Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
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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

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

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
16
Fri
2019
Manchester Summer Congress @ Woolton Hall, Owens Park, 293 Wilmslow Road, Manchester
Aug 16 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Harry Lamb Email: gmccacongress@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Classic English weekend tournament. Three sections. Open, U165, U125
£600 first prize in each section Last day for entry Wednesday 14 Aug. Move rate 80 minutes plus 30 seconds a move | Entry form

Aug
23
Fri
2019
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
24
Sat
2019
13th Leyland Chess Congress @ Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: leylandchesscongress@gmail.com Web: http://congress.popmalc.org.uk/congress/43/home [MAP]
FIDE Open, Major U170, Minor U135. 6 rounds over 3 days. Played in our new high quality venue.

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
6
Sun
2019
Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: work.madara@gmail.com Web: https://forms.gle/37CK21f9Wc7fgeN29 [MAP]
London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

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
15
Fri
2019
Preston Chess Congress @ University of Central Lancashire, Adelphi Street, Preston
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

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

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
Jan
11
Sat
2020
4th Somerset New Year Chess Congress @ Walton Park Hotel Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, North Somerset
Jan 11 @ 9:30 am – Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: congresssecretary@hotmail.com Web: https://somersetchesscongress.webs.com/ [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Jan
24
Fri
2020
3rd Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress @ Livermead House Hotel Seafront, Torquay, Devon
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: chess@budechess.co.uk Web: http://www.budechess.co.uk/simon-bartlett-memorial.php [MAP]
5 rounds 90 minutes + 30sec move. Open, U170, U140, U120. £2300 guaranteed prize fund, special Simon Bartlett Loudest Shirt prize | Entry form

Jan
26
Sun
2020
34th Stockport Rapidplay Congress @ Guildhall, 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Gareth Griffiths Email: rapidplay@stockportchessclub.org Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament with 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

North East League Round 3 @ Gosforth Empire Club & Institute, 32 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jan 26 @ 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