Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* 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 …

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: j.needham@dameallens.co.uk [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Mar
4
Sat
2017
2020 Manchester Qualifier @ Manchester University Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2020Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com
A National Rapidplay Team Championship open to all! Kindly sponsored by Chess & Bridge
Events taking place across the country including: Edinburgh: 22nd October; London: 29th October; Leeds: 12th November; York 21st January; Birmingham 28th January. Leading to a Super-Final next summer to determine the best 20/20 Chess team of four in the UK with cash prizes trophies and medals up for grabs along the way! Just £10 per person to participate!
(Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, you can also sign up as an individual and be randomly allocated into a mixed Barbarians side on the day) Recognised by the English Chess Federation [MAP] Flyer

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Aug
15
Tue
2017
Jessie Gilbert Celebration International Festival – Junior Coaching @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/JGCI_Junior.htm [MAP]
4 days of various coaching courses, including Beginner Coaching, Basic End Game Coaching, an advanced group on Checkmates, plus Institute of Chess Courses for Levels 1-4 …

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

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 …

Dec
2
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University LS2 9JT
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 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, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Dec
3
Sun
2017
2020 Chess London Qualifier @ 2 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8HQ
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 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, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

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
4
Sun
2018
2020 Chess Grand Final @ Underground Dance Studio Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Feb 4 @ 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
The best teams that have qualified from the regions will compete. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

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”

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 …

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 …

Nov
4
Sun
2018
South East England Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 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 South East, and you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate | Entry form

Nov
16
Fri
2018
The Kilkenny Congress 2018 @ Ormonde Hote and Club House Hotel, Kilkenny
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
1
Tue
2019
The Leinster Junior Championships 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stilorgan, Co Dublin
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
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
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

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

Jun
16
Sun
2019
Wey Valley Championships @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Olivia Smithies Email: oliviasmithies@gmail.com [MAP]
Mostly Junior tournament – U7/U8/U9/U10 sections, Major section for anyone older with ECF grade lower than 150 | Entry form

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Seaton Chess Club Jurassic Blitz Championship @ Seaton Chess Club Town Hall Fore Street, Seaton
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: admin@seatonchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.seatonchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
6 rounds with 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £4.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Trophy and prize for winner and grading prizes | Entry form

Nov
17
Sun
2019
South East England Girls & Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 17 @ 9:45 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 South East, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be played separately | Entry form