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 …


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Mar
26
Sun
2017
Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge – Last Chance Saloon, Leyland @ Prospect House Sandy Lane Leyland Lancashire PR25 2EE
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: dgclayton@btinternet.com [MAP] Qualifying event for the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge. Open to all juniors under the age of 18 on 1st September 2016 | Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Bolton Easter Congress & Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Five round congress. Open Championship (FIDE rated), Major (U170), Knights (U135). 2 rounds Friday, 1 Saturday and 2 on Easter Sunday. Saturday afternoon Blitz starting at 14:30. £1780 prize fund | Entry form

May
12
Fri
2017
27th Calderdale Chess Congress 2017 @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Rd, Halifax HX3 5BQ
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Stars-Barred 3 Section Chess Congress. 1st Prize in Major (U170) is £180, 1st Prize in Intermediate (U150) is £180. Minor (U125) for Silver and above members is only £23 to enter. On top of these prizes is an offer for every 20 players in each section a chance to win a £40 grading prize. The venue is Halifax Chess Club in the heart of Yorkshire up hill from town and the railway. Pie and peas and home made sandwiches usually sold in this large social club [MAP] Entry form

Jun
17
Sat
2017
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – Jun 18 @ 6:15 pm

Open, U180, U160, U140 and U120. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2200 prize fund and two ECF championship qualifying places in the Open [MAP] | Entry form | ECF Congress of the Year 2014

Jun
30
Fri
2017
2nd North Wales FIDE Open @ St David's Room, Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day

— (incorporating 4th Colwyn Bay Congress) Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP] £1,625 guaranteed prize fund. FIDE-rated Open, FIDE-rated Major (U1900/U160), Minor (U120/U1600). Prizes in each section: 1st-£250, 2nd-£150, 3rd-£75, Grading Prize-£50. Also £50 junior prize for highest scoring U18 as at 1st Jan 2017 (any section) | Entry form

 

7th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, (Conservative Club), Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire YO21 3DT
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 6:00 am

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Two sections – INTER (159 AND UNDER) and FOUNDATION (UNDER 120). Some prizes are a percentage of the entry fee but the “points for prizes” is scrapped. Only £17 for ECF Silver members to enter the Foundation. It is slightly more to enter the Inter, but the 1st prize is £160 this year.
Whitby is well known for Dracula and Captain Cook, and is a beautiful seaside resort, with a lively harbour area with many bars and restaurants. The venue sells drink and some food. You can bring your own to the room upstairs in what was Whitby Chess Club, by the petrol station half a mile from the train/bus station. There are local buses to Scarborough and Middlesborough | Entry form

Jul
9
Sun
2017
Ashton Rapidplay Congress @ Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs OL6 8QB
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Hardy Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com [MAP]
Manchester Chess Federation event, 6 round Swiss with 25 mins per game. 3 sections – U150, U115 and U80/ungraded. Limited to 75 entrants | Entry form

Aug
18
Fri
2017
Manchester Summer Congress @ Owens Park 293 Wilmslow Road Manchester M14 6HD
Aug 18 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Harry Lamb Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://boltonchessclub.webs.com/apps/blog/ [MAP]
Weekend tournament with three sections. Large prize fund. £450 first prize in each section. Accommodation on site. Lots of free car parking. Manchester is rapidly developing into a major weekend tourist resort. A wide choice of hotels. Lively pubs. Fantastic restaurants. Especially the Curry Mile (a short walk away) and Chinatown areas | Entry form

Aug
26
Sat
2017
11th Leyland FIDE Chess Congress @ Wellfield High School, Yewlands Drive, Leyland PR25 2TP
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: David Clayton Email:leylandchesscongress2017@gmail.com Web: http://www.leylandchess.org.uk/congress [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170 & Minor U135 – six rounds over three days, including August Bank Holiday Monday | Entry form

Sep
23
Sat
2017
English Rapidplay Championship @ The Cunard Building Liverpool L3 1DS
Sep 23 @ 11:30 am – Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Clarke Email: info@englishrapidplaychampionship.co.uk Web: http://englishrapidplaychampionship.co.uk [MAP]
Total prize fund of £10,000 over the weekend. Open (all players); Major (180 and below); Intermediate (150 and below); Standard (120 and below); Open Liverpool Rapidplay (Sunday only – open to all players 180 and below); Junior Rapidplay tournament (Saturday only); Under 12, 10 and 8 – trophies for winners plus chess equipment worth £50, £25 and £25 in each section. Winners will receive GM coaching worth £150

 

Sep
29
Fri
2017
7th Original Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PU
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
This, the original Harrogate Chess Congress, is the only one with an invitation to bring food and drink so you don’t have to buy anything (but you can if you want)! £1.50 off the entry fee if you have entered before. £150 1st prize in each section. 2 sections – Minor U135 and Major U170. Harrogate is a beautiful part of Yorkshire. Lots of free parking outside the venue gates (over 150 spaces) | Entry form

Oct
13
Fri
2017
Crewe Chess Congress @ IBIS Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe Business Park, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: Leshall1021@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk [MAP]
4 sections: Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. 4 prizes per section: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 Grading £25. Entry form on the website at https://crewechessclub.co.uk/congress2017/

