Calendar

In this time of COVID-19 …
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Oct
6
Sun
2019
4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP] Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

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
10
Sun
2019
5th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London W1 7RT
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: https://shop.chess.co.uk/Casual-Chess-Blitz-Tournament-Entry-p/cb07627.htm [MAP] Tournament limited to a maximum of 10 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

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

Nov
29
Fri
2019
London Chess Classic FIDE Open @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Nov 29 – Dec 6 all-day
Dec
7
Sat
2019
English Open Women and Girls Rapidplay Championship @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: http://www.londonchessclassic.com [MAP] Held during the London Chess Classic.

Dec
14
Sat
2019
12th Northwick Park Five Round Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 14 @ 8:45 am – Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP] This popular five round event consists of three sections, Open, Major and Minor. The Open and Major are both FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and entry to it is open to those under 115 ECF and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above 1600. The Major is restricted to under 1860 FIDE. The Open starts at 9 am on Saturday and 9.30 on Sunday. Major and Minor start at 9.45 both days | Entry form

Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
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] This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE | Entry form

London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
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] This prestigious three-day event has 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 and is rapidplay. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk. There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 14th and 15th December at the same venue | Booklet

Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: HICCchairman@hastingschess.club Web: http://www.hastingschess.com/ [MAP] 9 round Swiss – FIDE Norms available

Dec
29
Sun
2019
6th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web [MAP] Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control is 10 min per game (no increments). £10 entry fee. Prizes- 1st place £20 gift voucher; 2nd place £10 gift voucher; 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day

Jan
25
Sat
2020
Oxfam 2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ University of Birmingham, Student Guild, Debating Hall B15 2TU
Jan 25 @ 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, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final taking place in February | Entry form

Feb
2
Sun
2020
Eton College Tournament & Training + UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Eton College, Windsor
Feb 2 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/eton-college-feb-2020-delancey.html [MAP] ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors; ECF graded U11 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 11 on 31st August 2019; ECF graded U9 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 9 on 31st August 2019; Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2019 and under 80 ECF grade; Beginners’ section for those under 10 on 31st August 2019 playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Uxbridge Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: UxbridgeJuniorChessClub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP] Open Section – games graded ECF rapidplay 25 minutes for the game; no increments – 6 rounds; Under 8, 9 section & Under 10, 11 section qualifier – games graded rapidplay 20 minutes each game, no increments – 7 rounds. Prizes – Open 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in all sections | Entry form

Mar
29
Sun
2020
BJCA’S UKCC Qualifier @ Richards Hall The Abbey Senior School 17 Kendrick Road Reading
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: gogia_nidhi@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk/ [MAP] 7 ECF graded rapid rounds as UKCC Qualifier for U9/U11 age groups. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group. Open section for children who do not need qualification or who have already qualified. Cash prizes

8th Blitz Chess Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com | Web [MAP] All ages and levels welcome. £10 entry fee. Time control – 10 min per game (no increments). Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games. Prizes for all participants

Apr
10
Fri
2020
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Longplays_Easter.htm [MAP] 5 round FIDE rated & ECF graded long play congress over 4 sections

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP] Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

May
3
Sun
2020
Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP] The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

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

Feb
20
Sat
2021
vPlus Festival 2021 @ https://virtualplusfestival.org/
Feb 20 all-day

Contact: Catherine Holden Email: stillthinkinguk@aol.com Web: https://virtualplusfestival.org/
Join us for a fun festival for curious and enquiring minds! This 12 day online festival from Potential Plus UK provides a programme of live presentations and creative challenges, some especially for children, some specifically for parents, and others for the whole family to enjoy. We are delighted to say that we are able to offer all of our 2021 vPlus Festival events FREE OF CHARGE due to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Full Access to over 50 sessions for children, families, schools and parents
Over 40 Brilliant Presenters including: Bobby Seagull, Jeff Forshaw, Roma Agrawal, Simon Singh, Alex Bellos, Jonathan Hare, Ben England, Barry Hymer, Peter Wells, Verity Jones, Helen Dennis and Bob Cox. Saturday and Sunday Challenges, social sessions, chess exhibition and a Private Minecraft Server.

Aug
14
Sat
2021
Essex Back to Chess Festival @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead E11 2NT
Aug 14 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mark Murrell Email: eca-festival@essexchess.org.uk Web: https://www.essexchess.org.uk/essex-back-to-real-chess-festival/ [MAP] Essex U18s-only closed event (including London Boroughs that are north of the River Thames and east of the River Lea) run by Essex Chess Association. Choice of a 5 round ECF rapid rated G10/5 Swiss or an unrated beginners tournament (no clocks save for deadlock) | Entry form