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
15
Sun
2017
Lothians Allegro 2017 @ The Quay, 131 New St, Musselburgh EH21 6DH
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Dave Watson Email: stillgamedave70@hotmail.com Web: http://chesscotland.com
An Allegro Event over five rounds. Four sections Open, U1900, U1600 & U1300. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users. Free car park and good local public transport available [MAP] Entry form

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Dave Watson Email: stillgamedave70@gmail.com Web: http://chessscotland.com
Scotland’s largest annual weekend chess congress, in which the Premier Event is FIDE rated using the time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for all events. The city centre venue has a free car park and is suitable for disabled players, including wheelchair users. Catering will be available throughout the weekend. A Group Discount is available, when six entries are received together only pay for five entries. A Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

Nov
11
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University Row House EH8 9AJ
Nov 11 @ 2:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Jan
14
Sun
2018
Lothians Allegro @ The Quay, 131 New Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6DH
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
A rapidplay event over five rounds in which there are four sections. The venue is suitable for disabled players, including wheelchair users. The time control is 25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move | Entry form

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.

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend event in Scotland. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated in which there are four events. A group discount is available, submit six entries together and only pay for five entries. The time control for all events is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

Jun
10
Sun
2018
British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford CM2 9DG
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
All the juniors will be part of 4 equal strength teams who will have an all-play-all competition giving everyone three ECF-graded rapidplay games. In between there will be 2 coaching sessions with regular coaches IM Richard Pert (grade 237) and Robin Slade, joined by IM Harriet Hunt (grade 236) and two-time Essex Champion Russell White. These are social chess days designed to work for juniors of all levels and there is plenty of space for players and parents | Entry form

Jun
17
Sun
2018
Eton College Junior Chess Tournament & Training Day @ Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DW
Jun 17 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.picatic.com/eton-june18 [MAP]
Organised by Grandmaster & former Under 18 World Champion Nick Pert, the Eton College Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day presents an excellent opportunity for juniors to develop and improve their chess ability through real tournament experience and training sessions with experienced coaches in between rounds | Entry form

Some parts of the school grounds are older & uneven, please get in touch with specific access requirements and we will make enquiries

Jul
23
Mon
2018
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Writtle Community House Redwood Drive Writtle Chelmsford Essex CM1 3LY
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
This is a two day junior training camp timed for the start of the school holidays and the week before the British Championships. The days are designed for children to be left although there is a separate room for parents if wanted. Places are limited to 30. IM Richard Pert will lead the coaching assisted by local junior coach Robin Slade and popular female coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks. There will be workshops on different aspects of the game and analysis of practice matches played. Look at the video on the blog from last year’s event for a flavour of the camp | Entry form

Oct
7
Sun
2018
Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Oct 7 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: chesssparks@gmail.com Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/camden-ljcc-chess-qualifier-tickets-48810960898 [MAP]
This is the second Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier. This is an U18 junior tournament with sections available to all juniors (U8, U10, U12 and U18). The six round tournament is a graded rapidplay tournament for U18 and U12 sections. Chess coaching available throughout.

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Holmfirth Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosechessacademy.org.uk
For ages 6-18 for all levels of ability. Training by E C F Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim is to enjoy chess and develop the area as few juniors at present | Entry form

Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosechessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
For ages 6 – 18 at all levels of ability. Training by ECF Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim – to enjoy chess and develop the area for junior chess | Entry form

Nov
25
Sun
2018
Hatton Garden Chess Festival @ 120 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Haran Rasalingam Email: haranski@hotmail.com Web: http://chessbubble.com/hatton-garden-chess-festival.php [MAP]
New format – am Team league match (teams of 4, at least 2 female players); pm Expert coaching and game analysis. Combining match play and coaching. The organisers will help you form teams if required

Dec
1
Sat
2018
London Winter Chess Congress and Training Day @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: chesssparks@gmail.com Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-winter-chess-championships-and-training-day-tickets-48813985946 [MAP]
Open to all, adults and juniors. The junior event is also a qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships. Prizes for all tournaments, cash prizes available for the adult section. Chess coaching available throughout | Entry form

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
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
2
Sat
2019
Training Day with IM Andrew Martin @ Yately Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: training@bjca.org.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk [MAP]
4 hours of fun chess training by IM Andrew Martin. Only £15 per child; all U18 juniors welcome. Positive feedback from previous sessions, with lots of interactive activities and learning with children winning prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment; limited spaces available | Entry form

Mar
3
Sun
2019
British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Brentwood Senior School Middleton Hall Lane Brentwood
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk/ [MAP]
British Chess Train and Play days are hosted by IM Richard Pert and local junior coach Robin Slade. Our guest coaches this time are GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan. All the juniors will enjoy 2 formal coaching sessions and 4 graded matches within their coaching groups along with a rolling programme of analysis as games finish | Entry form

Mar
24
Sun
2019
Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day with GM Nick Pert @ King Edwards School, Witley, Godalming
Mar 24 all-day

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com [MAP]
Tournament and training day with GM Nick Pert. Bookonline here — www.gmchess.co.uk/events

Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day @ King Edward's School Witley, Wormley, Godalming
Mar 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/king-edwards-march-2019.html [MAP]
The tournament will be played in four sections with training between rounds. ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors up to the age of 18, with no maximum grade (ECF graded); ECF graded U11 section for those under 11 on 31st August 2018 (year 6 and below) (ECF graded); Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2018 and under 80 ECF grade (ungraded); Beginners’ section for those under 9 on 31st August 2018 (year 4 and below), who have no ECF grade and playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)
20 players taking part in this event will qualify for a free place at a simultaneous exhibition in the summer against a top Grandmaster, likely to be Michael Adams! This has been provided by a private sponsor.

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, Chalmers Street, Edinburgh
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend Chess Congress in Scotland. The venue is located in the city centre of Edinburgh and is suitable for disabled players including wheelchair users. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated. A group discount is available: when six players enter together, only pay for five entries. The time control for each of the four sections are 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The top games in the Premier Event will be broadcast live during the Congress. A Chess Bookstall will be provided by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London.
Four Training Sessions, free of charge, will be available to Coaches mainly for Teachers and Parents on both Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon from Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities | Entry form

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

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – Junior Coaching @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
Institute of Chess Coaching for levels 1-4 plus attached ECF graded rapidplay games

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

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

Aug
27
Tue
2019
Grandmaster Summer Camp @ The Hall Junior School 69 Belsize Park London
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – Aug 30 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Jonathan Hawkins Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Chess Camp with Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins, Tony Niccoli and Angela Eyton. Lessons take place in small groups of similar ability after initial assessment. Tournament preparation, ECF graded tournament games, puzzle and worksheets. Prizes for effort and achievement | Entry form

Sep
2
Mon
2019
Grandmaster Chess Camp @ The Hall Junior School 69 Belsize Park London
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Jonathan Hawkins Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Chess Camp with Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins, Tony Niccoli and Angela Eyton. Lessons take place in small groups of similar ability after initial assessment. Tournament preparation, ECF graded tournament games, puzzle and worksheets. Prizes for effort and achievement | Entry form

Sep
21
Sat
2019
5th Potters Bar Junior Chess Tournament @ Broadfields Primary School, Roseberry Drive, Edgware
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk [MAP]
Local coaching event with graded and ungraded sections. For graded players and those new to competitive chess | Entry form

Oct
20
Sun
2019
6th Potters Bar Junior Chess Tournament @ Pope Paul RC Primary School, Baker Street, Potters Bar
Oct 20 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk [MAP]
Local coaching event with graded and ungraded sections. For graded players and those new to competitive chess | Entry form