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 …

Jan
9
Sat
2016
Castle Chess Training and Tournament @ Holiday Inn Hotel
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – Jan 10 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.com Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk
Learn and play in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere. Master Coaching and rapid chess tournament open to all players. Even complete beginners can join and make a start towards improving their chess ability. Parents interested in honing their chess skills and catching up can also join. The beginners section will offer coaching and the opportunity to play training games | Entry form

Mar
13
Sun
2016
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel
Mar 13 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 9:00 am

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk
7 round Swiss tournament, 4 tutorial sessions on openings, middle games, endings and tactics

Apr
10
Sun
2016
Polar Capital Jersey International Chess Tournament @ Hotel Ambassadeur
Apr 10 – Apr 16 all-day

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Contact: Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: www.jerseychessclub.com/the-polar-capital-tournament
90 mins each + 30s a move; 9 round FIDE Open and 7 Round FIDE-rated Holiday plus Jersey Blitz
Championshipwww.jerseychessclub.com/the-polar-capital-tournament

Aug
26
Fri
2016
e2e4 Crawley Late Summer Congress @ Arora Hotel
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Sean Hewitt Email: gatwick@e2e4.org.uk Web: http://www.e2e4.org.uk/crawley/aug2016/index.htm
Three FIDE rated sections – Open; U2000 (175 ECF); U1700 (140 ECF) – with 7 rounds in each. FREE ENTRY for women and girls.

Oct
26
Wed
2016
e2e4 Gatwick International inc GM & IM norms @ Crowne Plaza London-Gatwick Hotel
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Sean Hewitt Email: gatwick@e2e4.org.uk Web: http://www.e2e4.org.uk/gatwick/oct2016/index.htm
A series of 10 player, 9 round all play alls including —
GM norm all play all (by application) | IM norm all play all (by application)
Challengers all play all is open to players rated over 1900. Players will be placed in groups of approximately equal strength. The winner of each challengers section will qualify for the next Masters event free of charge.
The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 165 ECF) who want to play 9 competitive FIDE rated games of chess in a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to gain those all important rating points or obtain their first ever FIDE rating. Players will be placed in groups according to rating / grade so that all the players in a group are of a similar strength.
All of these FIDE rated all play alls are set in the same great hotel as the Gatwick weekend congress.

Oct
31
Mon
2016
17th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: jones_r53@sky.com Web: http://keverelchess.com
This is a regular event for Seniors players only, made up of the ‘Juniors’ section (50 – 65) and Seniors (65+). Held in the comfortable surroundings of a 3* hotel situated on the old cliff top overlooking Lyme Bay. The hotel has hosted the West of England Congress for 18 consecutive years and is popular with players.

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

Aug
14
Mon
2017
Richmond Juniors Summer Camp @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, TWICKENHAM. TW1 3BB
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: richmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com Web: http://ww.rjcc.org.uk [MAP]
Quality training for young players, tailored to their level of experience, with a maximum of 6 students per coach. Each day includes an ECF rapid graded game in the afternoon | Entry form

Aug
18
Fri
2017
Manchester Summer Congress @ Owens Park 293 Wilmslow Road Manchester M14 6HD
Aug 18 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Harry Lamb Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://boltonchessclub.webs.com/apps/blog/ [MAP]
Weekend tournament with three sections. Large prize fund. £450 first prize in each section. Accommodation on site. Lots of free car parking. Manchester is rapidly developing into a major weekend tourist resort. A wide choice of hotels. Lively pubs. Fantastic restaurants. Especially the Curry Mile (a short walk away) and Chinatown areas | Entry form

Nov
6
Mon
2017
18th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: jones_r53@sky.com Web: http://keverelchess.com
A well-established event for “Juniors” (50 – 64) and Seniors (65+). The event has hosted 34 top class congresses since 1999 and is well-known as one of the best venues on the circuit for smaller events … [MAP]

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.

May
26
Sat
2018
50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Feb
9
Sat
2019
EPSCA Rapidplay 2019 @ Broadgreen International School Queens Drive Liverpool
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament – Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups | 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 …

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

Sep
7
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
8
Sun
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Bristol
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
14
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ London, Manchester
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
15
Sun
2019
ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/ssrs/ [MAP]
Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match.
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move. Play will be in the spacious school hall; team rooms will be shared and in the maths department | Flier

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: crewecongress@gmail.com Web: www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form