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 March 22nd 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 …

Mar
25
Fri
2016
60th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gavin Strachan Email: gavinstrachan@hotmail.com Web: http://www.essexchess.org.uk
Incorporating the Essex and Essex Junior Chess Championships, the 60th Southend Chess Congress follows on from the success of last year with the traditional FIDE 7 round Open with a British Championship Place up for grabs and a 5 round weekender all with NEW time controls | Entry form

Jul
7
Thu
2016
13th South Wales International Open @ Park Inn Hotel
Jul 7 – Jul 13 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley Email: kevin.staveley@btinternet.com Web: http://www.southwaleschess.co.uk
10 Round FIDE International – guaranteed minimum prizes £1000, £600, £400, £250. Best non-GM £200, plus other prizes (see website for full details). Rate of play: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

Jul
23
Sat
2016
British Chess Championships @ Bournemouth Pavilion
Jul 23 – Aug 6 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley / Alex Holowczak Email: manager.british@englishchess.org.uk Web: www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk
Includes – the British Championships, the British Seniors Championships, the British Graded Championships, the British Junior Championships, Major Open, Open Morning and Afternoon Tournaments, the English Open Rapidplay, the British Blitz and Weekend Tournaments – all details on the website

Aug
27
Sat
2016
52nd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran's School
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: j.needham@dameallens.co.uk [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Apr
1
Sat
2017
3rd Polar Capital Jersey International Tournament @ Ambassadeur Hotel, St Clement's Rd, JE2 4QA, Jersey
Apr 1 – Apr 8 all-day

Contact: CM Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com
9 Round Open; 9 Round Holiday (under 1900 ELO/Under 160 ECF); Blitz [MAP]

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
26
Sat
2017
53rd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7LZ
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com/ [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Lee-cat@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/876 [MAP]
One of Ireland’s biggest weekenders with some of Europe’s strongest players and a 40+ year tradition of excellence. We would expect a strong contingent from the UK as usual including past winners such as Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Mark Hebden …

Nov
29
Wed
2017
Chessable’s Evening of Chess with John Bartholomew @ Battersea Chess Club 81-83 Falcon Road London SW11 2PF
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: David Kramaley Email: david@chessable.com Web: http://www.chessable.com [MAP]
The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP early if you want to be guaranteed to play some chess and have a potential crack at John! The venue offers beers, soft drinks and snacks for purchase.
Click here to book your place – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chessables-evening-of-chess-with-john-bartholomew-tickets-39871297123

Dec
8
Fri
2017
H+H Fire U14 Train and Play Chess Evening @ Moulsham Junior School, Princes Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9DG
Dec 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are pleased to present a chess evening for juniors with Special Guest US FIDE Master Mike Klein, FunMaster Mike from the excellent ChessKid website. IM Richard Pert will be hosting the event along with local junior coach Robin Slade. The evening will involve playing and coaching and give the many juniors who use ChessKid the rare chance to meet their online chess mentor in person.
Please also see the calendar entry for our event on 10th December | Entry form

Jan
12
Fri
2018
50th Mulcahy Memorial 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Pat Twomey Email: ptwomey@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/973 [MAP]
The 50th Mulcahy Memorial looks set to be one of the strongest in the recent history of the event. The tournament takes place in the Metropole Hotel from Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January 2018

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
23
Fri
2018
25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://www.bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

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
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)

May
19
Sat
2018
Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: gatesheadchess@gmail.com Web: http://northumberlandchess.com [MAP]
Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Chess in Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: chessbower@aol.com Web: http://www.chessbower.com [MAP]
Playing chess on a giant chess board with giant pieces. Grandmaster Keith Arkell will be on hand to play games of chess. Winner stays on …

Sep
21
Fri
2018
The 2nd Annual St. Andrew’s Charity Classic @ St. Andrews College, Booterstown Ave, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ross Beatty Email: chess@beatty.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1027 [MAP]
Time control all sections: 75 min + 30 sec. Sections – Masters: 1800+ ; Majors: 1100 – 1900; Challengers: Below 1200

Oct
5
Fri
2018
The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: corkchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/975 [MAP]
This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Nov
16
Fri
2018
The Kilkenny Congress 2018 @ Ormonde Hote and Club House Hotel, Kilkenny
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
1
Tue
2019
The Leinster Junior Championships 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stilorgan, Co Dublin
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Feb
22
Fri
2019
Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

Aug
16
Fri
2019
50th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
The 50th Thanet Chess Congress in 2019 incorporates the Kent and Southern Counties Chess Union Championships and has five categories of entry comprising Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor and is held over 5 rounds from Friday evening until Sunday early evening with byes available. Total prize fund of over £2,300