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Oct
21
Sat
2017
The 2nd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Opening called Nimzo-Indian Defence). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Oct
28
Sat
2017
35th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex Charter Square Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – Oct 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: secretary@bsecongress.org.uk Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk [MAP]
Five round Swiss. Four sections, Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120) | Entry form

Nov
6
Mon
2017
18th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: jones_r53@sky.com Web: http://keverelchess.com
A well-established event for “Juniors” (50 – 64) and Seniors (65+). The event has hosted 34 top class congresses since 1999 and is well-known as one of the best venues on the circuit for smaller events … [MAP]

Nov
12
Sun
2017
3rd Annual Lowestoft Rapidplay @ Parkhill Hotel Oulton Broad Lowestoft NR32 5DQ
Nov 12 @ 9:15 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Stephen Cotterell Email: stephenjcotterell@aol.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss – 2 sections : Open & U150 | Entry form

6th H+H Fire U14 Train and Play @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford, CM2 9DG
Nov 12 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
H+H Fire Train and Play days combine top level junior coaching with 3 graded rapidplay games. They are organised and hosted by International Master Richard Pert (grade 235) and local junior coach Robin Slade. In November we’ll be joined by two guest coaches – WGM Dagne Ciuksyte (grade 214) and popular junior coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks. The format of the whole day is designed to work for players of all levels and the emphasis is on a fun day’s chess | Entry form

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Lee-cat@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/876 [MAP]
One of Ireland’s biggest weekenders with some of Europe’s strongest players and a 40+ year tradition of excellence. We would expect a strong contingent from the UK as usual including past winners such as Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Mark Hebden …

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Cambridgeshire Closed County Chess Championships @ Peterborough Bridge Club, Unit 1, New England Complex, York Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – Nov 19 @ 10:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: info@premierengravinguk.com [MAP]
Closed event – 5 round Swiss for people born in Cambridgeshire, a member of a club in Cambridgeshire, or who live in Cambridgeshire | Entry form

Nov
26
Sun
2017
LJCC Qualifying Event, Graded Junior Tournament & Training Day @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne Berkshire RG45 7PT
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships Qualifying Event and training day with GM Nick Pert.
Improvers section (ungraded); U10 LJCC qualifying section; U12 LJCC qualifying section; U18 section (graded) | Enter online here – www.picatic.com/wellington

Dec
16
Sat
2017
The 3rd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event – Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen variation – 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6. Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Jan
12
Fri
2018
50th Mulcahy Memorial 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Pat Twomey Email: ptwomey@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/973 [MAP]
The 50th Mulcahy Memorial looks set to be one of the strongest in the recent history of the event. The tournament takes place in the Metropole Hotel from Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January 2018

Jan
28
Sun
2018
Norfolk Rapidplay @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way Sprowston Norwich NR7 8SQ
Jan 28 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss, 3 sections – Championship, Challengers and U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form/details

Feb
4
Sun
2018
Leicestershire Open Junior Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com Web: http://leicestershirejuniorchess.com  [MAP]
Open Junior Congress 6 round swiss Rapidplay in Open, U80 and U30 sections. Time control: 25 mins + 5s. Full details and online entry at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-junior-open-congress-february-4th-february-2018-tickets-39494034721

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7EE
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: bobjoneschess@btinternet.com [MAP]
Six rounds x 30 minutes per player. Sections for U18, U11, U9 and Novices | Entry form

Feb
23
Fri
2018
25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://www.bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

Mar
4
Sun
2018
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: icfwp@yahoo.co.uk Previous event – here [MAP]
The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics.
The holiday includes — a seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering opening principles, middle game, endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

Mar
10
Sat
2018
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, only open to East Anglian Chess Union players (see entry form for eligibility details). It’s a 5-round Swiss tournament, with 3 rounds on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. There are three Championship sections – Open, U-170 and U-130, and the Open Champion will qualify for a place in the 2018 British Championship | Entry form

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall Hall Plain Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections Open, U170, U145, U120. Prize fund of over £1800 thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare | Entry form

May
26
Sat
2018
50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Oct
5
Fri
2018
The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: corkchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/975 [MAP]
This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

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

Mar
3
Sun
2019
Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: jamie@rothaymanor.co.uk Web: https://rothaymanor.co.uk/ [MAP]
This event’s main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics. The holiday includes –
A seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering Opening principles, Middle Game, Endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Aug
19
Mon
2019
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford
Aug 19 @ 8:30 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are running a two-day Holiday Camp for juniors in August. The juniors will enjoy a mix of group coaching, individual game analysis and plenty of game play. The coaching will be led by IM Richard Pert. This event is aimed at juniors who have at least began their journey into tournament chess | Entry form

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Half-Term Edenbridge Double Round Robin @ Eden Centre, Edenbridge TN8 6BY
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP]
Half-term Edenbridge FIDE Standard Below 1600 Double Round Robin. Time control: 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1. Two rounds per day (10:30am / 2:00pm)

Jan
31
Fri
2020
Frodsham Congress @ Frodsham Community Center Fluin Lane Frodsham
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Paul Jones Email: jitsujones@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.kisekigo.com/frodsham [MAP]
5 round competition using Fischer timings and played over the course of 3 days | Entry form