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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! Please check first.

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Dec
1
Sat
2018
2020 Chess London Qualifier @ London University of Law Moorgate, 2 Bunhill Row, London
Dec 1 @ 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
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

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Bielski Cup @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.croydonchessleague.org.uk/ [MAP] Croydon League’s Annual Team Blitz tournament

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

Mar
24
Sun
2019
Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day with GM Nick Pert @ King Edwards School, Witley, Godalming
Mar 24 all-day

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com [MAP] Tournament and training day with GM Nick Pert. Bookonline here — www.gmchess.co.uk/events

May
19
Sun
2019
5th Hope Cup Junior Rapidplay @ Lewisham Chess Club, Catford Cricket and Sports Club, Penerley Road, London
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Contact: Jude Ranga Samarasinghe Email: work.madara@gmail.com Web: https://goo.gl/forms/QGrwi0gMPkLHY2WD2 [MAP] The tournament will have two sections – ECF rated (for juniors aged 6 to 15) and unrated (for beginners aged 4 to 10). Both sections will have 5 rounds. Time control for the rated section is 20 minutes per game. Participation fee for the rated section is £25 per person, unrated £20 per person. The overall winner and the best girl in every section will be awarded a trophy; 1st, 2nd & 3rd places among girls and boys in every age group will receive medals and certificates.

Jun
4
Tue
2019
20th Sam Black Memorial Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP] 6 rounds – 2 games per round = 12 games. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prizes £30 each. Slow starter prize £20. Entry – £10 (£13 on night), if you played in 2018 deduct £1 from entry. Email entries accepted with payment on night

Jun
16
Sun
2019
Wey Valley Championships @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Olivia Smithies Email: oliviasmithies@gmail.com [MAP] Mostly Junior tournament – U7/U8/U9/U10 sections, Major section for anyone older with ECF grade lower than 150 | Entry form

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP] Round Robin Blitz tournament, 5 minutes KO each player. All levels and ratings welcome. £5 entry fee (pay on the day)
£20 top prize | https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-VtaFpZNE/events/262028574/

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

Sep
15
Sun
2019
3rd Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP] Round Robin Blitz Tournament, 5min KO (no increment), limited to a maximum of 10 players, all ages and levels welcome. Registration in store at 2.30 pm (first come, first served, pay on the day) – £10 entry fee (£5 entry for Chess Magazine subscribers)
1st prize – £30 gift voucher; 2nd prize – £20 gift voucher; 3rd prize – £5 chess bargain book
Tiebreak – a) head to head b) most wins c) most black games
All participants receive latest issue of Chess Magazine and get a 10% discount with any purchase on the day in-store

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop of York Junior School, Copmanthorpe Road, Bishopthorpe, York
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://whiterosechessacademy.org.uk [MAP] A mixture of tuition together with a Swiss competition in various sections, based on experience. Various prizes | Entry form

Oct
6
Sun
2019
4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP] Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

Oct
19
Sat
2019
Oxfam 2020 Chess Yorkshire @ University of Leeds Woodhouse Lane Leeds
Oct 19 @ 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

Nov
3
Sun
2019
1st Ashtead Chess Club Open Family/Junior Rapidplay @ Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane Ashtead
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Richard W Jones Email: ashteadchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.jurjevic.org.uk/chess/ashteadchessclub/ACC_EntryForm19.pdf [MAP] There will be a maximum of 7 sections (small sections may be merged) – Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11 Minor ECF grade, Under 90/no grade. Major ECF grade Under 150. Results of U10, U11 and Major sections will be returned to the ECF for grading

Nov
10
Sun
2019
5th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London W1 7RT
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: https://shop.chess.co.uk/Casual-Chess-Blitz-Tournament-Entry-p/cb07627.htm [MAP] Tournament limited to a maximum of 10 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Girls’ Chess Day @ Queen Margaret's School, Escrick Park, York
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosejuniorchessacademy [MAP] Good chess training at all levels of ability. We are showing various chess tactics and problems, combined with chess games which are recorded and analysed. The main aim is to learn more and have fun | 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

Nov
23
Sat
2019
Oxfam 2020 Chess London Qualifier @ University College of Law, 2 Bunhill Row, London
Nov 23 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 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 (over 18’s only), the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Dec
29
Sun
2019
6th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web [MAP] Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. Prizes- 1st place £20 gift voucher; 2nd place £10 gift voucher; 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Jan
25
Sat
2020
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

Mar
29
Sun
2020
8th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com | Web [MAP] All ages and levels welcome. £10 entry fee. Time control – 10 min per game (no increments). Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games. Prizes for all participants

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP] Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

Oct
4
Sun
2020
Ashtead Rapidplay @ Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Richard Jones / Pat Armstrong Email: ashteadchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.jurjevic.org.uk/chess/ashteadchessclub/index.html [MAP] 5 round Rapidplay event for adults and juniors. Adult Major and Junior U10 and U11 will be ECF graded. We hope to offer something for all players under 150 ECF, particularly family members and friends who are new to competitive chess

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.

Mar
7
Sun
2021
Barnet Junior Individual Online Championships @ Lichess.org
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: teams@barnetjuniorchess.com Web: http://www.barnetjuniorchess.com/
Sections: Under 7, Under 9, Under 11. Under 14, Under 18. Open to all junior players U18 resident in the UK. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Trophy for the highest scoring Barnet player. No cost. Parents must email teams@barnetjuniorchess.com with name. date of birth and Lichess username of player to register.

May
1
Sat
2021
Leicestershire Online Rapidplay @ Tornelo
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Alan Agnew Email: alanagnew_uk@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-online-rapidplay-tickets-148486554281
Online Swiss Rapidplay with Open, U1700, Junior U1300 and Junior U1000 sections. The time control for the top 3 sections is 15 mins + 10 secs with the 1st round at 1pm (the Junior U1000 section begins at 10am with a 10mins + 5sec time control). FIDE International arbiter Adam Raoof will be running the tournament on the Tornelo platform – https://home.tornelo.com/ – and all players will take part in a Zoom call whilst games are taking place | Details

Jun
4
Fri
2021
14th Online Scottish Chess Tour Weekend Event @ Lichess.org
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: scotchesstour@gmail.com Web: http://congress.org.uk/congress/127/home
A weekend of Blitz, Rapidplay and Standardplay events
Friday Evening – A 9 round Blitz 3+2 from 7.30pm | Friday to Sunday – A 5 round Open Standard 45+15 | Saturday to Sunday – Two 5 round Standard events 45+15;, Major U1800 and Minor U1300 | Sunday Afternoon – A 5 round Rapid/Allegro 15+5 from 2.20pm

Jul
2
Fri
2021
15th Scottish Chess Tour Weekender @ Lichess.org
Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 4 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: dgclayton@btinternet.com Web: http://congress.org.uk/congress/129/home
A weekend of various events – Blitz, Rapid and Standard, some restricted to juniors. Please note – entry restricted to those known to the organising/arbiting team, so please use to contact form to make an enquiry before entering.

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