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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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Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 4 – Jan 6 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: Web: [MAP]
FIDE-rated Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor. A friendly and professionally-run congress in an excellent venue with probably the best food at a UK chess event!

Hastings Weekend Open @ Horntye Park Sports Complex Bohemia Road Hastings
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Web: [MAP]
The Weekend OPEN Tournament is part of the 36th Hastings Weekend Congress within the Tradewise Hastings International Chess Congress. The event is FIDE-rated and has a rating prize for those with a published FIDE rating of below 1900 | Entry form

1st ECF Academy Weekend 2019 @ Holiday Inn, Hinckley Road, Coventry
Jan 5 – Jan 6 all-day

Contact: Alex Longson Email: [MAP] – by invitation only

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Postcode of entrance drive SL6 4QQ | Beginners section, and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Hastings Rapidplay @ St Mary Star of The Sea RC School, Magdalen Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex
Jan 5 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
Jan 5 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Monthly, 6 rounds, 5 sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 plus NEW ECF Graded Under 80 Section of 5 rounds! 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move –

Grand Chess Tournament London Redbridge @ The Hainault Room, Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High Street, Ilford
Jan 5 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Soumya Chatterjee Email: [MAP]
Rapidplay 6 rounds, Swiss system, UKCA & FIDE support with prizes for winners | Entry form

Hull Rapid Play 2019 @ Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF
Jan 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: Web: [MAP] 5 rounds Swiss, three sections: Open, U160, U120. 25mins + 5 sec increment from move 1 | Entry form

Greater London Chess Club FIDE-rated Evening Blitz @ Upper Vestry House St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell Street London
Jan 8 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: Web: [MAP]
Single section Swiss tournament, 10 rounds, 3 minutes + 2 second increments per player per game. Open to all players. All results will be submitted for FIDE blitz rating. Free tea and coffee available during the tournament. GLCC Club member entry fee: £5 Non-members: £10 in advance or £13 from 6pm on Monday 7 January. 40% of entry fees will be returned as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and rating prizes. Remaining fees will go towards club funds

4NCL Weekend 2 Rounds 3-4
Jan 12 – Jan 13 all-day

Divisions 1 & 2 Mercure Daventry Court; Divisions 3 & 4 South Park Inn Bedford; Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

3rd Somerset New Year Chess Congress @ Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, North Somerset
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: Web: [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Girl’s Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop CE Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web: http;/ [MAP]
Final junior Training Day to help form a team under age 11. General chess training in Openings, Tactics and Endgame techniques | Entry form

ECF National Schools Girls’ Northern Semi-Finals @ Bridgewater School, Worsley Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WQ
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: Web:
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

CCF New Year Rapidplay 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 12 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm
Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Tel: 07989 151175 [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (25 mins + 5 sec) in Open, Major (U80) and Minor (U25 – Ungraded) sections. Online Entry and full details at

Southend Junior Tournament @ Prince Avenue Academy Hornby Road Westcliff-on-Sea
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018-19 Round 3 …

ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: Web:
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Lothians Allegro 2019 @ Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, 34 Hutchison Causeway, Edinburgh
Jan 13 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: Web: [MAP]
Rapidplay over five rounds. The time control is 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move | Entry form

21st 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] Web:

Castle Chess 14th Fareham Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country – a small, relaxed event. 6 rounds – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
PRIZES – expected £180 per section but not guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries | Entry form

Junior 4NCL @ The St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day
York Junior Chess Congress @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, York
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: Web: [MAP]
Four sections – Major, Intermediate, Minor, Novice

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP – entrance on Prince Arthur Road]
2 days, 5 games – U2200, U1900 and ECF Under 135 Sections. 10.30am start Saturday, 11am Sunday. Held a short walk from Hampstead Underground (Northern Line). 60 mins per player + 30 secs a move :: 5 rounds

Uxbridge Junior Chess Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: Web: [MAP]
There are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for three sections – Top Section over 80 ECF; Intermediate Section 30 to 80; ​Beginners Section under 30 ECF. All games graded ECF rapidplay | Entry form

30th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School Waverley Mount Nottingham NG7 4ED
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP]
6 rounds, OPEN, U160, U135, U110. Online entry via NottsChess website

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