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.


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This will be picked up and added to the ECF calendar as well if you tick the relevant box.

For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated January 2021)

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 …

Oct
12
Sat
2019
2019 Warwick Junior Open @ Warwick Prep School, Banbury Road, Warwick
Oct 12 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://warwickjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Six sections – Under 18 Open, Under 18 grade < 100; Under 11 Open, Under 11 grade < 75, Under 11 grade < 50, Under 11 grade < 25. Under 18 sections and Under 11 Open FIDE rapidplay rated | Entry form

Oct
20
Sun
2019
27th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham
Oct 20 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://rapidplay.birminghamchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Four sections – Open, Max 170, Max 140, Max 110. £1,000 prize fund | Entry form

Nov
2
Sat
2019
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter | Entry form

Nov
10
Sun
2019
BBCA FIDE Rapidplay 2019 @ London Enterprise Academy 81-91 Commercial Road, London
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: britishbanglachess@gmail.com [MAP]
An entertaining day of FIDE rated thrilling chess for all abilities. £775 prize fund in three sections – Open – FIDE Open to all players; Major – FIDE 1975 = ECF 170 & under; Minor – FIDE 1600 = ECF 120 & under. All day complimentary tea/coffee for all. Enjoy the traditional, authentic BBCA hospitality with a free lunch of chicken or vegetable biriyani for players upon a request in advance.
Hurry! Only 100 places are available. Read the leaflet for more details. Please complete your entry form online at- https://form.jotform.com/81766005914963 | Leaflet

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
22
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 7th Dudley Congress @ The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 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 round event, 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

Nov
23
Sat
2019
3rd Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament @ Warwick University, Library Road, Warwick
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am

Contact: Simeon Bott Email: warwickunichess@gmail.com [MAP]
7 rounds- each players has 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move per round. 3 sections – Open, Major (U140), Minor (U105). Entry £5, all entry fees go to prize fund! Open to the public and University players! To enter and for a list of entries follow this web link – there is also a map of the campus including parking and directions to the venue there! Sign ups are open up until the day | Entry form

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Hereford Chess Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca & Colin Gardiner Email: congresssecretary@hotmail.com Web: http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/Hereford/info.shtml [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Dec
8
Sun
2019
Coventry and District Chess League 2nd Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Web: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/2nd-rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 rounds – each player has 20 minutes + 10 second increment per round. 3 sections – Open, Major (U145), Minor (U110). Entry £15.00 (Juniors £10.00). All players welcome, from both inside and outside the League!

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
3
Fri
2020
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Telford
Jan 3 @ 12:58 pm – Jan 5 @ 1:58 pm

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
A friendly and well-run event at a lovely venue offering good playing conditions, excellent food and a warm welcome. Fide-rated Open, plus Major, Intermediate and Minor sections

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

Coventry Chess Club Rapid Play @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: David Filer Email: coventrychessclub@gmail.com Web: http://coventrychessclub.blogspot.com/p/coventry-rapid-play.html [MAP]
Rapidplay event – Open, U145 and U110 sections. 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increment | Entry form

Jan
31
Fri
2020
Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Frodsham
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Jones Email: jitsujones@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5-round standard play tournament with U120, U160 and Open sections, with Fischer time controls. Each player will have 110 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made | Entry form

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

Feb
1
Sat
2020
2nd First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – Feb 2 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter. 5-round standard play FIDE-rated and ECF graded tournament with 3 sections. Each player will have 80 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made | Entry form

Feb
14
Fri
2020
Dyfed Congress 2020 @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Road, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire
Feb 14 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Haigh Email: tony@brithdirmawr.co.uk Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open – 1st Prize £300; Major U1700 (ECF 134) – 1st Prize £150; FIDE rated Blitz on Saturday night | Entry form

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
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded. Free entry for first 20 female entrants , sponsored by the ECF | Entry form

Mar
7
Sat
2020
2020 Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII School Warwick Road, Coventry
Mar 7 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://coventryjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Six sections — U18 – Open, U100 both FIDE-rated; U11 – Open (FIDE rated), U75, U50, U25 | Entry form

Mar
13
Fri
2020
44th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 13 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 15 @ 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 | Entry form

Mar
15
Sun
2020
28th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham
Mar 15 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://rapidplay.birminghamchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Four sections for maximum grade – Open, 170, 140, 110 | Entry form

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Apr
30
Thu
2020
English Seniors Championships – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/ [MAP]
Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated | Entry form [paper version]

May
2
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

May
23
Sat
2020
Cotswold Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Kings School, Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***

Jun
5
Fri
2020
The 24th South Lakes Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm
The 24th South Lakes Chess Congress - POSTPONED @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***

Aug
1
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

Dec
6
Sun
2020
Coventry & District Chess League Rapidplay – CANCELLED @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry CV5 7NL
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm