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 …

Jan
25
Fri
2019
2nd Simon Bartlett Memorial Tournament @ The Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: chess@budechess.co.uk Web: http://www.budechess.co.uk [MAP]
£2300 guaranteed prize fund Open, Major U170, Intermediate U140, Minor U120. £20 Special prize for ‘Loudest Shirt’ | 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
15
Fri
2019
Bristol Winter Congress & 72nd Bristol League Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS), University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Feb 15 @ 6:15 pm – Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: http://www.bristolcongress.co.uk [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Congress website | 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
Feb
22
Fri
2019
Doncaster Chess Congress @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: http://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
Sections – Open, U171, U146, U126; each entry fee £32, 1st prize £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100 plus grading prizes | Entry form

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

Feb
23
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships CANCELLED *** @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
Feb 23 @ 9:45 am – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Many apologies but we have had to cancel our Feb ‘19 Congress due to late loss of venue …

Mar
9
Sat
2019
44th East Devon Chess Congress at Exeter @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm

Contact Dr Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West – our 2016 and 2017 events both attracted over 140 entrants! The venue is in Exeter city centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation.
*** Please note the new TWO-DAY FORMAT for 2019 – three rounds on Saturday, two rounds on Sunday! ***
Full details, including the tournament leaflet, will be released in Summer 2018 …

Apr
19
Fri
2019
2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

May
10
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 5th Harrogate Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 12 @ 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

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

May
24
Fri
2019
Huddersfield 6 Round Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – May 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: nigelhepworth@me.com Web: http://congress.huddersfieldchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Multiple byes allowed. 3 sections – Open, Major (U166), Minor (U126)
Time control – all moves in 1 hour 30 minutes plus 10 seconds per move | Entry form

Jun
7
Fri
2019
South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
23rd South Lakes Congress in the historical town of Kendal in Cumbria – close to M6 and major rail link at Oxenholme | Entry form

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, Lancashire
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: worchess@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry [MAP]
Open, U170, U140 and U120. Increased grading prizes. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2000 prize fund | ECF Congress of the Year 2014 | Entry form

Jun
21
Fri
2019
13th Steve Boniface Memorial Congress @ Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Bristol Congress website | Entry form | Detailed map

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Brainstormchess U2200 Congress @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road Holland Park
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm
Jul
6
Sat
2019
Two-day Standardplay U2200 & U1900 @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
Adult and junior 5 round standard play chess congress. U2200 & U1900 sections, 60 minutes per player per game PLUS 30 seconds per move. ECF & FIDE rated. £30 entry fee​. Hosted by GM Nick Pert

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/junior/2019/schedule.htm [MAP]
The junior event follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme | Entry form

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
19
Mon
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Elite Swisses @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
5 round Swiss events where players must have historically been of an appropriate standard to play

Jessie Gilbert Festival – IM Norm Round Robin @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
10 player Round Robin event over 5 days for IM Norms

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

Jessie Gilbert Festival – Sections for All @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 1:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
A 4 round tournament for players rated below 2000 which will be split into small groups as far as possible for the 4 round event

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress B @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

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

13th Leyland Chess Congress @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandchesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/43/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135. 6 rounds over 3 days. Played in our new high quality venue.

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: crewecongress@gmail.com Web: www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form

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

Oct
4
Fri
2019
39th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Russell Granat Email: webmaster@surreychesscongress.co.uk Web: http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
Revival of a prestigious weekend congress after a successful event at the same venue in 2018. All three sections now FIDE-rated – Open, U1900/160, U1675/130. Online entry available at http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk/enter/

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