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CCF Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership November @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 29 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] November round of the Coulsdon Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership

The Kilkenny Congress 2018 @ Ormonde Hote and Club House Hotel, Kilkenny
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
4NCL Weekend 1 Rounds 1-2
Nov 17 – Nov 18 all-day

Divisions 3 & 4 South Mercure Daventry Court

Girls Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C E Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe York North Yorkshire YO23 2QT
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web: http;/ [MAP] Training day for all levels of ability including beginners. Led by ECF coach Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London, and other experienced ECF coaches will be available. The day will be a mix of training together with a Swiss competition. The main aim is to organise a Yorkshire Girls Team | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Nov 17 @ 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

CCF Champions League Chess Surrey East Zone 1st Leg @ Chipstead Valley Primary School Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: | Web  [MAP] First leg of the Surrey East Champions League Chess event which is a schools team tournament. There is also a Schools Individual Challenge that runs alongside it which is for the ‘extras’ from each school.

CCF Champions League Chess Surrey East Zone Autumn 2018 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: [MAP] This is the individual section of the team tournament of the schools in the East of Surrey.

10th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello Trust 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP] 9 rounds using Swiss pairing. Time controls are 3 mins for all moves with a 2 second increment per move from move 1. The latest FIDE blitz rules will be used. 2 illegal moves lose. Guaranteed cash prizes of 1st place £120 2nd place £60 and 3rd £40 4th £20 5th £10 | Online entry

4th Annual Lowestoft Rapidplay @ Parkhill Hotel Oulton Lowestoft
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: Stephen Cotterell Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss, 2 sections – Open & U150 | Entry form
PLEASE NOTE — this event is limited to 40 players only, so timely entry is essential!

Basildon Rapidplay Congress @ Kingswood Primary School Clay Hill Road Basildon
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP] Essex Junior Grand Prix Round 2 together with Basildon Adult Open | Entry form

Bolton Rapidplay @ Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, Bolton BL2 1JP
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: [MAP] 3 sections – Open; Major; Knights| Entry form

Eton College LJCC Qualifying Event + U18 Open @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PT
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: Web: [MAP] LJCC qualifying tournament & training day with GM Nick Pert. U18 Open, U12, U10, U8 and improvers sections

CCF Champions League Middx and the Rest Zone 1st Leg @ Millbank Primary Academy, Erasmus Street, Pimlico
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: [MAP] 1st leg of the Champions League Chess Middx and the Rest Zone …

Cambridgeshire Closed County Chess Championships @ Peterborough Bridge Club, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Francis Bowers Email: Web: [MAP] Limited to 32 players on a first come first served basis living in Cambridgeshire. 5 round seeded Swiss event. Open, Under 140, Junior Championships. Prizes available based on score – additional prizes may be added as well | Entry form

67th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Nov 24 @ 10:30 am – Nov 25 @ 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

British Rapidplay Chess Championships @ Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8RQ
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – Nov 25 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Brent Kitson Email: Web: [MAP] 10 round Swiss rapidplay under the auspices of the ECF

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Radstock Lane Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Earley, Reading
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section, and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Hatton Garden Chess Festival @ 120 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Haran Rasalingam Email: Web: [MAP] New format – am Team league match (teams of 4, at least 2 female players); pm Expert coaching and game analysis. Combining match play and coaching. The organisers will help you form teams if required

2nd ECF SE Girls’ Rapidplay Championship @ Chislehurst School for Girls, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst
Nov 25 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] A one-day rapidplay championships for girls. Open to any girl chess players below the age of 18 on the 1st September 2018. Part of the English Youth Grand Prix. Sections – U8, U10, U12, U14, U15-U18. The winners of each age group receive the title of ECF South East Girls’ Rapidplay Champion 2018

1st Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: Web: [MAP] All moves to be completed in 5 minutes, plus a 3 second increment after each move. Tournament is FIDE Blitz rated | Entry form

National Schools Team and Junior Team Challenge @ King Edward VI School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: [MAP] This is an ECF National Schools double event designed as an introduction for senior schools to competitive chess. The Junior Team Challenge is for Years 6 to 8, the Team Challenge for Years 6 to 13. Teams of 4 from the same senior school.
This is run on a Sunday to make it easier for students to participate. The competition winners will progress to a National Final | Flyer

CCF Champions League Surrey West Zone 1st Leg @ Wimbledon Park Primary School Havana Road Wimbledon
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: [MAP] 1st leg of the Champions League Chess Surrey West Zone …

Preston Chess Congress @ University Of Central Lancashire, Harrington Refectory, Adelphi Street, Preston PR17BE
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Malcolm Peacock Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round Swiss, FIDE-rated open

UK Open Blitz Championship – Finals @ TBC
Dec 1 all-day
Wiltshire Championship Round 2 @ N/A
Dec 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st January 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form