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66th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress @ Livermead House Hotel
Sep 4 – Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Linda Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Walker Minor U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135 (2 sections)

10th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Cedar Court Hotel
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms and information visit

Golders Green FIDE Rapid @ Golders Green Church Hall
Sep 10 all-day

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

ECF NW Girls Rapidplay Championship @ Arnside Educational Institute
Sep 11 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Matt Bridgeman Email: Web (incl. online entry):
A one-day rapidplay Championships for girls – open to any girl chess players below the age of 18 on the 1st September 2016. U8, U10, U12, U14, U15/U18 – the winners of each age group receive the title of ECF North West Girls’ Rapidplay Champion 2016

Brentwood Under 12 Train & Play @ Bardswell Social Club
Sep 11 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Richard Pert Email:
The day involves a combination of 2 training sessions from highly ranked coaches, and 3 ECF rapid graded games against opposition of a similar standard. All players will be placed in coaching groups and assigned teams for their rapid games. Day hosted by International Master & current English Open Rapidplay Champion Richard Pert. Richard will be supported by 2 other highly ranked coaches. Email to enter / pay on the day – £20 per child (£5 sibling discount). Free parents tournament to be run alongside. All members of the winning team receive book prizes. An excellent way to improve your chess | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 14 @ 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.

Bradford Chess Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Swire Email: Web:
OPEN TOURNAMENT – Open to all players, entry fee £25; MAJOR TOURNAMENT grading of 170 or below, entry fee £23; MINOR TOURNAMENT grading of 135 or below, entry fee £23 | Entry form

Braintree Pre-Season Warmup Rapidplay @ Bures Community Hall
Sep 17 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Eddie Banks Email:
Open 7 Round Swiss, 25 minutes for all moves. Entry fee of £18.00 includes free light refreshments and a simple lunch. Entries by Monday 5th September. Late entries subject to a £2.00 surcharge.
Prizes for overall, grading and juniors. Max 100 participants | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
Two sections – Under 110 ECF graded section, and beginners section not ECF graded | Entry form

31st Crowborough Chess Congress @ The Crowborough Community Centre
Sep 17 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

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

Sussex Junior Crowborough Rapidplay @ Crowborough Community Centre
Sep 17 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Carol Graham Email: Web:

6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections: U18 Major, U18 Minor (U100 grade), U11 Major, U11 Minor. Open to all aged under 18 on 31/08/2016 | Entry form

Docklands Rapid-Play @ St. Nicholas Church Centre
Sep 17 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web:
6 round Swiss Rapid-Play – 30 minutes per player per game – 2 sections – Minor Under 130 and Major Under 171 | Entry form

Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) GP1 & LJCC qualifier @ The Judd School
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web:
All juniors under the age of 18 as of 31 August 2016 are welcome. There is no grading limit. All sections will be sent for rapidplay grading with the ECF. This event is also a LJCC Qualifier for U8, U10 and U12 sections.
Registration: 9:00am; First Round: 9:30am; Prize Giving: 5:30pm (est)

ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament @ Eton College
Sep 18 @ 10:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email:
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move. All games will be ECF graded. Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match. Schools which have no pupils beyond year 8 are allowed up to 2 players from years 5 and 6. £10.00 per team (cheques payable to English Chess Federation)

Fleet LJCC Qualifier @ Church Crookham Junior School
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email:
ECF Graded London Junior Qualifying event for U8, U10 and U12 sections. Lessons to be provided in between rounds by GM Nick Pert and IM Ravi Kumar | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 21 @ 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.

52nd Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: David Watson Email:
Weekend Congress with 5 Rounds. 1st round Friday Evening, Rounds 2 & 3 Saturday, Rounds 4 & 5 Sunday. Open FIDE rated, Major restricted to ECF grade 165 and below, Minor restricted to ECF grade 135 and below plus Foundation event 10 rounds restricted to players ECF grade 105 and below who have never won a major prize in a congress | Entry form

43rd Hampstead Congress U1900/U2200/U135 @ Henderson Court Day Centre
Sep 24 – Sep 25 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)

5th Hastings & St Leonards Weekend Chess Tournament @ Pelton House
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: Web:
For any chess player graded 150 and under – one section only. Entry fee — Standard=£25, Hastings Chess Club member=£20, Under 18=£15 – prizes guaranteed, total £265 as follows —
1st £100 2nd £60 3rd £30 with three grading prizes of £25 each – U125, U100, U75
Enter by post to Marc Bryant, the arbiter, at 88 Manor Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3LP. Only the first 30 entries will be accepted | Entry form

York Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C of E Junior School
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Tel: 01904-624958
Entry fee £5.00 – training with International Master, James Adair and other experienced coaches with DBS certification, and a chess competition on a Swiss system (NOT A KNOCKOUT EVENT) | Entry form

CCF Autumn FIDE Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 24 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Open Rapid Play and Graded Sections below it according to entries

English Chess Challenge – Champion of Champions’ Event @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 24 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Open to the age group winners of the English Chess Challenge Finals (August 2016)

Witney Rapidplay @ The Batt School
Sep 25 all-day

Sections: Senior, Junior Major and Junior Minor

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email:
Five round rapidplay over four tournaments: Open, U160, U120 and Junior (Under 12). £700 prize fund | Entry form

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat
Sep 25 @ 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