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.


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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
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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

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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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Sep
23
Sun
2018
Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4NE
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: paulkemp64@gmail.com Web: http://cambschess.co.uk [MAP]
Four 5-round rapidplay tournaments – Open, U160, U125, U90. Over £700 in prizes
*** THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED – NO MORE ENTRIES REQUIRED ***

Oct
20
Sat
2018
36th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections – Open, Major U170, Inter U140, Minor U110 | 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

Jan
27
Sun
2019
33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections: Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1JP
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://www.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
FIDE Open; FIDE Under 1975; ECF graded Under 140; ECF graded Under 110 | Entry form

Apr
16
Tue
2019
2019 Midland Open Junior Championship @ St. Nicholas Hall Leicester Grammar School London Road, Leicester
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/ [MAP]
ECF graded Under 9 section, ECF graded and FIDE-rated Under 11, 14 and 18 sections. £1,675 prize fund | Entry form

Apr
19
Fri
2019
2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

May
4
Sat
2019
Colchester Junior Tournament @ St Teresa's Catholic Primary School Clairmont Road Lexden Colchester
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: davehawkins126@googlemail.com Web: http://www.ejca.co.uk [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018-19 Round 4 | Entry form

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP]
1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

Aug
18
Sun
2019
Jessie Gilbert Festival – FIDE Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com | Web [MAP]
10 round FIDE-rated Open Blitz tournament

Sep
20
Fri
2019
9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £28 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

Sep
29
Sun
2019
Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: paulkemp64@gmail.com [MAP]
A 5-round rapidplay in four graded tournaments. £950 prize fund | Entry form

Oct
26
Sat
2019
37th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds
Oct 26 @ 9:30 am – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: secretary@bsecongress.org.uk Web: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk [MAP]
5 round Swiss in four sections – Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U140) and Minor (U110) | Entry form

 

Nov
24
Sun
2019
5th Annual Lowestoft Rapidplay @ Parkhill Hotel Oulton NR32 5DQ
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Andy Hartland Email: andyhartland@btinternet.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss, 2 sections Open and U150 | Entry form

Dec
8
Sun
2019
London Chess Classic Super Blitz Open Tournament @ Kensington Olympia Conference Centre Hammersmith Road London
Dec 8 all-day

Contact: James Corrigan Email: info@londonchessclassic.com Web: https://www.londonchessclassic.com/ [MAP]
London Chess Classic FIDE rated Super Blitz Open consisting of 8 qualifying groups and a knockout stage | Entry form

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
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

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
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!

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 ***