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Mar
25
Fri
2016
WECU 69th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel
Mar 25 @ 9:45 am – Mar 28 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon
Three sections – FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major u1950 or ECF u170; Minor u135; Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup.
Free entry for GMs & IMs | Entry form

Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk
Five round Congress. Three sections with the Open section FIDE rated. Busy persons Blitz on Saturday afternoon (26th March) | Entry form

May
13
Fri
2016
27th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – May 15 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@btinternet.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org
There are 4 sections: Open, Major (U165), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110). The Open is FIDE-rated and a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event. (There will be a second British Championships qualifying place if there are 20 or more Open entries.) The Congress is part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. Restaurant facilities on-site and free car parking | Entry form

Jun
10
Fri
2016
Bristol Summer Congress @ 6th Form Common Room
Jun 10 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Alan Papier Email: chinadoc@chinadoc.force9.co.uk Web: http://tim1949jones.wix.com/bristolchesscongress
A congress with three sections. FIDE Open, Major for players graded below 155, and Minor for players graded under 125. Set in the heart of Bristol close to shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels, with free parking for 100 cars | Entry form

Aug
26
Fri
2016
Bristol Steve Boniface Memorial Congress @ Sixth Form Common Room
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Alan Papier Email: chinadoc@chinadoc.force9.co.uk Web: http://tim1949jones.wix.com/bristolchesscongress
5 round tournament in 3 sections — Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Central location with free parking | Entry form

Aug
27
Sat
2016
Leyland FIDE Chess Congress @ Wellfield Business and Enterprise College
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm

FIDE Open, Major U170 & Minor U135 | Entry form

Sep
4
Sun
2016
66th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress @ Livermead House Hotel
Sep 4 – Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Linda Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Walker Minor U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135 (2 sections)

Sep
23
Fri
2016
52nd Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: David Watson Email: davidmwatson@blueyonder.co.uk
Weekend Congress with 5 Rounds. 1st round Friday Evening, Rounds 2 & 3 Saturday, Rounds 4 & 5 Sunday. Open FIDE rated, Major restricted to ECF grade 165 and below, Minor restricted to ECF grade 135 and below plus Foundation event 10 rounds restricted to players ECF grade 105 and below who have never won a major prize in a congress | Entry form

Nov
11
Fri
2016
Torbay Congress @ Livermead Hotel
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm

Four tournaments: Open, U170, U140 and U120. Please phone before 10pm.

Feb
18
Sat
2017
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ St. Joseph's College Catholic College, Swindon
Feb 18 @ 9:45 am – Feb 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk
Although this (31st) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2016 [MAP] Entry form

Mar
10
Fri
2017
41st Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool FY1
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk
£6400 prize fund. 5 rounds. All moves in110 minutes with 10 second increment added with each move. Open, under 181 Major, under 155 Intermediate, under 135 Minor and under 115 Standard sections. Closing date for entries Thursday 9th March 2017 [MAP] Entry form

Apr
1
Sat
2017
35th St. Albans Chess Congress (ECF Congress of the Year) @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Ln, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4AW
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com
5 round Swiss with 5 sections – Minor 120 and below, Intermediate 140 and below, Major 160 and below, Challengers 180 and below, Open – no grade limits. Over £3250 prize fund, large playing hall, ample free car parking, hot and cold food available. Easy access to M1 and M25, also good rail links. Free WiFi. [MAP]

Apr
14
Fri
2017
WECU 70th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
Three sections: FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major U1950 (ECF U170 if no FIDE grade); Minor ECF rated U130. Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Discounted entry for juniors | Entry form

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
28th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@btinternet.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP]
Four 5-round Swiss tournaments (Open, U165, U140, U110) with 4-hour playing sessions. The Congress is a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event, part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking | Entry form

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

 

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
3
Sun
2017
67th DCCA Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Sep 3 – Sep 9 all-day

Contact: Alan Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (FIDE-rated Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Bloodworth Intermediate U150, Walker Minor U120, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135. Bookstall by Keverel Chess.

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: scarboroughchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 5ET
Feb 17 @ 9:45 am – Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com
Although this (32nd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2017 | MAP | Entry form

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
West of England Chess Union Congress @ The Manor Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2A
Mar 30 @ 9:45 am – Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
West of England Championships to include sections: Open, which carries a British Championship qualifying place and is FIDE-rated; FIDE-rated Major under 1950 (ECF 170); ECF graded Minor under 130 | Entry form

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

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