Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
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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

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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 …


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Mar
6
Sun
2016
Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: bobjoneschess@btinternet.com Web: http://www.buryknightschess.org.uk
A six-round rapidplay in four age-group sections – U18, U14, U11 and U9. Organised by the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club | 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
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

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
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
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

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

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

Dec
10
Mon
2018
ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre Blacks Road Hammersmith London
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net | Web [MAP]
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.
The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass an online test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactical methods for the classroom.
The course is innovative in content and delivery and was developed after a review of best practice in Europe. The course leader is IM Jesper Hall. Attendees give very positive feedback on the course.

Dec
12
Wed
2018
ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre Blacks Road Hammersmith London
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net | Web [MAP]
The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher training course is a one-day course of interactive presentations, group working and hands-on exercises. The purpose of the course is to prepare teachers to use chess to develop problem solving skills with a focus on mathematics . The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.
The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass a test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has didactical methods for the classroom.
The course is innovative in content and delivery and was developed after a review of best practice in Europe. The course leader is WIM Rita Atkins. This is the first time that the course has been run

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

May
31
Fri
2019
ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/ChessMathsCourseLondon [MAP]
The Chess and Mathematics teacher training course is a new one-day course on how to teach mathematics problem-solving skills using games and puzzles. The course gives teachers the confidence and insight to teach maths in a fun and exciting way to children in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

Jun
1
Sat
2019
ECU Teaching Chess in Primary School @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/SchoolChessTeacherCourseLondon [MAP]
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children

Aug
8
Sat
2020
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/

Contact: John Foley Email: john@chessplus.net Web: https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Summer Chess Camp for Children. Master Class from IM Jesper Hall, simul from GM Judit Polgar, in-depth sessions from IM Jop Delemarre

Aug
24
Mon
2020
The Smart Method to Teach Chess in Schools @ on Zoom
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm
The Smart Method to Teach Chess in Schools @ on Zoom

Contact: Brigitta Peszleg Email: training@chessplus.net Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecu101-the-smart-method-to-teach-chess-chess-didactics-tickets-114948062750
The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children