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 FIDE ratings server if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s) | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-5 weeks) – click here (updated 14/09/18)

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 …

Jan
2
Wed
2019
Irish New Year Norm Events 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1060 [MAP]
A GM and IM Norm event for 12 IRL players and 8 non-IRL player. Run annually, the last 2 GM norm events have produced 2 GM norms.

The Irish 50+/65+ Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1134 [MAP]
Both age groups (50+ and 65+) in one open event.

Jan
4
Fri
2019
Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 4 – Jan 6 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
FIDE-rated Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor. A friendly and professionally-run congress in an excellent venue with probably the best food at a UK chess event!

Jan
5
Sat
2019
1st ECF Academy Weekend 2019 @ TBA
Jan 5 – Jan 6 all-day

Please note – if anyone has a standard play grade of over 80 they can apply for a taster weekend at the Academy Contact: Traci Whitfield, ECF Junior Director Email: director.juniorchess@englishchess.org.uk

Jan
6
Sun
2019
Hull Rapid Play 2019 @ Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF
Jan 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: douglas.vleeshhouwer@gmail.com [MAP]
5 rounds Swiss, three sections: Open, U160, U120. 25mins + 5 sec increment from move 1 | Entry form

Jan
12
Sat
2019
4NCL Weekend 2 Rounds 3-4
Jan 12 – Jan 13 all-day

Divisions 1 & 2 Mercure Daventry Court; Divisions 3 & 4 South Park Inn Bedford; Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

3rd Somerset New Year Chess Congress @ Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, North Somerset
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: congresssecretary@hotmail.com Web: http://somersetchesscongress.webs.com/ [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

ECF National Schools Girls’ Northern Semi-Finals @ Bridgewater School, Worsley Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WQ
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Jan
13
Sun
2019
Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: chess@paulmottram.com [MAP]
6 round ECF graded Rapidplay in 3 sections – Open, Major U80, Minor U30. Full details to follow with online entry …

ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk Web: https://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Jan
18
Fri
2019
21st 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP]

Jan
19
Sat
2019
Junior 4NCL @ The St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day
Yorkshire Junior One Day Rapidplay @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, Wigginton, York YO32 2FZ
Jan 19 all-day

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk [MAP]
Swiss Rapidplay in 3 sections – Open, Minor and Novices. Various  prizes will be awarded. Good chess training will be available given by qualified coaches with DBS clearance. Please send entry form and payment to Noel Stewart, 30 Upper St. Pauls Terrace, York, North Yorkshire YO24 4BP Tel: 07572682101 Email: noel338@btinternet.com | Entry form

1st Hassocks Congress @ Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Keymer, Hassocks
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Will Ellinger Email: info@sussexchess.co.uk Web: http://www.sussexchess.co.uk [MAP]
Weekend Congress tournament consisting of 5 rounds – 90 minutes for all moves | Entry form

Jan
20
Sun
2019
30th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School Waverley Mount Nottingham NG7 4ED
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://NottsChess.org [MAP]
6 rounds, OPEN, U160, U135, U110. Online entry via NottsChess website

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Gonzaga Charity Classic 2019 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Henry Li Email: gonzagachessclassic@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1048 [MAP]
This event has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years and now is the second largest weekender in Ireland.

Jan
26
Sat
2019
South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School 51 Reading Rd Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: amy@southofenglandjunior.com Web: http://www.southofenglandjunior.com [MAP]
Prestigious junior chess tournament for all ages. Qualifier for EPSCA England trials

York Chess Rapidplay @ Middlethorpe Hall Hotel,York
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com [MAP]
The popular York Rapidplay is held at an excellent venue, with good parking. A 6-round Swiss competition, with two sections (Open and Under 140 grading-limited). Time control: 20 mins each for all moves. Prizes: Open: £80, £50, £40. Under 140: £60, £40, £30 | Entry form

2nd Brainstormchess U2200 Weekend Congress @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: kishanpattni84@gmail.com Web: https://form.jotformeu.com/82043424058350 [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

2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Leeds University
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com [MAP]
The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

Jan
27
Sun
2019
Norfolk Rapidplay Congress 2019 @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way Norwich
Jan 27 @ 9:45 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
6 round Swiss. 3 sections – Championship, Challengers (U140) & U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form

33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Jeff Mason Email: jeffarmason@btinternet.com Web: http://www.stockportchessclub.org/rapidplay.html [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections: Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Wiltshire Championship Round 3 @ N/A
Feb 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st March 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Fluin Lane Frodsham WA6 7QN
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: p.a.ridley@gmail.com Web: http://www.kisekigo.com/frodsham.html [MAP]
Five-round, Swiss tournament. Standard play with Fischer time controls. Under 120, Under 160 and FIDE-rated Open sections. Good access by rail and road, with on-site parking. Entry form will be posted here at a later date …

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