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In this time of COVID-19 …
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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

May
2
Mon
2016
CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions
12 round blitz with 3 minutes each per game + 2 second Fischer increments from round 1

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

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

May
1
Mon
2017
CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: CCF Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_May1.html
A 12 round FIDE-rated Open Blitz event with 3 mins each plus 2 second Fischer increments [MAP]

May
29
Mon
2017
CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: CCF Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_May2.html
A 7 round open FIDE rated blitz for players of all standards [MAP]

Aug
20
Sun
2017
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International Festival – FIDE Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_JGCI.html [MAP]
A 10 round (Sunday afternoon) FIDE-rated Open Blitz event with 8 minutes + 2 second Fischer increments …

Aug
28
Mon
2017
CCF Summer FIDE Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 29 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_August.html [MAP]
A 7 round FIDE Open Blitz with 8 minutes plus 2 Second Fischer increments …

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
28
Thu
2017
Hastings International Chess Congress @ Horntye Park Sport Complex, Bohemia Road Hastings TN34 1EX
Dec 28 2017 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 7 2018 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: alan.b.hustwayte@tesco.net Web: http://www.hastingschess.com [MAP]
The annual (93rd) Hastings International Chess Congress includes 9-round FIDE Masters tournament, Christmas and New Year 4 and 5 round tournaments and the 5 round 35th Hastings Weekend Congress with a FIDE Rated Open and Intermediate and Under-130 tournaments | Entry form

Apr
2
Mon
2018
CCF Easter FIDE Rated Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 3 @ 10:30 am

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_Easter.html [MAP]
A 7 round Open FIDE-rated blitz with 8 minutes each and 2 second Fischer increments

May
19
Sat
2018
7th Richmond Blitz @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: richmond_blitz@hotmail.com Web: http://www.rjcc.org.uk [MAP]
FIDE Rated Open Blitz, 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, 11 rounds, £700 guaranteed prize fund, 1st £200. 2nd £120, 3rd £80, 1st and 2nd Grading Prizes at U170, U135, U100 | Entry form

May
28
Mon
2018
CCF FIDE-rated Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Blitz_May2.html [MAP]
A 7 round Open FIDE-rated blitz with 8 minutes + 2 second Fischer increments

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
25
Sat
2018
8th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/73506022496354 [MAP]
9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

Nov
17
Sat
2018
10th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/73506022496354 [MAP]
9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

Apr
19
Fri
2019
2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

Aug
18
Sun
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – FIDE Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
10 round FIDE-rated Open Blitz tournament

Sep
7
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
8
Sun
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Bristol
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
14
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ London, Manchester
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Nov
16
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz Men’s and Women’s Finals @ St John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/uk-open-blitz-championships-2019 [MAP]
This tournament is a closed event for qualifiers from the regional blitz tournaments held in September. It is a 15 round all-play-all format. Time limit 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment per move

Dec
8
Sun
2019
London Chess Classic Super Blitz Open Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 8 all-day

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/ [MAP]
London Chess Classic FIDE rated Super Blitz Open consisting of 8 qualifying groups and a knockout stage | 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 ***