Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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* 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

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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 …


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May
31
Fri
2019
East Anglian Chess Union Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open, Under-170 and Under-130. The Open section will be FIDE-rated as well as ECF-graded; the Under-170 and Under-130 sections will be ECF-graded only. There is one round on the Friday evening, two on the Saturday and two on the Sunday | Entry form

Jun
1
Sat
2019
Oxfordshire Megafinal @ Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Oxford
Jun 1 all-day

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: ejbillingtonphillips@gmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Richmond Megafinal @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Jun 1 all-day

U7-U10 BOYS ONLY
Contact: Paul McKeown Email: ichmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

West Anglia Megafinal @ The Ashburton Hall, St Faith’s Preparatory School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge
Jun 1 all-day

Contact: Nick Jackson Email: nick.jackson@chessforkids.co.uk | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

ECU Teaching Chess in Primary School @ Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black's Road Hammersmith London
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: training@chessplus.net Web: http://bit.ly/SchoolChessTeacherCourseLondon [MAP]
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children

Southampton Rapidplay @ St Denys Community Centre, Priory Road, Southampton
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Robin Williams Email: williams.rj8@gmail.com Web: http://southamptonchess.org.uk/rapidplay/ [MAP]
Six round rapidplay tournament with two sections. Time control: 25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move | Entry form

3rd Kingston Rapidplay Chess Tournament @ Richard Mayo Centre Kingston United Reform Church Eden Street Kingston
Jun 1 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Edward Mospan Email: kingstonchessrapidplay@gmail.com Web: http://www.kingstonchess.org.uk [MAP]
The event is divided into three sections by ECF rapidplay grade – Group A – Open; Group B – Under 160; Group C – Under 120. This tournament is FIDE rated and ECF graded.

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Richmond Megafinal II @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Jun 2 all-day

All Girls and U11 – U18 Boys
Contact: Paul McKeown Email: ichmond_junior_chess_club@hotmail.com | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

9th Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay @ 6th Form Common Room, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: David Collier Email: docollier@sky.com Web: http://www.bristolandcliftonchess.club [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament with two sections – Open and Major (U145). Central Bristol venue. There will be cash prizes for 1st and 2nd in each section | Entry form | Detailed map with directions

4 Way Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Jun 2 @ 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Social friendly event to enjoy an unusual version of chess.The overall winner is the one to play most number of games and score most number of wins! Checkmate one of the 3 kings! | Entry form

Jun
4
Tue
2019
20th Sam Black Memorial Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green Wanstead London
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.northcircularchess.co.uk/samblackentry.html [MAP]
6 rounds – 2 games per round = 12 games. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prizes £30 each. Slow starter prize £20. Entry – £10 (£13 on night), if you played in 2018 deduct £1 from entry. Email entries accepted with payment on night

Jun
6
Thu
2019
Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: https://www.hendonchessclub.com/blitz/ [MAP]
One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member. 10 minutes per player per game, digital clocks. Held on the first Thursday of every month

Jun
7
Fri
2019
South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net [MAP]
23rd South Lakes Congress in the historical town of Kendal in Cumbria – close to M6 and major rail link at Oxenholme | Entry form

Jun
8
Sat
2019
ECF County Championships Semi Finals
Jun 8 all-day
3rd Savills Tunbridge Wells Chess Congress @ Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: David Lettington Email: david_lettington@hotmail.com Web: https://www.invictachess.co.uk/tunbridge-wells—8th9th-june-2019.html [MAP]
Three sections: Open, Major U160, Minor U127. The entry fee is £30 for adults and £15 for junior, with a £7.50 supplement for those who are not ECF members, or have ECF Bronze membership. ​There is a prize fund of over £1000 | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com [MAP]
Monthly, 6 rounds, 5 sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 plus NEW Improvers Under 105 section, and an ECF Graded Under 80 Section! 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move – http://bit.ly/stlukeschess

Jun
9
Sun
2019
Devon Megafinal @ Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Shiphay, Manor Drive, Torquay
Jun 9 all-day

Contact: Tim Onions Email: tim.onions@yahoo.co.uk | Web [MAP]
This Megafinal is part of the 2019 UK Chess Challenge and is a qualifying event for the Gigafinals. The UK Chess Challenge is one of the largest childrens’ chess events in the world with over 6,000 children taking part in Megafinals held across the UK. Please ensure you have met the qualification criteria before entering. Details of the full tournament rules can be found here

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road Twickenham
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: richmond_rapidplays@hotmail.com Web: http://www.rjcc.org.uk/ [MAP]
Respected and longstanding series of rapidplay tournaments run by Richmond Junior Chess Club | Entry form

UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships 2019 @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate — U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U14, U18 | Entry form

Uxbridge Junior Chess Championship @ St Helens School Hall, Parkway, Uxbridge
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: uxbridgejuniorchessclub@hotmail.com Web: https://www.uxbridgejuniorchessclub.com/ [MAP]
Graded ECF Rapidplay, 15 minutes for the game plus 5 seconds per move from the start; 6 rounds. Beginners U30 ECF, Intermediate U70 ECF, Open Section. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for all the sections. Trophies for best girl performer in each section. Early entry £10 up until wed 5th June, afterwards £12. Prize money in Open category  – 1st Place £20, 2nd Place £10, 3rd Place £5 | Detailed flyer

Jun
13
Thu
2019
Pimlico Summer Tournament @ Community Hall, Under Morgan House, 57 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: Nick Faulks Email: armadillo@northrock.bm Web: https://pimlicochessclub.com/summer-open-tournament/ [MAP]
5 rounds, consecutive Thursday evenings, one round per Thursday. New Pimlico premises, including anaysis room. Time control G/75′ plus 15″ increment. Three sections – Open, U150 and U120 | Entry form

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, Heywood, Lancashire
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke Email: worchess@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.heywoodcongress.org.uk with online entry [MAP]
Open, U170, U140 and U120. Increased grading prizes. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2000 prize fund | ECF Congress of the Year 2014 | Entry form

Greater London Chess Club Summer Rapidplay @ St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell Street London
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: tournaments@glcc.org.uk Web: https://glcc.org.uk/summer_rapid2019.html [MAP]
Five round Rapidplay – Open, Major and Minor Sections. Rate of play 25 minutes per player plus 5 second increment. ECF graded and FIDE rated

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.hampsteadchess.blogspot.com [MAP – entrance on Prince Arthur Road]
2 days, 5 games – U2200, U1900 and ECF Under 135 Sections. 10.30am start Saturday, 11am Sunday. Held a short walk from Hampstead Underground (Northern Line). 60 mins per player + 30 secs a move :: 5 rounds

Jun
16
Sun
2019
Wey Valley Championships @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Olivia Smithies Email: oliviasmithies@gmail.com [MAP]
Mostly Junior tournament – U7/U8/U9/U10 sections, Major section for anyone older with ECF grade lower than 150 | Entry form