Calendar

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 4th 2019)

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 …

Jul
4
Wed
2018
Civil Service Chess Championship @ Carrs Lane Conference Centre, The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX
Jul 4 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Conway Email: john.conway1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk Web: https://www.cssc.co.uk/CSSC/index.cfm/things-to-do/event-search/event-detail/?oid=4803 [MAP]
The competition is open to Civil Servants and will will be a rapid play event with 25minutes each on the chess clock under the FIDE rules of Chess. Players will get multiple games over the day. There will be section for people graded 100 and over under the English Chess Federation grading system and for those from 99 down to ungraded. If there are a limited number of entries then there will be one group only. We welcome both experienced players and people new to competitive chess. Applicants must be Civil Servants and be members of the Civil Service Sports Council …

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Delancey UK Schools Northern Challengers @ Cunard Building, Brunswick Street, Liverpool L3 1AH
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ [MAP]
The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge is proud to present its prestigious ‘2018 Northern Challengers’ event. Children in all sections (from Under 7s to Under 18s) qualify for the ‘Northern Challengers’ by scoring 4/6 in one of the 2018 Gigafinals.
In addition, there will be parallel Open tournaments for children of all age groups, from Under 7s to Under 18s. There are no pre-qualifications required to enter these tournaments.
Please note – entry for all events is not possible by email or telephone, only online at https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/ | Flyer

Sep
23
Sun
2018
ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/u19-open-2/ [MAP]
Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match.
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move.
Play will be in the spacious school hall; team rooms will be shared and in the maths department | Flier

Oct
12
Fri
2018
West Wales 51st Weekend Congress @ The Mercure Swansea Hotel Phoenix Way Llansamlet Swansea SA7 9EG
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
Weekend Congress with Open, Major (U1850 or 150) and Minor (U1500 or 107) sections | Entry form

Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/ Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Aldro Inter Schools team tournament @ Aldro School, Shackleford Godalming, Surrey GU86AS
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
3 round Swiss team tournament for school teams of 4 players arranged in order of ability. U13, U11 and U9 age group sections. Minor sections for B teams if required. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each section and trophies to the winners | Entry form

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Play Chess with UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates included – 27/10/18; 3/11/18; 10/11/18; 17/11/18; 24/11/18; 24/11/18; 1/12/18; 8/12/18; 15/12/18; 22/12/18
Contact: Robert Wolf Email: robert.volcansek@mk-trgovina.si
Play on your mobile phone or tablets in new Chess Raiders app. Follow the link to get the app in Google Play or via the app store – http://chessraiders.app.link/NNeYYYLprF – or search for »Chess Raiders« in the app store on your phone. Download the flyer here
All English chess players are invited to play with the UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell! You will be able to play with him right from your phone in new Chess Raiders app. Did you know that in his career he beat legends like Bent Larsen, Alexander Khalifman and Michael Adams? Can you avoid their fate?
He will be joined by Slovenian wGM Jana Krivec, 7-times Slovenian champion and a member of the Slovenian Olympic team. Together they will try to hold off your attacks in what will surely be an exciting battle.
You are invited to download the free Chess Raiders app where you will be able to challenge them in a simultaneous exhibition at blitz games. They will play with 4-8 players at the same time in 7 min per game. The event will last 2 hours.

Nov
4
Sun
2018
South East England Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the South East, and you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate | Entry form

Nov
25
Sun
2018
National Schools Team and Junior Team Challenge @ King Edward VI School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com [MAP]
This is an ECF National Schools double event designed as an introduction for senior schools to competitive chess. The Junior Team Challenge is for Years 6 to 8, the Team Challenge for Years 6 to 13. Teams of 4 from the same senior school.
This is run on a Sunday to make it easier for students to participate. The competition winners will progress to a National Final | Flyer

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Champions League Chess Kent Zone Autumn Term 1st Leg @ Unicorn Primary School, Creswell Drive, Beckenham
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://ccfworld.com/Chess/Results/2018-12-01_CLC_K.htm [MAP]
Schools team tournament – 1st leg of qualifying. Scores from Autumn and Spring term added together to qualify for the final in the Summer term. We also run a Schools Individual Challenge section for the reserve players from each school so everyone can take part if they want to

Jan
12
Sat
2019
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: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
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]

Jan
13
Sun
2019
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: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
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]

Feb
9
Sat
2019
EPSCA Rapidplay 2019 @ Broadgreen International School Queens Drive Liverpool
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament – Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 age groups | Entry form

Feb
23
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships CANCELLED *** @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET
Feb 23 @ 9:45 am – Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Many apologies but we have had to cancel our Feb ‘19 Congress due to late loss of venue …

May
10
Fri
2019
Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 10 – May 12 all-day

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: stuarthamilton41@yahoo.com Web: http://rhylandprestatynchessclub.com [MAP]
Five rounds, three sections (Minor U120, Major U160, Open) Swiss style tournament | Entry form

May
12
Sun
2019
12th May Chess Event 2019 @ The Bridge Club 40 London Road Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
12th May Chess Event 2019 @ The Bridge Club 40 London Road Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent

Contact: Karen Shilstone Email: thaotraining@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
This is an event to promote chess/bridge in schools and communities. We aim to show the growth and development benefits for children if included in their national curriculum (as we do physical education and music).
All players have been registered and invitation now is closed but we welcome chess enthusiasts to observe and give moral support.

May
19
Sun
2019
2nd Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Hosted by Crewe Chess Club, a 7 round Rapidplay at the popular Ibis Hotel in Crewe. 4 sections, ALL FIDE rated – Open, Major U165, Inter U135, Minor U 105 **Increased prize money ** and grading prizes in all sections Prizes dependent on entries | Entry form

May
25
Sat
2019
51st Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School, Gouda Way, Gloucester
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This year’s Open will incorporate the Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. The event is a traditional old style congress. However we are aiming to use digital clocks for the open section. Look us up on Facebook for the latest details. Venue close to amenities and free parking | Entry form

Jun
9
Sun
2019
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate — U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U18 | Entry form

Jun
21
Fri
2019
4th North Wales FIDE Open / 6th Colwyn Bay Congress @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno LL30 1BB
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP]
Three sections, FIDE-rated Open and Major (U1900 / 160), and ECF/WCU graded Minor (U120 / 1600)
1st: £250 2nd: £150 3rd: £75 and grading prize of £50 in each section, plus £50 junior prize | Entry form

Sep
7
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
8
Sun
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ Bristol
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
14
Sat
2019
UK Open Blitz 2019 Regional Qualifiers @ London, Manchester
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Towers Email: nigel.towers@englishchess.org.uk
The UK Blitz 2019 is being staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry
Details and online entry here

Sep
15
Sun
2019
ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: nsc@cplusc.co.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/ssrs/ [MAP]
Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match.
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move. Play will be in the spacious school hall; team rooms will be shared and in the maths department | Flier

Sep
22
Sun
2019
North London Schools Grand Prix #1 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road London
Sep 22 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
LJCC qualifying event. 6 rounds. Time control – 20 mins plus 5 sec increment per player. There will be four Grand Prix meetings this term with the best three results counting towards the final scores | Entry form

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: crewecongress@gmail.com Web: www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form

Oct
11
Fri
2019
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: newsilure@hotmail.com [MAP]
5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form

Oct
19
Sat
2019
English U11s Closed Championship @ Nottingham High School Waverly Mount, Nottingham
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: David Levens Email: davidlevens@chesscoach.co.uk [MAP]
An annual EPSCA event for English children under the age of 11 | Entry form

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