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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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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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Oct
19
Sat
2019
English Girls’ Chess Championships 2019 @ Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: av.chess@outlook.com [MAP]
Open to any girls under 18 on 31st August 2019, and incorporating the 1st Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Championships – part of the Oxfordshire Girls’ Chess Festival 2019.
Championship – Saturday and Sunday, five round Swiss. All moves in 50 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £15.00
Minor – Under 9 and Under 14 sections Saturday, six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section; Under 11 and Under 18 sections Sunday – six round Swiss, all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move – £10.00 per section
Special event – Simul with top female chess player planned for Saturday evening | Enter online | Entry form

Oct
26
Sat
2019
52nd Berkshire Junior Chess Championship @ The Abbey Junior School, 30 Christchurch Road, Reading
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: bjcagrandprix2019-2020@outlook.com [MAP]
The U8, U10 and U12 sections are qualifying events for the London Junior Chess Championships. U14/U18 sections for older players | Flyer

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Seaton Chess Club Jurassic Blitz Championship @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street, Seaton
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds with 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £4.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Trophy and prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Nov
9
Sat
2019
Norfolk Junior Championships @ Colman Junior School, South Park Avenue, Norwich
Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Stephen Orton Email: stephen.orton@cantab.net [MAP]
6 rounds rapid. Separate ungraded parents section | Entry form

Nov
17
Sun
2019
South East England Girls & Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 17 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the South East, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be played separately | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 14 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk  Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. The Under 14 Major is FIDE rated. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 section.  There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue | Entry form

Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

Jan
19
Sun
2020
Gibraltar Challengers and Amateurs @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Conquest Email: sconquest@hotmail.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/ [MAP]
Challengers and Amateurs festival events run alongside the Gibraltar Masters

Jan
21
Tue
2020
Gibraltar Masters @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 8:30 pm
Jan
26
Sun
2020
BJC Individual Championships 2020 @ Bishop Douglass Hamilton Road East Finchley London
Jan 26 @ 9:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com Web: http://barnetjuniorchess.com [MAP]
Sections U7, U9, U11, U12, U14, U16, U19. Guaranteed minimum £200 prize fund. 6 rounds – 20 mins plus 10 sec increment ECF graded. Large parents waiting area. On-site parking. 20 mins walk from East Finchley tube station (Northern Line) | Entry form

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded. Free entry for first 20 female entrants , sponsored by the ECF | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon
Feb 22 @ 9:45 am – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com [MAP]
Although this (33rd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on 31st August 2019 | Entry form

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 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
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
21
Sat
2020
7th West London Junior Chess Championships @ St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Cadogan Street London
Mar 21 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tony Niccoli Email: tonyniccolichess@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior only rapidplay event with under 11, 9 and 7 sections. Limited to 90 players and always fills up so please enter in advance! | Entry form

Apr
4
Sat
2020
ECF National Schools Girls’ Finals @ St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Finals – all play all sections of eight teams. U19 and U11 sections

Apr
10
Fri
2020
West of England Chess Union Congress – CANCELLED @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Apr
19
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

May
17
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

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.

Jun
14
Sun
2020
North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk/ [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

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
21
Fri
2020
51st Thanet Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm