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Torbay Congress @ Livermead Hotel
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm

Four tournaments: Open, U170, U140 and U120. Please phone before 10pm.

65th Hertfordshire Congress @ County Hall
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

Contact: Kidge Elder Email: Web:
5-round Weekend Chess Congress organised by Hertfordshire Chess Association. Open, U170, U140, U110. Prize Fund: £2000+. Ample free on-site parking. Cafeteria

British Rapidplay 2016 @ Temple Moor High School
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

Contact: Brent Kitson Tel: 01132662330 Website: – held since 1986 …

Golders Green FIDE Rapid @ Golders Green Church Hall
Nov 12 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120 sections, 6 round Swiss open, £700.00 prize fund

16th Claires Court PTA Chess Festival @ Claires Court Junior Boys School
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Richard Hogg Email:
One Day Junior Congress with U12, U10 and U8 Sections qualifying for the London Junior Championships at Maidenhead, Berkshire | Entry form

2020 Leeds Qualifier @ Leeds University
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web:

A National Rapidplay Team Championship open to all! Kindly sponsored by Chess & Bridge
Events taking place across the country including: Edinburgh: 22nd October; London: 29th October; Leeds: 12th November; York 21st January; Birmingham 28th January; February 4th February.
Leading to a Super-Final next summer to determine the best 20/20 Chess team of four in the UK with cash prizes trophies and medals up for grabs along the way! Just £10 per person to participate!
(Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, you can also sign up as an individual and be randomly allocated into a mixed Barbarians side on the day) Recognised by the English Chess Federation | Flyer

Sussex Junior Horsham Tournament @ The Forest School
Nov 13 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web:
Open to all aged under 18 on 31st August 2016. 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections; U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

2016 Warwickshire Junior Championships @ Arden Academy
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web:
Open to players resident, or at school in the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry, Solihull, and the five boroughs of Warwickshire: North Warwickshire, Bedworth & Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick | Entry form

3rd Brentwood U12 Train & Play – Christmas Special! @ Bardswell Social Club
Nov 13 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Richard Pert Email:
A training session from one of three highly ranked coaches, and three ECF rapid graded games against opposition of a similar standard. Christmas Special where all children & parents will get a chance to take on the coaches in an afternoon simultaneous to end the day – hosted by International Master & Essex Champion Richard Pert. Late breaking news! Guest coach – GM Jon Speelman! | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Daytime chess is primarily for senior players to have rated and graded chess which enables them to return home at a civilised time of day. The players who enter will be split into sections according to ability in the hope of giving between 5 and 8 matches each during the duration of the event.

4NCL Rounds 1 and 2 / Weekend 1
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day
Musketeers’ 27th Annual One Day Junior Chess Congress @ Shurdington Social Centre
Nov 19 all-day

Contact: A Bird Email: Web:
Musketeers Juniors Chess Club is once again hosting its annual friendly Club Junior Chess Congress. The ethos of the day is one of friendly competition for both beginners and experienced players – an ideal introduction to tournament chess. There will be a variety of prizes rewarding individuals’ success in each section plus the Musketeers’ Schools’ Prize for the Junior School and the Secondary School each with the highest combined score of their top four scoring players | Entry form

Kent Junior Chess Association – GP3 @ Bullers Wood School
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web:
KJCA GP3 tournament. This is a rapidplay tournament for all U18 as at the 1st September 2016.
There are four sections: U9, U11, U14 and U18. It is part of the Kent GP which includes eight tournaments throughout the season. For further details and to register, please see our website at Any queries, please email

2016 North Wales Autumn Junior Chess Tournament @ Venue Cymru
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Syringa Camp Email: Web:
Entries received by 5th November will go into a prize draw for a chance to win back their entry fee. Age as at 1st January 2017 – U18 and U8 sections open to players from all areas. U9, U10, U11 sections are qualifiers open only to those eligible to compete in the 2017 Welsh Junior Championships. Players in these age groups who are not eligible are welcome to enter the U18 section instead, which is open to all.
Trophies for 1st and medals for 2nd/3rd U7-U11; cash prizes in U18 section – 1st £40, 2nd £20 in overall section; North Wales Champion age titles for highest placed eligible players U7-U18

Basildon Junior Chess Congress @ Kingswood Primary School
Nov 20 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nathanael Lutton Email: Web:
London Junior Chess Championship Qualifying event. U6, U8, U10, U12, U14 and U18 sections with 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds added per move | Entry form

Basildon Rapidplay Chess Congress @ Kingswood Primary School
Nov 20 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nathanael Lutton Email: Web:
Rapidplay congress with 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds added per move. This event is run alongside the Basildon Junior Chess Congress and is combined with the Under 18 section | Entry form

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat
Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email:
ECF graded childrens’ chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Daytime chess is primarily for senior players to have rated and graded chess which enables them to return home at a civilised time of day. The players who enter will be split into sections according to ability in the hope of giving between 5 and 8 matches each during the duration of the event [MAP]

40th Annual Kilkenny Congress @ Butler House, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nov 25 – Nov 27 all-day
40th Kilkenny Masters @ The Club House Hotel, Patrick St, Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nov 25 – Nov 27 all-day

Contact: Maurice Buckley Email:

Bristol Winter Congress @ Bristol Grammar School, Sixth Form Common Room, University Rd, Bristol
Nov 25 – Nov 27 all-day

Contact: Alan Papier Email: Web:
The Bristol Winter Congress is a five round Swiss tournament, with Open, Major (U155), and Minor (U125) sections. The venue is situated in the centre of Bristol, close to hotels and good food outlets, with free parking for 100 cars [MAP] Entry form

45th Hampstead Congress U1900/U2200/U135 @ Henderson Court Day Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NS
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

An Under 2200 (ECF 200) / Under 1900 (ECF 160) / Under 135 (ECF graded not FIDE rated) congress every month! NOW IN SECTIONS. All moves in 60 minutes each PLUS 30 seconds a move throughout. £150 1st, £75 2nd in each section PLUS rating prizes. Space STRICTLY limited space, so enter early! for details of times and fees (ECF Gold Membership required for ENGLISH players) [MAP]

4NCL Rounds 1 and 2 / Weekend 1
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

De Vere Wokefield Park (Divisions 3 South and 4 South), Cedar Court Wakefield (Division 3 North)

The All Surrey Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Hinchley Wood Secondary School, Claygate Ln, Esher KT10 0AQ
Nov 26 all-day

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email:
Separate sections for girls and boys with rosettes and trophies for each age group, and there are 16 trophies to be won just in the individual competition! There is also a school team event with trophies for the top three girls’ schools and the top three boys’ schools. The top four scores from each school will go toward the school team competition. Your students can enter as an individual or as a school team [MAP] Entry form

Cambridgeshire County Championship @ Peterborough Bridge Club, 1 New England Complex, Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 2PE
Nov 26 @ 9:30 am – Nov 27 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: Web:
Five round Swiss tournament (closed event) Cambridgeshire Players only; County titles, County Under 140 titles, County Junior title. Time limit 70 minutes each plus 15 seconds per move [MAP] Entry form