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Feb
23
Sat
2019
1st Brainstormchess Weekend Congress @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm

Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/82043424058350 [MAP]
ECF graded event with 4 sections. Over £1400.00 in prizes | Entry form

Mar
23
Sat
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
The 2019 EACU Individual Championships, incorporating the EACU Junior Championships, and open only to EACU players (see entry form for definitions). A 5 round Swiss congress, with three sections – Open, Under-170 and Under-130 | Entry form

Apr
19
Fri
2019
CCF Easter LP Congress 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day
Aug
16
Fri
2019
50th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George's Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: aflood@sspp.co.uk Web: http://www.thanetchesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
The 50th Thanet Chess Congress in 2019 incorporates the Kent and Southern Counties Chess Union Championships and has five categories of entry comprising Open, Challengers, Major, Intermediate and Minor and is held over 5 rounds from Friday evening until Sunday early evening with byes available. Total prize fund of over £2,300

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Masters @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Three FIDE-rated, 9-round tournaments: NORTHUMBRIA MASTERS (eligible for title norms), CHALLENGERS (Under 2050, 180 ECF), MAJOR (Under 1825, 150 ECF). Plus a one-day JUNIOR RAPIDPLAY (Under 11 and Under 14 sections). Total prize fund: £5,100. Superb new hotel venue 4 miles from Newcastle City Centre, 3 miles from Newcastle Airport. Special room rates when booked through Guaranteed Events Ltd | Entry form

Aug
24
Sat
2019
13th Leyland Chess Congress @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandchesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/43/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135. 6 rounds over 3 days. Played in our new high quality venue.

Oct
4
Fri
2019
39th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Russell Granat Email: webmaster@surreychesscongress.co.uk Web: http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
Revival of a prestigious weekend congress after a successful event at the same venue in 2018. All three sections now FIDE-rated – Open, U1900/160, U1675/130. Online entry available at http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk/enter/

Oct
13
Sun
2019
North East League Round 1 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

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
10
Sun
2019
North East League Round 2 @ Lynn Jordison House, 34 Broomside Lane, Belmont, Durham
Nov 10 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Dec
14
Sat
2019
12th Northwick Park Five Round Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 14 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This popular five round event consists of three sections, Open, Major and Minor. The Open and Major are both FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and entry to it is open to those under 115 ECF and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above 1600. The Major is restricted to under 1860 FIDE. The Open starts at 9 am on Saturday and 9.30 on Sunday. Major and Minor start at 9.45 both days | 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

London Junior Chess Championships @ 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 prestigious three-day event has sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open. The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December and is rapidplay. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk. There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 14th and 15th December at the same venue | Booklet

Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm
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
North East League Round 3 @ Gosforth Empire Club & Institute, 32 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Feb
23
Sun
2020
North East League Round 4 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 23 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Mar
22
Sun
2020
North East League Round 5 – POSTPONED @ Leam Lane WMC, Fewster Square, Leam Lane, Gateshead TBC
Mar 22 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The final round of the league will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves


Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Apr
9
Thu
2020
64th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Ian Hunnable Email: ianhunnable@outlook.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk/ [MAP]
FIDE one-day Rapidplay, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U145, ECF U120, ECF U95 | Entry form

Apr
10
Fri
2020
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 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

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
27
Thu
2020
Northumbria Chess Masters – SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm
Northumbria Chess Masters - SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne

*** SUSPENDED: No entries are currently being accepted for the 2020 Northumbria Masters. A decision on a postponement (and any new dates for the event) will be taken by July 1 ***
Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com [MAP]