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 …

Mar
7
Tue
2017
The Big Chess Event @ Georgie’s Coffee House 14 Manor Road North, Hinchley Wood KT10 0SH
Mar 7 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: surreyhundreds@gmail.com Web: http://www.surreyhundreds.com [MAP] Friendly tournament in a cafe – all welcome | Entry form

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

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Dame Allan’s Edition of ‘Experience Magnus’s Middlegames’ @ Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs J Needham Email: j.needham@dameallans.co.uk Web: http://www.dameallans.co.uk/
The distinct thematic chess Tournament around Magnus Carlsen’s World Chess Championship Games is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, and organised by Dame Allan’s schools, Newcastle, as community outreach initiative | Entry form [MAP]

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 …

Nov
29
Wed
2017
Chessable’s Evening of Chess with John Bartholomew @ Battersea Chess Club 81-83 Falcon Road London SW11 2PF
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: David Kramaley Email: david@chessable.com Web: http://www.chessable.com [MAP]
The event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP early if you want to be guaranteed to play some chess and have a potential crack at John! The venue offers beers, soft drinks and snacks for purchase.
Click here to book your place – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chessables-evening-of-chess-with-john-bartholomew-tickets-39871297123

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
8
Fri
2017
H+H Fire U14 Train and Play Chess Evening @ Moulsham Junior School, Princes Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9DG
Dec 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are pleased to present a chess evening for juniors with Special Guest US FIDE Master Mike Klein, FunMaster Mike from the excellent ChessKid website. IM Richard Pert will be hosting the event along with local junior coach Robin Slade. The evening will involve playing and coaching and give the many juniors who use ChessKid the rare chance to meet their online chess mentor in person.
Please also see the calendar entry for our event on 10th December | Entry form

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
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”

May
12
Sat
2018
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Northumbria MegaFinal @ Newcastle Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4DX
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com [MAP]
Northumbria Regional MegaFinal, qualifier for the Northern GigaFinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Six-round Swiss tournaments for girls and boys for all ages from Under 7 through to Under 18. Please enter online via the website

May
19
Sat
2018
Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: gatesheadchess@gmail.com Web: http://northumberlandchess.com [MAP]
Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

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 …

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
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

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
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

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