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 …

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This will be picked up and added to the ECF calendar as well if you tick the relevant box.

For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated January 2021)

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 …

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

Mar
11
Fri
2016
40th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 13 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk
Five sections – Lancashire Open with a £1500 1st prize, The Imperial Major graded below 181, The Intermediate graded below 155, The Minor graded below 135 and The Standard graded below 115. The total prize fund of £7250. There will be an online entry section on the website. No telephone entries will be accepted. The final closing date for entries Thursday 10th March at 18:00hrs. No entries on the day | Entry form

Mar
25
Fri
2016
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk
Five round Congress. Three sections with the Open section FIDE rated. Busy persons Blitz on Saturday afternoon (26th March) | Entry form

Aug
27
Sat
2016
Leyland FIDE Chess Congress @ Wellfield Business and Enterprise College
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm

FIDE Open, Major U170 & Minor U135 | Entry form

Oct
1
Sat
2016
Chess.com Isle of Man International – Masters @ Villa Marina
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – Oct 9 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: masters@iominternationalchess.com Web: http://www.iominternationalchess.com
£50,000 prize fund. Likely to be one of Europe’s strongest open tournaments in 2016. See website for details | 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]

Mar
10
Fri
2017
41st Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool FY1
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk
£6400 prize fund. 5 rounds. All moves in110 minutes with 10 second increment added with each move. Open, under 181 Major, under 155 Intermediate, under 135 Minor and under 115 Standard sections. Closing date for entries Thursday 9th March 2017 [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
Bolton Easter Congress & Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Five round congress. Open Championship (FIDE rated), Major (U170), Knights (U135). 2 rounds Friday, 1 Saturday and 2 on Easter Sunday. Saturday afternoon Blitz starting at 14:30. £1780 prize fund | Entry form

Jun
30
Fri
2017
2nd North Wales FIDE Open @ St David's Room, Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day

— (incorporating 4th Colwyn Bay Congress) Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP] £1,625 guaranteed prize fund. FIDE-rated Open, FIDE-rated Major (U1900/U160), Minor (U120/U1600). Prizes in each section: 1st-£250, 2nd-£150, 3rd-£75, Grading Prize-£50. Also £50 junior prize for highest scoring U18 as at 1st Jan 2017 (any section) | Entry form

 

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

Aug
26
Sat
2017
11th Leyland FIDE Chess Congress @ Wellfield High School, Yewlands Drive, Leyland PR25 2TP
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: David Clayton Email:leylandchesscongress2017@gmail.com Web: http://www.leylandchess.org.uk/congress [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170 & Minor U135 – six rounds over three days, including August Bank Holiday Monday | Entry form

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
30
Fri
2018
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major & Knights sections. FIDE rated Open. 2 rounds Friday & Sunday, 1 round Saturday morning. Blitz tournament on Saturday afternoon | Entry form

Aug
10
Fri
2018
2018 Midland Open Championship @ Ramada Telford, Forge Gate, Telford
Aug 10 – Aug 12 all-day
Aug
25
Sat
2018
12th Leyland Chess Congress @ Brownedge St Mary's Catholic High School Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: dgclayton@btinternet.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/35/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Chess.com Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: masters@iominternationalchess.com Web: http://iominternationalchess.com/ [MAP]
174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

Feb
17
Sun
2019
North Staffordshire Training Day @ Tollgate Hotel, Rippon Road, Blurton, Stoke-On-Trent
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Jonathan Blackburn Email: jonathan.blackburn1985@gmail.com [MAP]
This is a training day run by Welsh International FIDE Master Jonathan Blackburn, and is ideally suited for players graded under 130. Topics covered in this day –
How do I think?; Nothing games; Autopilot moves; and Training to results. Feedback from previous training days has been extremely positive. The cost is £30 and places must be pre-booked, maximum 20 places. Contact Jonathan directly via email, NOT the hotel | Flyer

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

Aug
24
Sat
2019
13th Leyland Chess Congress @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandchesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/43/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135. 6 rounds over 3 days. Played in our new high quality venue.

Jan
31
Fri
2020
Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Frodsham
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Jones Email: jitsujones@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5-round standard play tournament with U120, U160 and Open sections, with Fischer time controls. Each player will have 110 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made | Entry form

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 ***