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3rd World Chess Championship for the Disabled @ Wyndham Garden Dresden Wilhelm-Franke-Straße 90 01219 Dresden
Oct 5 – Oct 13 all-day

Contact: Zbigniew Pilimon Email: Web: [MAP] Invitation [PDF] | Entry form

52nd Dorset Chess Congress @ The Elstead Hotel, 12-14 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QP
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ian Clark Email: Web: [MAP] Chess tournament with 4 sections. Back in Elstead Hotel after 2 years absence. Plenty of free parking in and outside hotel. Near railway station | Entry form

Crewe Chess Congress @ IBIS Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe Business Park, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: Web: [MAP] 4 sections: Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. 4 prizes per section: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 Grading £25. Entry form on the website at

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Oct 14 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open / Major Under 170 / Minor Under 145 / Amateur Under 120 / Under 80 (ECF graded)

English Under 11 Closed Championship @ Nottingham High Junior School Waverley Mount, off Waverley Street, Nottingham
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am – Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Levens Email: Web: [MAP] Annual EPSCA event; first qualifying event for EPSCA England U11 trial in April 2018 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Worth Rapidplay @ Worth School, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4SD
Oct 14 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections — U8, U10, U12, U18. This is a qualifying event for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

School Chess Teacher Training Course @ The George & Devonshire 8 Burlington Lane London W4 2QE
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John Foley Email: Web: [MAP] The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The course focuses on the didactical aspects of chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children. The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass an online test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is awarded by the European Chess Union to recognise that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactical methods for the classroom.

23rd Birmingham League Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Birmingham B32 2TW
Oct 15 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Four ECF-graded and FIDE-rated sections: Open, Max grade 170, Max grade 140, Max grade 110 | Entry form

ECF South East Girls’ Rapidplay Championships 2017 @ Bromley High School, Blackbrook Lane, Bromley BR1 2TW
Oct 15 all-day

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] Sections – U8, U10, U12, U14, U15-U18. The winners of each age group receive the title of ECF South East Girls’ Rapidplay Champion 2017

Hampshire Junior Chess Congress @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester, SO23 9NA
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP] 25 minutes each for all moves. Prizes determined by the entrants’ age on 31st August 2017. Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 – trophies for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places and the best girl in each age group. Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 – 1st place: £30, 2nd place: £20, 3rd place: £10, best girl: £20 and trophies for the winners in each age group | Entry form

Leicester H.E. Atkins Memorial Rapidplay @ Leicester Grammar School, London Road, Great Glen LE8 9FL
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Andy Morley Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay with 20 mins + 10 secs time control. Sections: Open, U165, U140, U115 and U80 (juniors only). Full details and online entry —

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Rd, Twickenham, Greater London TW1 3BB
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web:
The continuation of a famous and successful series of rapid play tournaments, suitable for both juniors and adult players [MAP] Entry form

HSCA Qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships @ Aboyne Lodge School, Etna Rd, St Albans AL3 5NL
Oct 15 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Michael Flatt Email: Web: [MAP] This is a qualifier for London Junior Chess Championships. To qualify for the Finals players in the Under 10 and Under 12 Sections must score 3½ points to compete in the Minor, and 4½ to compete in the Major. An Under 8 player will qualify by scoring 4 points | Entry form

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat, 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale NW9 5XW
Oct 15 @ 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email: [MAP] Children’s chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches | Entry form

43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival @ The Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Fred Hamperl Email: Web: [MAP] – the tournament remains at the popular Peninsula Hotel on Guernsey’s sandy west coast | Entry form

Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: Web: [MAP] Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

55th Hampstead FIDE Congress U2200/U1900/U135 @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NS
Oct 21 – Oct 22 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

Fifth Witney Weekend Congress @ Cokethorpe School, Witney OX29 7PU
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

thokecorpContact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] Sponsored by Cokethorpe School
There are four main sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120, with a prize fund of over £1900.

Aldro Inter Schools Tournament @ Aldro School Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Oct 21 @ 7:15 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: [MAP] Three round Swiss tournament for teams of 4 players. School team event. U13, U11 and U9 age groups.
Major and Minor sections for the U11 and U9 age groups(numbers permitting). Medals for the top 3 teams in each section | Entry form

The 2nd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP] Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Opening called Nimzo-Indian Defence). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

2nd Newham Community Chess Tournament @ The Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Young Email: Web: [MAP] A six-round rapidplay Swiss for players of all ages and abilities, organised by Newham Council and Chess in Schools & Communities. Three sections (Open, U140 Major and U80 Challengers) with a £1,500 prize fund in the Open/Major and trophies, book prizes etc. in the Challengers. Free entry for London Borough of Newham residents | Entry form

2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Guild Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP] 2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at

Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Oct 25 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120; G25 plus 5 seconds a move throughout

54th Hull Chess Congress @ Hymers College Hymers Avenue Hull HU3 1LW
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

Contact: Steve King Email: Web: [MAP] Five round Swiss – Open Section, Major (Under 166), Inter (Under 141), Minor ( Under 116)
Prizes £350, £200, £100, plus 2 x £50 Grading Prizes
For information on how to pay by bank transfer please contact the HDCA Treasurer Steve Hodge at

2nd Orpington Junior Tournament and Training Day @ St John's Church, Lynwood Grove, Bancroft Gardens, Orpington BR6 0BG
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Conrad Allison Email: Web: [MAP] Two hours of training and four games with experienced chess coaches. Two sections. Cash prizes as well as an opportunity to play GM Chris Ward for best player | Flyer