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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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Jun
4
Tue
2019
20th Sam Black Memorial Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 rounds – 2 games per round = 12 games. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prizes £30 each. Slow starter prize £20. Entry – £10 (£13 on night), if you played in 2018 deduct £1 from entry. Email entries accepted with payment on night

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz tournament, 5 minutes KO each player. All levels and ratings welcome. £5 entry fee (pay on the day)
£20 top prize | https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-VtaFpZNE/events/262028574/

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

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
3rd Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz Tournament, 5min KO (no increment), limited to a maximum of 10 players, all ages and levels welcome. Registration in store at 2.30 pm (first come, first served, pay on the day) – £10 entry fee (£5 entry for Chess Magazine subscribers)
1st prize – £30 gift voucher; 2nd prize – £20 gift voucher; 3rd prize – £5 chess bargain book
Tiebreak – a) head to head b) most wins c) most black games
All participants receive latest issue of Chess Magazine and get a 10% discount with any purchase on the day in-store

Sep
18
Wed
2019
Wiltshire 5 Minute Championship @ Maud Heath Committee Room, Langley Burrell Village Hall, Manor Farm Lane, Chippenham
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com [MAP]
There will be 1 overall tournament with prizes determined by the entry level. All entry fees will be returned as prize money. The entry fee is £3 adults / £1.50 juniors (cash only, NO CHEQUES). Entries will only be accepted on the night, so bring along a completed form. Please arrive between 7.15 and 7.30 to allow for a prompt start. It is expected that there will be 7 rounds, but this will depend on how promptly we can start and size of the entry | Entry form

Oct
6
Sun
2019
4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Mock Euro Junior Rapid & Blitz @ Crockham Hill Village Hall, Edenbridge TN8 6RP
Oct 26 all-day

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP]
Email your interest to Maria Damodaran with your (child’s) FIDE ID and we shall provide you with more details subsequently. Rapid (6 rounds, ECF graded and FIDE-rated) time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move
Blitz (9 rounds, FIDE-rated) time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move
Sections – Beginners, Intermediate and Top sections based on the entries

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Seaton Chess Club Jurassic Blitz Championship @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street, Seaton
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds with 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £4.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Trophy and prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Nov
10
Sun
2019
5th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London W1 7RT
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: https://shop.chess.co.uk/Casual-Chess-Blitz-Tournament-Entry-p/cb07627.htm [MAP]
Tournament limited to a maximum of 10 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Dec
8
Sun
2019
London Chess Classic Super Blitz Open Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 8 all-day

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/ [MAP]
London Chess Classic FIDE rated Super Blitz Open consisting of 8 qualifying groups and a knockout stage | Entry form

Dec
29
Sun
2019
6th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web [MAP]
Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. Prizes- 1st place £20 gift voucher; 2nd place £10 gift voucher; 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Jan
13
Mon
2020
CCF Junior Club FIDE Rated Blitz AR4 @ Coulsdon Chess Fellowship 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon [MAP]
A FIDE rated blitz Round Robin

Jan
29
Wed
2020
6th Seaton Jurassic Blitz Tournament @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street Seaton
Jan 29 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds – 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry Fee: £3 (£2 juniors) on the evening. Prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Jan
31
Fri
2020
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
23
Sun
2020
Grandmaster Training Tournament #3 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road Finchley
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Fully supervised graded training tournament led by Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins and guest coaches. Play 3 graded games & two hours of training or 5 graded games and join in with the training between the games. Work sheets and short lessons will be given in the breaks between rounds using our training syllabus suitable for all levels. Regular attendees build a personalised training plan. Parents do not stay. Drop and collect – all staff have DBS clearance | Entry form

Mar
25
Wed
2020
1st Online Jurassic Blitz Chess Arena @ lichess.org
Mar 25 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: Web: http://seatonchessclub.co.uk
Blitz Chess Arena to be held ONLINE at lichess.org. Rate of play: 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Playing Period: 6.45pm – 9.15pm. Free to register and enter. 1st Prize: an immortal place in the Seaton Chess Club Hall of Fame!
Lichess arena rules apply – see entry form | Entry form

Mar
29
Sun
2020
8th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
All ages and levels welcome. £10 entry fee. Time control – 10 min per game (no increments). Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games. Prizes for all participants

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
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

May
24
Sun
2020
Surrey Kings Online Junior Blitz @ Online
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Mark Josse Email: markjosse@hotmail.com Web: http://www.surreykings.com/
Online chess event for juniors aged under 16 of all abilities. Event will be played online using Chess Kid. Prizes awarded at respective age groups subject to number of entries | Entry form

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