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! Please check first.

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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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Feb
22
Fri
2019
Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://bunrattychess.com/ [MAP] Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

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 …

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

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior Coaching @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] Institute of Chess Coaching for levels 1-4 plus attached ECF graded rapidplay games

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/junior/2019/schedule.htm [MAP] The junior event follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme | Entry form

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Open FIDE Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 17 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] Open 7 round FIDE-rated rapidplay tournament

Aug
18
Sun
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – FIDE Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] 10 round FIDE-rated Open Blitz tournament

Aug
19
Mon
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Elite Swisses @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] 5 round Swiss events where players must have historically been of an appropriate standard to play

Jessie Gilbert Festival – IM Norm Round Robin @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] 10 player Round Robin event over 5 days for IM Norms

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] 6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

Jessie Gilbert Festival – Sections for All @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 1:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] A 4 round tournament for players rated below 2000 which will be split into small groups as far as possible for the 4 round event

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior LP Congress B @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP] 6 round FIDE-rated LP congress for junior players with grades (or CCF estimated) under 80

Aug
24
Sat
2019
15ème Festival International de Dieppe @ Casino et Salle des Congrès, boulevard de Verdun, 76 200 Dieppe
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 2:00 pm
Aug
31
Sat
2019
DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, Devon
Aug 31 @ 1:23 pm – Sep 7 @ 2:23 pm

Contact: Jack Rudd Email: jackkelshallrudd@aol.com Web: http://dccapaigntonchess.com [MAP] Annual Paignton festival event, with four afternoon and two morning tournaments

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

Nov
29
Fri
2019
London Chess Classic Weekend Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 1 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP] London Chess Classic Weekend event with 4 sections – Open, U2050, U1825, U1600

Dec
2
Mon
2019
London Chess Classic Weekday Tournaments @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 2 @ 4:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP] London Chess Classic Weekday Tournament. 2 sections – U2050 & U1750

Dec
7
Sat
2019
English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP] Held during the London Chess Classic.

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: HICCchairman@hastingschess.club Web: http://www.hastingschess.com/ [MAP] 9 round Swiss – FIDE Norms available

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

May
24
Sun
2020
XYChess Spring Open A & B @ Topaz Hotel, Bugibba, Malta
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – May 30 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Clarence Psaila Email: clarence_247@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.xychess.org [MAP] Located at the Topaz Hotel in the heart of Bugibba, a perfect venue, minutes away from the sea and lots of cafes and restaurants. Enjoy the warm weather and some great chess! 7 Round Swiss system: 1 game per day. Rounds start at 5:30pm allowing lots of time for sight seeing and other activities during the bright Maltese daytime! Please look at the Results / Archive section for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 editions. There is also a regularly updated list of entries for the 2020 participants

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

Oct
9
Fri
2020
Manx Chess Championship @ Claremont Hotel 18-22 Loch Promenade Douglas Isle of Man IM1 2LX
Oct 9 @ 6:15 pm – Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: Web: http://www.iomchessclub.co.uk/2549-2/ [MAP]
FOR IOM CHESS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY | 6 round, FIDE-rated Swiss, 2020 Manx Championship, incorporating the Candidates and Challengers events. £1,500 in prize money | Entry form

Feb
20
Sat
2021
vPlus Festival 2021 @ https://virtualplusfestival.org/
Feb 20 all-day

Contact: Catherine Holden Email: stillthinkinguk@aol.com Web: https://virtualplusfestival.org/
Join us for a fun festival for curious and enquiring minds! This 12 day online festival from Potential Plus UK provides a programme of live presentations and creative challenges, some especially for children, some specifically for parents, and others for the whole family to enjoy. We are delighted to say that we are able to offer all of our 2021 vPlus Festival events FREE OF CHARGE due to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Full Access to over 50 sessions for children, families, schools and parents
Over 40 Brilliant Presenters including: Bobby Seagull, Jeff Forshaw, Roma Agrawal, Simon Singh, Alex Bellos, Jonathan Hare, Ben England, Barry Hymer, Peter Wells, Verity Jones, Helen Dennis and Bob Cox. Saturday and Sunday Challenges, social sessions, chess exhibition and a Private Minecraft Server.

Aug
14
Sat
2021
Essex Back to Chess Festival @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead E11 2NT
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mark Murrell Email: eca-festival@essexchess.org.uk Web: https://www.essexchess.org.uk/essex-back-to-real-chess-festival/ [MAP] Essex U18s-only closed event (including London Boroughs that are north of the River Thames and east of the River Lea) run by Essex Chess Association. Choice of a 5 round ECF rapid rated G10/5 Swiss or an unrated beginners tournament (no clocks save for deadlock) | Entry form