Calendar


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 about! Please check first.


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 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

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 …

Dec
8
Sat
2018
London Chess Conference @ Irish Cultural Centre Blacks Road Hammersmith London
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: conference@chessplus.net Web: http://www.londonchessconference.com [MAP]
The 6th edition of the annual international London Chess Conference. The theme is the Future of Chess in Education. There are many developments in chess teaching methods and also many challenges facing our education systems. What will schools be like like in the future? What part will games play in education? How will children learn? An impressive range of experts will speak on a variety of related topics. Mark Price, until recently Minister of Trade and Industry, will explain how chess helped him in his early life and how chess prepares children for the digital age. He is presenting on Sunday at noon.

Dec
12
Wed
2018
ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre Blacks Road Hammersmith London
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net | Web [MAP]
The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher training course is a one-day course of interactive presentations, group working and hands-on exercises. The purpose of the course is to prepare teachers to use chess to develop problem solving skills with a focus on mathematics . The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.
The ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass a test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has didactical methods for the classroom.
The course is innovative in content and delivery and was developed after a review of best practice in Europe. The course leader is WIM Rita Atkins. This is the first time that the course has been run

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Coventry and District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Web: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/rapidplay.html [MAP]
The 2018-19 season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the local area! We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Entry £10.00 (Juniors £5.00) | Entry form | Wheelchair access available, please email the organisers for any accessibility needs …

Feb
9
Sat
2019
EPSCA Rapidplay 2019 @ Broadgreen International School Queens Drive Liverpool
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament – Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups | Entry form

Feb
23
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships CANCELLED *** @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
Feb 23 @ 9:45 am – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Many apologies but we have had to cancel our Feb ‘19 Congress due to late loss of venue …

Mar
3
Sun
2019
British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Brentwood Senior School Middleton Hall Lane Brentwood
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk/ [MAP]
British Chess Train and Play days are hosted by IM Richard Pert and local junior coach Robin Slade. Our guest coaches this time are GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan. All the juniors will enjoy 2 formal coaching sessions and 4 graded matches within their coaching groups along with a rolling programme of analysis as games finish | Entry form

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

May
19
Sun
2019
2nd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Hosted by Crewe Chess Club, a 7 round Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel in Crewe. 4 sections, ALL FIDE rated – Open, Major U165, Inter U135, Minor U 105 **Increased prize money ** and grading prizes in all sections Prizes dependent on entries | Entry form

Jun
21
Fri
2019
4th North Wales FIDE Open / 6th Colwyn Bay Congress @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160), and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize | Entry form

Aug
29
Thu
2019
Talk, simul and signing with GM Matthew Sadler & WIM Natasha Regan @ The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent
Aug 29 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Swale Chess Club Email: info@swalechessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.swalechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
The talk will be on their latest book – Game Changer – AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: work.madara@gmail.com Web: https://forms.gle/37CK21f9Wc7fgeN29 [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form

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
BBCA FIDE Rapidplay 2019 @ London Enterprise Academy 81-91 Commercial Road, London
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: britishbanglachess@gmail.com [MAP]
An entertaining day of FIDE rated thrilling chess for all abilities. £775 prize fund in three sections – Open – FIDE Open to all players; Major – FIDE 1975 = ECF 170 & under; Minor – FIDE 1600 = ECF 120 & under. All day complimentary tea/coffee for all. Enjoy the traditional, authentic BBCA hospitality with a free lunch of chicken or vegetable biriyani for players upon a request in advance.
Hurry! Only 100 places are available. Read the leaflet for more details. Please complete your entry form online at- https://form.jotform.com/81766005914963 | Leaflet

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
8
Sun
2019
Coventry and District Chess League 2nd Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Web: https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/2nd-rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 rounds – each player has 20 minutes + 10 second increment per round. 3 sections – Open, Major (U145), Minor (U110). Entry £15.00 (Juniors £10.00). All players welcome, from both inside and outside the League!

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
14
Fri
2020
Dyfed Congress 2020 @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Road, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire
Feb 14 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Haigh Email: tony@brithdirmawr.co.uk Web: http://dyfed-chess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open – 1st Prize £300; Major U1700 (ECF 134) – 1st Prize £150; FIDE rated Blitz on Saturday night | 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
25
Sat
2020
4NCL Women’s League – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road West Midlands Birmingham
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Round 1 Saturday 12.00; Round 2 Saturday 16.00; Round 3 Sunday 10.00; Round 4 Sunday 14.00

April Major Scholastic Tournament – online @ Online
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Josh Hiban Email: tournaments@dmvchess.com Web: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/750
This is an online tournament open to all scholastic players under 18 years of age. Over 400 players are expected to attend. For more information, please visit our online flier (above)

Aug
8
Sat
2020
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/

Contact: John Foley Email: john@chessplus.net Web: https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Summer Chess Camp for Children. Master Class from IM Jesper Hall, simul from GM Judit Polgar, in-depth sessions from IM Jop Delemarre

Sep
26
Sat
2020
Junior 4NCL – CANCELLED @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC Coventry Road, West Midlands
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm