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4th Castle Chess Harrogate @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135,
Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Guaranteed prize fund minimum £180 per event | Entry form

Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: [MAP] A Swiss style tournament, with 5 rounds | Entry form

3rd Brentwood U12 Open @ Brentwood Prep School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EQ
May 12 @ 9:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: Web: [MAP] This is a 6 round, ECF graded rapidplay tournament for juniors in Year 7 and below. The event is suitable for players of all levels including beginners. There are trophies for the top 3 players plus numerous other prizes. Games will be analysed on a demonstration board in a separate hall as they finish. This event is one of a series organised by IM Richard Pert and Essex Junior Coach Robin Slade and forms part of the British Chess Grand Prix | Entry form

Bloxwich Junior Chess Rapidplay Congress @ Ryecroft Community Hub. New Forest Road, Ryecroft. Walsall WS3 1TR
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ray Dolan Email: Web: [MAP] Sections – Under 18, Under 14, Under 10, Under 8. 5 rounds starting at 10.00am and ending 5.30pm, followed by the prizegiving. £10.00 to enter | Entry form

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Northumbria MegaFinal @ Newcastle Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4DX
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] Northumbria Regional MegaFinal, qualifier for the Northern GigaFinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Six-round Swiss tournaments for girls and boys for all ages from Under 7 through to Under 18. Please enter online via the website

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
May 12 @ 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

Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
29th Frome Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round Swiss tournament with 4 sections – Open, Major (U165), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110). The Open is FIDE-rated. The Congress incorporates the Somerset Championships. Ample free car parking and restaurant facilities on site. Further information, entry form and on-line entry on the Congress website | Entry form

The Highways Junior Tournament 2018 @ Sandycroft CP School Leaches Lane Mancot Deeside CH5 2EH
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Niki Taylor Email: [MAP] Junior rapidplay tournament, 6 rounds Swiss pairings (all players play all rounds)
Four sections U9, U11, U14, U18 (age as at 31 Sep 2017)
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top ungraded player in each section; Rosette/medal for all U9 and U11 entrants; Entry fee: £8 early bird if received by 1st May; £10 if by 16th May; £12 if on the day
Rate of play: all moves in 15 mins each with 10 second increment per move | Entry form

Sussex Junior Worthing Rapidplay @ Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD
May 19 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections — U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

61st Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
May 19 @ 10:30 am – May 20 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] THREE SECTIONS – Under 2200 & Under 1900 plus a section for players who are graded Under 135 on the ECF list

Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

7th Richmond Blitz @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE Rated Open Blitz, 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, 11 rounds, £700 guaranteed prize fund, 1st £200. 2nd £120, 3rd £80, 1st and 2nd Grading Prizes at U170, U135, U100 | Entry form

First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: Web: [MAP] Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)

4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress @ Basingstoke Country Hotel
May 25 – May 28 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran [MAP] Four sections – FIDE-rated Open; FIDE-rated U2050; FIDE-rated U1825; ECF Under 120 Web: | Entry form

Huddersfield Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament, 3 sections – same format as 2017!

4th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Rescheduled Colchester Junior Tournament @ St Teresa's Catholic Primary School Clairmont Road Lexden Colchester CO3 9BE
May 26 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP] Essex Junior Grand Prix 4. Rescheduled due to heavy snow in March | Entry form

50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: Web: [MAP] This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
May 26 @ 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

5th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP] A social FIDE rated blitz evening.

3rd Martlesham Heath Chess Open @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
May 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP] Six round Swiss tournament. Time control:10 min plus 10 sec per move | Entry form

CCF FIDE-rated Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] A 7 round Open FIDE-rated blitz with 8 minutes + 2 second Fischer increments

22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: [MAP] A 5 round Swiss event – 4 sections – Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

East Anglian Chess Union Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk CB8 8JP
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] A five round tournament with three sections (Open, Under 170 and Under 130). One game on Friday evening, two games on Saturday, two games on Sunday. The Open section will be both FIDE-rated and ECF graded, while the Under 170 and Under 130 sections will be ECF-graded only | Entry form