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.


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 International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s)* | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated September 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* 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

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 …


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Apr
12
Fri
2019
Harrow Megafinal @ Harrow High School, Gayton Road, Harrow
Apr 12 all-day

Contact: Tao Bhokanandh Email: tao@chess.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

45th Maidenhead Junior Congress @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Roger Brugge Email: r.brugge@reading.ac.uk Web: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/maidenhead_junior_congress.html [MAP]
One day junior congress during the school holidays – Sections U14, U11 & U9

The Irish Junior Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Vahe Paronyan Email: paronyan@gmail.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/892 [MAP]
The Irish Junior Championships is open to all juniors from all federations with qualifying IRLs eligible to win each title.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
2nd ECF Academy Weekend 2019 @ TBA
Apr 13 – Apr 14 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

4NCL Weekend 4 Rounds 7-8
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day

Divisions 3 & 4 South Mercure Daventry Court

Oxon UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Cumnor Primary School Oxford Road Cumnor Oxon
Apr 13 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Andrew Varney Email: av.chess@outlook.com [MAP]
7 round Rapid Play tournament for juniors (Under 18 on 1 September 2018). Time control 15 min + 5 sec per move. Ungraded Last Chance Saloon qualifier for Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal stage.
Parallel ECF-graded Rapid Play tournament for UKCC pre-qualified players who are junior ECF members | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: DocklandsChess@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.spanglefish.com/docklandschessclub [MAP]
6 rounds, 2 sections. Major Under 171 and Minor Under 130 | Entry form

Apr
16
Tue
2019
2019 Midland Open Junior Championship @ St. Nicholas Hall Leicester Grammar School London Road, Leicester
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk/ [MAP]
ECF graded Under 9 section, ECF graded and FIDE-rated Under 11, 14 and 18 sections. £1,675 prize fund | Entry form

Apr
17
Wed
2019
The Irish Easter Open 2019 @ Dublin, Ireland
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1067
A 9-round FIDE open played over 6 days

Apr
18
Thu
2019
Southend FIDE Rapid @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://southendchesscongress.org.uk/ [MAP]
ECF and FIDE Rated; 6 rounds; Round 1 at 11 am; 25 minutes + 5 seconds a move
Entry – ECF Silver+£25 | ECF Bronze/non-member £33 | GMs free
Discount for U16; Prizes based on entry

Southend Masters @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Email: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
9 round Swiss tournament eligible for GM and IM norms. Thanks to a generous donation, we are able to offer prizes in the masters of £800, £500 and £300 – matching the Open section!  

Apr
19
Fri
2019
CCF Easter LP Congress 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day
West of England Chess Union Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
West of England Open, which is FIDE registered & a qualifying event for the British Championships; features a FIDE rateds major section U1950, an ECF graded minor section U130. These also incorporate the West of England Ladies Championship | Entry form

Southend Easter Bank Holiday Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk [MAP]
FIVE 7 ROUND SECTIONS – FIDE Open to all, NEW FIDE Under 1900 (and must be Under ECF 160), ECF Under 145, ECF Under 120, ECF Under 95

2019 Bolton Easter Congress @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 21 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
5 rounds, FIDE Open section, Major U170 and Knights U130. Busy Persons Blitz on Saturday 20th from 14:30 | Entry form

1st 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn Stevenage
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U120. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP]
Information — http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_easter19.htm

Apr
20
Sat
2019
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Ialyssos Avenue, 85100, Greece
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day
Apr
22
Mon
2019
CCF Easter Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 22 all-day
CCF Easter Monday 2019 Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://www.ccfworld.com/Chess [MAP]

Apr
27
Sat
2019
ECF County Championships Preliminary Rounds
Apr 27 all-day
ECF Finance Council Meeting @ Birmingham
Apr 27 all-day
Gloucestershire Megafinal @ King’s School Gloucester, Gouda Way, Gloucester
Apr 27 all-day

Contact: Cassie Martin Email: cas@cantab.net | 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

Surrey West Megafinal @ Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford, Surrey
Apr 27 all-day

U7 – U9 ONLY
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

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road Great Yarmouth
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – Apr 28 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
New venue with free on site parking. 5 round Swiss – 4 sections, Open, U170, U145, U120 | Entry form

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – Apr 28 @ 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