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 …

Nov
18
Sat
2017
British Rapidplay Chess 2017 @ Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8RQ
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Brent Kitson Email: kitson453@btinternet.com Web: http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk [MAP]
British Rapidplay Chess – Open/Major/Intermediate/Minor/Junior and Under 11 events. Saturday 11.oo-18.30 hrs, Sunday 9.30-17.00 hrs | Entry form

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
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

Jan
13
Sat
2018
Yorkshire Junior One Day Rapidplay @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, Wigginton, York YO32 2FZ
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Noel Stewart Email: noel338@btinternet.com Web: http://www.whiterosejuniorchessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay for juniors ages 6-18. 3 sections – Open, Minor and Novices. Some good training provided by ECF accredited coaches | Entry form

Jan
19
Fri
2018
17th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] – for entry forms, information – www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_17.htm

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
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”

26th Doncaster Congress @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2HY
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Steve Mann Email: sjmann@gmx.co.uk Web: http://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
Sections: Open; Major (U171); Intermediate (U146); Minor (U126). Prizes in each section: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, + grading prizes. Entry fee £32 | Entry form

Apr
13
Fri
2018
18th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Doncaster
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] – for entry forms, information – www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_18.htm

May
11
Fri
2018
4th Castle Chess Harrogate @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.com Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135,
Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Guaranteed prize fund minimum £180 per event | Entry form

May
25
Fri
2018
Huddersfield Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: nigelhepworth@me.com Web: http://www.huddersfieldchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament, 3 sections – same format as 2017!

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

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
1
Sat
2018
Darnall & Handsworth 3rd FIDE-rated Rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road, Stradbroke, Sheffield S13 8LT
Sep 1 @ 10:15 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: secretary@dhchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.dhchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament with four sections: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120). All sections to be ECF graded and FIDE rated. Prize Fund £850 | 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

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.

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

Jan
26
Sat
2019
2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Leeds University
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

Jan
27
Sun
2019
33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
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

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

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

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
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
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
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

Aug
31
Sat
2019
Darnall & Handsworth 4th FIDE-rated rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road Stradbroke Sheffield
Aug 31 @ 10:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: gd_brown@sky.com Web: https://www.dhchessclub.co.uk/ [MAP]
Six round rapidplay with four sections. All sections will be FIDE rated as well as ECF graded | 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