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In this time of COVID-19 …
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Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Mar
26
Sun
2017
Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge – Last Chance Saloon, Leyland @ Prospect House Sandy Lane Leyland Lancashire PR25 2EE
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: dgclayton@btinternet.com [MAP] Qualifying event for the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge. Open to all juniors under the age of 18 on 1st September 2016 | Entry form

Apr
4
Tue
2017
Orpington Junior Chess Tournament and Coaching Day @ St John's United Reform Church, Lynwood Gr, Bancroft Gardens, Orpington BR6 0BG
Apr 4 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Conrad Allison Email: crga.allison@gmail.com Web: http://conradchess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/inaugural-orpington-junior-chess.html [MAP]
A junior event consisting of four rounds of chess and two hours of coaching. Just £19 with early-bird entry. A short walk from Orpington station and high street, Play, learn and enjoy …

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Dame Allan’s Edition of ‘Experience Magnus’s Middlegames’ @ Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs J Needham Email: j.needham@dameallans.co.uk Web: http://www.dameallans.co.uk/
The distinct thematic chess Tournament around Magnus Carlsen’s World Chess Championship Games is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, and organised by Dame Allan’s schools, Newcastle, as community outreach initiative | Entry form [MAP]

May
7
Sun
2017
Michael Uriely’s 11th Birthday / 2nd Memorial Chess Tournament @ Westminster Under School, 27 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2NN
May 7 all-day

Contact: Roy Uriely Email: urielyroy@gmail.com
Following the success and the very special atmosphere of the memorial event for Michael in April 2016, we have been inspired to run it again in 2017 and Michael’s school, Westminster Under, has kindly agreed to host it again. For further details about the event and to register please go to www.michaeluriely.org

Jun
24
Sat
2017
Seventh Pixmore Open Junior Chess Tournament @ Pixmore Junior School, Rushby Mead, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 1RS
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Alison Bexfield Email: alison@bexfield.com Web: http://letchworth-go.org.uk [MAP]
A friendly chess tournament for young people of school age. The tournament consists of 5 rounds interspersed with training sessions delivered by experienced players form the Letchworth and Hitchin Chess Club | Entry form

Aug
15
Tue
2017
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International Festival – Junior Coaching @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_Junior.htm [MAP]
4 days of various coaching courses, including Beginner Coaching, Basic End Game Coaching, an advanced group on Checkmates, plus Institute of Chess Courses for Levels 1-4 …

Sep
30
Sat
2017
English Chess Challenge Champion of Champions’ Event @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Sep 30 @ 10:15 am – 4:15 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.englishchesschallenge.co.uk/2017.htm [MAP]
A 5 round final stage to the 2017 English Chess Challenge, where the winners of each section play off for the ultimate title!

Oct
7
Sat
2017
CCF Junior Rapid Play – LJCC Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Oct 7 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web [MAP]
A 6 round qualification event for the London Junior Championships – plus an Under 18 section (with prize money)

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Aldro Inter Schools Tournament @ Aldro School Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Oct 21 @ 7:15 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
Three round Swiss tournament for teams of 4 players. School team event. U13, U11 and U9 age groups.
Major and Minor sections for the U11 and U9 age groups(numbers permitting). Medals for the top 3 teams in each section | Entry form

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Lee-cat@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/876 [MAP]
One of Ireland’s biggest weekenders with some of Europe’s strongest players and a 40+ year tradition of excellence. We would expect a strong contingent from the UK as usual including past winners such as Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Mark Hebden …

Dec
2
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University LS2 9JT
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Dec
3
Sun
2017
2020 Chess London Qualifier @ 2 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8HQ
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Jan
27
Sat
2018
2020 Chess London Qualifier @ University of London Windsor Building Egham Hill Egham Surrey TW20 0EX
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Jan
28
Sun
2018
CCF Junior Rapid Play – English Chess Challenge Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Jan 28 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Junior%20Home%20Page/ECC_Qual_info.htm [MAP]
A 7 round Open event with all in one section

Feb
11
Sun
2018
EduChess Kids Chess Tournament Chiswick 2018 @ The Crown & Anchor 374 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 5TA
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Contact: Daria Terenteva Email: london@educhess.ru Web: http://educhess.org/ [MAP]
Fun and educational family Sunday morning. All levels of chess players are welcome!
Kids have an opportunity to improve their chess skills playing with their peers under the supervision of our professional chess coaches. Parents are invited for a drink or a Sunday roast in a pub downstairs while watching the game. All the participants are awarded toys, diplomas and sweet trophies.
Chess made fun even for the most active kids! Register here – http://educhess.org/chess-tournament.html

Feb
23
Fri
2018
25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://www.bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

Jul
23
Mon
2018
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Writtle Community House Redwood Drive Writtle Chelmsford Essex CM1 3LY
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
This is a two day junior training camp timed for the start of the school holidays and the week before the British Championships. The days are designed for children to be left although there is a separate room for parents if wanted. Places are limited to 30. IM Richard Pert will lead the coaching assisted by local junior coach Robin Slade and popular female coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks. There will be workshops on different aspects of the game and analysis of practice matches played. Look at the video on the blog from last year’s event for a flavour of the camp | Entry form

Oct
7
Sun
2018
Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Oct 7 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: chesssparks@gmail.com Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/camden-ljcc-chess-qualifier-tickets-48810960898 [MAP]
This is the second Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier. This is an U18 junior tournament with sections available to all juniors (U8, U10, U12 and U18). The six round tournament is a graded rapidplay tournament for U18 and U12 sections. Chess coaching available throughout.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
London Winter Chess Congress and Training Day @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: chesssparks@gmail.com Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-winter-chess-championships-and-training-day-tickets-48813985946 [MAP]
Open to all, adults and juniors. The junior event is also a qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships. Prizes for all tournaments, cash prizes available for the adult section. Chess coaching available throughout | Entry form

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

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

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
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
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