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 …

Mar
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
21
Sat
2020
45th Nottingham Congress – CANCELLED @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – Mar 22 @ 5:45 pm

*** This event has been cancelled ***
See the Notts Chess website for details – https://www.nottschess.org/

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

Apr
9
Thu
2020
2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Four sections – FIDE Rated Open (nine rounds), FIDE Rated U2050 (seven rounds), FIDE Rated U1825 (seven rounds) and ECF Under 120 (seven rounds)

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
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
38th St. Albans Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm

Unfortunately, St.Columba’s College St. Albans – our venue for the Congress – have advised us that as a precaution against the spread of the Corona virus,  we will have to postpone this year’s Congress until the Autumn Term. New dates in October will  be announced in due course …


Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com [MAP]
Prize fund over £3500. 5 playing sections. Large playing hall. Ample free parking. Hot and cold food available. Close to the M1 + M25

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
25
Sat
2020
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress will return in 2021!

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
16
Sat
2020
30th Calderdale Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

*** Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled ***
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com

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

May
22
Fri
2020
3rd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress – CANCELLED @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Basingstoke RG27 9JS
May 22 – May 25 all-day

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Four sections (all seven rounds) – FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2050, FIDE Rated U1825 and ECF Under 120

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 ***

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

Jun
26
Fri
2020
10th Whitby Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Whitby Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All enquiries as below —
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]

Jul
10
Fri
2020
25th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress – CANCELLED @ Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, Wychwood Park, Weston, Crewe
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm

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

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Three Sections – FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2000 & ECF Under 135

Aug
21
Fri
2020
14th Steve Boniface Memorial – CANCELLED @ Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
51st Thanet Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm
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]

Sep
25
Fri
2020
Castle Chess 17th Fareham Congress – CANCELLED @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7BQ
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk/ [MAP]
Covid aware, limited space. Please email for more details before entering | Entry form

Oct
2
Fri
2020
26th 4NCL Congress – CANCELLED @ Holiday Inn South Normanton M1, Jct.28 Carter Lane East South Normanton Alfreton
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
23
Fri
2020
10th Harrogate Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Harrogate Chess Club, Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm
Oct
31
Sat
2020
8th Witney Congress – CANCELLED @ Cokethorpe School, Witney OX29 7PU
Oct 31 – Nov 1 all-day