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49th Thanet Chess Congress @ St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Flood Email: Web: [MAP]
– incorporating the Kent Individual Championship. Over £2,300 in prizes; Swiss tournament comprising 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor 110 & under, Intermediate 130 & under, Major 150 & under, Challengers 170 & under, Open (no grade limits); refreshments & free car parking available at venue; Concessionary charges for Juniors & GM & IM | Entry form

Chester-le-Street ‘World Cup’ Congress @ Park View Community Association, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, County Durham DH3 3PZ
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
A new, innovative style of 6-round chess congress, held over 2 days. On Day 1, participants play 3 games each in seeded ‘World Cup’-style all-play-all groups of 4 players. On Day 2, players qualify for 4 ranked Swiss sections (Kings, Rooks, Bishops & Knights) and play 3 further games. Prizes are awarded in each all-play-all group and each Swiss section. Time control: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Prize fund: £950 | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Aug 18 @ 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

Open Sochi 2018 @ Sochi, Russia
Aug 22 – Aug 26 all-day

Contact: Sergey Email: Web: [MAP]
The Pedagogical Chess Union invites all chess players in Sochi in August. The Pedagogical Chess Union will organize the Open Sochi 2018 chess festival from August 21 (arrival day) to August 26 (Rapid / departure day) 2018. This project is being held for the third consecutive year.
Within the framework of the chess project, there will be tournaments in classical chess, in rapid chess, as well as a challenge contest.

12th Steve Boniface Memorial @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS), 6th Form Common Rooms, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Aug 24 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: Web: [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

14th Dieppe International Festival @ Casino et Salle des Congrès, Boulevard de Verdun, 76200 Dieppe
Aug 25 – Sep 1 all-day

Details here [MAP]

54th Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7LZ
Aug 25 – Aug 27 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: Web: [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

7th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
A London Junior Chess Championship qualifier. All games will be submitted for ECF (rapidplay) grading. There will be an U8, U10, U12 and an Open section suitable for children and adults of all abilities | Entry form

2018 English Women’s Championships @ St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Aug 31 – Sep 2 all-day

More details to follow … [MAP]

Godalming Open Junior Tournament @ Aldro School, Lombard St ,Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey GU86AS
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: [MAP]
5 round Swiss with U18, U13, U11, U10 and U9 sections. Trophies and medals for the top players in the younger sections and cash prizes for the top 3 players in the U18 age group. All games will be graded – 30 MINUTES EACH ON THE CLOCKS | Entry form

Darnall & Handsworth 3rd FIDE-rated Rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road, Stradbroke, Sheffield S13 8LT
Sep 1 @ 10:15 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: Web: [MAP]
Rapidplay tournament with four sections: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120). All sections to be ECF graded and FIDE rated. Prize Fund £850 | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Sep 1 @ 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

68th DCCA (Paignton) Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Sep 2 @ 1:45 pm – Sep 8 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Matthew Wilson Email: Web: [MAP]
Afternoon 7 round tournament – FIDE rated Open, U180, U150 and U120 – plus 5 round morning tournament U180 and U135 | Entry form

Wiltshire 5 Minute Championship @ The Brown Jack Pub 1 Priors Hill Wroughton Swindon Wiltshire SN4 0RT
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

Tony Ransom Email: [MAP]
There will be one overall tournament with prizes determined by the entry level. All entry fees will be returned as prize money. The entry fee is £3 adults / £1.50 juniors (cash only, NO CHEQUES). Entries will only be accepted on the night, so bring along a completed form. Please arrive between 7.15 and 7.30 to allow for a prompt start. It is expected that there will be 7 rounds, but this will depend on how promptly we can start and size of the entry | Entry form

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Sep 6 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Time control : G10 (all in ten minutes each); Swiss 6 round Open (one section)

Leek Congress @ St. Edward’s CE Academy, Westwood Road, Leek, Staffs, ST13 8DN
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Matthew Carr Email: [MAP]
FIDE Rated Open Section – open to all players; Major Section – limited to all players graded 160 and under; Minor Section – limited to all players graded 120 and under. Each player will have 110 minutes in which to complete their game with an extra 10 seconds added for each completed move | Entry form

2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web:
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend @ TBA
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1, 2 and 3) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 3). Spare places may be available for those not on either the programme who wish to attend as a one off event. These will be advertised on the ECF Juniors website although you may email the ECF Director of Junior Chess directly if you wish. These study weekends are for advanced players.

1st Peter Poobalasingam Memorial @ Harrow High School, Gayton Road, Harrow
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: Web: [MAP]
Peter was a fantastic chess player – drawing with World Champion Vishy Anand in a simultaneous display aged 8. Peter won the UK Chess Challenge Terafinal twice. Peter’s first IM norm was at the Uxbridge Masters in 2009. Around this time Peter had a remarkable run of nine games against GMs without being defeated. Peter’s second IM norm was achieved at the World University Championships with one round to spare. Peter also had some fantastic results for Millfield School. Grandmaster Matthew Turner recalls 2007-08 where Peter was “by far the best player in our team and in the final we were out graded on every board, but his victory on board 1 clinched it for us.” We have no doubt Peter would have achieved IM and more but in the latter years of his life he was focusing on his career.
Peter also had a passion for helping juniors and for this reason this event is free for juniors – please email for a coupon code

Bradford Chess Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club Clifton Villas Manningham Bradford BD8 7BY
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Barlow Email: Web: [MAP]
3 tournaments — OPEN – open to all players; MAJOR – open to players with a grading of 170 or below; MINOR – open to players with a grading of 135 or below
Disabled players are welcome but please contact the Entries Secretary first for details of facilities available

2018 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ TBC
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: Tel: 07786260301 Web:
The Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from the three Gigafinals

33rd Crowborough Chess Congress @ The Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove, Crowborough East Sussex TN6 1AR
Sep 15 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: David Fryer Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round rapidplay Swiss tournament with 25 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move from start. One section with grading prizes. ENTRY LIMITED TO PLAYERS RATED BELOW ECF 215 and FIDE 2300 | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Sep 15 @ 9:45 am – Sep 16 @ 12:30 am

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Sep 15 @ 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; Under 80 My First Tournament

Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP]
The Irish Rapid and Blitz championships are open to anyone with a 2,000 euro prize fund. The Rapid is played over 7 rounds with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 second increment and will be FIDE rated.
The Blitz is played over 11 rounds with a time control of 3 minutes + 2 second increment and will be FIDE rated

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