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
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.

Mar
5
Sat
2016
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Coventry Rugby Club
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: enquiries@congress.warwickshirechess.org Website: http://www.congress.warwickshirechess.org
Sections:- Open, U170, U145, U120. Qualifier for British Chess Championship. £2,000 prize fund guaranteed | Entry form

Mar
25
Fri
2016
60th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College
Mar 25 @ 10:30 am – Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gavin Strachan Email: gavinstrachan@hotmail.com Web: http://www.essexchess.org.uk
Incorporating the Essex and Essex Junior Chess Championships, the 60th Southend Chess Congress follows on from the success of last year with the traditional FIDE 7 round Open with a British Championship Place up for grabs and a 5 round weekender all with NEW time controls | Entry form

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

Aug
19
Fri
2016
Chester le Street Summer Chess Congress 2016 @ Park View School
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Paul Robson Email: paul.edward.robson1@gmail.com
Five round Swiss now with Four sections with a potential £400 first prize in each section :
OPEN – Open to all players; MAJOR – Open to players graded below 170; INTERMEDIATE – Open to players graded below 135; New MINOR – Open to players graded below 110 | Entry form

Aug
27
Sat
2016
52nd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran's School
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Nov
4
Fri
2016
Hampshire Congress 2016 @ Eastleigh College
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Miss GA Moore Email: gam2012@btinternet.com Web: http://HampshireChess.co.uk
Open, Major (Under 160), Minor (Under 125) | 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
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

Aug
18
Fri
2017
48th Thanet Congress @ Canterbury Christ Church University Broadstairs Campus, Northwood Road Broadstairs Kent CT10 2WA
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
Five individual categories of entry including the Kent Individual Chess Championship and the Southern Counties Chess Union Championship with 2018 British Championship qualification. Over £2300 in prize money with entry only £5 for U15s and free for GMs and IMs. Pre-booked accommodation is available at the venue together with ample free parking …

Aug
26
Sat
2017
53rd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7LZ
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com/ [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

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
3
Fri
2017
Hampshire Congress 2017 @ Eastleigh College, Eastleigh, SO50 5EJ
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: gam2012@btinternet.com Web: http://www.hampshirechess.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major (Under 160) and Minor (Under 125); also John Dunleavy Memorial Best Game Prize £100 – open to all | 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 …

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

Aug
17
Fri
2018
49th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
– incorporating the Kent Individual Championship. Over £2,300 in prizes; Swiss tournament comprising 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor 110 & under, Intermediate 130 & under, Major 150 & under, Challengers 170 & under, Open (no grade limits); refreshments & free car parking available at venue; Concessionary charges for Juniors & GM & IM | Entry form

Feb
22
Fri
2019
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

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
16
Fri
2019
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
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