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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.


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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 …


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Jun
20
Tue
2017
18th Sam Black Memorial Open Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead E11 2NT
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 double rounds = 12 5 minute games. Open with 7 prizes. 1st = £100, 2nd = £50, 3rd = £40. Three grading prizes. Slow starter prize for those starting with four losses! Entry fee £10 or £13 if you turn up on the night with no prior email.

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

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Scottish Chess Championship & International Open @ Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee DD14HN
Jul 15 – Jul 23 all-day

Contact: Alex McFarlane Email: scottishchamps@ChessScotland.com Web: http://www.ScottishChessChamp.co.uk [MAP]
Scottish Championship incorporated in a 9 round International Open event, norm opportunities available – 15th-23rd July; Scottish Blitz Championship – Saturday 15th July; Under 1850 event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Under 1850 Senior event -Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Schools’ Individual event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Rapidplay – Sat 22nd – Sunday 23rd July | 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
23
Sat
2017
1st Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 ( Ruy Lopez Opening). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

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
20
Fri
2017
Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: scarboroughchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

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

The 2nd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Opening called Nimzo-Indian Defence). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

Nov
11
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University Row House EH8 9AJ
Nov 11 @ 2:45 pm – 7:15 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. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Nov
29
Wed
2017
Chessable’s Evening of Chess with John Bartholomew @ Battersea Chess Club 81-83 Falcon Road London SW11 2PF
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: David Kramaley Email: david@chessable.com Web: http://www.chessable.com [MAP]
The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP early if you want to be guaranteed to play some chess and have a potential crack at John! The venue offers beers, soft drinks and snacks for purchase.
Click here to book your place – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chessables-evening-of-chess-with-john-bartholomew-tickets-39871297123

Dec
8
Fri
2017
H+H Fire U14 Train and Play Chess Evening @ Moulsham Junior School, Princes Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9DG
Dec 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are pleased to present a chess evening for juniors with Special Guest US FIDE Master Mike Klein, FunMaster Mike from the excellent ChessKid website. IM Richard Pert will be hosting the event along with local junior coach Robin Slade. The evening will involve playing and coaching and give the many juniors who use ChessKid the rare chance to meet their online chess mentor in person.
Please also see the calendar entry for our event on 10th December | Entry form

Dec
16
Sat
2017
The 3rd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Thematic chess event – Sicilian Defence, Scheveningen variation – 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6. Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus Northwick Park HA1 3TP
Dec 16 @ 9:45 am – Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: J Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue.
The Under 10 play 7 rounds over the two days. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk. The Under 14 play six rounds. These sections attract a large entry and both are run with Major and Minor divisions. The LJCC Charitable Trust also run the Northwick Park Congress at the same venue and at the same time. This has Open, Major and Minor sections and Open and Major are FIDE rated | Entry form

Dec
28
Thu
2017
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
Sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open. The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 17th and 18th December at the same venue | Entry form

Hastings International Chess Congress @ Horntye Park Sport Complex, Bohemia Road Hastings TN34 1EX
Dec 28 2017 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 7 2018 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: alan.b.hustwayte@tesco.net Web: http://www.hastingschess.com [MAP]
The annual (93rd) Hastings International Chess Congress includes 9-round FIDE Masters tournament, Christmas and New Year 4 and 5 round tournaments and the 5 round 35th Hastings Weekend Congress with a FIDE Rated Open and Intermediate and Under-130 tournaments | Entry form

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
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

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 5ET
Feb 17 @ 9:45 am – Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com
Although this (32nd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2017 | MAP | Entry form

Mar
10
Sat
2018
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, only open to East Anglian Chess Union players (see entry form for eligibility details). It’s a 5-round Swiss tournament, with 3 rounds on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. There are three Championship sections – Open, U-170 and U-130, and the Open Champion will qualify for a place in the 2018 British Championship | Entry form

May
19
Sat
2018
Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: gatesheadchess@gmail.com Web: http://northumberlandchess.com [MAP]
Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Chess in Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: chessbower@aol.com Web: http://www.chessbower.com [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 …

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Chess.com Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: masters@iominternationalchess.com Web: http://iominternationalchess.com/ [MAP]
174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

Jan
26
Sat
2019
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University
Jan 26 @ 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 …