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! Please check first.

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Apr
1
Fri
2016
8th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm

4NCL
FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms, information – www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_08.htm

May
13
Fri
2016
27th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – May 15 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@btinternet.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org
There are 4 sections: Open, Major (U165), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110). The Open is FIDE-rated and a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event. (There will be a second British Championships qualifying place if there are 20 or more Open entries.) The Congress is part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. Restaurant facilities on-site and free car parking | Entry form

Jun
10
Fri
2016
Bristol Summer Congress @ 6th Form Common Room
Jun 10 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Alan Papier Email: chinadoc@chinadoc.force9.co.uk Web: http://tim1949jones.wix.com/bristolchesscongress
A congress with three sections. FIDE Open, Major for players graded below 155, and Minor for players graded under 125. Set in the heart of Bristol close to shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels, with free parking for 100 cars | Entry form

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
26
Fri
2016
Bristol Steve Boniface Memorial Congress @ Sixth Form Common Room
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Alan Papier Email: chinadoc@chinadoc.force9.co.uk Web: http://tim1949jones.wix.com/bristolchesscongress
5 round tournament in 3 sections — Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Central location with free parking | Entry form

Sep
4
Sun
2016
66th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress @ Livermead House Hotel
Sep 4 – Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Linda Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Walker Minor U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135 (2 sections)

Sep
9
Fri
2016
10th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Cedar Court Hotel
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm

4NCL
FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms and information visit www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_10.htm

Oct
21
Fri
2016
40th Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room
Oct 21 – Oct 23 all-day

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: scarboroughchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk
5 round weekend congress with 5 sections and £5800 prize money. Beautiful sea front venue. Food/drinks available at the venue or at nearby outlets. Accommodation easily available in Scarborough | Entry form

Nov
11
Fri
2016
Torbay Congress @ Livermead Hotel
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm

Four tournaments: Open, U170, U140 and U120. Please phone before 10pm.

Feb
18
Sat
2017
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ St. Joseph's College Catholic College, Swindon
Feb 18 @ 9:45 am – Feb 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk
Although this (31st) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2016 [MAP] Entry form

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]

Apr
14
Fri
2017
WECU 70th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP] Three sections: FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major U1950 (ECF U170 if no FIDE grade); Minor ECF rated U130. Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Discounted entry for juniors | Entry form

May
12
Fri
2017
28th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@btinternet.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP] Four 5-round Swiss tournaments (Open, U165, U140, U110) with 4-hour playing sessions. The Congress is a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event, part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking | Entry form

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Scottish Chess Championship & International Open @ Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee DD14HN
Jul 15 – Jul 23 all-day

Contact: Alex McFarlane Email: scottishchamps@ChessScotland.com Web: http://www.ScottishChessChamp.co.uk [MAP] Scottish Championship incorporated in a 9 round International Open event, norm opportunities available – 15th-23rd July; Scottish Blitz Championship – Saturday 15th July; Under 1850 event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Under 1850 Senior event -Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Schools’ Individual event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Rapidplay – Sat 22nd – Sunday 23rd July | Entry form

Sep
3
Sun
2017
67th DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Sep 3 – Sep 9 all-day

Contact: Alan Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (FIDE-rated Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Bloodworth Intermediate U150, Walker Minor U120, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135. Bookstall by Keverel Chess.

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: scarboroughchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk [MAP] Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 5ET
Feb 17 @ 9:45 am – Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com
Although this (32nd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2017 | MAP | Entry form

Mar
30
Fri
2018
West of England Chess Union Congress @ The Manor Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2A
Mar 30 @ 9:45 am – Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP] West of England Championships to include sections: Open, which carries a British Championship qualifying place and is FIDE-rated; FIDE-rated Major under 1950 (ECF 170); ECF graded Minor under 130 | Entry form

Oct
26
Fri
2018
38th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Gunn Email: mikewxyz@gmail.com Web: http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk [MAP] FIDE rated Open incorporating SCCU Championship. FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160). ECF graded Minor (U130). Time limit for all sections: 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment from the start | Entry form

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Training Day with IM Andrew Martin @ Yately Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: training@bjca.org.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk [MAP] 4 hours of fun chess training by IM Andrew Martin. Only £15 per child; all U18 juniors welcome. Positive feedback from previous sessions, with lots of interactive activities and learning with children winning prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment; limited spaces available | Entry form

Apr
19
Fri
2019
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessdevon.org.uk [MAP] West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

May
17
Fri
2019
30th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@outlook.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP] The annual Frome Congress is a 5 round Swiss tournament with 4 Sections – Open, U165, U140, U110. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking. The Congress is part of the ECF Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated and part of the British Championships Qualifying Grand Prix | Entry form

Aug
31
Sat
2019
DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, Devon
Aug 31 @ 1:23 pm – Sep 7 @ 2:23 pm

Contact: Jack Rudd Email: jackkelshallrudd@aol.com Web: http://dccapaigntonchess.com [MAP] Annual Paignton festival event, with four afternoon and two morning tournaments

Apr
10
Fri
2020
West of England Chess Union Congress – CANCELLED @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

May
15
Fri
2020
Frome Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Frome Chess Congress - CANCELLED @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***