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

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 …


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Jun
22
Fri
2018
3rd North Wales FIDE Open (incorporating 5th Colwyn Bay) @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com Web: http://www.colwynbaychess.org.uk/nwcongress.html [MAP]
Once again to be held at the lovely Venue Cymru in Llandudno (as per the British Chess Championships 2017) – £1,625 guaranteed prize fund, with thanks to our sponsors www.wholesaleschess.co.uk
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160) and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize
Entry fees including member discounts* are Open/Major £28 and Minor £26. Further £5 discount for juniors (U18 as at 1/1/2018). Late entry fee applies for entries received after 15th June 2018 | Entry form

*see entry form for full details

Jul
6
Fri
2018
ICCD 18th Deaf Chess Olympiad @ Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester M13 9GH
Jul 6 – Jul 16 all-day

Contact: Stephen Gibson Email: edcasecretary@cix.co.uk Web: https://iccdmanchester2018.com [MAP]
Deaf Chess Olympiad – Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Open Individual, Open Blitz

Jul
17
Tue
2018
Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Aug
15
Wed
2018
Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Aug 15 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Aug
18
Sat
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Open Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 18 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm
Aug
19
Sun
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Aug
20
Mon
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Norm Event @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 3:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 10:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI.htm [MAP]
A 10 player round robin event for Norms. Players are asked to contact us if interested.

Aug
21
Tue
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Junior RP Challenge @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_JuniorRP.htm [MAP]
8 player round robin events to assist junior players in obtaining a rapidplay FIDE rating

Aug
22
Wed
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Junior RP Challenge @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_JuniorRP.htm [MAP]
8 player round robin events to assist junior players in obtaining a rapidplay FIDE rating

Aug
23
Thu
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Junior RP Challenge @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_JuniorRP.htm [MAP]
8 player round robin events to assist junior players in obtaining a rapidplay FIDE rating

Aug
24
Fri
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Junior RP Challenge @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_JuniorRP.htm [MAP]
8 player round robin events to assist junior players in obtaining a rapidplay FIDE rating

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Nov
11
Sun
2018
BBCA FIDE Rapidplay 2018 @ London Enterprise Academy 81-91 Commercial Road, London
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: britishbanglachess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishbanglachess.com [MAP]
A fun filled day of FIDE rated chess for all. £1360 prize fund in two sections. All day complimentary tea/coffee for all. A free lunch of chicken/vegetable Biriyani will be provided for players upon a request in advance. Please complete your entry form online at https://form.jotform.com/81766005914963 | Entry form

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Coventry and District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Web: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/rapidplay.html [MAP]
The 2018-19 season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the local area! We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Entry £10.00 (Juniors £5.00) | Entry form | Wheelchair access available, please email the organisers for any accessibility needs …

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 …

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

May
10
Fri
2019
Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 10 – May 12 all-day

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: stuarthamilton41@yahoo.com Web: http://rhylandprestatynchessclub.com [MAP]
Five rounds, three sections (Minor U120, Major U160, Open) Swiss style tournament | 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
21
Fri
2019
4th North Wales FIDE Open / 6th Colwyn Bay Congress @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160), and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize | Entry form

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: work.madara@gmail.com Web: https://forms.gle/37CK21f9Wc7fgeN29 [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form

Nov
10
Sun
2019
BBCA FIDE Rapidplay 2019 @ London Enterprise Academy 81-91 Commercial Road, London
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: britishbanglachess@gmail.com [MAP]
An entertaining day of FIDE rated thrilling chess for all abilities. £775 prize fund in three sections – Open – FIDE Open to all players; Major – FIDE 1975 = ECF 170 & under; Minor – FIDE 1600 = ECF 120 & under. All day complimentary tea/coffee for all. Enjoy the traditional, authentic BBCA hospitality with a free lunch of chicken or vegetable biriyani for players upon a request in advance.
Hurry! Only 100 places are available. Read the leaflet for more details. Please complete your entry form online at- https://form.jotform.com/81766005914963 | Leaflet

Feb
14
Fri
2020
Dyfed Congress 2020 @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Road, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire
Feb 14 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Haigh Email: tony@brithdirmawr.co.uk Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open – 1st Prize £300; Major U1700 (ECF 134) – 1st Prize £150; FIDE rated Blitz on Saturday night | Entry form