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European Women’s Individual Chess Championship @ Radisson Blu Hotel, 55 Elizabetes Street, Riga, Latvia
Apr 10 – Apr 23 all-day

Contact: IO Egons Lavendelis Email: Web:
Details here

Tralee Classic – Irish Norm Events @ Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Rory Delaney Email: Web: [MAP] IM and GM Norm events organised by the Irish Chess Union | Entry form

WECU 70th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: Web: [MAP] Three sections: FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major U1950 (ECF U170 if no FIDE grade); Minor ECF rated U130. Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Discounted entry for juniors | Entry form

CCF Easter Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 15 @ 11:00 pm
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

Bolton Easter Congress & Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: [MAP] Five round congress. Open Championship (FIDE rated), Major (U170), Knights (U135). 2 rounds Friday, 1 Saturday and 2 on Easter Sunday. Saturday afternoon Blitz starting at 14:30. £1780 prize fund | Entry form

2017 Tyneside Easter Weekend Congress @ Forest Hall Chess Club, Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web:
The friendliest club in the North East, Forest Hall Chess Club in Newcastle, is pleased to host its first FIDE-rated tournament and weekend congress. OPEN (FIDE-rated) Prizes £300, £150, £75, Junior £75, Performance £75; MAJOR (Under 160 ECF) Prizes £200, £100, £50, Junior £50, Performance £50; CHALLENGERS (Under 120 ECF) Prizes £150, £75, £40, Junior £40, Performance £40 | Entry form

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Rd, Twickenham, Greater London TW1 3BB
Apr 16 @ 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

40th Surrey Junior Easter Chess Championship @ Aldro School, Lombard Street, Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey GU8 6AS
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Marda Dixon Email: [MAP] This annual one day rapidplay event for Juniors is moving venue to Aldro School, and will have two extra sections, now taking juniors from 7-18 years. The tournament will consist of 5 one hour rounds. Results for the U11-18 sections will be sent for ECF grading. Parents will be responsible for their children between rounds | Entry form

CCF Easter FIDE Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 17 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
7 round FIDE Rapid Play with an Open and as many sections below it as the entry allows [MAP]

CCF Easter FIDE Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
7 round Open FIDE-rated Blitz for players of all standards [MAP]

English Schools Junior Team Challenge Final @ Hertford College, Oxford OX1 3BW
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Phillip Beckett Email: Web:
We are grateful for the generosity of Hertford College Oxford who are hosting the Final of the Junior team Challenge. This event is open to schools who have year 7 & 8 and have qualified by their regional final. Teams are four players (with a possible reserve) and consists of rapid play matches against other schools [MAP]

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]

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Kensington, London SW7
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web:
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The Central London Chess Congress goes from strength to strength! Imperial College had a history of hosting chess congresses several decades ago, and revived the tradition with its first long-play congress in over a decade in late 2011. We have since followed up with six events and this will be the seventh! [MAP] ***Note: No U18s allowed due to Westminster Council restrictions on venue***

FIDE World School Chess Championship 2017 @ Iasi, Romania
Apr 21 – May 1 all-day

Contact: Dr. Vasile Manole Email: Web:

Friday Evening FIDE Blitz – Spring Series – Leyland 2017 @ Holiday Inn Express - Preston South Reedfield Place Walton Summit Preston PR5 8AA
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: David Clayton [MAP] 9 rounds of fast fun FIDE chess on a Friday evening. FIDE Rated. Rate of play – each player will have 3 minutes plus a 2 second increment per move from move one | Entry form

County Championships Preliminary Round
Apr 22 all-day

— details pending —

ECF Finance Council Meeting @ Ibis Hotel, 21 Ladywell Walk Arcadian Centre, Birmingham B5 4ST
Apr 22 all-day

This year’s Finance Council Meeting will take place in Birmingham [MAP] starting at 1.00pm

EPSCA Under 9 Final
Apr 22 all-day

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email:

Junior 4NCL @ St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 22 – Apr 23 all-day

4NCLCheck out the entry guidelines here –

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email:
5 Round Swiss. Open, U170, U145 & U120. Enhanced prize fund of over £2,000, thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare [MAP] Entry form

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay @ The Old Grammar School, Broad St., Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AH
Apr 22 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Graham Mill-Wilson Email: Web: [MAP] Six round rapidplay, with 25 mins. on the clock. Sections – Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Nice setting, free tea and coffee, and biscuits as long as they last | Entry form

ECF National Schools U19 Open Repechage @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Apr 23 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: Web:
5 round school team rapidplay for qualified teams only – see website for more information [MAP]

Study Session with GM Timur Gareyev @ Aldgate Tower (Level 4) 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Contact: Sabrina Chevannes Email:
Creative Solutions in Chess with GM Timur Gareyev aka Blindfold King
6.30-7.30pm – Presentation, 7.30-8.30pm – Practice.
All levels welcome, £30 to attend …

3rd Muswell Hill FIDE Weekday Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] 3 sections, £50 1st and a £30 prize in each section