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 …

Mar
9
Fri
2018
42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk 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

Mar
30
Fri
2018
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major & Knights sections. FIDE rated Open. 2 rounds Friday & Sunday, 1 round Saturday morning. Blitz tournament on Saturday afternoon | Entry form

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

May
20
Sun
2018
First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/Rapid2018 [MAP]
Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)

Jun
1
Fri
2018
22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss event – 4 sections – Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

Jun
16
Sat
2018
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jun 17 @ 6:15 pm

Open, U180, U160, U140 and U120. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2200 prize fund and ECF championship qualifying places in the Open for the NCCU Champion [MAP] | Entry form | ECF Congress of the Year 2014
Web: www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry

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
25
Sat
2018
12th Leyland Chess Congress @ Brownedge St Mary's Catholic High School Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm
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.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Girls Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe York North Yorkshire YO23 2QT
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http;/whiterosejuniorchessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
Training day for all levels of ability including beginners. Led by ECF coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London, and other experienced ECF coaches will be available. The day will be a mix of training together with a Swiss competition. The main aim is to organise a Yorkshire Girls Team | Entry form

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Preston Chess Congress @ University Of Central Lancashire, Harrington Refectory, Adelphi Street, Preston PR17BE
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm

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

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Champions League Chess Kent Zone Autumn Term 1st Leg @ Unicorn Primary School, Creswell Drive, Beckenham
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://ccfworld.com/Chess/Results/2018-12-01_CLC_K.htm [MAP]
Schools team tournament – 1st leg of qualifying. Scores from Autumn and Spring term added together to qualify for the final in the Summer term. We also run a Schools Individual Challenge section for the reserve players from each school so everyone can take part if they want to

Jan
27
Sun
2019
33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
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

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

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Training Day with IM Andrew Martin @ Yately Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: training@bjca.org.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk [MAP]
4 hours of fun chess training by IM Andrew Martin. Only £15 per child; all U18 juniors welcome. Positive feedback from previous sessions, with lots of interactive activities and learning with children winning prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment; limited spaces available | 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
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
19
Fri
2019
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
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
17
Fri
2019
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Only £22 for Silver ECF members to enter the Minor. You can win £150 in the Minor (U109) OR £200 in the Inter (U146). The Open offers 80% of section entry fee back as prize money! August 2018 grades are used. Great homemade sandwiches and good quality drinks sold in the social club if you wish | 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
31
Fri
2019
ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/ChessMathsCourseLondon [MAP]
The Chess and Mathematics teacher training course is a new one-day course on how to teach mathematics problem-solving skills using games and puzzles. The course gives teachers the confidence and insight to teach maths in a fun and exciting way to children in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

Jun
1
Sat
2019
ECU Teaching Chess in Primary School @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/SchoolChessTeacherCourseLondon [MAP]
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children

Jun
7
Fri
2019
South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
23rd South Lakes Congress in the historical town of Kendal in Cumbria – close to M6 and major rail link at Oxenholme | Entry form

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, Lancashire
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: worchess@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry [MAP]
Open, U170, U140 and U120. Increased grading prizes. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2000 prize fund | ECF Congress of the Year 2014 | 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

Jun
28
Fri
2019
9th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
In the beautiful seaside resort of Whitby near Scarborough. Repeat customers get money off (ask about £10 vouchers). Under £30 for silver ECF members Major (U182) players and under £25 for similar Minor (U147) entry. Two sections with respectively £160 and £150 first prizes. See leaflet for early entry details with accommodation enquiries | Entry form

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Manchester Summer Congress @ Woolton Hall, Owens Park, 293 Wilmslow Road, Manchester
Aug 16 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Harry Lamb Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Classic English weekend tournament. Three sections. Open, U165, U125
£600 first prize in each section Last day for entry Wednesday 14 Aug. Move rate 80 minutes plus 30 seconds a move | Entry form

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

Aug
24
Sat
2019
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.