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 …


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Feb
19
Fri
2016
e2e4 Gatwick Congress @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Sean Hewitt Email: gatwick@e2e4.org.uk Web: http://www.e2e4.org.uk/gatwick
Three FIDE rated sections: Open, U1950 and U1700. Free entry to female players.

Feb
20
Sat
2016
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ St. Joseph’s Catholic College
Feb 20 @ 9:45 am – Feb 21 @ 6:15 pm

Although this 30th Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2015 | Entry form

Mar
25
Fri
2016
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk
Five round Congress. Three sections with the Open section FIDE rated. Busy persons Blitz on Saturday afternoon (26th March) | Entry form

Dec
28
Wed
2016
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk
This prestigious event has sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open.
The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk
There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 17th and 18th December at the same venue [MAP] Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Bolton Easter Congress & Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Five round congress. Open Championship (FIDE rated), Major (U170), Knights (U135). 2 rounds Friday, 1 Saturday and 2 on Easter Sunday. Saturday afternoon Blitz starting at 14:30. £1780 prize fund | Entry form

Dec
16
Sat
2017
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus Northwick Park HA1 3TP
Dec 16 @ 9:45 am – Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: J Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue.
The Under 10 play 7 rounds over the two days. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 10 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk. The Under 14 play six rounds. These sections attract a large entry and both are run with Major and Minor divisions. The LJCC Charitable Trust also run the Northwick Park Congress at the same venue and at the same time. This has Open, Major and Minor sections and Open and Major are FIDE rated | Entry form

Dec
28
Thu
2017
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
Sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open. The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 17th and 18th December at the same venue | Entry form

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 5ET
Feb 17 @ 9:45 am – Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com
Although this (32nd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2017 | MAP | Entry form

Oct
26
Fri
2018
38th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Gunn Email: mikewxyz@gmail.com Web: http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
FIDE rated Open incorporating SCCU Championship. FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160). ECF graded Minor (U130). Time limit for all sections: 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment from the start | Entry form

Mar
23
Sat
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
The 2019 EACU Individual Championships, incorporating the EACU Junior Championships, and open only to EACU players (see entry form for definitions). A 5 round Swiss congress, with three sections – Open, Under-170 and Under-130 | Entry form

May
31
Fri
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open, Under-170 and Under-130. The Open section will be FIDE-rated as well as ECF-graded; the Under-170 and Under-130 sections will be ECF-graded only. There is one round on the Friday evening, two on the Saturday and two on the Sunday | Entry form

Mar
7
Sat
2020
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, and only East Anglian Chess Union players are eligible to enter. It will be a five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130 – and will include the EACU Junior Championships in each section as well. The winner of the Open section will be the EACU Open Champion, and will qualify for a place in the 2020 British Championship | Entry form

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Jun
5
Fri
2020
3rd EACU FIDE-rated Newmarket Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. We hope to be able to run it later this year or next year ***