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 December 10th 2019)
* 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 …

Dec
28
Fri
2018
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
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 graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

Jan
1
Tue
2019
The Leinster Junior Championships 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stilorgan, Co Dublin
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Jan
2
Wed
2019
Irish New Year Norm Events 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1060 [MAP]
A GM and IM Norm event for 12 IRL players and 8 non-IRL player. Run annually, the last 2 GM norm events have produced 2 GM norms.

The Irish 50+/65+ Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1134 [MAP]
Both age groups (50+ and 65+) in one open event.

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Gonzaga Charity Classic 2019 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Henry Li Email: gonzagachessclassic@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1048 [MAP]
This event has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years and now is the second largest weekender in Ireland.

Feb
17
Sun
2019
North Staffordshire Training Day @ Tollgate Hotel, Rippon Road, Blurton, Stoke-On-Trent
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Jonathan Blackburn Email: jonathan.blackburn1985@gmail.com [MAP]
This is a training day run by Welsh International FIDE Master Jonathan Blackburn, and is ideally suited for players graded under 130. Topics covered in this day –
How do I think?; Nothing games; Autopilot moves; and Training to results. Feedback from previous training days has been extremely positive. The cost is £30 and places must be pre-booked, maximum 20 places. Contact Jonathan directly via email, NOT the hotel | Flyer

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1JP
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://www.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open; FIDE Under 1975; ECF graded Under 140; ECF graded Under 110 | Entry form

Mar
8
Fri
2019
43rd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 8 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: blackpoolchessconference@virginmedia.com Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk [MAP]
£6700 in prizes. Five sections – Lancashire Open, The Imperial Major (U181), The Intermediate (U155), The Minor (U135) & The Standard (U115) | Live games at http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk

Apr
4
Thu
2019
English Seniors Championship @ St Johns Hotel Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
Seniors event – two 6-round events — Over 50 and Over 65. ECF graded and FIDE-rated
Online entry and full details — https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/

Apr
7
Sun
2019
Chester Chess Club Centenary Rapidplay @ Upton-by-Chester High School St James’s Avenue Upton
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Michael McDonagh Email: congress@chesterchess.co.uk Web: http://www.chesterchess.co.uk [MAP]
Chester Chess Club are celebrating their centenary in 2019 and to celebrate this milestone are holding a FIDE-rated one day rapidplay event on Sunday the 7th of April 2019. The event comprises 3 sections – an OPEN, an U1900 (160) and an U1600 (U120) | Entry form

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

Apr
19
Fri
2019
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

May
19
Sun
2019
2nd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Hosted by Crewe Chess Club, a 7 round Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel in Crewe. 4 sections, ALL FIDE rated – Open, Major U165, Inter U135, Minor U 105 **Increased prize money ** and grading prizes in all sections Prizes dependent on entries | Entry form

Jun
21
Fri
2019
4th North Wales FIDE Open / 6th Colwyn Bay Congress @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160), and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize | Entry form

Aug
24
Sat
2019
55th Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Aug 24 – Aug 26 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://berksandbuckschess.com/ [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top 2-3 sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

13th Leyland Chess Congress @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandchesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/43/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135. 6 rounds over 3 days. Played in our new high quality venue.

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
15
Fri
2019
Preston Chess Congress @ University of Central Lancashire, Adelphi Street, Preston
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Malcolm Peacock Email: malcolm@popmalc.org.uk Web: http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/congress [MAP]
5 round Swiss, FIDE rated open

Nov
16
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz Men’s and Women’s Finals @ St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/uk-open-blitz-championships-2019 [MAP]
This tournament is a closed event for qualifiers from the regional blitz tournaments held in September. It is a 15 round all-play-all format. Time limit 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment per move

Nov
24
Sun
2019
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
Eleven rounds Blitz tournament. All moves to be completed in 5 minutes, plus a 3 second increment after each move | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 14 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk  Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. The Under 14 Major is FIDE rated. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 section.  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 | Entry form

2 Day Weekend FIDE Congress @ South Ribble Borough Council, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:45 pm
Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 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 graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

Jan
26
Sun
2020
34th Stockport Rapidplay Congress @ Guildhall, 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Gareth Griffiths Email: rapidplay@stockportchessclub.org Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament with 4 sections – Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form