Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* 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

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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 …


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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.

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
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

Doncaster Chess Congress @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: http://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
Sections – Open, U171, U146, U126; each entry fee £32, 1st prize £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100 plus grading prizes | 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 …

Apr
12
Fri
2019
The Irish Junior Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Vahe Paronyan Email: paronyan@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/892 [MAP]
The Irish Junior Championships is open to all juniors from all federations with qualifying IRLs eligible to win each title.

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

May
10
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 5th Harrogate Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country – a small, relaxed event. 6 rounds – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
PRIZES – expected £180 per section but not guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries | 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

The Ennis Congress 2019 @ West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Cassidy Email: ritacassidy16@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1115 [MAP]
Annual event held with two sections – Open and U1400. 100 entrants expected and 1500 euro prize fund

May
24
Fri
2019
Huddersfield 6 Round Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – May 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: nigelhepworth@me.com Web: http://congress.huddersfieldchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Multiple byes allowed. 3 sections – Open, Major (U166), Minor (U126)
Time control – all moves in 1 hour 30 minutes plus 10 seconds per move | 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
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
31
Sat
2019
Darnall & Handsworth 4th FIDE-rated rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road Stradbroke Sheffield
Aug 31 @ 10:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: gd_brown@sky.com Web: https://www.dhchessclub.co.uk/ [MAP]
Six round rapidplay with four sections. All sections will be FIDE rated as well as ECF graded | Entry form

Sep
20
Fri
2019
9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £28 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Sona Irish Junior Super Cup 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Stillorgan, Dublin
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Vahe Paronyan Email: paronyan@gmail.com Web: http://chesssupercup.com/ [MAP]
7 players in each age group will compete in round robin tournament. The tournament is spread across 2 weekends – Nov 2nd, 3rd and Nov 23rd, 24th | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
2 Day Weekend FIDE Congress @ South Ribble Borough Council, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:45 pm
Jan
5
Sun
2020
Hull Rapid 2020 @ Royal Hotel Hull 170 Ferensway Hull
Jan 5 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: douglas.vleeshhouwer@gmail.com Web: http://www.hullchess.com/Rapid+Play+2020 [MAP]
5 round Swiss rapid tournament – FIDE-rated Open, FIDE-rated U1900, ECF U120
20 mins + 10 secs increment from move 1. In each section – 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, one £30 grading prize

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Leyland Rapidplay 2020 @ The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Feb
21
Fri
2020
Doncaster Congress 2020 @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: https://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
4 sections – Open, U171, U146, U125. Prizes each section – 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, plus 3 grading prizes of £25. Open section incorporates Yorkshire Championship. ECF graded

May
16
Sat
2020
30th Calderdale Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

*** Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled ***
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com

Jun
26
Fri
2020
10th Whitby Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Whitby Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All enquiries as below —
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]

Oct
23
Fri
2020
10th Harrogate Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Harrogate Chess Club, Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm