Calendar

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 March 22nd 2020)
* 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 …

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Lee-cat@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/876 [MAP]
One of Ireland’s biggest weekenders with some of Europe’s strongest players and a 40+ year tradition of excellence. We would expect a strong contingent from the UK as usual including past winners such as Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Mark Hebden …

Jan
12
Fri
2018
50th Mulcahy Memorial 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Pat Twomey Email: ptwomey@hotmail.com Web: http://www.icu.ie/events/973 [MAP]
The 50th Mulcahy Memorial looks set to be one of the strongest in the recent history of the event. The tournament takes place in the Metropole Hotel from Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January 2018

Feb
23
Fri
2018
25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://www.bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

May
19
Sat
2018
The Highways Junior Tournament 2018 @ Sandycroft CP School Leaches Lane Mancot Deeside CH5 2EH
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Niki Taylor Email: nikitaylor781@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior rapidplay tournament, 6 rounds Swiss pairings (all players play all rounds)
Four sections U9, U11, U14, U18 (age as at 31 Sep 2017)
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top ungraded player in each section; Rosette/medal for all U9 and U11 entrants; Entry fee: £8 early bird if received by 1st May; £10 if by 16th May; £12 if on the day
Rate of play: all moves in 15 mins each with 10 second increment per move | Entry form

Jun
24
Sun
2018
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: marie.gledhill@tesco.net [MAP]
The UKI Chess Championships are open to all children in the UK and Ireland. This is an individual event as well as a school team event – you can enter as an individual or a school team. There are trophies for the top three girls and boys schools according to the scores of their top four players. The girls play separately to the boys with trophies for the overall champions and rosettes awarded for those scoring 11 points or more. No one is knocked out all 5 rounds are played | Entry form

Jul
4
Wed
2018
Civil Service Chess Championship @ Carrs Lane Conference Centre, The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX
Jul 4 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Conway Email: john.conway1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk Web: https://www.cssc.co.uk/CSSC/index.cfm/things-to-do/event-search/event-detail/?oid=4803 [MAP]
The competition is open to Civil Servants and will will be a rapid play event with 25minutes each on the chess clock under the FIDE rules of Chess. Players will get multiple games over the day. There will be section for people graded 100 and over under the English Chess Federation grading system and for those from 99 down to ungraded. If there are a limited number of entries then there will be one group only. We welcome both experienced players and people new to competitive chess. Applicants must be Civil Servants and be members of the Civil Service Sports Council …

Oct
5
Fri
2018
The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: corkchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/975 [MAP]
This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Jan
12
Sat
2019
ECF National Schools Girls’ Northern Semi-Finals @ Bridgewater School, Worsley Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WQ
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Jan
13
Sun
2019
ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

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 …

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
22
Fri
2019
Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: info@bunrattychess.com Web: http://bunrattychess.com/ [MAP]
Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

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
Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: jamie@rothaymanor.co.uk Web: https://rothaymanor.co.uk/ [MAP]
This event’s main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics. The holiday includes –
A seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering Opening principles, Middle Game, Endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Easter Chess Course for 6 – 15 year olds @ King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, Surrey
Apr 9 @ 9:45 am – Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: admin@chessentriesforall.com Web: https://chessentriesforall.com/holiday-chess-courses-2019/ [MAP]
This course caters for all standards, from beginners through to advanced players. Run by top chess coach Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips. A tournament will be run during the course with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly further runners up which will be awarded after the end of the last day. Parents/ Guardians will be asked to stay to watch the brief awards ceremony

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
May
28
Tue
2019
May Half Term Chess Course for 6–15 year olds @ King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, Surrey
May 28 @ 9:45 am – May 30 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: admin@chessentriesforall.com Web: https://chessentriesforall.com/holiday-chess-courses-2019/ [MAP]
This course caters for all standards, from beginners through to advanced players. Run by top chess coach Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips. A tournament will be run during the course with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly further runners up which will be awarded after the end of the last day. Parents/ Guardians will be asked to stay to watch the brief awards ceremony

Jun
9
Sun
2019
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Jun 9 @ 10:00 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 United Kingdom and Ireland, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate — U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U18 | Entry form

Aug
19
Mon
2019
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford
Aug 19 @ 8:30 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are running a two-day Holiday Camp for juniors in August. The juniors will enjoy a mix of group coaching, individual game analysis and plenty of game play. The coaching will be led by IM Richard Pert. This event is aimed at juniors who have at least began their journey into tournament chess | Entry form

Sep
15
Sun
2019
ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/ssrs/ [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

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

Jan
12
Sun
2020
ECF National Schools Girls’ Semi Finals – Northern @ Bridgewater School Drywood Hall, Worsley Road, Worsley, Manchester
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Schools event, teams of three, girls only, U19 and U11 sections. Entry online via the NSCC website – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ | Flyer

ECF National Schools Girls’ Semi Finals – Southern @ St Catherine’s School, Station Road, Bramley
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Schools event, teams of three, girls only, U19 and U11 sections. Entry online via the NSCC website – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/ | Flyer

Feb
8
Sat
2020
EPSCA Rapidplay @ Broadgreen International School Helier Road Liverpool
Feb 8 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk/ [MAP]
Junior tournament, Under 8, 9, 10, 11 – all with A and B sections. Swiss tournament. Rapidplay time controls – all moves in 20 minutes plus 5 second increment. Book stall and refreshments | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon
Feb 22 @ 9:45 am – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com [MAP]
Although this (33rd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on 31st August 2019 | Entry form