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
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Official FIDE events … … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website –

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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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4NCL Weekend 2 Rounds 3-4
Jan 12 – Jan 13 all-day

Divisions 1 & 2 Mercure Daventry Court; Divisions 3 & 4 South Park Inn Bedford; Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

3rd Somerset New Year Chess Congress @ Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, North Somerset
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: Web: [MAP]
Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Tel: 07989 151175 [MAP]
ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (25 mins + 5 sec) in Open, Major (U80) and Minor (U25 – Ungraded) sections. Online Entry and full details at

Southend Junior Tournament @ Prince Avenue Academy Hornby Road Westcliff-on-Sea
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018-19 Round 3 …

ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: Web:
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Lothians Allegro 2019 @ Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, 34 Hutchison Causeway, Edinburgh
Jan 13 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: Web: [MAP]
Rapidplay over five rounds. The time control is 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move | Entry form

21st 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] Web:

Castle Chess 14th Fareham Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
One of a series of events held around the country – a small, relaxed event. 6 rounds – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
PRIZES – expected £180 per section but not guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries | Entry form

Junior 4NCL @ The St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day
York Junior Chess Congress @ Wigginton Primary School, Westfield Lane, York
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: Web: [MAP]
Four sections – Major, Intermediate, Minor, Novice

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [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

Uxbridge Junior Chess Tournament @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Osborn Road, Uxbridge
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Knight Email: Web: [MAP]
There are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for three sections – Top Section over 80 ECF; Intermediate Section 30 to 80; ​Beginners Section under 30 ECF. All games graded ECF rapidplay | Entry form

30th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School Waverley Mount Nottingham NG7 4ED
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP]
6 rounds, OPEN, U160, U135, U110. Online entry via NottsChess website

CCF Coulsdon Junior Club ECC Rounds 1-2 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 21 @ 4:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP]
Rounds 1-2 of our heat of the Engish Chess Challenge

2019 FIDE Open @ Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Gail Young Email: Web:
FIDE-rated event held on Gold Coast, Australia. Accommodation available at venue, hotel/motel. Live games with 15-30 minute delay. PGN on top 8 boards | Entry form

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web: [MAP]
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location, in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall. Open, Major and Minor sections. Round 1 starts 18.00 Friday, Rounds 2/4 at 10.00 Sat/Sun and Rounds 3/5 at 15.00 Sat/Sun
**Please note – No U18s allowed due to Westminster Council restrictions on the venue**

2nd Simon Bartlett Memorial Tournament @ The Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: Web: [MAP]
£2300 guaranteed prize fund Open, Major U170, Intermediate U140, Minor U120. £20 Special prize for ‘Loudest Shirt’ | Entry form

Gonzaga Charity Classic 2019 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Henry Li Email: Web: [MAP]
This event has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years and now is the second largest weekender in Ireland.

9th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road Holland Park
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
ECF graded Junior rapidplay | For online entry please go to | Entry form

South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School 51 Reading Rd Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: Web: [MAP]
Prestigious junior chess tournament for all ages. Qualifier for EPSCA England trials | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
6 rounds, 2 sections. Major Under 171 and Minor Under 130 | Entry form

2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP]
The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Leeds University
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP]
The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

10th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
9 rounds, £12 entry. Time controls of 3+2. Over £200 in cash prizes! Pizza!
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We normally get over 40 entries per event with most entering late …

2019 Kenilworth Junior Open @ Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth
Jan 27 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: Web: [MAP]
Six sections for age and ability.