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.


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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

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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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Feb
2
Sun
2020
Eton College Tournament & Training + UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Eton College, Windsor
Feb 2 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/eton-college-feb-2020-delancey.html [MAP]
ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors; ECF graded U11 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 11 on 31st August 2019; ECF graded U9 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 9 on 31st August 2019; Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2019 and under 80 ECF grade; Beginners’ section for those under 10 on 31st August 2019 playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Exchange Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Feb 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss Team (2 players) fun chess tournament | Entry form

7th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee, prizes for all participants. Players also get a 10% discount with any purchase on the day instore. For registration and queries email cbstaff.joao@gmail.com

Feb
23
Sun
2020
North East League Round 4 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 23 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Mar
7
Sat
2020
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, and only East Anglian Chess Union players are eligible to enter. It will be a five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130 – and will include the EACU Junior Championships in each section as well. The winner of the Open section will be the EACU Open Champion, and will qualify for a place in the 2020 British Championship | Entry form

Uxbridge Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: UxbridgeJuniorChessClub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP]
Open Section – games graded ECF rapidplay 25 minutes for the game; no increments – 6 rounds; Under 8, 9 section & Under 10, 11 section qualifier – games graded rapidplay 20 minutes each game, no increments – 7 rounds. Prizes – Open 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in all sections | 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

Mar
25
Wed
2020
1st Online Jurassic Blitz Chess Arena @ lichess.org
Mar 25 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: Web: http://seatonchessclub.co.uk
Blitz Chess Arena to be held ONLINE at lichess.org. Rate of play: 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Playing Period: 6.45pm – 9.15pm. Free to register and enter. 1st Prize: an immortal place in the Seaton Chess Club Hall of Fame!
Lichess arena rules apply – see entry form | Entry form

Mar
29
Sun
2020
BJCA’S UKCC Qualifier @ Richards Hall The Abbey Senior School 17 Kendrick Road Reading
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: gogia_nidhi@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
7 ECF graded rapid rounds as UKCC Qualifier for U9/U11 age groups. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group. Open section for children who do not need qualification or who have already qualified. Cash prizes

8th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
All ages and levels welcome. £10 entry fee. Time control – 10 min per game (no increments). Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games. Prizes for all participants

Apr
9
Thu
2020
64th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Ian Hunnable Email: ianhunnable@outlook.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk/ [MAP]
FIDE one-day Rapidplay, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U145, ECF U120, ECF U95 | Entry form

Apr
10
Fri
2020
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
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 ***

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 ***

Apr
15
Wed
2020
3rd Junior Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
Coaching event for juniors. 2 groups – novices and intermediates | 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

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

May
3
Sun
2020
Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

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 ***

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

4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 14 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
‘4 Way Chess’ is a fun version of standard chess played on a special chessboard by four players. Normal chess rules apply | 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]

Oct
4
Sun
2020
Ashtead Rapidplay @ Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Richard Jones / Pat Armstrong Email: ashteadchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.jurjevic.org.uk/chess/ashteadchessclub/index.html [MAP]
5 round Rapidplay event for adults and juniors. Adult Major and Junior U10 and U11 will be ECF graded. We hope to offer something for all players under 150 ECF, particularly family members and friends who are new to competitive chess