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 …

Dec
14
Sat
2019
2 Day Weekend FIDE Congress @ South Ribble Borough Council, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 15 @ 4:45 pm
Dec
28
Sat
2019
Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Jan
5
Sun
2020
Hull Rapid 2020 @ Royal Hotel Hull 170 Ferensway Hull
Jan 5 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: douglas.vleeshhouwer@gmail.com Web: http://www.hullchess.com/Rapid+Play+2020 [MAP]
5 round Swiss rapid tournament – FIDE-rated Open, FIDE-rated U1900, ECF U120
20 mins + 10 secs increment from move 1. In each section – 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, one £30 grading prize

Jan
18
Sat
2020
York Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, York
Jan 18 @ 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 grade below 110; Minor Section – open to any player with no grade or below 40; Novice Section – open to any player with limited experience or first tournament/season | Entry form

Jan
19
Sun
2020
Gibraltar Challengers and Amateurs @ The Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Rd, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Conquest Email: sconquest@hotmail.com Web: https://www.gibchess.com/ [MAP]
Challengers and Amateurs festival events run alongside the Gibraltar Masters

Feb
16
Sun
2020
Leyland Rapidplay 2020 @ The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exchange Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Feb 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss Team (2 players) fun chess tournament | Entry form

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Doncaster Congress 2020 @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: https://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
4 sections – Open, U171, U146, U125. Prizes each section – 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, plus 3 grading prizes of £25. Open section incorporates Yorkshire Championship. ECF graded

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Hull Junior Chess Congress 2020 @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Northern Junior Championship @ Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, Saighton, Chester
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com [MAP]
Northern Junior Championship. Sections from Under 7 to Under 18. Standard play. Prizes for top three male and female players | Entry form

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
7
Sat
2020
Girls’ Junior Chess Day @ Wakefield Girl's High School, Mulberry House, Margaret Street, Wakefield
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosejuniorchessacademy [MAP]
A mixture of chess training and games for all levels of ability with adult training for parents. We will hold two sections – for beginners and more advanced | Entry form

Apr
23
Thu
2020
Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/chess960-blitz/ [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

Apr
25
Sat
2020
April Major Scholastic Tournament – online @ Online
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Josh Hiban Email: tournaments@dmvchess.com Web: https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/750
This is an online tournament open to all scholastic players under 18 years of age. Over 400 players are expected to attend. For more information, please visit our online flier (above)

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)

May
16
Sat
2020
30th Calderdale Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

*** Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled ***
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com

May
24
Sun
2020
XYChess Spring Open A & B @ Topaz Hotel, Bugibba, Malta
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – May 30 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Clarence Psaila Email: clarence_247@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.xychess.org [MAP]
Located at the Topaz Hotel in the heart of Bugibba, a perfect venue, minutes away from the sea and lots of cafes and restaurants. Enjoy the warm weather and some great chess! 7 Round Swiss system: 1 game per day. Rounds start at 5:30pm allowing lots of time for sight seeing and other activities during the bright Maltese daytime! Please look at the Results / Archive section for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 editions. There is also a regularly updated list of entries for the 2020 participants

May
30
Sat
2020
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
Online Chess Camp (ages 9-16) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-the-chess-challenge-tickets-105059345330
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union.

Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Online Chess Camp (under 16 rated 1600+) @ Online

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-chess-camp-challenge-for-talents-tickets-105079804524
Have fun and become better at chess with the best chess instructors in Europe! Welcome to our new online chess camp where children will learn through lectures on the key topics | structured exercises | videos | playing games against opponents of similar strength | playing in a simultaneous display against the strongest woman player of all time, grandmaster Judit Polgár.
The trainers are International Master Jesper Hall, chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union and International Master Jop Delemarre who is a leading professional online trainer. A certificate of attendance will be issued to all those who participate. The event is being held in conjunction with the European Chess Union. Participants welcome from any country.

Jun
14
Sun
2020
4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 14 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com Web: http://www.dagnechess.co.uk [MAP]
‘4 Way Chess’ is a fun version of standard chess played on a special chessboard by four players. Normal chess rules apply | Entry form

Jun
26
Fri
2020
10th Whitby Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Whitby Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm

CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All enquiries as below —
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]

Aug
8
Sat
2020
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Summer Chess Camp @ https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/

Contact: John Foley Email: john@chessplus.net Web: https://chessplus.net/online-chess-camp-for-children/
Summer Chess Camp for Children. Master Class from IM Jesper Hall, simul from GM Judit Polgar, in-depth sessions from IM Jop Delemarre

Aug
24
Mon
2020
The Smart Method to Teach Chess in Schools @ on Zoom
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm
The Smart Method to Teach Chess in Schools @ on Zoom

Contact: Brigitta Peszleg Email: training@chessplus.net Web: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecu101-the-smart-method-to-teach-chess-chess-didactics-tickets-114948062750
The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children

Sep
18
Fri
2020
Bradford Congress – POSTPONED @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm
Bradford Congress - POSTPONED @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford

This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow
Contact: Bavid Barlow Email: davidbar@blueyonder.co.uk Web: https://www.bradfordchess.co.uk/

Oct
23
Fri
2020
10th Harrogate Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Harrogate Chess Club, Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm