Calendar

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 January 29th 2020)
* 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 …

Oct
13
Fri
2017
Crewe Chess Congress @ IBIS Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe Business Park, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: Leshall1021@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
4 sections: Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. 4 prizes per section: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 Grading £25. Entry form on the website at https://crewechessclub.co.uk/congress2017/

Feb
16
Fri
2018
47th Dyfed Chess Congress @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Rd, Goodwick SA64 0BT
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Orton Email: me@paulorton.com Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
Open Section – 1st: £300, 2nd: £180, 3rd: £120
Grading Prizes: 2049 – 1900; 1899 – 1750; 1749 & below: £120 per band
Major Section – open to players graded below 1600 (ECF 121)
1st: £150. The 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes (U1400 (ECF 96) & U1200 (ECF 71) will be announced at the Congress | Entry form

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Castle Chess 10th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9BG
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.com Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Prizes dependent on entries as agreed at players review 2017 | Entry form

May
11
Fri
2018
Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: Stuarth240462@outlook.com [MAP]
A Swiss style tournament, with 5 rounds | Entry form

May
26
Sat
2018
50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

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

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

Oct
21
Sun
2018
44th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: samthechess@yahoo.com Web: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/festival/festival.htm [MAP]
Open and Holiday Tournaments, 7 round Swiss FIDE-rated, with one game per day. The final day (Saturday) includes a prize-giving dinner, which is free for players | Leaflet

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Play Chess with UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates included – 27/10/18; 3/11/18; 10/11/18; 17/11/18; 24/11/18; 24/11/18; 1/12/18; 8/12/18; 15/12/18; 22/12/18
Contact: Robert Wolf Email: robert.volcansek@mk-trgovina.si
Play on your mobile phone or tablets in new Chess Raiders app. Follow the link to get the app in Google Play or via the app store – http://chessraiders.app.link/NNeYYYLprF – or search for »Chess Raiders« in the app store on your phone. Download the flyer here
All English chess players are invited to play with the UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell! You will be able to play with him right from your phone in new Chess Raiders app. Did you know that in his career he beat legends like Bent Larsen, Alexander Khalifman and Michael Adams? Can you avoid their fate?
He will be joined by Slovenian wGM Jana Krivec, 7-times Slovenian champion and a member of the Slovenian Olympic team. Together they will try to hold off your attacks in what will surely be an exciting battle.
You are invited to download the free Chess Raiders app where you will be able to challenge them in a simultaneous exhibition at blitz games. They will play with 4-8 players at the same time in 7 min per game. The event will last 2 hours.

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 …

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

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

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: crewecongress@gmail.com Web: www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form

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

Oct
19
Sat
2019
English Girls’ Chess Championships 2019 @ Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: av.chess@outlook.com [MAP]
Open to any girls under 18 on 31st August 2019, and incorporating the 1st Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Championships – part of the Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Festival 2019.
Championship – Saturday and Sunday, five round Swiss. All moves in 50 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £15.00
Minor – Under 9 and Under 14 sections Saturday, six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section; Under 11 and Under 18 sections Sunday – six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section
Special event – Simul with top female chess player planned for Saturday evening | Enter online | Entry form

Oct
20
Sun
2019
45th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey
Oct 20 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: samthechess@yahoo.com Web: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg [MAP]
Open (players of any grade) – a seven round Swiss tournament. Holiday (players graded below FIDE 1900) – a seven round Swiss Tournament | Entry form

Jan
4
Sat
2020
Hastings Weekend Congress @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Jan 4 @ 9:30 am – Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: Hiccchairman@hastingschess.club Web: http://www.hastingschess.com [MAP]
Open FIDE-rated, Under 160 FIDE 1900, Under 130 FIDE 1675 | Entry form

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

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon
Feb 22 @ 9:45 am – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com [MAP]
Although this (33rd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on 31st August 2019 | Entry form