Calendar

The calendar is now sortable by category and by tag, both at the top of the calendar. You can use the button at the foot of the calendar to add this calendar to your own (Google, Apple, Timely etc). The print button at the top will print the page you’re on. Clicking on the main calendar bar (top left) allows you to choose a date to jump to. PLEASE NOTE – where an event is marked as ‘ALL DAY’ it may be best to check with the organisers in case they have not submitted a start and/or end time to us …

To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s) | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated September 4th 2019)

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

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link – https://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html?view=calendar&task=uregister

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 …


The links to external websites within the calendar are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the ECF of any of the products and services available or opinions expressed on or accuracy of these other websites …

Dec
21
Sat
2019
CCF Christmas Congress 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Dec 21 – Dec 22 all-day
Dec
28
Sat
2019
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This established three day, six round Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating above equivalent ECF 125. The Major is under 1940 FIDE

London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious three-day event has sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open. The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December and is rapidplay. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk. There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 14th and 15th December at the same venue | Booklet

Caplin Hastings International Masters @ Horntye Sports Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings
Dec 28 2019 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Jan
3
Fri
2020
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way, Telford
Jan 3 @ 12:58 pm – Jan 5 @ 1:58 pm

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
A friendly and well-run event at a lovely venue offering good playing conditions, excellent food and a warm welcome. Fide-rated Open, plus Major, Intermediate and Minor sections

Jan
4
Sat
2020
Maidenhead and Earley Junior Tournament @ Radstock Lane Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Earley, Reading
Jan 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://nigelwdennis.wixsite.com/mysite [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

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
17
Fri
2020
24th 4NCL FIDE-rated Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_24.htm [MAP]
FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds

Jan
21
Tue
2020
Maidenhead Junior Tournament @ Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: https://nigelwdennis.wixsite.com/mysite [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | 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
25
Sat
2020
South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School 51 Reading Rd Yateley
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: amy@southofenglandjunior.com Web: http://www.southofenglandjunior.com [MAP]
Prestigious junior chess event held over the last weekend in January each year at Yateley Manor School in Hampshire. U11 section is England Junior Squad qualifier.

1st Potters Bar Junior Chess Tournament – Series 2 @ Kingshott School, Stevenage Road, Hitchin
Jan 25 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk [MAP]
Local coaching event with graded and ungraded sections. For graded players and those new to competitive chess | Entry form

Jan
26
Sun
2020
Coventry Chess Club Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club Broad Lane Coventry
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com [MAP]
Rapidplay event – Open, U145 and U110 sections. 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 second increment

Jan
31
Fri
2020
Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Frodsham
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Paul Jones Email: jitsujones@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5-round standard play tournament with Minor, Intermediate and Major sections, with Fischer time controls. Each player will have 110 minutes with the addition of 10 seconds for each move made

Feb
14
Fri
2020
Bristol Winter Congress & 88th Bristol League Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Feb 14 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 16 @ 8:00 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
21
Fri
2020
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded

Mar
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
7
Sat
2020
EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, and only East Anglian Chess Union players are eligible to enter. It will be a five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130 – and will include the EACU Junior Championships in each section as well. The winner of the Open section will be the EACU Open Champion, and will qualify for a place in the 2020 British Championship. The entry form will be available in late 2019, but if you have any queries before then, please contact Richard Freeman

Mar
13
Fri
2020
44th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 13 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 15 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: blackpoolchessconference@virginmedia.com 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
21
Sat
2020
45th Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – Mar 22 @ 5:45 pm

Contact Robert Richmond Email: Robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://NottsChess.org [MAP]
Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs , WIMs. OPEN 1st £750 , 2nd £400

Apr
18
Sat
2020
38th St. Albans Chess Congress @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com [MAP]
Prize fund £3500. 5 playing sections. Large playing hall. Ample free parking. Hot and cold food available. Close to the M1 + M25

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
5 rounds Swiss, 4 sections – Open, U170, U145, U120. Entry form to be released in October

May
1
Fri
2020
Durham County Chess Congress @ Mercure Darlington, Kings Hotel, 1 Priestgate, Darlington
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: mickriding@hotmail.co.uk [MAP]
Open, Major and Minor events. £2100 prize money guaranteed. To enter online – https://durhamchesscongress.co.uk
Very accessible location and excellent four star premises – https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8911-mercure-darlington-kings-hotel/index.shtml | Entry form

May
8
Fri
2020
54th Rhyl Congress @ Town Hall Wellington Road Rhyl
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – May 10 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: stuarthamilton41@yahoo.com [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss-style event

Jun
5
Fri
2020
3rd EACU FIDE-rated Newmarket Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
Our annual Newmarket Congress, with three sections, two of which (Open and U1975/U170) will be FIDE-rated this year. The entry form will be available in late 2019. Any questions before then, please contact Richard Freeman

Sep
18
Fri
2020
Bradford Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm
Bradford Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford

Contact: Bavid Barlow Email: davidbar@blueyonder.co.uk Web: https://www.bradfordchess.co.uk/ [MAP]
3 sections, 5 rounds – OPEN; MAJOR 170 or below; MINOR 135 or below