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 December 10th 2019)
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

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 …

Feb
1
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – Feb 2 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

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
16
Sun
2020
Leyland Rapidplay 2020 @ The Banqueting Suite, South Ribble Borough Council Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Castle Chess 16th Fareham Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
Prizes dependent on entries. Expected £180 per section

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 | Entry form

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
9
Thu
2020
2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Four sections – FIDE Rated Open (nine rounds), FIDE Rated U2050 (seven rounds), FIDE Rated U1825 (seven rounds) and ECF Under 120 (seven rounds)

Apr
10
Fri
2020
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.wecucongress.com [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & qualifying event for the British Championships. A FIDE rated major section U1950.
An ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies’ Championship | Entry form

Apr
13
Mon
2020
CCF Easter Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 13 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Rapidplay_Easter.html [MAP]
Rapidplay with an Open section plus as many rated sections as numbers (and the grades and ratings of the players) reasonably allow

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

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
2
Sat
2020
1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: firstweekendchess@gmail.com Web: https://www.firstweekendchess.org.uk/entry-form/ [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

May
3
Sun
2020
Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.hjca.org.uk/ [MAP]
The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

May
15
Fri
2020
Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – May 17 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Chris Lamming Email: fromecongress@gmail.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP]
Standard play, five rounds. FIDE rated Open. Four sections – Open, U165, U140, U110. On-site catering in a great setting in Somerset, very popular with juniors and adults alike. Well-stocked bookstall, large analysis area | Entry form / brochure

May
16
Sat
2020
30th Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://www.noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament. 3 games on Saturday (16th May) and 2 games Sunday (17th May). 3 sections – Minor U130; Inter U150; Major U170. July or January Grades (you choose). You can win £200 in the Minor. The venue is a social club so excellent value drinks | Entry form

May
22
Fri
2020
3rd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Basingstoke RG27 9JS
May 22 – May 25 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk Web: http://www.4ncl.co.uk [MAP]
Four sections (all seven rounds) – FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2050, FIDE Rated U1825 and ECF Under 120

May
23
Sat
2020
Cotswold Chess Congress @ Kings School, Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 25 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: dracofelsinae@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk [MAP]
The premier chess congress in Gloucesterhire incorporating the 2020 Gloucestershire Individual County Championship. Find us on Facebook | Entry form

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

Jun
20
Sat
2020
English Chess Challenge Semi-Final @ Chipstead Valley Primary School Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.englishchesschallenge.co.uk/ [MAP]
Age group (and gender specific) semi-finals for primary school aged players who have qualified from the opening round of the 2020 English Chess Challenge

Jun
27
Sat
2020
CCF Summer Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jun 27 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Daniel GLiddon Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/Adult%20Competitions/Rapidplay_Summer.html [MAP]
Rapidplay with an Open section plus as many rated sections as numbers (and the grades and ratings of the players) reasonably allow