Calendar

The calendar is now sortable by category and by tag, both at the top of the calendar. You can use the button at the foot of the calendar to add this calendar to your own (Google, Apple, Timely etc). The print button at the top will print the page you’re on. Clicking on the main calendar bar (top left) allows you to choose a date to jump to. PLEASE NOTE – where an event is marked as ‘ALL DAY’ it may be best to check with the organisers in case they have not submitted a start and/or end time to us …

To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s) | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated September 4th 2019)

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

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link – https://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html?view=calendar&task=uregister

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 …


The links to external websites within the calendar are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the ECF of any of the products and services available or opinions expressed on or accuracy of these other websites …

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Northumbria Blitz Championship @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE6 5XL
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 7-round FIDE-rated blitz Open tournament. One section for all players, with various rating, junior & senior prizes. Time control: 5 minutes, plus 2 seconds per move. Entry fee: £2.00 – 75% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. Games will count toward FIDE Blitz ratings. Ratings: FIDE ratings will be used, in this order: Blitz and then Standard Play | Entry form
(Please note: Players should have a FIDE ID code to enter, or be affiliated with the ECF).

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

Forest Hall Weekend Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
Forest Hall Chess Club invites you to take part in a new style of friendly, low-cost weekend congress, including four classical chess tournaments and a ‘Chess for All’ FIDE-rated Blitz.
Classical Weekender: Open, Major (U-170), Intermediate (U-135), Foundation (U-100), FIDE-rated Blitz (Sunday, 5pm-7pm): One section for everyone! Weekender entry fees: £10 (£9 Under 18s/Over 65s, Unwaged) FIDE-rated Blitz entry fees: £5 (£4 Under 18s, Over 65s & Unwaged) | Entry form

Jun
29
Fri
2018
8th Whitby Chess Congress @ Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire. Y021 3DT
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Who can resist Whitby’s beautiful beach, harbour and world-class fish and chips? Also – Whitby inspired Bram Stoker to write ‘Dracula’. July 2017 grades will be used. ECF Silver members can enter the Minor U136 for £23. Major U166 – 1st prize of £170.00 | Entry form

Jul
8
Sun
2018
South Shields FIDE Blitz @ Customs House Mill Dam South Shields NE33 1ES
Jul 8 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Brian Towers Email: blitz@southshieldschessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.southshieldschessclub.co.uk [MAP]
9 round FIDE-rated blitz. Time control: 5 minutes + 2 second increment | Entry form

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Original Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PU
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
1st prize in each section has increased to £160.00. Minor U136 & Major U170 using 2018 January grades. At Harrogate chess club with lovely surroundings | Entry form

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Girls Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe York North Yorkshire YO23 2QT
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http;/whiterosejuniorchessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
Training day for all levels of ability including beginners. Led by ECF coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London, and other experienced ECF coaches will be available. The day will be a mix of training together with a Swiss competition. The main aim is to organise a Yorkshire Girls Team | Entry form

Dec
7
Fri
2018
**CANCELLED** County Durham Congress **CANCELLED** @ Houghton Miners Welfare Hall, Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham
Dec 7 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 9 @ 6:45 pm
Jan
25
Fri
2019
2019 FIDE Open @ Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Gail Young Email: qwclqwcl@gmail.com Web: http://caq.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-FIDE-Open-v2.pdf
FIDE-rated event held on Gold Coast, Australia. Accommodation available at venue, hotel/motel. Live games with 15-30 minute delay. PGN on top 8 boards | Entry form

Feb
16
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Northumbria Masters *** CANCELLED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm
May
17
Fri
2019
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Only £22 for Silver ECF members to enter the Minor. You can win £150 in the Minor (U109) OR £200 in the Inter (U146). The Open offers 80% of section entry fee back as prize money! August 2018 grades are used. Great homemade sandwiches and good quality drinks sold in the social club if you wish | Entry form

Jun
28
Fri
2019
9th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
In the beautiful seaside resort of Whitby near Scarborough. Repeat customers get money off (ask about £10 vouchers). Under £30 for silver ECF members Major (U182) players and under £25 for similar Minor (U147) entry. Two sections with respectively £160 and £150 first prizes. See leaflet for early entry details with accommodation enquiries | Entry form

Jul
4
Thu
2019
South Shields Warm-Up Blitz @ The New Ship, 403 Sunderland Road, South Shields
Jul 4 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Brian Towers Email: brian.towers@gmx.net Web: http://southshieldschessclub.co.uk/ [MAP]
Friendly warm up for the more serious South Shields FIDE Blitz. No entry fee. No prizes.

Jul
6
Sat
2019
South Shields FIDE Blitz 2019 @ The Word, Market Place, South Shields
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Contact: Brian Towers Email: blitz@southshieldschessclub.co.uk Web: http://southshieldschessclub.co.uk/ [MAP]
9 round FIDE rated blitz (5+2) in the top floor exhibition area of The Word in South Shields. Free Parking at the Mill Dam Car Park. Entry fee £10. 1st Prize £150, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £50, 2 x grading prize of £30, Junior (U18) prize – £20 ,Senior (S65) prize – £20 based on min 40 entries, may be adjusted if <40 entries. Max 1 prize per person. Cafeteria on ground floor

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

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

Northumbria Masters FIDE-rated Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com/ [MAP]
The Northumbria Masters invites you to play in a 6-round Swiss tournament. Two sections: Under 11 & Under 14 (age as of 23/8/2019) Games will count towards ECF rapidplay grades and FIDE rapidplay ratings. Prize Fund: £300, plus trophies and medals. This event is supported by Capital Finance Bridging Solutions Ltd and the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust | Entry form

Northumbria Challengers @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Challengers U2050 FIDE, U180 ECF (FIDE-rated event) 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £125 and 2 x £50 Performance Prizes (1800+ & <1800) Entry fee: £40 | Entry form

Northumbria Major @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Nine-round FIDE-rated Swiss tournament, open to players who are both Under 1825 FIDE and Under 150 ECF. 1st prize £500, 2nd £250, U1600 £125 and 2 x £50 Performance Prizes (1600+ & <1600) Entry fee: £40 | Entry form

Sep
5
Thu
2019
BC Blitz Warm Up @ The New Ship, 403 Sunderland Rd, South Shields
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Brian Towers Email: brian.towers@gmx.net Web: http://southshieldschessclub.co.uk/latest-news/ [MAP]
9 round FIDE rated blitz, time control 3+2. No entry fee, no prizes

Sep
20
Fri
2019
9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £28 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Northumberland Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, Royal Quays, North Shields
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: mickriding@hotmail.co.uk Web: https://northumberlandchess.com Online entry – https://northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com [MAP]
Weekend Congress – modern venue is the same one as for the British Championships. Great area, near to the coast and Newcastle City | Entry form

Oct
13
Sun
2019
North East League @ 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