Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
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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

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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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Jul
30
Mon
2018
1st Watford Junior (U12) Rapidplay @ West Herts Sports & Social Club 8 Park Avenue Watford WD18 7HP
Jul 30 @ 1:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: Roger Lancaster Email: contact@watfordchessclub.org Web [MAP]
6 round Under 12 (ages as at 1/1/2018) Rapidplay, each player having 30 minutes to complete all his/her moves in each game. First prize £100. Entry forms and fuller details can be downloaded from the Watford club website | Entry form

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Fun Chess at Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: chessbower@aol.com Web: http://www.chessbower.com/ [MAP]
Giant chess pieces – an outdoor fun day of chess. Francis Bowers will be on hand to play games of chess. Winner stays on …

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 …

Aug
22
Wed
2018
Open Sochi 2018 @ Sochi, Russia
Aug 22 – Aug 26 all-day

Contact: Sergey Email: ccmoiseev@mail.ru Web: http://opensochi.vphs.ru [MAP]
The Pedagogical Chess Union invites all chess players in Sochi in August. The Pedagogical Chess Union will organize the Open Sochi 2018 chess festival from August 21 (arrival day) to August 26 (Rapid / departure day) 2018. This project is being held for the third consecutive year.
Within the framework of the chess project, there will be tournaments in classical chess, in rapid chess, as well as a challenge contest.

Sep
23
Sun
2018
ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open-2/ [MAP]
Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match.
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move.
Play will be in the spacious school hall; team rooms will be shared and in the maths department | Flier

Sep
30
Sun
2018
BBCA Midlands Rapidplay 2018 @ Broadway Academy Perry Barr Birmingham
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Abu Hasan Email: hasanamm@hotmail.com [MAP]
15-minute Rapidplay – Open and Major (under ECF 147) sections. Entry fee only £10 for both sections and prize money is over £550, including Open 1st prize £200 and Major 1st prize £100. Complimentary lunch and tea/coffee will be served at lunch break. Contact Abu Hasan 07944668603 or Golam Ali Pervez 07765041449 | Entry form

Oct
13
Sat
2018
English Closed Championships for Under 11s @ Nottingham High Junior School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: David Levens Email: davidlevens@chesscoach.co.uk [MAP]
A qualifying tournament for the England U11 trial | Entry form

Oct
27
Sat
2018
2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Birmingham University Underground Dance Studio
Oct 27 @ 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 …

Jan
13
Sun
2019
Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com Tel: 07989 151175 [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (25 mins + 5 sec) in Open, Major (U80) and Minor (U25 – Ungraded) sections. Online Entry and full details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-junior-open-congress-january-13th-february-2019-tickets-52416225341

Feb
3
Sun
2019
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Feb 3 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
6 round Rapidplay, 25 minutes + 5 second increments per game. U18, U13, U11 and U9 sections to determine county junior champions together with ‘stars barred’ section for relative newcomers. £12 entry fee for ECF silver members and above, others surcharged.

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Northern Junior Championship @ Merchant Taylors' Boys' School 186 Liverpool Road Crosby Liverpool
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP]
Junior tournament. Age groups Under 8, Under 9, under 10, under 11, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18.
Under 8 will be rapidplay time control, all others will be standard time control of 50 minutes plus 10 second increments | Entry form

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Apr
28
Sun
2019
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major section, Intermediate section, Minor section, Novice section | Entry form

Jul
29
Mon
2019
3rd Watford Junior U12 Rapidplay @ West Herts Sports & Social Club, Park Avenue, Watford
Jul 29 @ 1:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: Roger Lancaster Email: contact@watfordchessclub.org Web: http://watfordchessclub.org/ [MAP]
6-round rapidplay (each player has 30 minutes to complete all moves) restricted to juniors born 2007 or later. Entry fee £15, prize fund £260 minimum, maximum entry 40, on-site parking, full details here

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm
Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Gibraltar

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/junior/2019/schedule.htm [MAP]
The junior event follows the successful pattern of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, offering competitive chess-playing opportunities with an equally strong social, fun and educational programme | Entry form

Sep
15
Sun
2019
Coventry Chess Club 2nd Junior Open Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club Broad Lane Coventry
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
For players under 18 on 31st August 2019. Open, Under 120 and Under 80 sections. All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move. 5 rounds | Entry form

Oct
11
Fri
2019
European School Chess Individual Cup @ Karisma Hotel Ulcinj Montenegro
Oct 11 – Oct 20 all-day
Jan
21
Tue
2020
Gibraltar Masters @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 8:30 pm
Jan
25
Sat
2020
Oxfam 2020 Chess Birmingham Qualifier @ The Guild Underground Basement, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 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

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
22
Sat
2020
Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Mar
1
Sun
2020
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ TBA
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 events [ages as at 1/9/2019] open to all, although only Hertfordshire players are eligible for titles and trophies. Six-round graded Swiss-paired tournaments, all moves in 25 minutes plus 5-second increments from move 1. For more details, go to the HSCA website

Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

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

Apr
26
Sun
2020
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)