 16: Feb. 5; Quarter Finals: Mar. 5; Semi-Finals: Apr. 2; Grand Finals: Apr. 3

Mar
12
Sat
2022
EPSCA Under 9 Zones @ TBA
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://www.epsca.org.uk/
45th EPSCA Under 9 Inter-Association Team Championships. Three zones qualifying for the final on 23rd April. Entry restricted to affiliated associations.

Mar
18
Fri
2022
Castle Chess 18th Fareham Congress @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7BQ
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk [MAP] 3 sections – 6 round Swiss. OPEN; MAJOR – Under 1901 (ECF 160); MINOR – Under 1601 (ECF 120)
PRIZES – Expected £180 per section – but not guaranteed