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Bradford Chess Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club Clifton Villas Manningham Bradford BD8 7BY
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: David Barlow Email: Web: [MAP] 3 tournaments — OPEN – open to all players; MAJOR – open to players with a grading of 170 or below; MINOR – open to players with a grading of 135 or below | Entry form
Disabled players are welcome but please contact the Entries Secretary first for details of facilities available

2018 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ TBC
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: Tel: 07786260301 Web:
The Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from the three Gigafinals

33rd Crowborough Chess Congress @ The Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove, Crowborough East Sussex TN6 1AR
Sep 15 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: David Fryer Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round rapidplay Swiss tournament with 25 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move from start. One section with grading prizes. ENTRY LIMITED TO PLAYERS RATED BELOW ECF 215 and FIDE 2300 | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Sep 15 @ 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Five sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades – Open to All (the strongest section); Under 170 Major; Under 145 Minor; Under 120 Amateur; Improvers Under 105; Under 80 My First Tournament

Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP] The Irish Rapid and Blitz championships are open to anyone with a 2,000 euro prize fund. The Rapid is played over 7 rounds with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 second increment and will be FIDE rated.
The Blitz is played over 11 rounds with a time control of 3 minutes + 2 second increment and will be FIDE rated

The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP] Open to entrants from any country. Any IRL player can take home the title of Irish Blitz and/or Rapid Champion. Entry fees below. Generous prize fund: 1600 euro. Time Control: 3 minutes + 2 second increment in blitz & 10 minutes + 5 second increment in Rapid

Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London N2 9HR
Sep 18 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Three FIDE rated sections – OPEN, Under 160 and Under 120

Greater London Chess Club FIDE Rated Evening Blitz @ Upper Vestry House St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell Street London
Sep 18 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: Web: [MAP] Open and U1825 (U150ECF) FIDE rated blitz tournaments. Swiss System, 10 rounds, rate of play 3 minutes + 2 second increment. 40% of entry fees returned as 1st and 2nd prizes in each section. Open to all players.
Highest placed London Public Service League player will be the Open and U-150 League blitz champions 2018 | Entry form

Prodigy Standard U100 – Term 1 @ The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: Web: [MAP] All (ECF graded Under 100 as well as ungraded) chess players are welcome to play during school term (after school). 25 minutes for the game plus 10 seconds per move from the start; 5 rounds (each round each week) | Entry form

The 2nd Annual St. Andrew’s Charity Classic @ St. Andrews College, Booterstown Ave, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ross Beatty Email: Web: [MAP] Time control all sections: 75 min + 30 sec. Sections – Masters: 1800+ ; Majors: 1100 – 1900; Challengers: Below 1200

NYCA U18 / U14 Championships @ Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth
Sep 22 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley Email: [MAP] Three rounds, all moves in 30 mins + 10 secs per move | Entry form

Delancey UK Schools Northern Challengers @ Cunard Building, Brunswick Street, Liverpool L3 1AH
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge is proud to present its prestigious ‘2018 Northern Challengers’ event. Children in all sections (from Under 7s to Under 18s) qualify for the ‘Northern Challengers’ by scoring 4/6 in one of the 2018 Gigafinals.
In addition, there will be parallel Open tournaments for children of all age groups, from Under 7s to Under 18s. There are no pre-qualifications required to enter these tournaments.
Please note – entry for all events is not possible by email or telephone, only online at | Flyer

65th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am – Sep 23 @ 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

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4NE
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: Web: [MAP] Four 5-round rapidplay tournaments – Open, U160, U125, U90. Over £700 in prizes

ECF Secondary School Chess Tournament @ Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email: Web: [MAP] Teams will consist of 6 players in school years 7 to 13. Schools can enter one or two teams. Squads can have up to 8 players with 6 playing in any match.
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move.
Play will be in the spacious school hall; team rooms will be shared and in the maths department | Flier

Coventry Chess Club 1st Junior Open Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club Broad Lane Coventry
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: [MAP] Open and Under 120 sections. 5 rounds. All moves in 15 minutes with 10 second increment per move.
Players must be under 18 on 31st August 2018. £3 entry fee | Entry form

Prodigy Standard U100 – Term 1 @ The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact: Maria Damodaran Email: Web: [MAP] All (ECF graded Under 100 as well as ungraded) chess players are welcome to play during school term (after school). 25 minutes for the game plus 10 seconds per move from the start; 5 rounds (each round each week) | Entry form

20th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Park Inn, Nottingham
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

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

54th Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, North Shields, North Tyneside NE29 6TL
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: David Watson Email: Web: [MAP] Three sections over 5 rounds – Open FIDE rated, Major limited to 165 ECF and below, Minor limited to 135 ECF and below. Rate of play all moves in 110 minutes with 10 second increments from the start.
The Foundation – restricted to players of ECF 105 and below and who have never won a main prize in a congress. Ten rounds, rate of play all moves in 1 hour. Play each opponent twice, once with white and once with black | Entry form

Original Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8PU
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web: [MAP] 1st prize in each section has increased to £160.00. Minor U136 & Major U170 using 2018 January grades. At Harrogate chess club with lovely surroundings | Entry form

Junior 4NCL @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day
Kent Junior Chess Association GP1 & LJCC Qualifier @ Tonbridge Grammar School, Deakin Leas, Tonbridge
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] This event is also a LJCC Qualifier for U8, U10 and U12 sections. All juniors under the age of 18 as of 31 August 2018 are welcome. There is no grading limit – but a rapidplay or equivalent grade (July 2018 list) above 120 is expected to play in the U18 Major section, unless an exception at the discretion of our chief arbiter

Norfolk County Chess Championships @ The Tithe Barn Rectory Road Horstead NR12 7EP
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP] Closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA. Must be at least a Bronze ECF member. 5 round Swiss | Entry form

CCF Autumn Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 29 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] A FIDE-rated 7 round Rapidplay in up to 3 sections. Open, Major & Minor. Limits to be set the evening before based on entries. Players can specify ‘Open’ or “Prefer Sections’ when they book …