Calendar


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.


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 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

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
10
Sat
2018
ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend @ TBA
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1, 2 and 3) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 3). Spare places may be available for those not on either the programme who wish to attend as a one off event. These will be advertised on the ECF Juniors website although you may email the ECF Director of Junior Chess directly if you wish. These study weekends are for advanced players.

Jan
12
Sat
2019
ECF National Schools Girls’ Northern Semi-Finals @ Bridgewater School, Worsley Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WQ
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Jan
13
Sun
2019
Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com Tel: 07989 151175 [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (25 mins + 5 sec) in Open, Major (U80) and Minor (U25 – Ungraded) sections. Online Entry and full details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-junior-open-congress-january-13th-february-2019-tickets-52416225341

ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Jan
26
Sat
2019
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh 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 …

Feb
3
Sun
2019
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Feb 3 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
6 round Rapidplay, 25 minutes + 5 second increments per game. U18, U13, U11 and U9 sections to determine county junior champions together with ‘stars barred’ section for relative newcomers. £12 entry fee for ECF silver members and above, others surcharged.

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 …

Northern Junior Championship @ Merchant Taylors' Boys' School 186 Liverpool Road Crosby Liverpool
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP]
Junior tournament. Age groups Under 8, Under 9, under 10, under 11, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18.
Under 8 will be rapidplay time control, all others will be standard time control of 50 minutes plus 10 second increments | 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

Apr
28
Sun
2019
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major section, Intermediate section, Minor section, Novice section | Entry form

Jul
29
Mon
2019
3rd Watford Junior U12 Rapidplay @ West Herts Sports & Social Club, Park Avenue, Watford
Jul 29 @ 1:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: Roger Lancaster Email: contact@watfordchessclub.org Web: http://watfordchessclub.org/ [MAP]
6-round rapidplay (each player has 30 minutes to complete all moves) restricted to juniors born 2007 or later. Entry fee £15, prize fund £260 minimum, maximum entry 40, on-site parking, full details here

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

Aug
29
Thu
2019
Talk, simul and signing with GM Matthew Sadler & WIM Natasha Regan @ The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent
Aug 29 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Swale Chess Club Email: info@swalechessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.swalechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
The talk will be on their latest book – Game Changer – AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

Sep
15
Sun
2019
Coventry Chess Club 2nd Junior Open Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club Broad Lane Coventry
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
For players under 18 on 31st August 2019. Open, Under 120 and Under 80 sections. All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move. 5 rounds | Entry form

Jan
25
Sat
2020
Oxfam 2020 Chess Birmingham Qualifier @ The Guild Underground Basement, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Oxfam 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ University of Birmingham, Student Guild, Debating Hall B15 2TU
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Feb
23
Sun
2020
Grandmaster Training Tournament #3 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road Finchley
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Fully supervised graded training tournament led by Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins and guest coaches. Play 3 graded games & two hours of training or 5 graded games and join in with the training between the games. Work sheets and short lessons will be given in the breaks between rounds using our training syllabus suitable for all levels. Regular attendees build a personalised training plan. Parents do not stay. Drop and collect – all staff have DBS clearance | Entry form

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ TBA
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 events [ages as at 1/9/2019] open to all, although only Hertfordshire players are eligible for titles and trophies. Six-round graded Swiss-paired tournaments, all moves in 25 minutes plus 5-second increments from move 1. For more details, go to the HSCA website

Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Uxbridge Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: UxbridgeJuniorChessClub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP]
Open Section – games graded ECF rapidplay 25 minutes for the game; no increments – 6 rounds; Under 8, 9 section & Under 10, 11 section qualifier – games graded rapidplay 20 minutes each game, no increments – 7 rounds. Prizes – Open 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in all sections | Entry form

Apr
26
Sun
2020
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)

May
30
Sat
2020
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-the-chess-challenge-tickets-105059345330
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union.

Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-challenge-for-talents-tickets-105079804524
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union. Participants welcome from any country.

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