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! Please check first.

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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: Web: [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 …

Kilkenny Congress 2017
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email: Web: [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 …

50th Mulcahy Memorial 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Pat Twomey Email: Web: [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

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: Web: [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”

Fun Chess at Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: Web: [MAP] Giant chess pieces – an outdoor fun day of chess. Francis Bowers will be on hand to play games of chess. Winner stays on …

Chess in Itter Park @ Itter Park, Fulbridge Road, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: Web: [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 …

Bunratty Chess Festival 2019 @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: Web: [MAP] Biggest weekender in Ireland. 350 entrants annually with many top GMs

vPlus Festival 2021 @
Feb 20 all-day

Contact: Catherine Holden Email: Web:
Join us for a fun festival for curious and enquiring minds! This 12 day online festival from Potential Plus UK provides a programme of live presentations and creative challenges, some especially for children, some specifically for parents, and others for the whole family to enjoy. We are delighted to say that we are able to offer all of our 2021 vPlus Festival events FREE OF CHARGE due to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Full Access to over 50 sessions for children, families, schools and parents
Over 40 Brilliant Presenters including: Bobby Seagull, Jeff Forshaw, Roma Agrawal, Simon Singh, Alex Bellos, Jonathan Hare, Ben England, Barry Hymer, Peter Wells, Verity Jones, Helen Dennis and Bob Cox. Saturday and Sunday Challenges, social sessions, chess exhibition and a Private Minecraft Server.

Barnet Junior Individual Online Championships @
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: Web:
Sections: Under 7, Under 9, Under 11. Under 14, Under 18. Open to all junior players U18 resident in the UK. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Trophy for the highest scoring Barnet player. No cost. Parents must email with name. date of birth and Lichess username of player to register.

Leicestershire Online Rapidplay @ Tornelo
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Alan Agnew Email: Web:
Online Swiss Rapidplay with Open, U1700, Junior U1300 and Junior U1000 sections. The time control for the top 3 sections is 15 mins + 10 secs with the 1st round at 1pm (the Junior U1000 section begins at 10am with a 10mins + 5sec time control). FIDE International arbiter Adam Raoof will be running the tournament on the Tornelo platform – – and all players will take part in a Zoom call whilst games are taking place | Details

14th Online Scottish Chess Tour Weekend Event @
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Web:
A weekend of Blitz, Rapidplay and Standardplay events
Friday Evening – A 9 round Blitz 3+2 from 7.30pm | Friday to Sunday – A 5 round Open Standard 45+15 | Saturday to Sunday – Two 5 round Standard events 45+15;, Major U1800 and Minor U1300 | Sunday Afternoon – A 5 round Rapid/Allegro 15+5 from 2.20pm

15th Scottish Chess Tour Weekender @
Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 4 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: Web:
A weekend of various events – Blitz, Rapid and Standard, some restricted to juniors. Please note – entry restricted to those known to the organising/arbiting team, so please use to contact form to make an enquiry before entering.