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In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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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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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
3
Fri
2018
Irish Championships 2018 First Weekend @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/990 [MAP]
Open to all – entries from abroad do not require any membership | Entry form

Aug
10
Fri
2018
Irish Championships 2018 Open Weekender @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm

John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/991 [MAP]
An Open FIDE-rated event played over 5 rounds. This event is open to all ages and federations. 1,300 euro prize fund | Entry form

Sep
7
Fri
2018
The City Of Dublin 2018 @ Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: gordonfreeman@inbox.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/922 [MAP]
Sections – Masters: 1900+ (5 Rounds FIDE rated); Championship: 1500 –2000 (6 rounds); Major: 1100-1600(6 rounds); Challenger: Below 1200 (6 rounds) – Rate of play all sections: 90 min + 30 secs. 

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1021 [MAP]
The Irish Rapid and Blitz championships are open to anyone with a 2,000 euro prize fund. The Rapid is played over 7 rounds with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 second increment and will be FIDE rated.
The Blitz is played over 11 rounds with a time control of 3 minutes + 2 second increment and will be FIDE rated

The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1021 [MAP]
Open to entrants from any country. Any IRL player can take home the title of Irish Blitz and/or Rapid Champion. Entry fees below. Generous prize fund: 1600 euro. Time Control: 3 minutes + 2 second increment in blitz & 10 minutes + 5 second increment in Rapid

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Oct
27
Sat
2018
The Limerick Open 2018 @ South Court Hotel, Limerick
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Nov
9
Fri
2018
The Irish Women’s Championships 2018 @ Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1109 [MAP]
5 round FIDE rated event to decide this year’s Irish Women’s Champion. Prize Fund: 1st: €350 2nd: €175 3rd: €100 Best under 1600: €75. Time control: 90 minutes for the entire game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

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
2
Wed
2019
Irish New Year Norm Events 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1060 [MAP]
A GM and IM Norm event for 12 IRL players and 8 non-IRL player. Run annually, the last 2 GM norm events have produced 2 GM norms.

The Irish 50+/65+ Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1134 [MAP]
Both age groups (50+ and 65+) in one open event.

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Gonzaga Charity Classic 2019 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Henry Li Email: gonzagachessclassic@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1048 [MAP]
This event has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years and now is the second largest weekender in Ireland.

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
24
Sun
2019
Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day @ King Edward's School Witley, Wormley, Godalming
Mar 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/king-edwards-march-2019.html [MAP]
The tournament will be played in four sections with training between rounds. ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors up to the age of 18, with no maximum grade (ECF graded); ECF graded U11 section for those under 11 on 31st August 2018 (year 6 and below) (ECF graded); Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2018 and under 80 ECF grade (ungraded); Beginners’ section for those under 9 on 31st August 2018 (year 4 and below), who have no ECF grade and playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)
20 players taking part in this event will qualify for a free place at a simultaneous exhibition in the summer against a top Grandmaster, likely to be Michael Adams! This has been provided by a private sponsor.

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, Chalmers Street, Edinburgh
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend Chess Congress in Scotland. The venue is located in the city centre of Edinburgh and is suitable for disabled players including wheelchair users. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated. A group discount is available: when six players enter together, only pay for five entries. The time control for each of the four sections are 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The top games in the Premier Event will be broadcast live during the Congress. A Chess Bookstall will be provided by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London.
Four Training Sessions, free of charge, will be available to Coaches mainly for Teachers and Parents on both Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon from Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities | Entry form

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Sona Irish Junior Super Cup 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Stillorgan, Dublin
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Vahe Paronyan Email: paronyan@gmail.com Web: http://chesssupercup.com/ [MAP]
7 players in each age group will compete in round robin tournament. The tournament is spread across 2 weekends – Nov 2nd, 3rd and Nov 23rd, 24th | Entry form

Nov
24
Sun
2019
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
Eleven rounds Blitz tournament. All moves to be completed in 5 minutes, plus a 3 second increment after each move | Entry form

Wellington College London Junior Chess Qualifier @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire
Nov 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/wellington-college-nov-2019-ljcc.html [MAP]
This event is part of the Elite Junior Chess 2019 Grand Prix Series, with cash prizes, organised by Nick Pert.
Six sections – ECF graded open U18; ECF graded U12 LJCC qualifying section; ECF graded U10 LJCC qualifying section; ECF graded U8 LJCC qualifying section; Improvers’ section; Beginners’ section

Feb
2
Sun
2020
Eton College Tournament & Training + UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Eton College, Windsor
Feb 2 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/eton-college-feb-2020-delancey.html [MAP]
ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors; ECF graded U11 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 11 on 31st August 2019; ECF graded U9 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 9 on 31st August 2019; Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2019 and under 80 ECF grade; Beginners’ section for those under 10 on 31st August 2019 playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)

Jul
4
Sat
2020
Scottish Chess Championships and International Open @ Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Jul 4 – Jul 12 all-day

Scottish Chess Championships and International Open