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 …

Jan
27
Sat
2018
South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor, 51 Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 27 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: amy@southofenglandjunior.com Web: http://www.southofenglandjunior.com [MAP]
Junior weekend chess congress covering U7 to U15 sections. England half-norm and Junior Grand Prix qualifier | 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
3
Sat
2018
Sussex Junior Eastbourne Rapidplay @ St Catherine's College, Priory Road, Eastbourne, BN23 7BL
Feb 3 @ 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

EPSCA Rapidplay @ Broadgreen International School Liverpool L13 5UQ
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk/ [MAP]
English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) Rapidplay for children aged up to age 11 | Entry form

Feb
4
Sun
2018
Leicestershire Open Junior Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com Web: http://leicestershirejuniorchess.com  [MAP]
Open Junior Congress 6 round swiss Rapidplay in Open, U80 and U30 sections. Time control: 25 mins + 5s. Full details and online entry at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicestershire-junior-open-congress-february-4th-february-2018-tickets-39494034721

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

Northern Junior Championship @ Excelsior Academy Denton Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP]
Sections for Under 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18 – depending on numbers the older age group will be under 14 and open sections. Age eligibility at 1st January 2018 | Entry form

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”

Mar
4
Sun
2018
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: icfwp@yahoo.co.uk Previous event – here [MAP]
The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the 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.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

Mar
9
Fri
2018
Wiltshire Open Championship 2018 @ Wiltshire Sight, St Lucy’s, The Beeches, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2AT
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com [MAP]
One overall tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116) | Entry form

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
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

May
26
Sat
2018
50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Sep
15
Sat
2018
The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1021 [MAP]
Open to entrants from any country. Any IRL player can take home the title of Irish Blitz and/or Rapid Champion. Entry fees below. Generous prize fund: 1600 euro. Time Control: 3 minutes + 2 second increment in blitz & 10 minutes + 5 second increment in Rapid

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.

Oct
21
Sun
2018
44th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: samthechess@yahoo.com Web: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/festival/festival.htm [MAP]
Open and Holiday Tournaments, 7 round Swiss FIDE-rated, with one game per day. The final day (Saturday) includes a prize-giving dinner, which is free for players | Leaflet

Oct
27
Sat
2018
The Limerick Open 2018 @ South Court Hotel, Limerick
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Nov
9
Fri
2018
The Irish Women’s Championships 2018 @ Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1109 [MAP]
5 round FIDE rated event to decide this year’s Irish Women’s Champion. Prize Fund: 1st: €350 2nd: €175 3rd: €100 Best under 1600: €75. Time control: 90 minutes for the entire game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

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

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
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
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