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 November 4th 2019)
* 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 …

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
21
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Final @ TBA
Apr 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

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

Apr
28
Sat
2018
English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 9 Final @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

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

Jul
8
Sun
2018
2nd Ashton Rapidplay @ Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 8RS
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Hardy Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com Web: http://www.ashtonccc.co.uk [MAP]
6 round Swiss with section for U150, U115 and U80/ungraded – 25 minutes per game | Entry form

Jul
23
Mon
2018
British Chess Junior Holiday Camp @ Writtle Community House Redwood Drive Writtle Chelmsford Essex CM1 3LY
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
This is a two day junior training camp timed for the start of the school holidays and the week before the British Championships. The days are designed for children to be left although there is a separate room for parents if wanted. Places are limited to 30. IM Richard Pert will lead the coaching assisted by local junior coach Robin Slade and popular female coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks. There will be workshops on different aspects of the game and analysis of practice matches played. Look at the video on the blog from last year’s event for a flavour of the camp | Entry form

Aug
25
Sat
2018
12th Leyland Chess Congress @ Brownedge St Mary's Catholic High School Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm
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

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Pennine Cup @ Ackworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7 7LT
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.nccu.org.uk/ [MAP]
A one-day, 3-round jamboree tournament for Under 16 teams of 8 players organised by the Northern Counties Chess Union.
The winning team will be awarded the prestigious Pennine Cup and individual medals. Time control: 50 mins each for all moves, plus an increment of 10 seconds per move. Games will be submitted for ECF Standard Play grading | Entry form

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Holmfirth Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosechessacademy.org.uk
For ages 6-18 for all levels of ability. Training by E C F Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim is to enjoy chess and develop the area as few juniors at present | Entry form

Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosechessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
For ages 6 – 18 at all levels of ability. Training by ECF Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim – to enjoy chess and develop the area for junior chess | Entry form

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Bolton Rapidplay @ Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, Bolton BL2 1JP
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:45 pm

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

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Preston Chess Congress @ University Of Central Lancashire, Harrington Refectory, Adelphi Street, Preston PR17BE
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Malcolm Peacock Email: malcolm@popmalc.org.uk Web: http://chess.popmalc.org.uk/congress [MAP]
5 round Swiss, FIDE-rated open

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Leeds Junior Chess Congress 2018-19 @ Whingate Primary School, Whingate Road, Leeds
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Four sections – Major, Intermediate, Minor, Novice (U11). Trophy for the top three and then medals in each age group. Medal for the best girl. The highest placed Leeds player overall (lives or attends a school with a Leeds’ post code) will receive the Leeds Champion Trophy | Entry form

Jan
19
Sat
2019
York Junior Chess Congress @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, York
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Four sections – Major, Intermediate, Minor, Novice

Jan
27
Sun
2019
33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: peterht20@gmail.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections: Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Hull Junior Chess Congress @ Hymers College, Hymers Avenue, Hull
Feb 23 @ 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 – ppen to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – open to any player with no grade or below 40; Novice Section (age limit U11 years of age on 1st September 2018) | Entry form

Northern Junior Championship @ Merchant Taylors' Boys' School 186 Liverpool Road Crosby Liverpool
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@englishchess.org.uk [MAP]
Junior tournament. Age groups Under 8, Under 9, under 10, under 11, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18.
Under 8 will be rapidplay time control, all others will be standard time control of 50 minutes plus 10 second increments | Entry form

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Leyland Chess Club Rapidplay 2019 @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, Leyland
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandrapidplay2019@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/38/home [MAP]
A six round Rapidplay event. Major (Under 195), Intermediate (Under 150) and Minor (Under 105). Grading prizes in all sections. Everything on one level with close disabled car parking space | Entry form

Mar
3
Sun
2019
Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: jamie@rothaymanor.co.uk Web: https://rothaymanor.co.uk/ [MAP]
This event’s 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.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement