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 May 8th 2020)
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

Official FIDE events … … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website –

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link –

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 …

London Chess Conference 2017 @ London Hilton Olympia
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: [MAP]
The 5th edition of this popular event. The theme this year is how to make chess effective for educational purposes. The London Chess Conference remains the world’s foremost meeting point for co-operation and the exchange of ideas and networking with like-minded people. The conference fee has been significantly reduced to £65. Participants will also be able to observe the London Chess Classic. We are grateful to the following organisations for making possible this year’s event: Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), the European Chess Union (ECU) and Erasmus Plus.

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: Web: [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 –

Parent+Child Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP]
Coaching event for the parents/relatives (Group 1) and their chess-playing children (Group 2). Topics for Group 1: A) How to help your child in his/her chess career. B) Improve your knowledge about chess game in general. Led by IM/WGM Dagne Ciuksyte (ECF accredited coach) | Entry form

ICCD 18th Deaf Chess Olympiad @ Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester M13 9GH
Jul 6 – Jul 16 all-day

Contact: Stephen Gibson Email: Web: [MAP]
Deaf Chess Olympiad – Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Open Individual, Open Blitz

Chess in Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: Web: [MAP]
Playing chess on a giant chess board with giant pieces. Grandmaster Keith Arkell will be on hand to play games of chess. Winner stays on …

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

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: [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.

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: | 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

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

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web:
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

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: Web: [MAP]
The talk will be on their latest book – Game Changer – AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

English Girls’ Chess Championships 2019 @ Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: [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

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

Contact: Josh Hiban Email: Web:
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)