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 …

Apr
23
Sat
2016
The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com
5 round Swiss – Open, U170, U145, U120 | Entry form

Jun
4
Sat
2016
EACU Newmarket Chess Congress @ The Turner Hall
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com Tel: 01603 861140
A five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, Under 170 and Under 130. Also featuring the final leg of the EACU’s British Championship nomination process, as well as a separate British Championship qualifying place | Entry form

Sep
25
Sun
2016
Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: paulkemp64@gmail.com
Five round rapidplay over four tournaments: Open, U160, U120 and Junior (Under 12). £700 prize fund | Entry form

Oct
22
Sat
2016
34th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: secretary@bsecongress.org.uk Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk
5 round Swiss with 4 sections – Open, U170, U145 & U120. Congress Director: John Wickham Email: director@bsecongress.org.uk Tel: 07808 876785 | Entry form

Oct
26
Wed
2016
e2e4 Gatwick International inc GM & IM norms @ Crowne Plaza London-Gatwick Hotel
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Sean Hewitt Email: gatwick@e2e4.org.uk Web: http://www.e2e4.org.uk/gatwick/oct2016/index.htm
A series of 10 player, 9 round all play alls including —
GM norm all play all (by application) | IM norm all play all (by application)
Challengers all play all is open to players rated over 1900. Players will be placed in groups of approximately equal strength. The winner of each challengers section will qualify for the next Masters event free of charge.
The Major is open to all players rated below 2000 (or graded below 165 ECF) who want to play 9 competitive FIDE rated games of chess in a friendly atmosphere with the opportunity to gain those all important rating points or obtain their first ever FIDE rating. Players will be placed in groups according to rating / grade so that all the players in a group are of a similar strength.
All of these FIDE rated all play alls are set in the same great hotel as the Gatwick weekend congress.

Nov
12
Sat
2016
65th Hertfordshire Congress @ County Hall
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

Contact: Kidge Elder Email: organiser@hertfordshirechesscongress.com Web: http://www.hertschesscongress.com
5-round Weekend Chess Congress organised by Hertfordshire Chess Association. Open, U170, U140, U110. Prize Fund: £2000+. Ample free on-site parking. Cafeteria

Nov
20
Sun
2016
Basildon Junior Chess Congress @ Kingswood Primary School
Nov 20 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nathanael Lutton Email: chessorganiser@gmail.com Web: http://twokingschess.com
London Junior Chess Championship Qualifying event. U6, U8, U10, U12, U14 and U18 sections with 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds added per move | Entry form

Basildon Rapidplay Chess Congress @ Kingswood Primary School
Nov 20 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nathanael Lutton Email: chessorganiser@gmail.com Web: http://twokingschess.com
Rapidplay congress with 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds added per move. This event is run alongside the Basildon Junior Chess Congress and is combined with the Under 18 section | Entry form

Jan
28
Sat
2017
South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School, Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm
Jan
29
Sun
2017
Norfolk Rapidplay Congress @ Gas Social Club, Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7
Jan 29 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com
6 round Swiss; 3 Sections: Championship, Challengers (U140), U100 [MAP] 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

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com
5 Round Swiss. Open, U170, U145 & U120. Enhanced prize fund of over £2,000, thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare [MAP] Entry form

Jun
3
Sat
2017
East Anglian Chess Union 2017 Congress @ The Turner Hall, Church Lane, Newmarket CB8 0HL
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
A five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130. Time control 36 moves in 80 minutes, plus 10 minutes, plus 15 seconds per move from move 1. The Open is a British Championship qualifier, and is also the final event in the EACU’s 2017 British Championship nomination process | Entry form

Jun
20
Tue
2017
18th Sam Black Memorial Open Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead E11 2NT
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 double rounds = 12 5 minute games. Open with 7 prizes. 1st = £100, 2nd = £50, 3rd = £40. Three grading prizes. Slow starter prize for those starting with four losses! Entry fee £10 or £13 if you turn up on the night with no prior email.

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
23
Sat
2017
1st Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 ( Ruy Lopez Opening). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Oct
21
Sat
2017
The 2nd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Opening called Nimzo-Indian Defence). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Oct
28
Sat
2017
35th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex Charter Square Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – Oct 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: secretary@bsecongress.org.uk Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk [MAP]
Five round Swiss. Four sections, Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120) | 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
16
Sat
2017
The 3rd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event – Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen variation – 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6. Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Jan
12
Fri
2018
50th Mulcahy Memorial 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Pat Twomey Email: ptwomey@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/973 [MAP]
The 50th Mulcahy Memorial looks set to be one of the strongest in the recent history of the event. The tournament takes place in the Metropole Hotel from Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January 2018

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”

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall Hall Plain Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections Open, U170, U145, U120. Prize fund of over £1800 thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare | Entry form

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

Oct
5
Fri
2018
The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: corkchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/975 [MAP]
This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

Mar
3
Sun
2019
Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: jamie@rothaymanor.co.uk Web: https://rothaymanor.co.uk/ [MAP]
This event’s main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics. The holiday includes –
A seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering Opening principles, Middle Game, Endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Aug
19
Mon
2019
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford
Aug 19 @ 8:30 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are running a two-day Holiday Camp for juniors in August. The juniors will enjoy a mix of group coaching, individual game analysis and plenty of game play. The coaching will be led by IM Richard Pert. This event is aimed at juniors who have at least began their journey into tournament chess | Entry form