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Jun
5
Tue
2018
19th Sam Black Memorial Open Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green London E11 2NT
Jun 5 @ 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 double-round (12 games of 5 minutes chess). £300 prize fund. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prize £30 each, slow start (0/4) £20

Jun
16
Sat
2018
Pixmore Open (Letchworth) @ Pixmore Junior School Letchworth Garden City Herts SG6 1RS
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Alison Bexfield Email: alison@bexfield.com Web: https://letchworth-go.org.uk/juniorclub [MAP]
5 round junior tournament with small group coaching sessions between rounds. WIM Natasha Regan is our guest coach this year. Friendly tournament with entrants split into groups broadly by age (senior school section and one or two junior school sections) with some fluidity across groups if skill level makes this appropriate. Draw is loosely based on the Swiss system but adapted so we pair those of similar ability together from round 1. Hence tournament format is particularly suited to novice players.
This is an annual event. The 2017 event had 36 entrants | Entry form

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Prodigy Improvers Section @ Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6RP
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP]
For juniors that knows the chess rules and has played with family and friends mostly, but has yet to play in professional chess tournaments? This event will help them build a bit more confidence before entering those bigger chess tournaments | Entry form

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.

Eton College LJCC Qualifying Event + U18 Open @ Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DW
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.picatic.com/eton-oct18 [MAP]
LJCC qualifying tournament & training day with GM Nick Pert. U18 Open, U12, U10, U8 and improvers sections

Nov
4
Sun
2018
South East England Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 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, and you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate | Entry form

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Eton College LJCC Qualifying Event + U18 Open @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PT
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.picatic.com/wellington-nov18 [MAP]
LJCC qualifying tournament & training day with GM Nick Pert. U18 Open, U12, U10, U8 and improvers sections

Nov
25
Sun
2018
National Schools Team and Junior Team Challenge @ King Edward VI School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com [MAP]
This is an ECF National Schools double event designed as an introduction for senior schools to competitive chess. The Junior Team Challenge is for Years 6 to 8, the Team Challenge for Years 6 to 13. Teams of 4 from the same senior school.
This is run on a Sunday to make it easier for students to participate. The competition winners will progress to a National Final | Flyer

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

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 …

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
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
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
22
Sat
2019
Hampshire Junior Chess Training and Tournament Day @ Boldre War Memorial Hall Pilley Street Lymington
Jun 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Ollie Blacklock Email: newforestchess@gmail.com Register online here [MAP]
The event is designed for players of all abilities, from those who are just starting to learn the rules, to those who already play in tournaments. The event is for juniors who reside or go to school in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey or Guernsey

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
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
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
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

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