Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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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

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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 …


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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

Oct
29
Sat
2016
1st Great North Chess Tournament @ Lancastrian Suite
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Manoj Arora Email: arora@protonmail.com Web: http://www.chessdorm.com
This is an initiative by the parents to develop the North-East as a chess hub. These events will be FIDE rated and a strong emphasis will be on the training for Juniors during the tournaments and weekend chess club in Newcastle upon Tyne. Four sections – the Foundation (U50), Minor (U135), Major (U170) and Open | Entry form

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Grandmaster Training with GM Danny Gormally @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Mike Smith Email: mikesmith41@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
‘How to punish weak moves in the opening’ – Interactive Training Session led GM Danny Gormally, the North East’s strongest player, supported by FM Tim Wall and experienced chess teacher Mike Smith.
A brilliant opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster, open to aspiring club and non-club members of all ages and abilities. Includes exercises and feedback. Entry fee: £10 | Entry form

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: j.needham@dameallens.co.uk [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
2017 Tyneside Easter Weekend Congress @ Forest Hall Chess Club, Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: foresthallchesscongress@gmail.com Web: www.foresthallchess.org.uk
The friendliest club in the North East, Forest Hall Chess Club in Newcastle, is pleased to host its first FIDE-rated tournament and weekend congress. OPEN (FIDE-rated) Prizes £300, £150, £75, Junior £75, Performance £75; MAJOR (Under 160 ECF) Prizes £200, £100, £50, Junior £50, Performance £50; CHALLENGERS (Under 120 ECF) Prizes £150, £75, £40, Junior £40, Performance £40 | Entry form

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Dame Allan’s Edition of ‘Experience Magnus’s Middlegames’ @ Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs J Needham Email: j.needham@dameallans.co.uk Web: http://www.dameallans.co.uk/
The distinct thematic chess Tournament around Magnus Carlsen’s World Chess Championship Games is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, and organised by Dame Allan’s schools, Newcastle, as community outreach initiative | Entry form [MAP]

Aug
18
Fri
2017
Chester-le-Street Congress @ Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, County Durham DH3 3PZ
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
Events for players of all ages and abilities, £1300 prize fund.
FIDE-RATED OPEN: £250, £125, £75, & Grading, Junior prize. MAJOR (U160 ECF): £200, £100, £50 & Grading, Junior prize. CHALLENGERS (U120 ECF): £150, £75, £40 & Grading, Junior prize. Please note: ALL EVENTS NOW HAVE THE SAME TIME LIMIT: 90 minutes for all moves, plus 30 seconds increment per move. (The Junior tournament has also been included in the Challengers.) | 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
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

Nov
11
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University Row House EH8 9AJ
Nov 11 @ 2:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at www.2020chess.com

Dec
2
Sat
2017
2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University LS2 9JT
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Northumbria Blitz Championship @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE6 5XL
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
A 7-round FIDE-rated blitz Open tournament. One section for all players, with various rating, junior & senior prizes. Time control: 5 minutes, plus 2 seconds per move. Entry fee: £2.00 – 75% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. Games will count toward FIDE Blitz ratings. Ratings: FIDE ratings will be used, in this order: Blitz and then Standard Play | Entry form
(Please note: Players should have a FIDE ID code to enter, or be affiliated with the ECF).

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