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.


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 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* 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

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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 …


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Feb
22
Fri
2019
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1JP
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://www.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open; FIDE Under 1975; ECF graded Under 140; ECF graded Under 110 | 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 …

Mar
10
Sun
2019
Solihull Chess Club 1st Rapid Play Chess 960 Tournament @ Solihull School Warwick Road Solihull West Midlands
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: John Green Email: johnsidneygreen@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.solihullchess.org/chess960 [MAP]
A rapid play Chess 960 tournament organised by Solihull Chess Club. An Open competition with no sections, 5 rounds Swiss. 30 minutes for all moves with 10 seconds increments. Main prize of £250, with two additional equal valued ECF grading grizes for U165 and U120. Entrance fee £15 | Entry form

Mar
31
Sun
2019
26th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Birmingham
Mar 31 all-day

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

Apr
4
Thu
2019
English Seniors Championship @ St Johns Hotel Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
Seniors event – two 6-round events — Over 50 and Over 65. ECF graded and FIDE-rated
Online entry and full details — https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/

Apr
16
Tue
2019
2019 Midland Open Junior Championship @ St. Nicholas Hall Leicester Grammar School London Road, Leicester
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/ [MAP]
ECF graded Under 9 section, ECF graded and FIDE-rated Under 11, 14 and 18 sections. £1,675 prize fund | Entry form

May
19
Sun
2019
2nd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Hosted by Crewe Chess Club, a 7 round Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel in Crewe. 4 sections, ALL FIDE rated – Open, Major U165, Inter U135, Minor U 105 **Increased prize money ** and grading prizes in all sections Prizes dependent on entries | Entry form

May
25
Sat
2019
51st Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School, Gouda Way, Gloucester
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This year’s Open will incorporate the Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. The event is a traditional old style congress. However we are aiming to use digital clocks for the open section. Look us up on Facebook for the latest details. Venue close to amenities and free parking | Entry form

Jun
9
Sun
2019
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate — U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U18 | Entry form

Aug
9
Fri
2019
2019 Midland Open Championship @ Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge Forge Gate, Telford
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com [MAP]
The 2019 Midland Open Championships, the winner of the Midland Championship title qualifies for the 2020 British Championships | Entry form

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

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
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
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
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
4
Sat
2020
Hastings Weekend Congress @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Jan 4 @ 9:30 am – Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: Hiccchairman@hastingschess.club Web: http://www.hastingschess.com [MAP]
Open FIDE-rated, Under 160 FIDE 1900, Under 130 FIDE 1675 | Entry form

Jan
12
Sun
2020
ECF National Schools Girls’ Semi Finals – Northern @ Bridgewater School Drywood Hall, Worsley Road, Worsley, Manchester
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Schools event, teams of three, girls only, U19 and U11 sections. Entry online via the NSCC website – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ | Flyer

ECF National Schools Girls’ Semi Finals – Southern @ St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Schools event, teams of three, girls only, U19 and U11 sections. Entry online via the NSCC website – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ | Flyer

Jan
25
Sat
2020
Oxfam 2020 Chess Birmingham Qualifier @ The Guild Underground Basement, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Oxfam 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ University of Birmingham, Student Guild, Debating Hall B15 2TU
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

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

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

Feb
22
Sat
2020
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

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 ***