Calendar


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Feb
22
Fri
2019
Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

Feb
23
Sat
2019
2019 British Universities Championship @ Park Inn by Radisson Telford, Forge Gate, Telford
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://bucachess.org.uk/ [MAP]
The 2019 British Universities’ Championship, with four divisions based on ability and an evening FIDE-rated Blitz tournament. The top 4 teams will qualify for the 2019 European Universities’ Championships | Entry form

Mar
3
Sun
2019
British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Brentwood Senior School Middleton Hall Lane Brentwood
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk/ [MAP]
British Chess Train and Play days are hosted by IM Richard Pert and local junior coach Robin Slade. Our guest coaches this time are GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan. All the juniors will enjoy 2 formal coaching sessions and 4 graded matches within their coaching groups along with a rolling programme of analysis as games finish | Entry form

Mar
10
Sun
2019
Fischer Random Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Mar 10 @ 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss fun chess tournament. The starting position of the pieces is random. Time control: 10 minutes each with 10 seconds added per move. All ages are welcome! | Entry form

Jun
2
Sun
2019
4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 2 @ 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Social friendly event to enjoy an unusual version of chess.The overall winner is the one to play most number of games and score most number of wins! Checkmate one of the 3 kings! | Entry form

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior Coaching @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
Institute of Chess Coaching for levels 1-4 plus attached ECF graded rapidplay games

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/junior/2019/schedule.htm [MAP]
The junior event follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme | Entry form

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Open FIDE Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 17 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
Open 7 round FIDE-rated rapidplay tournament

Aug
19
Mon
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Elite Swisses @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
5 round Swiss events where players must have historically been of an appropriate standard to play

Jessie Gilbert Festival – IM Norm Round Robin @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
10 player Round Robin event over 5 days for IM Norms

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

Jessie Gilbert Festival – Sections for All @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 1:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
A 4 round tournament for players rated below 2000 which will be split into small groups as far as possible for the 4 round event

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress B @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

Aug
31
Sat
2019
DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, Devon
Aug 31 @ 1:23 pm – Sep 7 @ 2:23 pm

Contact: Jack Rudd Email: jackkelshallrudd@aol.com Web: http://dccapaigntonchess.com [MAP]
Annual Paignton festival event, with four afternoon and two morning tournaments

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: work.madara@gmail.com Web: https://forms.gle/37CK21f9Wc7fgeN29 [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

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

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: av.chess@outlook.com [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

Nov
29
Fri
2019
London Chess Classic Weekend Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 1 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP]
London Chess Classic Weekend event with 4 sections – Open, U2050, U1825, U1600

Dec
2
Mon
2019
London Chess Classic Weekday Tournaments @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 2 @ 4:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP]
London Chess Classic Weekday Tournament. 2 sections – U2050 & U1750

Dec
7
Sat
2019
English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Dec
8
Sun
2019
London Chess Classic Super Blitz Open Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 8 all-day

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/ [MAP]
London Chess Classic FIDE rated Super Blitz Open consisting of 8 qualifying groups and a knockout stage | Entry form

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Jan
19
Sun
2020
Gibraltar Challengers and Amateurs @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Conquest Email: sconquest@hotmail.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/ [MAP]
Challengers and Amateurs festival events run alongside the Gibraltar Masters

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Exchange Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Feb 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss Team (2 players) fun chess tournament | Entry form

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

Jun
14
Sun
2020
4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 14 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
‘4 Way Chess’ is a fun version of standard chess played on a special chessboard by four players. Normal chess rules apply | Entry form