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Feb
15
Fri
2019
Bristol Winter Congress & 72nd Bristol League Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS), University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Feb 15 @ 6:15 pm – Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: http://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 Congress website | Entry form

Feb
16
Sat
2019
*** CANCELLED Northumbria Masters *** CANCELLED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm
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
24
Sun
2019
Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day @ King Edward's School Witley, Wormley, Godalming
Mar 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/king-edwards-march-2019.html [MAP] The tournament will be played in four sections with training between rounds. ECF graded open U18 section for experienced juniors up to the age of 18, with no maximum grade (ECF graded); ECF graded U11 section for those under 11 on 31st August 2018 (year 6 and below) (ECF graded); Improvers’ section for those under 18 on 31st August 2018 and under 80 ECF grade (ungraded); Beginners’ section for those under 9 on 31st August 2018 (year 4 and below), who have no ECF grade and playing in their first few tournaments (ungraded)
20 players taking part in this event will qualify for a free place at a simultaneous exhibition in the summer against a top Grandmaster, likely to be Michael Adams! This has been provided by a private sponsor.

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

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
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
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

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

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

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Basingstoke Junior Summer Chess training and tournament @ Basingstoke Country Hotel Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP] 1 full day training​ – 10:30 – 17:30. ​4x 45 minute training sessions. Recommended for players up to ECF 130 grade. Fun blitz tournament with the chance to challenge GM Nick Pert. Also – 1 day tournament – 10:45 – 17:00. ​6 rounds

Two-day Standardplay U2200 & U1900 @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Scures Hill, London Road, Nately Scures, Basingstoke
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/summer-fide-congress.html [MAP] Adult and junior 5 round standard play chess congress. U2200 & U1900 sections, 60 minutes per player per game PLUS 30 seconds per move. ECF & FIDE rated. £30 entry fee​. Hosted by GM Nick Pert

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Northumbria Masters @ Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.northumbriamasters.com [MAP] Three FIDE-rated, 9-round tournaments: NORTHUMBRIA MASTERS (eligible for title norms), CHALLENGERS (Under 2050, 180 ECF), MAJOR (Under 1825, 150 ECF). Plus a one-day JUNIOR RAPIDPLAY (Under 11 and Under 14 sections). Total prize fund: £5,100. Superb new hotel venue 4 miles from Newcastle City Centre, 3 miles from Newcastle Airport. Special room rates when booked through Guaranteed Events Ltd | Entry form

Northumbria Masters FIDE-rated 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] The Northumbria Masters invites you to play in a 6-round Swiss tournament. Two sections: Under 11 & Under 14 (age as of 23/8/2019) Games will count towards ECF rapidplay grades and FIDE rapidplay ratings. Prize Fund: £300, plus trophies and medals. This event is supported by Capital Finance Bridging Solutions Ltd and the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust | Entry form

Aug
31
Sat
2019
DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, Devon
Aug 31 @ 1:23 pm – Sep 7 @ 2:23 pm

Contact: Jack Rudd Email: jackkelshallrudd@aol.com Web: http://dccapaigntonchess.com [MAP] Annual Paignton festival event, with four afternoon and two morning tournaments

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Peter & Peggy Clarke Memorial Rapidplay @ Rooms 2/3, The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue-Gaberic Way, Bude
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: chess@budechess.co.uk Web: http://www.budechess.co.uk/peter-clarke-memorial.php [MAP] Six round rapidplay 25min + 10sec move. In memory of Peter & Peggy Clarke | Entry form

Sep
20
Fri
2019
9th Harrogate Chess Congress @ Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP] The original Harrogate Congress in the beautiful chess club grounds has increased its prize money to £160 for 1st in each section and reduced its entry fee to £28 (see leaflets for further reductions). 2 sections – Under 171 Major and Under 141 Minor on July 2018 or January 2019 grades (your choice) | Entry form

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Northumberland Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, Royal Quays, North Shields
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: mickriding@hotmail.co.uk Web: https://northumberlandchess.com Online entry – https://northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com [MAP] Weekend Congress – modern venue is the same one as for the British Championships. Great area, near to the coast and Newcastle City | Entry form

Oct
13
Sun
2019
North East League Round 1 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP] 6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Hampshire Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: congressentry@hampshirechess.co.uk Web: http://www.hampshirechess.co.uk [MAP] Open, Major (Under 160), and Minor (Under 125). Ladies prize and £100 Best Game Prize | Entry form

Nov
8
Fri
2019
Torbay Chess Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Phil McConnell Email: secretary@torbaycongress.com Web: http://www.torbaycongress.com/ [MAP] Four sections – Open, U170, U140, U120. Five rounds. Doors open 6.30pm Friday 9th November

Nov
10
Sun
2019
North East League Round 2 @ Lynn Jordison House, 34 Broomside Lane, Belmont, Durham
Nov 10 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP] 6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

Nov
24
Sun
2019
Wellington College London Junior Chess Qualifier @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire
Nov 24 @ 10:45 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: fleetchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.gmchess.co.uk/wellington-college-nov-2019-ljcc.html [MAP] This event is part of the Elite Junior Chess 2019 Grand Prix Series, with cash prizes, organised by Nick Pert.
Six sections – ECF graded open U18; ECF graded U12 LJCC qualifying section; ECF graded U10 LJCC qualifying section; ECF graded U8 LJCC qualifying section; Improvers’ section; Beginners’ section

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