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 …

Jan
13
Mon
2020
CCF Junior Club FIDE Rated Blitz AR4 @ Coulsdon Chess Fellowship 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon [MAP]
A FIDE rated blitz Round Robin

Jan
26
Sun
2020
Norfolk Rapidplay Congress 2020 @ Roxley Hall, Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss, 3 sections – Championship, Challengers (U140), & U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form

Coventry Chess Club Rapid Play @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: David Filer Email: coventrychessclub@gmail.com Web: http://coventrychessclub.blogspot.com/p/coventry-rapid-play.html [MAP]
Rapidplay event – Open, U145 and U110 sections. 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increment | Entry form

Feb
9
Sun
2020
Southend-on-Sea Junior Tournament @ Prince Avenue Academy Hornby Avenue Westcliff-on-Sea Essex
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: davehawkins126@googlemail.com Web: http://www.essexjuniorchess.co.uk [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2019/20 Round 3 | Entry form

Feb
16
Sun
2020
30th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Web: http://nottschess.org [MAP]
Open / U160 / U135/ U110 / U80. Online entry at nottschess.org

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded. Free entry for first 20 female entrants , sponsored by the ECF | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Feb
23
Sun
2020
Grandmaster Training Tournament #3 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road Finchley
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Fully supervised graded training tournament led by Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins and guest coaches. Play 3 graded games & two hours of training or 5 graded games and join in with the training between the games. Work sheets and short lessons will be given in the breaks between rounds using our training syllabus suitable for all levels. Regular attendees build a personalised training plan. Parents do not stay. Drop and collect – all staff have DBS clearance | Entry form

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ TBA
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 events [ages as at 1/9/2019] open to all, although only Hertfordshire players are eligible for titles and trophies. Six-round graded Swiss-paired tournaments, all moves in 25 minutes plus 5-second increments from move 1. For more details, go to the HSCA website

Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

5th Brentwood Junior Tournament @ Brentwood Senior School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex
Mar 1 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
One-day Junior Rapid chess tournament. 6 rounds of graded rapid chess. Split into 4 sections based on age and grade. The top section (U18 Open) will be FIDE-rated. A packed lunch will be provided for the players and tea and coffee for the parents courtesy of Brentwood School | 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

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
21
Sat
2020
45th Nottingham Congress – CANCELLED @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – Mar 22 @ 5:45 pm

*** This event has been cancelled ***
See the Notts Chess website for details – https://www.nottschess.org/

Mar
25
Wed
2020
1st Online Jurassic Blitz Chess Arena @ lichess.org
Mar 25 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: Web: http://seatonchessclub.co.uk
Blitz Chess Arena to be held ONLINE at lichess.org. Rate of play: 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Playing Period: 6.45pm – 9.15pm. Free to register and enter. 1st Prize: an immortal place in the Seaton Chess Club Hall of Fame!
Lichess arena rules apply – see entry form | 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 ***

Apr
18
Sat
2020
Staffordshire Congress – CANCELLED @ Ryecroft Community Hub, 28 New Forest Road, Walsall
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress will return in 2021!

Apr
26
Sun
2020
Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)

Apr
30
Thu
2020
English Seniors Championships – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/ [MAP]
Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated | Entry form [paper version]

May
2
Sat
2020
SCCU U185 and U150 Jamborees – POSTPONED @ London TBC
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Tim Thurstan Email: thurstan33@tiscali.co.uk

May
17
Sun
2020
Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Sybil Andrews Academy, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: bobjoneschess@btinternet.com Web: http://www.bsechess.org.uk/juniorcongress [MAP]
Four sections – Under 18, Under 11, Under 9, Minor (must be under 11 and either ungraded or graded below 50)

May
24
Sun
2020
Surrey Kings Online Junior Blitz @ Online
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Mark Josse Email: markjosse@hotmail.com Web: http://www.surreykings.com/
Online chess event for juniors aged under 16 of all abilities. Event will be played online using Chess Kid. Prizes awarded at respective age groups subject to number of entries | Entry form

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 ***

Jul
5
Sun
2020
9th Martlesham Heath Chess Open – CANCELLED @ St Michael & All Angels Church The Drift Martlesham Heath Suffolk
Jul 5 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]