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 …

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 …

1st Brainstormchess Weekend Congress @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm

Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/82043424058350 [MAP]
ECF graded event with 4 sections. Over £1400.00 in prizes | Entry form

Mar
8
Fri
2019
43rd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 8 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: blackpoolchessconference@virginmedia.com Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk [MAP]
£6700 in prizes. Five sections – Lancashire Open, The Imperial Major (U181), The Intermediate (U155), The Minor (U135) & The Standard (U115) | Live games at http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk

Mar
9
Sat
2019
44th East Devon Chess Congress at Exeter @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm

Contact Dr Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West – our 2016 and 2017 events both attracted over 140 entrants! The venue is in Exeter city centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation.
*** Please note the new TWO-DAY FORMAT for 2019 – three rounds on Saturday, two rounds on Sunday! ***
Full details, including the tournament leaflet, will be released in Summer 2018 …

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 11th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9BG
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country. A small, relaxed event. 6 round event, 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

Mar
23
Sat
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
The 2019 EACU Individual Championships, incorporating the EACU Junior Championships, and open only to EACU players (see entry form for definitions). A 5 round Swiss congress, with three sections – Open, Under-170 and Under-130 | Entry form

Apr
4
Thu
2019
English Seniors Championship @ St Johns Hotel Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
Seniors event – two 6-round events — Over 50 and Over 65. ECF graded and FIDE-rated
Online entry and full details — https://www.englishchess.org.uk/english-seniors-championships/

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, Chalmers Street, Edinburgh
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend Chess Congress in Scotland. The venue is located in the city centre of Edinburgh and is suitable for disabled players including wheelchair users. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated. A group discount is available: when six players enter together, only pay for five entries. The time control for each of the four sections are 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The top games in the Premier Event will be broadcast live during the Congress. A Chess Bookstall will be provided by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London.
Four Training Sessions, free of charge, will be available to Coaches mainly for Teachers and Parents on both Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon from Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities | Entry form

Apr
6
Sat
2019
37th St. Albans Chess Congress 2019 @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Herts AL3 4AW
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm

*** PLEASE NOTE – entries are now closed as the maximum number of entries (250) has been reached ***
Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Congress website – www.stalbanscongress.com
Prize fund over £3400. Good selection of hot and cold food.
5 round Swiss, 5 graded sections. Large playing hall with an extensive free car park

Apr
7
Sun
2019
Chester Chess Club Centenary Rapidplay @ Upton-by-Chester High School St James’s Avenue Upton
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Michael McDonagh Email: congress@chesterchess.co.uk Web: http://www.chesterchess.co.uk [MAP]
Chester Chess Club are celebrating their centenary in 2019 and to celebrate this milestone are holding a FIDE-rated one day rapidplay event on Sunday the 7th of April 2019. The event comprises 3 sections – an OPEN, an U1900 (160) and an U1600 (U120) | Entry form

Apr
12
Fri
2019
45th Maidenhead Junior Congress @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Roger Brugge Email: r.brugge@reading.ac.uk Web: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/maidenhead_junior_congress.html [MAP]
One day junior congress during the school holidays – Sections U14, U11 & U9

Apr
19
Fri
2019
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

1st 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn Stevenage
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U120. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP]
Information — http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_easter19.htm

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road Great Yarmouth
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – Apr 28 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
New venue with free on site parking. 5 round Swiss – 4 sections, Open, U170, U145, U120 | Entry form

Apr
28
Sun
2019
Bourne End One Day Chess Congress @ Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:15 pm

Contact: Andrew Smith Email: apstubs@aol.com Web: http://www.buckschess.org.uk [MAP]
5 round tournament divided into sections by grade. 45 minutes on the clock | Entry form

Bourne End One Day Congress @ Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Smith Email: apstubs@aol.com Web: http://buckschess.org.uk [MAP]
A 5 round Rapidplay event where each player has 45 minutes to play all of their moves. Entries will be allocated to tournament sections dependent on grade or estimated grade

May
3
Fri
2019
Cornwall Open Chess Congress @ The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth
May 3 – May 5 all-day

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: cornwallcongress@gmail.com Web: http://www.cornwallchess.org.uk/html/temp/cong-2019.shtml [MAP]
1st Open Cornish Congress. Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U190, U150 & U110 | Entry form

May
10
Fri
2019
Castle Chess 5th Harrogate Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 12 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [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

May
17
Fri
2019
30th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@outlook.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP]
The annual Frome Congress is a 5 round Swiss tournament with 4 Sections – Open, U165, U140, U110. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking. The Congress is part of the ECF Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated and part of the British Championships Qualifying Grand Prix | Entry form

Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – May 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Only £22 for Silver ECF members to enter the Minor. You can win £150 in the Minor (U109) OR £200 in the Inter (U146). The Open offers 80% of section entry fee back as prize money! August 2018 grades are used. Great homemade sandwiches and good quality drinks sold in the social club if you wish | Entry form

May
24
Fri
2019
2nd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress @ Basingstoke Country Hotel
May 24 – May 27 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran [MAP] Four sections – FIDE-rated Open; FIDE-rated U2050; FIDE-rated U1825; ECF Under 120 Web: www.4ncl.co.uk | http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_springbh_2019.htm

Huddersfield 6 Round Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – May 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: nigelhepworth@me.com Web: http://congress.huddersfieldchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Multiple byes allowed. 3 sections – Open, Major (U166), Minor (U126)
Time control – all moves in 1 hour 30 minutes plus 10 seconds per move | 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

May
31
Fri
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open, Under-170 and Under-130. The Open section will be FIDE-rated as well as ECF-graded; the Under-170 and Under-130 sections will be ECF-graded only. There is one round on the Friday evening, two on the Saturday and two on the Sunday | Entry form

Jun
7
Fri
2019
South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
23rd South Lakes Congress in the historical town of Kendal in Cumbria – close to M6 and major rail link at Oxenholme | Entry form

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, Lancashire
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: worchess@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry [MAP]
Open, U170, U140 and U120. Increased grading prizes. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2000 prize fund | ECF Congress of the Year 2014 | Entry form

Greater London Chess Club Summer Rapidplay @ St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell Street London
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: tournaments@glcc.org.uk Web: https://glcc.org.uk/summer_rapid2019.html [MAP]
Five round Rapidplay – Open, Major and Minor Sections. Rate of play 25 minutes per player plus 5 second increment. ECF graded and FIDE rated

Jun
21
Fri
2019
13th Steve Boniface Memorial Congress @ Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Bristol Congress website | Entry form | Detailed map

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

Jun
28
Fri
2019
9th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
In the beautiful seaside resort of Whitby near Scarborough. Repeat customers get money off (ask about £10 vouchers). Under £30 for silver ECF members Major (U182) players and under £25 for similar Minor (U147) entry. Two sections with respectively £160 and £150 first prizes. See leaflet for early entry details with accommodation enquiries | Entry form