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 September 4th 2019)

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 …

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Northumberland Rapidplay Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round ‘Fast & Fun’ rapidplay tournament for members of chess clubs affiliated to Northumberland Chess Association. One section for everyone! A minimum of £310.00 in prizes, including several grading prizes, and prizes for top juniors and Over 65 players. Rate of play: 10 minutes plus 5 seconds per move. Entry fee: £10 adults, £8 juniors/OAPs | Entry form

Feb
16
Fri
2018
47th Dyfed Chess Congress @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Rd, Goodwick SA64 0BT
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Orton Email: me@paulorton.com Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
Open Section – 1st: £300, 2nd: £180, 3rd: £120
Grading Prizes: 2049 – 1900; 1899 – 1750; 1749 & below: £120 per band
Major Section – open to players graded below 1600 (ECF 121)
1st: £150. The 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes (U1400 (ECF 96) & U1200 (ECF 71) will be announced at the Congress | Entry form

Feb
25
Sun
2018
ECF U18 County Championships @ The King's School, Brook Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6RP
Feb 25 all-day
Mar
16
Fri
2018
Castle Chess 10th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9BG
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.com Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Prizes dependent on entries as agreed at players review 2017 | Entry form

Apr
2
Mon
2018
Surrey Junior Easter Congress @ Aldro School Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with five age group sections – U13, U11, U10, U9, U8 on 01/09/17. Trophies for the winner of each section and medals for players scoring 3 points or more. Refreshments available all day and free parking | Entry form

May
11
Fri
2018
Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: Stuarth240462@outlook.com [MAP]
A Swiss style tournament, with 5 rounds | Entry form

May
19
Sat
2018
The Highways Junior Tournament 2018 @ Sandycroft CP School Leaches Lane Mancot Deeside CH5 2EH
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Niki Taylor Email: nikitaylor781@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior rapidplay tournament, 6 rounds Swiss pairings (all players play all rounds)
Four sections U9, U11, U14, U18 (age as at 31 Sep 2017)
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top ungraded player in each section; Rosette/medal for all U9 and U11 entrants; Entry fee: £8 early bird if received by 1st May; £10 if by 16th May; £12 if on the day
Rate of play: all moves in 15 mins each with 10 second increment per move | 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

Jun
22
Fri
2018
3rd North Wales FIDE Open (incorporating 5th Colwyn Bay) @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com Web: http://www.colwynbaychess.org.uk/nwcongress.html [MAP]
Once again to be held at the lovely Venue Cymru in Llandudno (as per the British Chess Championships 2017) – £1,625 guaranteed prize fund, with thanks to our sponsors www.wholesaleschess.co.uk
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 fees including member discounts* are Open/Major £28 and Minor £26. Further £5 discount for juniors (U18 as at 1/1/2018). Late entry fee applies for entries received after 15th June 2018 | Entry form

*see entry form for full details

Aug
17
Fri
2018
49th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
– incorporating the Kent Individual Championship. Over £2,300 in prizes; Swiss tournament comprising 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor 110 & under, Intermediate 130 & under, Major 150 & under, Challengers 170 & under, Open (no grade limits); refreshments & free car parking available at venue; Concessionary charges for Juniors & GM & IM | Entry form

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Norfolk County Chess Championships @ The Tithe Barn Rectory Road Horstead NR12 7EP
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
Closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA. Must be at least a Bronze ECF member. 5 round Swiss | Entry form

Oct
1
Mon
2018
Wiltshire Championship Round 1 @ N/A
Oct 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 30th November. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). 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. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Nov
24
Sat
2018
Cambridgeshire Closed County Chess Championships @ Peterborough Bridge Club, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: chessbower@aol.com Web: http://www.premierengravinguk.com [MAP]
Limited to 32 players on a first come first served basis living in Cambridgeshire. 5 round seeded Swiss event. Open, Under 140, Junior Championships. Prizes available based on score – additional prizes may be added as well | Entry form

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Wiltshire Championship Round 2 @ N/A
Dec 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st January 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). 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. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Coventry and District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Web: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/rapidplay.html [MAP]
The 2018-19 season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the local area! We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Entry £10.00 (Juniors £5.00) | Entry form | Wheelchair access available, please email the organisers for any accessibility needs …

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Wiltshire Championship Round 3 @ N/A
Feb 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st March 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). 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. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Feb
3
Sun
2019
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Feb 3 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
6 round Rapidplay, 25 minutes + 5 second increments per game. U18, U13, U11 and U9 sections to determine county junior champions together with ‘stars barred’ section for relative newcomers. £12 entry fee for ECF silver members and above, others surcharged.

Feb
9
Sat
2019
EPSCA Rapidplay 2019 @ Broadgreen International School Queens Drive Liverpool
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament – Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups | Entry form

SAE Reading School
Feb 9 @ 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Brent Smith Email: sae@bjca.org.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk [MAP]
3 sections – Beginners | Intermediate (U80) ECF Graded Section | Open. Beginners may play in the Intermediate if they would like to. You must be registered with ECF to play in graded sections.
Fees – £5.00 pre-booking for ECF members; £7 for unregistered players wanting to play in graded sections; £10 on the day …

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

Feb
23
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships CANCELLED *** @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
Feb 23 @ 9:45 am – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Many apologies but we have had to cancel our Feb ‘19 Congress due to late loss of venue …

May
10
Fri
2019
Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 10 – May 12 all-day

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: stuarthamilton41@yahoo.com Web: http://rhylandprestatynchessclub.com [MAP]
Five rounds, three sections (Minor U120, Major U160, Open) Swiss style tournament | 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

May
25
Sat
2019
51st Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School, Gouda Way, Gloucester
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This year’s Open will incorporate the Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. The event is a traditional old style congress. However we are aiming to use digital clocks for the open section. Look us up on Facebook for the latest details. Venue close to amenities and free parking | 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
16
Fri
2019
50th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
The 50th Thanet Chess Congress in 2019 incorporates the Kent and Southern Counties Chess Union Championships and has five categories of entry comprising Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor and is held over 5 rounds from Friday evening until Sunday early evening with byes available. Total prize fund of over £2,300

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

Oct
11
Fri
2019
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form