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Mar
24
Fri
2017
29th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://NottsChess.org [MAP]
OPEN / U160 / U135 / U110. 6 rounds. Entry form and on-line entry on NottsChess website.

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]

42nd Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mt, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 4ED
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – Apr 2 @ 5:45 pm

Contact. Robert Richmond Email: robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://nottschess.org
OPEN, U165, U135, U110 – 5 rounds. Entry form and online entry on the Notts Chess website [MAP]
1st prize in the Open – £650.00

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

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
30
Fri
2017
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

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

Sep
2
Sat
2017
Darnall & Handsworth 2nd FIDE-rated Rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road Stradbroke SHEFFIELD S13 8LT
Sep 2 @ 10:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: secretary@dhchessclub.co.uk Web: http://www.dhchessclub.co.uk [MAP]
Six round Swiss rapidplay with time control of 25 minutes + 5 second increment per move. Four sections (all ECF graded and FIDE rated) based on ECF rapidplay grades: Open / Major Under 170 / Intermediate Under 145 / Minor Under 120 | Entry form

Sep
10
Sun
2017
2017 Leamington Rapidplay @ Cottage Square, Leamington Spa CV31 1PT
Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edgoodwin@live.com Web: http://www.leamingtonchessleague.org.uk/
Sections – Open, U170, U140, U110 [MAP] | Entry form

Sep
29
Fri
2017
Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre Howdon Road Royal Quays North Shields NE26 3BL
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: David Watson Email: davidmwatson@blueyonder.co.uk Web: http://www.northumberlandchesscongress.webs.com [MAP]
4 events: Open FIDE rated 5 rounds; Major 165 ECF and below 5 rounds; Minor 135 ECF and below 5 rounds – rate of play for all the above – 110 minutes plus 10 seconds increment from the start.
Foundation 105 ECF and below who have never won a main prize in a congress – rate of play 1 hour each- playing each opponent twice once with White and once with Black – 10 rounds | 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/

Jan
5
Fri
2018
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
A friendly and warm welcome awaits at the Shropshire Congress. Great chess, excellent venue and scrumptious food! New for 2018 – additional section. FIDE-rated Open with £1,000 top prize, plus Major, Intermediate and Minor

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
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

Mar
2
Fri
2018
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1HW
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: enquiries@congress.warwickshirechess.org Web: congress.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
FIDE rated Open, FIDE rated Under 1975 (U170), ECF Under 140, ECF Under 110 | 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

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend event in Scotland. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated in which there are four events. A group discount is available, submit six entries together and only pay for five entries. The time control for all events is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | 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
26
Sat
2018
50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Jun
29
Fri
2018
8th Whitby Chess Congress @ Conservative Club, Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire. Y021 3DT
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
Who can resist Whitby’s beautiful beach, harbour and world-class fish and chips? Also – Whitby inspired Bram Stoker to write ‘Dracula’. July 2017 grades will be used. ECF Silver members can enter the Minor U136 for £23. Major U166 – 1st prize of £170.00 | Entry form

Sep
23
Sun
2018
Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4NE
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: paulkemp64@gmail.com Web: http://cambschess.co.uk [MAP]
Four 5-round rapidplay tournaments – Open, U160, U125, U90. Over £700 in prizes
*** THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED – NO MORE ENTRIES REQUIRED ***

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Original Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PU
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
1st prize in each section has increased to £160.00. Minor U136 & Major U170 using 2018 January grades. At Harrogate chess club with lovely surroundings | Entry form

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Girls Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe York North Yorkshire YO23 2QT
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http;/whiterosejuniorchessacademy.org.uk [MAP]
Training day for all levels of ability including beginners. Led by ECF coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London, and other experienced ECF coaches will be available. The day will be a mix of training together with a Swiss competition. The main aim is to organise a Yorkshire Girls Team | Entry form

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
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