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18th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Doncaster
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] – for entry forms, information –

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend @ TBA
Apr 14 – Apr 15 all-day

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1, 2 and 3) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 3). Spare places may be available for those not on either the programme who wish to attend as a one off event. These will be advertised on the ECF Juniors website although you may email the ECF Director of Junior Chess directly if you wish. These study weekends are for advanced players.

36th St. Albans Congress @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans, Herts AL1 4RU
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Douse Email: Web: [MAP]
Over £3,250 in prizes; Swiss tournament over 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor Under 121, Intermediate Under 141, Major Under 161, Challengers Under 181, Open (no grade limits); large playing hall; hot and cold refreshments; large free car park; good transport links

Parent+Child Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP]
Coaching event for the parents/relatives (Group 1) and their chess-playing children (Group 2). Topics for Group 1: A) How to help your child in his/her chess career. B) Improve your knowledge about chess game in general. Led by IM/WGM Dagne Ciuksyte (ECF accredited coach) | Entry form

9th Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road SW7 2BB
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web: [MAP]
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The ninth Central London Chess Congress will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2018 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*

Junior 4NCL @ Park Inn, Telford
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
43rd Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham, NG7 4ED
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP]
OPEN / U165 / U135 / U110; OPEN 1st prize £650. Entry form and online entry on the Notts Chess website. Free entry to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
Minor Under 130 – Major Under 171. 6 rounds of rapid chess. Half an hour per player per game | Entry form

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Final @ TBA
Apr 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

12th Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Apr 25 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

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

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web: [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

Forest Hall Weekend Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Forest Hall Chess Club invites you to take part in a new style of friendly, low-cost weekend congress, including four classical chess tournaments and a ‘Chess for All’ FIDE-rated Blitz.
Classical Weekender: Open, Major (U-170), Intermediate (U-135), Foundation (U-100), FIDE-rated Blitz (Sunday, 5pm-7pm): One section for everyone! Weekender entry fees: £10 (£9 Under 18s/Over 65s, Unwaged) FIDE-rated Blitz entry fees: £5 (£4 Under 18s, Over 65s & Unwaged) | Entry form

3rd Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall Hall Plain Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections Open, U170, U145, U120. Prize fund of over £1800 thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare | Entry form

60th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am – Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
THREE SECTIONS – Under 2200 & Under 1900 plus a section for players who are graded Under 135 on the ECF list

XYChess Spring Open A & B @ Windsor Hotel , Sliema, Malta SLM 1854
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am – May 4 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Clarence Psaila Email: Web: [MAP]
7 round Swiss system, with 1 game per day, allowing lots of time for sightseeing and other activities | Poster

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 9 Final @ TBA
Apr 28 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

Richmond Rapidplay 118 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Continuation of famous and long-running series of rapidplay events | Entry form

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay @ Old Grammar School, Broad street, Chipping Sodbury BS376AH
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Stubbs Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round Rapidplay event – ECF/FIDE-rated. Three sections; Open, Under 155, Under 125. At least £100 first prize in Open Section. Entry £15 each section, juniors (under 18) £12. Each section will have at least 1st and 2nd place prizes. One grading prize in each section, and one overall Junior prize.
Time control: 20 mins plus 5 sec increments per move . Free tea and coffee. Lunch time refreshments (including homemade cakes) will also be available. One 1/2 point bye per player if requested before the day. Blitz, competition at lunchtime. £1 to enter, one section (hopefully, in the lovely courtyard garden) | Entry form

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
May 3 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Time control : G10 (all in ten minutes each); Swiss 6 round Open (one section)

4NCL Rounds 9, 10 and 11 / Weekend 5
May 5 – May 7 all-day

4NCLDivisions 1 and 2 – Park Inn Telford 
Divisions 3 South and 4 – De Vere Wokefield Park
Division 3 North – Holiday Inn, Doncaster

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Junior event including section qualifying for the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal | Entry form

CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
A 12 round FIDE-rated Open blitz with 3 minutes plus 2 second Fischer increments

4th Castle Chess Harrogate @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135,
Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Guaranteed prize fund minimum £180 per event | Entry form