Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
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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

Apr
28
Sun
2019
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major section, Intermediate section, Minor section, Novice section | 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
30
Sun
2019
Solihull Junior Open @ Chapelhouse Road, Birmingham B37 5JS
Jun 30 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://solihulljunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Four sections for players under 11; two sections for players under 18 | 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

Sep
15
Sun
2019
Coventry Chess Club 2nd Junior Open Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club Broad Lane Coventry
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
For players under 18 on 31st August 2019. Open, Under 120 and Under 80 sections. All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move. 5 rounds | 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

Oct
26
Sat
2019
52nd Berkshire Junior Chess Championship @ The Abbey Junior School, 30 Christchurch Road, Reading
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: bjcagrandprix2019-2020@outlook.com [MAP]
The U8, U10 and U12 sections are qualifying events for the London Junior Chess Championships. U14/U18 sections for older players | Flyer

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Hampshire Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: congressentry@hampshirechess.co.uk Web: http://www.hampshirechess.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major (Under 160), and Minor (Under 125). Ladies prize and £100 Best Game Prize | Entry form

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 7th Dudley Congress @ The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 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 round event, 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

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Hereford Chess Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca & Colin Gardiner Email: congresssecretary@hotmail.com Web: http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/Hereford/info.shtml [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
2 Day Weekend FIDE Congress @ South Ribble Borough Council, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:45 pm
Jan
25
Sat
2020
Oxfam 2020 Chess Birmingham Qualifier @ The Guild Underground Basement, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Oxfam 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ University of Birmingham, Student Guild, Debating Hall B15 2TU
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

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

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
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

Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mar
7
Sat
2020
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

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)

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 ***

Aug
21
Fri
2020
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