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 September 4th 2019)

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
26
Sun
2017
22nd Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Quinton, Birmingham B32
Mar 26 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: rapidplay@birminghamchess.org.uk Web: http://www.birminghamchess.org.uk/rapidplay
Four FIDE-rated sections: Open, Max 170, Max 140 and Max 110 [MAP]

Apr
1
Sat
2017
35th St. Albans Chess Congress (ECF Congress of the Year) @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Ln, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4AW
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com
5 round Swiss with 5 sections – Minor 120 and below, Intermediate 140 and below, Major 160 and below, Challengers 180 and below, Open – no grade limits. Over £3250 prize fund, large playing hall, ample free car parking, hot and cold food available. Easy access to M1 and M25, also good rail links. Free WiFi. [MAP]

Aug
11
Fri
2017
2017 Midland Open Championships @ Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham West, Birmingham Rd, West Bromwich B70 6RS
Aug 11 – Aug 13 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/entryform.htm [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U130. The leading player from an MCCU county will be MCCU Champion and qualify for the 2018 British Championship. The Open will be part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix | Entry form

Aug
18
Fri
2017
Manchester Summer Congress @ Owens Park 293 Wilmslow Road Manchester M14 6HD
Aug 18 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Harry Lamb Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://boltonchessclub.webs.com/apps/blog/ [MAP]
Weekend tournament with three sections. Large prize fund. £450 first prize in each section. Accommodation on site. Lots of free car parking. Manchester is rapidly developing into a major weekend tourist resort. A wide choice of hotels. Lively pubs. Fantastic restaurants. Especially the Curry Mile (a short walk away) and Chinatown areas | Entry form

48th Thanet Congress @ Canterbury Christ Church University Broadstairs Campus, Northwood Road Broadstairs Kent CT10 2WA
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
Five individual categories of entry including the Kent Individual Chess Championship and the Southern Counties Chess Union Championship with 2018 British Championship qualification. Over £2300 in prize money with entry only £5 for U15s and free for GMs and IMs. Pre-booked accommodation is available at the venue together with ample free parking …

Aug
26
Sat
2017
53rd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7LZ
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com/ [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Sep
2
Sat
2017
Azaadi Rapidplay Chess Championship @ Moseley All Services Club, 91 Church Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9EA
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Walker Email: terry.harewalker118@btinternet.com [MAP] Web/entry form: http://southbirminghamchessclub.com/SBCC-Rapidplay.htm – one day rapidplay tournament commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Independence of Pakistan. Four sections for maximum rating – Open, 170, 140, 110. 7 round Swiss with a time control of 15 mins + 10 secs per move. Guaranteed prize fund of £1,415.00

Oct
7
Sat
2017
Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII School, Warwick Rd, Coventry CV3 6AQ
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://coventryjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5-round graded tournaments for — Under 9 Boys, Under 9 Girls, Under 11 Boys, Under 11 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls, Under 18 Boys, Under 18 Girls | Entry form

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/

Nov
3
Fri
2017
Hampshire Congress 2017 @ Eastleigh College, Eastleigh, SO50 5EJ
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: gam2012@btinternet.com Web: http://www.hampshirechess.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major (Under 160) and Minor (Under 125); also John Dunleavy Memorial Best Game Prize £100 – open to all | Entry form

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
A friendly and warm welcome awaits at the Shropshire Congress. Great chess, excellent venue and scrumptious food! New for 2018 – additional section. FIDE-rated Open with £1,000 top prize, plus Major, Intermediate and Minor

Jan
28
Sun
2018
32nd Stockport Rapidplay @ The GUILDHALL 168 Wellington Road South (A6) Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections, Open (open to all), Major ( U 170), Intermediate ( U 140), Minor ( U 110).
Prizes each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prize. plus Buxton, Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League Major, Intermediate and minor trophies | Entry form

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Midland Open Rapid & Blitz Championships @ Holiday Inn Birmingham, 20 Wolverhampton Road West, Walsall WS2 0BS
Feb 17 – Feb 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/m_congress/entryform.htm [MAP]
Four rapidplay sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1750, Under 1500; One Blitz tournament | Entry form

Apr
3
Tue
2018
2018 Midland Open Junior Championships @ Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk [MAP]
Under 9 ECF graded section. Under 11, 14 and 18 sections ECF graded and FIDE-rated. £2,375.00 prize fund. Part of the English Youth Grand Prix | Entry form

May
20
Sun
2018
First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/Rapid2018 [MAP]
Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)

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
24
Sun
2018
Leek Rapidplay @ St. Edward’s CE Academy, Westwood Road, Leek, Staffs. ST13 8DN
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Matthew Carr Email: mattcarr2700@gmail.com [MAP]
A 6 round tournament with Fischer timings. All moves in 20 minutes + 10 seconds added per move | Entry form

Jul
1
Sun
2018
Rugby Junior Open @ Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG
Jul 1 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
Two Under 18 sections and three Under 11 sections | Entry form

Aug
17
Fri
2018
49th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
– incorporating the Kent Individual Championship. Over £2,300 in prizes; Swiss tournament comprising 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor 110 & under, Intermediate 130 & under, Major 150 & under, Challengers 170 & under, Open (no grade limits); refreshments & free car parking available at venue; Concessionary charges for Juniors & GM & IM | Entry form

Jan
27
Sun
2019
33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
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

Feb
8
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 6th Dudley Congress @ Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country – a small, relaxed event. 6 rounds – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
PRIZES – expected £180 per section but not guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries | Entry form

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1JP
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://www.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open; FIDE Under 1975; ECF graded Under 140; ECF graded Under 110 | Entry form

Mar
31
Sun
2019
26th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Birmingham
Mar 31 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://rapidplay.birminghamchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Four Sections – Open, 170, 140, 110. Prize fund £1,000 | Entry form

Apr
4
Thu
2019
English Seniors Championship @ St Johns Hotel Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
Seniors event – two 6-round events — Over 50 and Over 65. ECF graded and FIDE-rated
Online entry and full details — https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/

Apr
16
Tue
2019
2019 Midland Open Junior Championship @ St. Nicholas Hall Leicester Grammar School London Road, Leicester
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/ [MAP]
ECF graded Under 9 section, ECF graded and FIDE-rated Under 11, 14 and 18 sections. £1,675 prize fund | 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

Aug
16
Fri
2019
50th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
The 50th Thanet Chess Congress in 2019 incorporates the Kent and Southern Counties Chess Union Championships and has five categories of entry comprising Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor and is held over 5 rounds from Friday evening until Sunday early evening with byes available. Total prize fund of over £2,300

Aug
24
Sat
2019
55th Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Aug 24 – Aug 26 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://berksandbuckschess.com/ [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top 2-3 sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Oct
20
Sun
2019
27th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham
Oct 20 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://rapidplay.birminghamchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Four sections – Open, Max 170, Max 140, Max 110. £1,000 prize fund | Entry form