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.


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* 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

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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
5
Fri
2018
The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: corkchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/975 [MAP]
This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Chess.com Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: masters@iominternationalchess.com Web: http://iominternationalchess.com/ [MAP]
174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

Oct
21
Sun
2018
44th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: samthechess@yahoo.com Web: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/festival/festival.htm [MAP]
Open and Holiday Tournaments, 7 round Swiss FIDE-rated, with one game per day. The final day (Saturday) includes a prize-giving dinner, which is free for players | Leaflet

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
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
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]

Feb
9
Sat
2019
EPSCA Rapidplay 2019 @ Broadgreen International School Queens Drive Liverpool
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament – Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups | Entry form

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 …

Mar
3
Sun
2019
Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: jamie@rothaymanor.co.uk Web: https://rothaymanor.co.uk/ [MAP]
This event’s main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics. The holiday includes –
A seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering Opening principles, Middle Game, Endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Easter Chess Course for 6 – 15 year olds @ King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, Surrey
Apr 9 @ 9:45 am – Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: admin@chessentriesforall.com Web: https://chessentriesforall.com/holiday-chess-courses-2019/ [MAP]
This course caters for all standards, from beginners through to advanced players. Run by top chess coach Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips. A tournament will be run during the course with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly further runners up which will be awarded after the end of the last day. Parents/ Guardians will be asked to stay to watch the brief awards ceremony

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

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
May
19
Sun
2019
2nd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Hosted by Crewe Chess Club, a 7 round Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel in Crewe. 4 sections, ALL FIDE rated – Open, Major U165, Inter U135, Minor U 105 **Increased prize money ** and grading prizes in all sections Prizes dependent on entries | Entry form

May
28
Tue
2019
May Half Term Chess Course for 6–15 year olds @ King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, Surrey
May 28 @ 9:45 am – May 30 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: admin@chessentriesforall.com Web: https://chessentriesforall.com/holiday-chess-courses-2019/ [MAP]
This course caters for all standards, from beginners through to advanced players. Run by top chess coach Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips. A tournament will be run during the course with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly further runners up which will be awarded after the end of the last day. Parents/ Guardians will be asked to stay to watch the brief awards ceremony

Jun
21
Fri
2019
4th North Wales FIDE Open / 6th Colwyn Bay Congress @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160), and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize | Entry form

Aug
19
Mon
2019
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford
Aug 19 @ 8:30 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are running a two-day Holiday Camp for juniors in August. The juniors will enjoy a mix of group coaching, individual game analysis and plenty of game play. The coaching will be led by IM Richard Pert. This event is aimed at juniors who have at least began their journey into tournament chess | Entry form

Oct
11
Fri
2019
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Half-Term Edenbridge Double Round Robin @ Eden Centre, Edenbridge TN8 6BY
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP]
Half-term Edenbridge FIDE Standard Below 1600 Double Round Robin. Time control: 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1. Two rounds per day (10:30am / 2:00pm)

Feb
14
Fri
2020
International Chess Open Graz @ Hotel Novapark, Fischeraustraße 22, 8051 Graz
Feb 14 – Feb 21 all-day

Contact: Andrea Schmidbauer Email: office@chessgraz.com Web: http://www.chessgraz.com [MAP]
International chess open in 4 sections. Prize fund €20,000. FIDE rated, norms possible | Entry form

Dyfed Congress 2020 @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Road, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire
Feb 14 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Haigh Email: tony@brithdirmawr.co.uk Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open – 1st Prize £300; Major U1700 (ECF 134) – 1st Prize £150; FIDE rated Blitz on Saturday night | Entry form

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

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