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 …

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 …

Sep
7
Fri
2018
The City Of Dublin 2018 @ Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: gordonfreeman@inbox.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/922 [MAP]
Sections – Masters: 1900+ (5 Rounds FIDE rated); Championship: 1500 –2000 (6 rounds); Major: 1100-1600(6 rounds); Challenger: Below 1200 (6 rounds) – Rate of play all sections: 90 min + 30 secs. 

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Chess.com Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: masters@iominternationalchess.com Web: http://iominternationalchess.com/ [MAP]
174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

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
Play Chess with UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates included – 27/10/18; 3/11/18; 10/11/18; 17/11/18; 24/11/18; 24/11/18; 1/12/18; 8/12/18; 15/12/18; 22/12/18
Contact: Robert Wolf Email: robert.volcansek@mk-trgovina.si
Play on your mobile phone or tablets in new Chess Raiders app. Follow the link to get the app in Google Play or via the app store – http://chessraiders.app.link/NNeYYYLprF – or search for »Chess Raiders« in the app store on your phone. Download the flyer here
All English chess players are invited to play with the UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell! You will be able to play with him right from your phone in new Chess Raiders app. Did you know that in his career he beat legends like Bent Larsen, Alexander Khalifman and Michael Adams? Can you avoid their fate?
He will be joined by Slovenian wGM Jana Krivec, 7-times Slovenian champion and a member of the Slovenian Olympic team. Together they will try to hold off your attacks in what will surely be an exciting battle.
You are invited to download the free Chess Raiders app where you will be able to challenge them in a simultaneous exhibition at blitz games. They will play with 4-8 players at the same time in 7 min per game. The event will last 2 hours.

Jan
25
Fri
2019
2019 FIDE Open @ Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Gail Young Email: qwclqwcl@gmail.com Web: http://caq.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-FIDE-Open-v2.pdf
FIDE-rated event held on Gold Coast, Australia. Accommodation available at venue, hotel/motel. Live games with 15-30 minute delay. PGN on top 8 boards | Entry form

Feb
16
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Northumbria Masters *** CANCELLED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm
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

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
May
17
Fri
2019
The Ennis Congress 2019 @ West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Cassidy Email: ritacassidy16@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1115 [MAP]
Annual event held with two sections – Open and U1400. 100 entrants expected and 1500 euro prize fund

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
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Masters @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Three FIDE-rated, 9-round tournaments: NORTHUMBRIA MASTERS (eligible for title norms), CHALLENGERS (Under 2050, 180 ECF), MAJOR (Under 1825, 150 ECF). Plus a one-day JUNIOR RAPIDPLAY (Under 11 and Under 14 sections). Total prize fund: £5,100. Superb new hotel venue 4 miles from Newcastle City Centre, 3 miles from Newcastle Airport. Special room rates when booked through Guaranteed Events Ltd | Entry form

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
28
Sat
2019
Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop of York Junior School, Copmanthorpe Road, Bishopthorpe, York
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://whiterosechessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
A mixture of tuition together with a Swiss competition in various sections, based on experience. Various prizes | Entry form

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

Oxfam 2020 Chess Yorkshire @ University of Leeds Woodhouse Lane Leeds
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
An exhilarating National Team (four players) Rapidplay Competition! This competition is a one-day rapid play event, with 20 minutes for each player to make their moves per game, with five rounds taking place across the day. The entry price is just £10 for adults and £8 for students and under-eighteens

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Girls’ Chess Day @ Queen Margaret's School, Escrick Park, York
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosejuniorchessacademy [MAP]
Good chess training at all levels of ability. We are showing various chess tactics and problems, combined with chess games which are recorded and analysed. The main aim is to learn more and have fun | Entry form

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm
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

Jan
19
Sun
2020
Gibraltar Challengers and Amateurs @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Conquest Email: sconquest@hotmail.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/ [MAP]
Challengers and Amateurs festival events run alongside the Gibraltar Masters

Jan
21
Tue
2020
Gibraltar Masters @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 8:30 pm
Aug
27
Thu
2020
Northumbria Chess Masters – SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm
Northumbria Chess Masters - SUSPENDED @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne

*** SUSPENDED: No entries are currently being accepted for the 2020 Northumbria Masters. A decision on a postponement (and any new dates for the event) will be taken by July 1 ***
Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com [MAP]