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 …

Sep
30
Fri
2016
6th New Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
2 weeks later than planned – it’s on the only weekend available in the month for venue. This is the longest standing recent Harrogate Congress, with Open and Minor sections. 1st prize in the Minor is £155 due to sponsorship from ‘Chess Essentials’ Bookstall and www.referandearn.co.uk. It takes place in Harrogate, across the park from the town centre, which is about a mile from railway station | Entry form

Castle Chess – 2nd Harrogate Chess Congress @ The Old Swan Hotel
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe / Marc Shaw Email: tony@castlechess.co.uk Website: http://castlechess.co.uk
OPEN incl Premier U180, MAJOR U160 incl Intermediate U140, MINOR U120 incl Challenger U100. Guaranteed Prize Fund minimum £150 per event. 6 Rounds – Played in a special hotel with lots of character. Ample parking. Special Rates offered for the chess well below their normal charges. Early booking suggested via Tony Corfe.

Jan
29
Sun
2017
31st Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: pht@rover12.wanadoo.co.uk
6 round Swiss event. Players will have 30 minutes for all moves. 4 sections: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110)
Prizes: 1st £140; 2nd £90; 3rd £40 and Grading £40 each section. Veteran and Buxton prizes, junior prizes in the Minor. Stockport League Major, Intermediate and Minor Trophies [MAP] Entry form

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Grandmaster Training with GM Danny Gormally @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Mike Smith Email: mikesmith41@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
‘How to punish weak moves in the opening’ – Interactive Training Session led GM Danny Gormally, the North East’s strongest player, supported by FM Tim Wall and experienced chess teacher Mike Smith.
A brilliant opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster, open to aspiring club and non-club members of all ages and abilities. Includes exercises and feedback. Entry fee: £10 | Entry form

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.

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Dame Allan’s Edition of ‘Experience Magnus’s Middlegames’ @ Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs J Needham Email: j.needham@dameallans.co.uk Web: http://www.dameallans.co.uk/
The distinct thematic chess Tournament around Magnus Carlsen’s World Chess Championship Games is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, and organised by Dame Allan’s schools, Newcastle, as community outreach initiative | Entry form [MAP]

May
12
Fri
2017
27th Calderdale Chess Congress 2017 @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Rd, Halifax HX3 5BQ
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Stars-Barred 3 Section Chess Congress. 1st Prize in Major (U170) is £180, 1st Prize in Intermediate (U150) is £180. Minor (U125) for Silver and above members is only £23 to enter. On top of these prizes is an offer for every 20 players in each section a chance to win a £40 grading prize. The venue is Halifax Chess Club in the heart of Yorkshire up hill from town and the railway. Pie and peas and home made sandwiches usually sold in this large social club [MAP] Entry form

Jun
30
Fri
2017
7th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, (Conservative Club), Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire YO21 3DT
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 6:00 am

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Two sections – INTER (159 AND UNDER) and FOUNDATION (UNDER 120). Some prizes are a percentage of the entry fee but the “points for prizes” is scrapped. Only £17 for ECF Silver members to enter the Foundation. It is slightly more to enter the Inter, but the 1st prize is £160 this year.
Whitby is well known for Dracula and Captain Cook, and is a beautiful seaside resort, with a lively harbour area with many bars and restaurants. The venue sells drink and some food. You can bring your own to the room upstairs in what was Whitby Chess Club, by the petrol station half a mile from the train/bus station. There are local buses to Scarborough and Middlesborough | 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

Sep
2
Sat
2017
Darnall & Handsworth 2nd FIDE-rated Rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road Stradbroke SHEFFIELD S13 8LT
Sep 2 @ 10:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: secretary@dhchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.dhchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Six round Swiss rapidplay with time control of 25 minutes + 5 second increment per move. Four sections (all ECF graded and FIDE rated) based on ECF rapidplay grades: Open / Major Under 170 / Intermediate Under 145 / Minor Under 120 | Entry form

Sep
29
Fri
2017
Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre Howdon Road Royal Quays North Shields NE26 3BL
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: David Watson Email: davidmwatson@blueyonder.co.uk Web: http://www.northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com [MAP]
4 events: Open FIDE rated 5 rounds; Major 165 ECF and below 5 rounds; Minor 135 ECF and below 5 rounds – rate of play for all the above – 110 minutes plus 10 seconds increment from the start.
Foundation 105 ECF and below who have never won a main prize in a congress – rate of play 1 hour each- playing each opponent twice once with White and once with Black – 10 rounds | Entry form

Nov
11
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University Row House EH8 9AJ
Nov 11 @ 2:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Dec
2
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University LS2 9JT
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

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
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

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

May
12
Sat
2018
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Northumbria MegaFinal @ Newcastle Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4DX
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com [MAP]
Northumbria Regional MegaFinal, qualifier for the Northern GigaFinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Six-round Swiss tournaments for girls and boys for all ages from Under 7 through to Under 18. Please enter online via the website

May
19
Sat
2018
Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: gatesheadchess@gmail.com Web: http://northumberlandchess.com [MAP]
Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

Jun
29
Fri
2018
8th Whitby Chess Congress @ Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire. Y021 3DT
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Who can resist Whitby’s beautiful beach, harbour and world-class fish and chips? Also – Whitby inspired Bram Stoker to write ‘Dracula’. July 2017 grades will be used. ECF Silver members can enter the Minor U136 for £23. Major U166 – 1st prize of £170.00 | Entry form

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Original Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PU
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
1st prize in each section has increased to £160.00. Minor U136 & Major U170 using 2018 January grades. At Harrogate chess club with lovely surroundings | Entry form

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Girls Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe York North Yorkshire YO23 2QT
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http;/whiterosejuniorchessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
Training day for all levels of ability including beginners. Led by ECF coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London, and other experienced ECF coaches will be available. The day will be a mix of training together with a Swiss competition. The main aim is to organise a Yorkshire Girls Team | Entry form

Feb
16
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Northumbria Masters *** CANCELLED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm
May
17
Fri
2019
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Only £22 for Silver ECF members to enter the Minor. You can win £150 in the Minor (U109) OR £200 in the Inter (U146). The Open offers 80% of section entry fee back as prize money! August 2018 grades are used. Great homemade sandwiches and good quality drinks sold in the social club if you wish | Entry form

Jun
28
Fri
2019
9th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
In the beautiful seaside resort of Whitby near Scarborough. Repeat customers get money off (ask about £10 vouchers). Under £30 for silver ECF members Major (U182) players and under £25 for similar Minor (U147) entry. Two sections with respectively £160 and £150 first prizes. See leaflet for early entry details with accommodation enquiries | Entry form

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Masters FIDE-rated 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]
The Northumbria Masters invites you to play in a 6-round Swiss tournament. Two sections: Under 11 & Under 14 (age as of 23/8/2019) Games will count towards ECF rapidplay grades and FIDE rapidplay ratings. Prize Fund: £300, plus trophies and medals. This event is supported by Capital Finance Bridging Solutions Ltd and the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust | Entry form

Sep
20
Fri
2019
9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £28 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Northumberland Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, Royal Quays, North Shields
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: mickriding@hotmail.co.uk Web: https://northumberlandchess.com Online entry – https://northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com [MAP]
Weekend Congress – modern venue is the same one as for the British Championships. Great area, near to the coast and Newcastle City | Entry form

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop of York Junior School, Copmanthorpe Road, Bishopthorpe, York
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://whiterosechessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
A mixture of tuition together with a Swiss competition in various sections, based on experience. Various prizes | Entry form

Oct
13
Sun
2019
North East League @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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