Nov
5
Sun
2017
36th Bolton Rapidplay @ Bolton Ukrainian Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
3 sections: Open; Major; Knights | Entry form

Nov
24
Fri
2017
Preston Chess Congress @ Cotton Court, Church St, Preston PR1 3BY
Nov 24 – Nov 26 all-day

Contact: Malcolm Peacock Email: malcolm@popmalc.org.uk Web: http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/congress [MAP]
Weekend congress with 4 sections, including a FIDE-rated Open section | Entry form

Dec
10
Sun
2017
Sheffield Junior Chess Congress @ Ecclesall Church of England Junior School, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield S11 7PQ
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section, Intermediate Section, Minor Section and Novice Section | Entry form

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Leeds Junior Chess Congress @ Fountain Primary School, Fountain Street Leeds LS27 0AW
Jan 27 @ 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. Prizes: 1st £60, 2nd £30, 3rd £15. Trophy for the winner.
Intermediate section open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110. Trophies for the top 3 and best girl. Age group prizes will be awarded depending on entry.
Minor Section open to any player with no grade or below 40. Trophies for the top 3. Best girl medal. Medals in each age group.
Novice Section (age limit U11 years of age on 1st September 2017) open to any player with limited experience or first tournament. Trophy for the top three and best girl, with age group medals | Entry form

Jan
28
Sun
2018
32nd Stockport Rapidplay @ The GUILDHALL 168 Wellington Road South (A6) Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections, Open (open to all), Major ( U 170), Intermediate ( U 140), Minor ( U 110).
Prizes each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prize. plus Buxton, Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League Major, Intermediate and minor trophies | Entry form

Feb
2
Fri
2018
Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Fluin Lane Frodsham Cheshire WA6 7QN
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: patrick.ridley@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.kisekigo.com/frodsham18.html [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss standard play tournament with a FIDE-rated Open and Under 160 and Under 120 sections. The Open is part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix. Discounts for junior (under 18) and senior (over 65) playes, and special discount for players in the parallel Cheshire Go tournament at the same venue on Saturday 3rd Feb. Free car parking. Good road and rail access | Entry form

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Northern Junior Championship @ Excelsior Academy Denton Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP]
Sections for Under 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18 – depending on numbers the older age group will be under 14 and open sections. Age eligibility at 1st January 2018 | Entry form

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Leyland Rapidplay @ Academy@Worden, Westfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1QX
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandrapidplay2018@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/32/home [MAP]
Please note the change of venue. The Minor tournament, with a low grading limit, is suitable for juniors, including those who do not have a grade. Major Tournament – Under 190, grading prize U165; Intermediate Tournament – Under 145, grading prize U120; Minor Tournament – Under 100, grading prize U80 & ungraded prize | Entry form

Mar
2
Fri
2018
39th County Durham Open Chess Congress @ Houghton Sports Centre
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm
Mar
4
Sun
2018
Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: icfwp@yahoo.co.uk Previous event – here [MAP]
The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics.
The holiday includes — a seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering opening principles, middle game, endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

Mar
9
Fri
2018
42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk 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
30
Fri
2018
Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Mar 30 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major & Knights sections. FIDE rated Open. 2 rounds Friday & Sunday, 1 round Saturday morning. Blitz tournament on Saturday afternoon | Entry form

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

May
19
Sat
2018
The Highways Junior Tournament 2018 @ Sandycroft CP School Leaches Lane Mancot Deeside CH5 2EH
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Niki Taylor Email: nikitaylor781@gmail.com [MAP]
Junior rapidplay tournament, 6 rounds Swiss pairings (all players play all rounds)
Four sections U9, U11, U14, U18 (age as at 31 Sep 2017)
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top ungraded player in each section; Rosette/medal for all U9 and U11 entrants; Entry fee: £8 early bird if received by 1st May; £10 if by 16th May; £12 if on the day
Rate of play: all moves in 15 mins each with 10 second increment per move | Entry form

May
20
Sun
2018
First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: nevillelayhe@gmail.com Web: http://www.crewechessclub.co.uk/Rapid2018 [MAP]
Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)

Jun
1
Fri
2018
22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss event – 4 sections – Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

Jun
16
Sat
2018
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jun 17 @ 6:15 pm

Open, U180, U160, U140 and U120. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2200 prize fund and ECF championship qualifying places in the Open for the NCCU Champion [MAP] | Entry form | ECF Congress of the Year 2014
Web: www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry

Jun
22
Fri
2018
3rd North Wales FIDE Open (incorporating 5th Colwyn Bay) @ Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 22 – Jun 24 all-day

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com Web: http://www.colwynbaychess.org.uk/nwcongress.html [MAP]
Once again to be held at the lovely Venue Cymru in Llandudno (as per the British Chess Championships 2017) – £1,625 guaranteed prize fund, with thanks to our sponsors www.wholesaleschess.co.uk
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 fees including member discounts* are Open/Major £28 and Minor £26. Further £5 discount for juniors (U18 as at 1/1/2018). Late entry fee applies for entries received after 15th June 2018 | Entry form

*see entry form for full details