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Jan
8
Fri
2016
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechess.org
A friendly and professionally-run congress. FIDE-rated Open – first prize £1,000. Major U160 and Minor U125. New Friday evening to Sunday format, digital clocks throughout and incremental time controls G90+30’. Excellent facilities, brilliant food and a warm welcome to all.

Mar
5
Sat
2016
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Coventry Rugby Club
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: enquiries@congress.warwickshirechess.org Website: http://www.congress.warwickshirechess.org
Sections:- Open, U170, U145, U120. Qualifier for British Chess Championship. £2,000 prize fund guaranteed | Entry form

Jan
6
Fri
2017
Shropshire Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 6 – Jan 8 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.org.uk
FIDE Open, Major and Minor sections. A welcoming event at a superb venue which provides excellent facilities for an enjoyable weekend of competitive chess [MAP]

Feb
25
Sat
2017
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Coventry Rugby Club, Butts Rd, Coventry CV1
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: enquiries@congress.warwickshirechess.org Web: http://www.congress.warwickshirechess.org
There will be four sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120. All events 5 rounds. Time control 30 moves in 70 mins, plus 20 mins, plus 10 secs per move throughout. The open section is a qualifier for the 2017 British Championships [MAP]

Apr
1
Sat
2017
35th St. Albans Chess Congress (ECF Congress of the Year) @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Ln, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4AW
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com
5 round Swiss with 5 sections – Minor 120 and below, Intermediate 140 and below, Major 160 and below, Challengers 180 and below, Open – no grade limits. Over £3250 prize fund, large playing hall, ample free car parking, hot and cold food available. Easy access to M1 and M25, also good rail links. Free WiFi. [MAP]

Jul
8
Sat
2017
RailSport Chess @ Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough LE11 3TU
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm

RailSport Chess is a very popular part of RailSport and we’re delighted to continue this tournament at Loughborough University. All Group Stage games will take place on Saturday 8th between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. But depending on numbers, the knockout stages and finals may run on Sunday from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm. Ages 18+. Register online at www.railsport.uk

Aug
11
Fri
2017
2017 Midland Open Championships @ Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham West, Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B70 6RS
Aug 11 – Aug 13 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/entryform.htm [MAP] Three sections, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U130. The leading player from an MCCU county will be MCCU Champion and qualify for the 2018 British Championship. The Open will be part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix | Entry form

Oct
22
Sun
2017
2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Guild Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP] 2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Feb
4
Sun
2018
2020 Chess Grand Final @ Underground Dance Studio Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Feb 4 @ 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP] The best teams that have qualified from the regions will compete. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Aug
10
Fri
2018
2018 Midland Open Championship @ Ramada Telford, Forge Gate, Telford
Aug 10 – Aug 12 all-day
Sep
30
Sun
2018
BBCA Midlands Rapidplay 2018 @ Broadway Academy Perry Barr Birmingham
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Abu Hasan Email: hasanamm@hotmail.com [MAP] 15-minute Rapidplay – Open and Major (under ECF 147) sections. Entry fee only £10 for both sections and prize money is over £550, including Open 1st prize £200 and Major 1st prize £100. Complimentary lunch and tea/coffee will be served at lunch break. Contact Abu Hasan 07944668603 or Golam Ali Pervez 07765041449 | Entry form

Oct
27
Sat
2018
2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Birmingham University Underground Dance Studio
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP] The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

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

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

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

Mar
22
Sun
2020
North East League Round 5 – POSTPONED @ Leam Lane WMC, Fewster Square, Leam Lane, Gateshead TBC
Mar 22 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The final round of the league will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP] 6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

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

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
5
Fri
2020
3rd EACU FIDE-rated Newmarket Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. We hope to be able to run it later this year or next year ***

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

Aug
27
Thu
2020
Northumbria Chess Masters – SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm
Northumbria Chess Masters - SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne

*** SUSPENDED: No entries are currently being accepted for the 2020 Northumbria Masters. A decision on a postponement (and any new dates for the event) will be taken by July 1 ***
Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com [MAP]

Aug
15
Sun
2021
Abbots Bromley Blitz @ Coach & Horses, High St, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3BN
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Abbots Bromley Blitz @ Coach & Horses, High St, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3BN

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: abbotsbromleychessclub@gmail.com Web: https://www.chess.com/club/abbots-bromley [MAP] Free entry ungraded matches welcome to all. Please email if you would like to attend in advance or if you have any questions.