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 …

May
25
Sat
2019
North and West Yorkshire Megafinal @ Bootham School, 49-57 Bootham, York
May 25 all-day

Contact: John Hipshon Email: r.hipshon@ntlworld.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

May
26
Sun
2019
Essex Megafinal @ Kingswood Primary School, Clay Hill Road, Basildon
May 26 all-day

Contact: Nathanael Lutton Email: chessorganiser@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Jun
1
Sat
2019
Oxfordshire Megafinal @ Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Oxford
Jun 1 all-day

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: ejbillingtonphillips@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Richmond Megafinal @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Jun 1 all-day

U7-U10 BOYS ONLY
Contact: Paul McKeown Email: ichmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

West Anglia Megafinal @ The Ashburton Hall, St Faith’s Preparatory School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge
Jun 1 all-day

Contact: Nick Jackson Email: nick.jackson@chessforkids.co.uk | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Richmond Megafinal II @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Jun 2 all-day

All Girls and U11 – U18 Boys
Contact: Paul McKeown Email: ichmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Jun
9
Sun
2019
Devon Megafinal @ Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Shiphay, Manor Drive, Torquay
Jun 9 all-day

Contact: Tim Onions Email: tim.onions@yahoo.co.uk | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Jun
29
Sat
2019
2019 UK Chess Challenge London Gigafinal @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Jun 29 – Jun 30 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: admin@ukchess.co.uk Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ [MAP]
The Gigafinals of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge. Entry by qualification from Megafinals only

Jul
6
Sat
2019
2019 UK Chess Challenge Midlands Gigafinal @ Grace Academy, Chapelhouse Road, Solihull
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: admin@ukchess.co.uk Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ [MAP]
The Gigafinals of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge. Entry by qualification from Megafinals only

Jul
7
Sun
2019
Hull Grandmaster Simultaneous @ Edwardian Suite, Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Hutchinson Email: johutchinson69@gmail.com Web: http://hullchess.com [MAP]
A Simultaneous Exhibition with GM Simon Williams. £15 adults, £10 juniors. 30 players. Excellent venue, prize of Fritz for first winner. Book now on http://hullchess.com | Entry form

Jul
13
Sat
2019
2019 UK Chess Challenge Northern Gigafinal @ Wright Robinson College, Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: admin@ukchess.co.uk Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ [MAP]
The Gigafinals of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge. Entry by qualification from Megafinals only

Jul
20
Sat
2019
2019 UK Chess Challenge Southern Gigafinal @ Sandown Park Racecourse,Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: admin@ukchess.co.uk Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ [MAP]
The Gigafinals of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge. Entry by qualification from Megafinals only

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

Aug
29
Thu
2019
Talk, simul and signing with GM Matthew Sadler & WIM Natasha Regan @ The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent
Aug 29 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Swale Chess Club Email: info@swalechessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.swalechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
The talk will be on their latest book – Game Changer – AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

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
2019 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ Mercure Daventry Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day
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

Nov
29
Fri
2019
London Chess Classic FIDE Open @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Nov 29 – Dec 6 all-day
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
Feb
2
Sun
2020
Eton College Tournament & Training + UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Eton College, Windsor
Feb 2 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/eton-college-feb-2020-delancey.html [MAP]
ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors; ECF graded U11 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 11 on 31st August 2019; ECF graded U9 Delancey Megafinal qualifying section for those under 9 on 31st August 2019; Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2019 and under 80 ECF grade; Beginners’ section for those under 10 on 31st August 2019 playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Uxbridge Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Mar 7 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: UxbridgeJuniorChessClub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP]
Open Section – games graded ECF rapidplay 25 minutes for the game; no increments – 6 rounds; Under 8, 9 section & Under 10, 11 section qualifier – games graded rapidplay 20 minutes each game, no increments – 7 rounds. Prizes – Open 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in all sections | Entry form

Mar
29
Sun
2020
BJCA’S UKCC Qualifier @ Richards Hall The Abbey Senior School 17 Kendrick Road Reading
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: gogia_nidhi@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.bjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
7 ECF graded rapid rounds as UKCC Qualifier for U9/U11 age groups. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group. Open section for children who do not need qualification or who have already qualified. Cash prizes

May
3
Sun
2020
Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

May
30
Sat
2020
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-the-chess-challenge-tickets-105059345330
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union.

Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-challenge-for-talents-tickets-105079804524
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union. Participants welcome from any country.