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 January 29th 2020)
* 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 …

Oct
15
Sun
2017
HSCA Qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships @ Aboyne Lodge School, Etna Rd, St Albans AL3 5NL
Oct 15 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Michael Flatt Email: hsca@gmx.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com [MAP]
This is a qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships. To qualify for the Finals players in the Under 10 and Under 12 Sections must score 3½ points to compete in the Minor, and 4½ to compete in the Major. An Under 8 player will qualify by scoring 4 points | Entry form

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: scarboroughchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

Oct
28
Sat
2017
35th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex Charter Square Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – Oct 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: secretary@bsecongress.org.uk Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk [MAP]
Five round Swiss. Four sections, Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120) | Entry form

Nov
12
Sun
2017
3rd Annual Lowestoft Rapidplay @ Parkhill Hotel Oulton Broad Lowestoft NR32 5DQ
Nov 12 @ 9:15 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Stephen Cotterell Email: stephenjcotterell@aol.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss – 2 sections : Open & U150 | Entry form

6th H+H Fire U14 Train and Play @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford, CM2 9DG
Nov 12 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
H+H Fire Train and Play days combine top level junior coaching with 3 graded rapidplay games. They are organised and hosted by International Master Richard Pert (grade 235) and local junior coach Robin Slade. In November we’ll be joined by two guest coaches – WGM Dagne Ciuksyte (grade 214) and popular junior coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks. The format of the whole day is designed to work for players of all levels and the emphasis is on a fun day’s chess | Entry form

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Cambridgeshire Closed County Chess Championships @ Peterborough Bridge Club, Unit 1, New England Complex, York Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – Nov 19 @ 10:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: info@premierengravinguk.com [MAP]
Closed event – 5 round Swiss for people born in Cambridgeshire, a member of a club in Cambridgeshire, or who live in Cambridgeshire | Entry form

Nov
26
Sun
2017
LJCC Qualifying Event, Graded Junior Tournament & Training Day @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne Berkshire RG45 7PT
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships Qualifying Event and training day with GM Nick Pert.
Improvers section (ungraded); U10 LJCC qualifying section; U12 LJCC qualifying section; U18 section (graded) | Enter online here – www.picatic.com/wellington

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
A friendly and warm welcome awaits at the Shropshire Congress. Great chess, excellent venue and scrumptious food! New for 2018 – additional section. FIDE-rated Open with £1,000 top prize, plus Major, Intermediate and Minor

Jan
28
Sun
2018
Norfolk Rapidplay @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way Sprowston Norwich NR7 8SQ
Jan 28 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss, 3 sections – Championship, Challengers and U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form/details

Feb
4
Sun
2018
Leicestershire Open Junior Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com Web: http://leicestershirejuniorchess.com  [MAP]
Open Junior Congress 6 round swiss Rapidplay in Open, U80 and U30 sections. Time control: 25 mins + 5s. Full details and online entry at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-junior-open-congress-february-4th-february-2018-tickets-39494034721

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7EE
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: bobjoneschess@btinternet.com [MAP]
Six rounds x 30 minutes per player. Sections for U18, U11, U9 and Novices | Entry form

Feb
24
Sat
2018
2018 BUCA Championship @ Park Inn by Radisson Telford, Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day

Contact: Daniel Young Email: djyoung1994@gmail.com Web: http://www.buca.org.uk [MAP]
A 5-round Team Swiss with four divisions to determine the British Universities’ Champions of 2018. The top 4 teams will qualify for the European Universities’ Chess Championship in 2018.

Mar
4
Sun
2018
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: icfwp@yahoo.co.uk Previous event – here [MAP]
The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics.
The holiday includes — a seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering opening principles, middle game, endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

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
10
Sat
2018
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, only open to East Anglian Chess Union players (see entry form for eligibility details). It’s a 5-round Swiss tournament, with 3 rounds on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. There are three Championship sections – Open, U-170 and U-130, and the Open Champion will qualify for a place in the 2018 British Championship | Entry form

Mar
31
Sat
2018
4th Polar Capital Jersey International Chess Tournament @ Hotel Ambassadeur La Grand route de la Cote St.Clement Jersey JE2 6SB
Mar 31 – Apr 7 all-day

Contact: Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com [MAP]
9 round Open/Holiday/Minor Tournament and UBS Blitz Tournament. Chief Arbiter Adam Raoof (IA)

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend event in Scotland. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated in which there are four events. A group discount is available, submit six entries together and only pay for five entries. The time control for all events is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall Hall Plain Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections Open, U170, U145, U120. Prize fund of over £1800 thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare | Entry form

Sep
15
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ TBC
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web:
https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from the three Gigafinals

Nov
24
Sat
2018
British Rapidplay Chess Championships @ Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8RQ
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – Nov 25 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Brent Kitson Email: kitson453@btinternet.com Web: http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk [MAP]
10 round Swiss rapidplay under the auspices of the ECF

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 …

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/junior/2019/schedule.htm [MAP]
The junior event follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme | Entry form

Jan
19
Sun
2020
Gibraltar Challengers and Amateurs @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Conquest Email: sconquest@hotmail.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/ [MAP]
Challengers and Amateurs festival events run alongside the Gibraltar Masters

Jan
21
Tue
2020
Gibraltar Masters @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 8:30 pm