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In this time of COVID-19 …
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Nov
30
Sat
2019
Leeds Junior Chess Congress @ Whingate Primary School, Whingate Road, Leeds
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section, Intermediate Section, Minor Section, Novice Section | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 14 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk  Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. The Under 14 Major is FIDE rated. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 section.  There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue | Entry form

2 Day Weekend FIDE Congress @ South Ribble Borough Council, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:45 pm
Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

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

Jan
18
Sat
2020
York Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, York
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – open to any player; Intermediate Section – open to players with an ECF grade below 110; Minor Section – open to any player with no grade or below 40; Novice Section – open to any player with limited experience or first tournament/season | Entry form

Jan
26
Sun
2020
BJC Individual Championships 2020 @ Bishop Douglass Hamilton Road East Finchley London
Jan 26 @ 9:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com Web: http://barnetjuniorchess.com [MAP]
Sections U7, U9, U11, U12, U14, U16, U19. Guaranteed minimum £200 prize fund. 6 rounds – 20 mins plus 10 sec increment ECF graded. Large parents waiting area. On-site parking. 20 mins walk from East Finchley tube station (Northern Line) | 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
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

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

Feb
22
Sat
2020
2020 British Universities Championship @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham
Feb 22 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://www.bucachess.org.uk/ [MAP]
The 2020 British Universities’ Championship; four sections for university teams of all abilities | Entry form

Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon
Feb 22 @ 9:45 am – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com [MAP]
Although this (33rd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on 31st August 2019 | Entry form

Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Four sections – Major; Intermediate; Minor; Novice | Entry form

Northern Junior Championship @ Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, Saighton, Chester
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com [MAP]
Northern Junior Championship. Sections from Under 7 to Under 18. Standard play. Prizes for top three male and female players | Entry form

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

Mar
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
21
Sat
2020
7th West London Junior Chess Championships @ St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street London
Mar 21 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tony Niccoli Email: tonyniccolichess@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior only rapidplay event with under 11, 9 and 7 sections. Limited to 90 players and always fills up so please enter in advance! | Entry form

Apr
4
Sat
2020
ECF National Schools Girls’ Finals @ St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Finals – all play all sections of eight teams. U19 and U11 sections

Apr
10
Fri
2020
West of England Chess Union Congress – CANCELLED @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Apr
19
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Apr
26
Sun
2020
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)

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
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

May
17
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Jun
14
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

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]

Aug
21
Fri
2020
51st Thanet Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm
Sep
18
Fri
2020
Bradford Congress – POSTPONED @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm
Bradford Congress - POSTPONED @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford

This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow
Contact: Bavid Barlow Email: davidbar@blueyonder.co.uk Web: https://www.bradfordchess.co.uk/

Oct
9
Fri
2020
Manx Chess Championship @ Claremont Hotel 18-22 Loch Promenade Douglas Isle of Man IM1 2LX
Oct 9 @ 6:15 pm – Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: Web: http://www.iomchessclub.co.uk/2549-2/ [MAP]
FOR IOM CHESS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY | 6 round, FIDE-rated Swiss, 2020 Manx Championship, incorporating the Candidates and Challengers events. £1,500 in prize money | Entry form

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