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 May 8th 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 …

Jan
8
Fri
2016
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechess.org
A friendly and professionally-run congress. FIDE-rated Open – first prize £1,000. Major U160 and Minor U125. New Friday evening to Sunday format, digital clocks throughout and incremental time controls G90+30’. Excellent facilities, brilliant food and a warm welcome to all.

Apr
8
Fri
2016
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquins High School
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com
| Entry form | the largest annual event in Scotland. The city centre centre venue with free car park has easy access for all disabled players including wheelchair users. Chess Bookstall is being provided by Jim Fisher of Chess & Bridge, London

Jul
23
Sat
2016
British Chess Championships @ Bournemouth Pavilion
Jul 23 – Aug 6 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley / Alex Holowczak Email: manager.british@englishchess.org.uk Web: www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk
Includes – the British Championships, the British Seniors Championships, the British Graded Championships, the British Junior Championships, Major Open, Open Morning and Afternoon Tournaments, the English Open Rapidplay, the British Blitz and Weekend Tournaments – all details on the website

Aug
20
Sat
2016
UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ Loughborough Grammar School
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: admin@ukchesschallenge.com Web: http://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The final stage of an event involving 45,000 children from 1300 schools across the UK at the start in January.

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: j.needham@dameallens.co.uk [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Apr
7
Fri
2017
Irish Junior Championships 2017 @ Clayton Hotel, Sligo, Ireland
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Colm Ó Muireagáin Email: irulats@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/799 [MAP]
The National Junior Championships of Ireland. U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 age groups | Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

Sep
10
Sun
2017
2017 Leamington Rapidplay @ Cottage Square, Leamington Spa CV31 1PT
Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edgoodwin@live.com Web: http://www.leamingtonchessleague.org.uk/
Sections – Open, U170, U140, U110 [MAP] | Entry form

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Lee-cat@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/876 [MAP]
One of Ireland’s biggest weekenders with some of Europe’s strongest players and a 40+ year tradition of excellence. We would expect a strong contingent from the UK as usual including past winners such as Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Mark Hebden …

Dec
28
Thu
2017
Hastings International Chess Congress @ Horntye Park Sport Complex, Bohemia Road Hastings TN34 1EX
Dec 28 2017 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 7 2018 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: alan.b.hustwayte@tesco.net Web: http://www.hastingschess.com [MAP]
The annual (93rd) Hastings International Chess Congress includes 9-round FIDE Masters tournament, Christmas and New Year 4 and 5 round tournaments and the 5 round 35th Hastings Weekend Congress with a FIDE Rated Open and Intermediate and Under-130 tournaments | 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

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

Feb
23
Fri
2018
25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://www.bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

Mar
9
Fri
2018
42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk 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

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend event in Scotland. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated in which there are four events. A group discount is available, submit six entries together and only pay for five entries. The time control for all events is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

Sep
15
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ TBC
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web:
https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from the three Gigafinals

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Training Day with IM Andrew Martin @ Yately Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: training@bjca.org.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk [MAP]
4 hours of fun chess training by IM Andrew Martin. Only £15 per child; all U18 juniors welcome. Positive feedback from previous sessions, with lots of interactive activities and learning with children winning prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment; limited spaces available | Entry form

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

Feb
23
Sun
2020
Grandmaster Training Tournament #3 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road Finchley
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Fully supervised graded training tournament led by Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins and guest coaches. Play 3 graded games & two hours of training or 5 graded games and join in with the training between the games. Work sheets and short lessons will be given in the breaks between rounds using our training syllabus suitable for all levels. Regular attendees build a personalised training plan. Parents do not stay. Drop and collect – all staff have DBS clearance | Entry form

May
30
Sat
2020
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-the-chess-challenge-tickets-105059345330
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union.

Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-challenge-for-talents-tickets-105079804524
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union. Participants welcome from any country.