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CCF Daytime Chess – Summer 2017 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Every Wednesday between 19th April 2017 and 19th July 2017 inclusive
Primarily for senior players to play competitive graded and rated chess, allowing them to get home at a civilised hour. This event splits the entry into groups based on ability so that each player will have between 5 and 8 games during the duration of the tournament [MAP]

ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Kos 2017 @ Helona Resort Kos
May 6 – May 15 all-day

Contact: Amateur Chess Organization Email: Web:
More than 120 players from 20 countries registered! Any player below 2400 Elo can become ACO World Amateur Chess Champion in his or her rating group! (7 groups). All information –
Entry form

First Saturday GM-IM-ELO @ Hotel Berlin
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – May 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: IO Nagy Laszlo Email: Web:
Closed tournaments for GM-IM-norm possibility and ELO rating in Budapest …

27th Calderdale Chess Congress 2017 @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Rd, Halifax HX3 5BQ
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web:
Stars-Barred 3 Section Chess Congress. 1st Prize in Major (U170) is £180, 1st Prize in Intermediate (U150) is £180. Minor (U125) for Silver and above members is only £23 to enter. On top of these prizes is an offer for every 20 players in each section a chance to win a £40 grading prize. The venue is Halifax Chess Club in the heart of Yorkshire up hill from town and the railway. Pie and peas and home made sandwiches usually sold in this large social club [MAP] Entry form

28th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: Web: [MAP] Four 5-round Swiss tournaments (Open, U165, U140, U110) with 4-hour playing sessions. The Congress is a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event, part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking | Entry form

51st Rhyl Chess Congress @ Town Hall Wellington Road Rhyl LL18 1AB
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: [MAP] A five round Swiss-style event in a comfortable playing venue. Three sections Open – Major (160/below) and Minor (125/below). January 2017 grades or estimated playing strength – FIDE Arbiters Mr Peter Purland and Mr David Welch | Entry form

The Ennis Congress 2017 @ West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John Cassidy Email: Web: [MAP] Annual Open and U1400 event run in Ennis, Ireland.

50th Hampstead FIDE Congress U2200/U1900/U135 @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NS
May 13 – May 14 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Under 2200 and Under 1900 FIDE sections, ECF Under 135 Section, G60+30s a move

County Championships Quarter Finals (Open, Minor, U160, U120)
May 13 all-day

— details pending —

2nd Brentwood U12 Open Tournament / Play the Masters @ Brentwood Prep School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EQ
May 13 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Richard Pert Email: Web: [MAP] A 6 round ECF rapid graded tournament with a twist. All players will receive a half point bye during one of the rounds when they will get a chance to take on a team of Masters in a clock simultaneous display. Day hosted by International Master Richard Pert. Simultaneous team led by former World Number 4 Grandmaster Jon Speelman. All children Year 7 or younger welcome. All abilities catered for from national standard players down to total beginners. Fantastic venue. Register online at | Leaflet

Colindale Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat, 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale NW9 5XW
May 14 @ 1:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email: [MAP] ECF graded childrens’ chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches. Limited availability, please book early | Entry form

10th Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
May 20 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] G25+5 seconds a move throughout, prize fund £500

County Championships Quarter Finals (U180, U140, U100)
May 20 all-day

— details pending —

Sussex Juniors Worthing Rapidplay @ Worthing College, Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14
May 20 all-day

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web:
Open to all aged under 18 on 31/08/2015. 6-round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major [MAP] Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire; postcode of entrance drive SL6 4QQ
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Two sections both ECF graded, one under ECF grade 110, and the other a beginners section for ungraded juniors or under ECF grade 25 | Entry form

Wey Valley Chess Training @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead KT22 7NZ
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Wey Valley Chess Training Email: Web: [MAP] An exciting and fun chess training day for juniors (U11) led by Grandmaster Nick Pert. This training day includes 3 dedicated training sessions in groups led by an experienced chess coach; 1 ECF rated standard play game, which will then be analysed on a 1-1 basis by a coach; a fun blitz event to end the day; and prizes! Book online –

Huddersfield Six Round Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7, Edgerton Road, Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 26 – May 28 all-day

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament. 1 game on Friday, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, Monday Bank Holiday – multiple half point byes allowed. Note new website address | Entry form

Huddersfield Six Round Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club, 7 Edgerton Rd, Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – May 28 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: Web:
6 round Swiss tournament – 1 game Friday, 3 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday. Bank holiday on Monday 29th May [MAP]

17th IPCA WICC 2017 @ Hotel Kultúra, A. Bernoláka Str. 1, 034 01 Ružomberok, Slovakia
May 27 – Jun 6 all-day

Contact: Zbigniew Pilimon Email:
Details: here [PDF]

49th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The King's School, Gouda Way, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
May 27 @ 10:00 am – May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: Web: [MAP] 6-round standard play Swiss. Three sections: Open / Major (Under 155 ECF) / Minor (Under 125 ECF). Bookstall provided by The Bude Chess Centre. Refreshments – soup, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks, plus a daily cooked special – available throughout; lunchtime barbecue on Monday | Entry form

Poplar Rapid-Play @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP] 2 grade band sections – Minor Under 130 and Major Under 171. 30 minutes per player per game. 6 rounds | Entry form

CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
A 7 round open FIDE rated blitz for players of all standards [MAP]

1st FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships @ Palace of Sport, Minsk, Belarus
Jun 1 – Jun 5 all-day

Direct registration by players will be accepted. All players need to have a FIDE ID.
Contact: Anastasia Sorokina Email: Web:

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Jun 1 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open (one section) – prize fund £50.00

7th Pimlico Summer Tournament @ St Saviours Church Hall, St George's Square, Pimlico, London SW1
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: Steve Sonnis Email: Web: [MAP] A 5 round Swiss standard play tournament – starts Thursday 1 June and held every Thursday evening until 6 July, excluding 8 June due to the general election. 3 ECF graded sections – Open,U150 and U120. Tradewise Grand Prix qualifier. ECF silver members and above. £25 to enter | Entry form