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1st Brainstormchess U2200 Weekend Congress @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
2 FIDE-rated sections (Under 2200 and Under 1850) and 2 ECF standard play graded sections (Under 130 and Under 90). The Under 90 section is ideal for newcomers to standard-play chess. Time controls for all games are 60 mins per player with a 30 second increment per move starting from move 1 for the whole game | Online entry

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
Minor Under 130 – Major Under 171. 6 rounds of rapid chess. Half an hour per player per game | Entry form

Pennine Cup @ Ackworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7 7LT
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
A one-day, 3-round jamboree tournament for Under 16 teams of 8 players organised by the Northern Counties Chess Union.
The winning team will be awarded the prestigious Pennine Cup and individual medals. Time control: 50 mins each for all moves, plus an increment of 10 seconds per move. Games will be submitted for ECF Standard Play grading | Entry form

9th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Oct 7 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: Web: [MAP]
This is the second Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier. This is an U18 junior tournament with sections available to all juniors (U8, U10, U12 and U18). The six round tournament is a graded rapidplay tournament for U18 and U12 sections. Chess coaching available throughout.

Eton College LJCC Qualifying Event + U18 Open @ Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DW
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: Web: [MAP]
LJCC qualifying tournament & training day with GM Nick Pert. U18 Open, U12, U10, U8 and improvers sections

Leicester HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Andy Morley Email: Tel: 0116 2831488/0776 9721980 and for the junior sections Paul Mottram Email: Tel: 0798 9151175) [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (20 mins + 10 sec) in Open, U165, U140, U115 and Junior U80/U40 sections. Online entry and full details at

West Wales 51st Weekend Congress @ The Mercure Swansea Hotel Phoenix Way Llansamlet Swansea SA7 9EG
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

Contact: Les Philpin Email: [MAP]
Weekend Congress with Open, Major (U1850 or 150) and Minor (U1500 or 107) sections | Entry form

53rd Dorset Open Chess Congress @ The Elstead Hotel 12-14 Knyveton Road Bournemouth BH1 3QP
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ian Clark Email: Web: [MAP]
Open Congress with 4 sections limited to 100 players | Entry form

Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Web: Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP]
We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

4NCL Rapidplay @ Bedford Park Inn
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day
Chelmsford Junior Tournament @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018/19 Round 1. LJCC qualifying event | Entry form

English Closed Championships for Under 11s @ Nottingham High Junior School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: David Levens Email: [MAP]
A qualifying tournament for the England U11 trial | Entry form

Hampton Junior Chess Congress @ Twickenham Preparatory School 43 High Street Hampton
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
U8/U10/U12 qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Oct 13 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Five sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades – Open to All (the strongest section); Under 170 Major; Under 145 Minor; Under 120 Amateur; Improvers Under 105; Under 80 My First Tournament

Hampshire Junior Congress @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9NF
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP]
25 minutes each for all moves. Age groups will be combined into playing sections and notified before round 1 | Entry form | Online entry

Richmond Rapidplay 121 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Continuation of famous and long-running series of rapidplay events | Entry form

3rd Hope Cup for Juniors @ Lewisham Chess Club, Catford Cricket and Sports Club, Penerley Road, London
Oct 14 @ 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Jude Ranga Samarasinghe Email: | Web [MAP]
Ungraded chess tournament for juniors aged 5 to 13. Participation fee £30 per person or £50 for 2 siblings.

Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London N2 9HR
Oct 16 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Three FIDE rated sections – OPEN, Under 160 and Under 120

Prodigy Standard U100 – Term 1 @ The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: Web: [MAP]
All (ECF graded Under 100 as well as ungraded) chess players are welcome to play during school term (after school). 25 minutes for the game plus 10 seconds per move from the start; 5 rounds (each round each week) | Entry form

Dundee Congress @ University of Dundee Chaplaincy Centre, Cross Row, Dundee DD1 4HN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Keith Rose Email: Web: [MAP]
Open, Major, Minor tournaments – entry fees £27.00, £24.00, £24.00. Prize fund £1500+ | Entry form

Aldro Inter Schools team tournament @ Aldro School, Shackleford Godalming, Surrey GU86AS
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: [MAP]
3 round Swiss team tournament for school teams of 4 players arranged in order of ability. U13, U11 and U9 age group sections. Minor sections for B teams if required. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each section and trophies to the winners | Entry form

36th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections – Open, Major U170, Inter U140, Minor U110 | Entry form

CSC Newham Chess Tournament @ The Old Town Hall 29 Broadway Newham London
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Richard Harding Email: Web: [MAP]
CSC Newham Chess Tournament FREE for residents of Newham. 6 round Rapidplay 20 mins + 10 secs per move. Open, U140, U80 ECF

Holmfirth Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web:
For ages 6-18 for all levels of ability. Training by E C F Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim is to enjoy chess and develop the area as few juniors at present | Entry form

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