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 September 4th 2019)

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 …

Mar
10
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 9 Zones @ Various in the North, South and East of England
Mar 10 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Three zones qualifying for a final …

Mar
17
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Zones @ Various in the North, South and East of England
Mar 17 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Three zones qualifying for a final …

Mar
24
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Girls’ Final @ TBA
Mar 24 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

EPSCA Associations can enter a team without playing in a qualifying zone …

Apr
2
Mon
2018
Surrey Junior Easter Congress @ Aldro School Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with five age group sections – U13, U11, U10, U9, U8 on 01/09/17. Trophies for the winner of each section and medals for players scoring 3 points or more. Refreshments available all day and free parking | Entry form

Apr
7
Sat
2018
National Chess Junior Squad Championships @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: http://www.ncjs.co.uk [MAP]
Squad championship but open to all juniors | Entry form

Apr
21
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Final @ TBA
Apr 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Forest Hall Weekend Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
Forest Hall Chess Club invites you to take part in a new style of friendly, low-cost weekend congress, including four classical chess tournaments and a ‘Chess for All’ FIDE-rated Blitz.
Classical Weekender: Open, Major (U-170), Intermediate (U-135), Foundation (U-100), FIDE-rated Blitz (Sunday, 5pm-7pm): One section for everyone! Weekender entry fees: £10 (£9 Under 18s/Over 65s, Unwaged) FIDE-rated Blitz entry fees: £5 (£4 Under 18s, Over 65s & Unwaged) | Entry form

Apr
28
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 9 Final @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

May
19
Sat
2018
Sussex Junior Worthing Rapidplay @ Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD
May 19 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: sjcentrymanager@gmail.com Web: http://sussexjuniorchess.org [MAP]
6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections — U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

Jun
5
Tue
2018
19th Sam Black Memorial Open Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green London E11 2NT
Jun 5 @ 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 double-round (12 games of 5 minutes chess). £300 prize fund. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prize £30 each, slow start (0/4) £20

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
18
Sat
2018
Chester-le-Street ‘World Cup’ Congress @ Park View Community Association, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, County Durham DH3 3PZ
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: cls.chesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A new, innovative style of 6-round chess congress, held over 2 days. On Day 1, participants play 3 games each in seeded ‘World Cup’-style all-play-all groups of 4 players. On Day 2, players qualify for 4 ranked Swiss sections (Kings, Rooks, Bishops & Knights) and play 3 further games. Prizes are awarded in each all-play-all group and each Swiss section. Time control: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Prize fund: £950 | Entry form

Aug
19
Sun
2018
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International – Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Aug
25
Sat
2018
8th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/73506022496354 [MAP]
9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

Nov
17
Sat
2018
10th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/73506022496354 [MAP]
9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

Nov
25
Sun
2018
National Schools Team and Junior Team Challenge @ King Edward VI School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com [MAP]
This is an ECF National Schools double event designed as an introduction for senior schools to competitive chess. The Junior Team Challenge is for Years 6 to 8, the Team Challenge for Years 6 to 13. Teams of 4 from the same senior school.
This is run on a Sunday to make it easier for students to participate. The competition winners will progress to a National Final | Flyer

Jan
30
Wed
2019
3rd Jurassic Blitz Chess Tournament @ Seaton Chess Club, Town Hall, Fore Street, Seaton
Jan 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £3.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Prize for winner and grading prizes. To enter contact Paul Hampton at admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk | Entry form

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Bielski Cup @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.croydonchessleague.org.uk/ [MAP]
Croydon League’s Annual Team Blitz tournament

Mar
18
Mon
2019
CCF Junior Club Blitz Round Robin C @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: daniel@ccfworld.com [MAP]
A Blitz Round Robin at CCF

Apr
19
Fri
2019
2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

May
19
Sun
2019
1st Norfolk Blitz Tournament @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way, Norwich
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
New event – a 15 round Blitz | Entry form

Jun
4
Tue
2019
20th Sam Black Memorial Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 rounds – 2 games per round = 12 games. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prizes £30 each. Slow starter prize £20. Entry – £10 (£13 on night), if you played in 2018 deduct £1 from entry. Email entries accepted with payment on night

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz tournament, 5 minutes KO each player. All levels and ratings welcome. £5 entry fee (pay on the day)
£20 top prize | https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-VtaFpZNE/events/262028574/

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

Sep
7
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
8
Sun
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Bristol
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
14
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ London, Manchester
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
15
Sun
2019
3rd Chess & Bridge Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: cbstaff.joao@gmail.com Web: http://www.chess.co.uk [MAP]
Round Robin Blitz Tournament, 5min KO (no increment), limited to a maximum of 10 players, all ages and levels welcome. Registration in store at 2.30 pm (first come, first served, pay on the day) – £10 entry fee (£5 entry for Chess Magazine subscribers)
1st prize – £30 gift voucher; 2nd prize – £20 gift voucher; 3rd prize – £5 chess bargain book
Tiebreak – a) head to head b) most wins c) most black games
All participants receive latest issue of Chess Magazine and get a 10% discount with any purchase on the day in-store

Sep
18
Wed
2019
Wiltshire 5 Minute Championship @ Maud Heath Committee Room, Langley Burrell Village Hall, Manor Farm Lane, Chippenham
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com [MAP]
There will be 1 overall tournament with prizes determined by the entry level. All entry fees will be returned as prize money. The entry fee is £3 adults / £1.50 juniors (cash only, NO CHEQUES). Entries will only be accepted on the night, so bring along a completed form. Please arrive between 7.15 and 7.30 to allow for a prompt start. It is expected that there will be 7 rounds, but this will depend on how promptly we can start and size of the entry | Entry form

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.