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 …

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Apr
27
Sat
2019
EPSCA Under 9 Final @ TBA
Apr 27 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: http://www.epsca.org.uk/
For associations affiliated to EPSCA qualified from three zones held on 16th March 2019

May
28
Tue
2019
May Half Term Chess Course for 6–15 year olds @ King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, Surrey
May 28 @ 9:45 am – May 30 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: admin@chessentriesforall.com Web: https://chessentriesforall.com/holiday-chess-courses-2019/ [MAP]
This course caters for all standards, from beginners through to advanced players. Run by top chess coach Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips. A tournament will be run during the course with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly further runners up which will be awarded after the end of the last day. Parents/ Guardians will be asked to stay to watch the brief awards ceremony

May
31
Fri
2019
ECU Chess and Mathematics Teacher Training Course @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/ChessMathsCourseLondon [MAP]
The Chess and Mathematics teacher training course is a new one-day course on how to teach mathematics problem-solving skills using games and puzzles. The course gives teachers the confidence and insight to teach maths in a fun and exciting way to children in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3

Jun
1
Sat
2019
ECU Teaching Chess in Primary School @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/SchoolChessTeacherCourseLondon [MAP]
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children

Aug
19
Mon
2019
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle, Chelmsford
Aug 19 @ 8:30 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
British Chess are running a two-day Holiday Camp for juniors in August. The juniors will enjoy a mix of group coaching, individual game analysis and plenty of game play. The coaching will be led by IM Richard Pert. This event is aimed at juniors who have at least began their journey into tournament chess | Entry form

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Junior Rapidplay @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: https://northumbriamasters.com [MAP]
Junior Rapidplay (U11 & U14) Friday 23rd August only. Prize fund: £300, numerous prizes & trophies for all ages, plus 2 interactive Grandmaster Training sessions for all children. Entry fee: £15 | Entry form

Aug
29
Thu
2019
Talk, simul and signing with GM Matthew Sadler & WIM Natasha Regan @ The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent
Aug 29 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Swale Chess Club Email: info@swalechessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.swalechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
The talk will be on their latest book – Game Changer – AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI

Oct
20
Sun
2019
45th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey
Oct 20 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: samthechess@yahoo.com Web: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg [MAP]
Open (players of any grade) – a seven round Swiss tournament. Holiday (players graded below FIDE 1900) – a seven round Swiss Tournament | Entry form

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Half-Term Edenbridge Double Round Robin @ Eden Centre, Edenbridge TN8 6BY
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: mariadamodaran@gmail.com [MAP]
Half-term Edenbridge FIDE Standard Below 1600 Double Round Robin. Time control: 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move 1. Two rounds per day (10:30am / 2:00pm)

Nov
24
Sun
2019
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
Eleven rounds Blitz tournament. All moves to be completed in 5 minutes, plus a 3 second increment after each move | Entry form

Feb
14
Fri
2020
International Chess Open Graz @ Hotel Novapark, Fischeraustraße 22, 8051 Graz
Feb 14 – Feb 21 all-day

Contact: Andrea Schmidbauer Email: office@chessgraz.com Web: http://www.chessgraz.com [MAP]
International chess open in 4 sections. Prize fund €20,000. FIDE rated, norms possible | 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
English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U11 Zones @ TBA
Mar 7 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://www.epsca.org.uk/
Three zones qualifying for the final on 28th March 2020 for associations affiliated to EPSCA

Mar
14
Sat
2020
English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U9 Zones @ TBA
Mar 14 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://www.epsca.org.uk/
Three zones qualifying for the final on 25th April 2020 for associations affiliated to EPSCA

Mar
21
Sat
2020
English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U11 Girls Final @ Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Oxford
Mar 21 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://www.epsca.org.uk/ [MAP]
For associations affiliated to EPSCA

Mar
28
Sat
2020
English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U11 Final – CANCELLED @ Grace Academy, Chapelhouse Road, Solihull
Mar 28 @ 11:45 am – 5:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Apr
25
Sat
2020
English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U9 Final – CANCELLED @ TBA
Apr 25 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

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
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.

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