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 …


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
26
Sun
2020
34th Stockport Rapidplay Congress @ Guildhall, 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Gareth Griffiths Email: rapidplay@stockportchessclub.org Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament with 4 sections – Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form

Coventry Chess Club Rapid Play @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: David Filer Email: coventrychessclub@gmail.com Web: http://coventrychessclub.blogspot.com/p/coventry-rapid-play.html [MAP]
Rapidplay event – Open, U145 and U110 sections. 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increment | Entry form

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

Frodsham Congress @ Frodsham Community Center Fluin Lane Frodsham
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Paul Jones Email: jitsujones@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.kisekigo.com/frodsham [MAP]
5 round competition using Fischer timings and played over the course of 3 days | Entry form

Feb
1
Sat
2020
2nd First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – Feb 2 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter. 5-round standard play FIDE-rated and ECF graded tournament with 3 sections. Each player will have 80 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made | Entry form

Feb
15
Sat
2020
16th Newcastle Mini Congress @ Newcastle Bridge Club, King Street, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Alberto Gissi Email: albegissi@yahoo.it Web: http://mjh.orpheusweb.co.uk/nulcc/frame.htm [MAP]
5-round standard play tournament with U100, U130 and U160 sections (an Open section will be available as well if there are sufficient requests). Each player will have 95 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Full details on http://mjh.orpheusweb.co.uk/nulcc/frame.htm & https://drive.google.com/file/d/1toPI6fezsoR8c0LDyRajUG7TlShgDrkj/view

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Leyland Rapidplay 2020 @ The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Feb
21
Fri
2020
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded. Free entry for first 20 female entrants , sponsored by the ECF | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
2020 British Universities Championship @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham
Feb 22 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://www.bucachess.org.uk/ [MAP]
The 2020 British Universities’ Championship; four sections for university teams of all abilities | Entry form

Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Northern Junior Championship @ Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, Saighton, Chester
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com [MAP]
Northern Junior Championship. Sections from Under 7 to Under 18. Standard play. Prizes for top three male and female players | Entry form

Mar
7
Sat
2020
2020 Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII School Warwick Road, Coventry
Mar 7 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://coventryjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Six sections — U18 – Open, U100 both FIDE-rated; U11 – Open (FIDE rated), U75, U50, U25 | 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
13
Fri
2020
44th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 13 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 15 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: blackpoolchessconference@virginmedia.com 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 | Entry form

Mar
15
Sun
2020
28th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham
Mar 15 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://rapidplay.birminghamchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Four sections for maximum grade – Open, 170, 140, 110 | 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 ***

Apr
18
Sat
2020
Staffordshire Congress – CANCELLED @ Ryecroft Community Hub, 28 New Forest Road, Walsall
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***

Apr
26
Sun
2020
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)

Apr
30
Thu
2020
English Seniors Championships – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/ [MAP]
Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated | Entry form [paper version]

May
2
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

May
3
Sun
2020
Eccles 2020 Chess Congress @ Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Barbara Farrar Email: eccleschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.eccleschess.com [MAP]
An Eccles Chess Club event – full day 7-round rapidplay (20 minutes plus 5 second increments) ECF graded. Registration 9.15 – 9.45; Lunch 12.50 – 1.30. Cash prize fund £1,275. All entries by Friday 1st May. Entry fees – £18 for Silver members or above, £27 for Bronze or non-members. The Tournament Controller’s decision is always final | Brochure

May
23
Sat
2020
Cotswold Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Kings School, Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***

Jun
5
Fri
2020
The 24th South Lakes Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm
The 24th South Lakes Chess Congress - POSTPONED @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***

Jul
12
Sun
2020
4th Ashton Rapidplay @ Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Hardy Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss – sections U150, U115 and U80/ungraded. 25 minutes per player | Entry form

Aug
1
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter