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Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: £3,150, including: 1st £1,200, 2nd £600, 3rd £400, 4th £300, 5th £200, 6th £150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) £100, Top <2400 £100, Top <2200 £100. Entry fee: £60, junior discount £10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form

47th Dyfed Chess Congress @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Rd, Goodwick SA64 0BT
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Orton Email: Web: [MAP] Open Section – 1st: £300, 2nd: £180, 3rd: £120
Grading Prizes: 2049 – 1900; 1899 – 1750; 1749 & below: £120 per band
Major Section – open to players graded below 1600 (ECF 121)
1st: £150. The 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes (U1400 (ECF 96) & U1200 (ECF 71) will be announced at the Congress | Entry form

Midland Open Rapid & Blitz Championships @ Holiday Inn Birmingham, 20 Wolverhampton Road West, Walsall WS2 0BS
Feb 17 – Feb 18 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Four rapidplay sections: Open, Under 2000, Under 1750, Under 1500; One Blitz tournament | Entry form

Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 5ET
Feb 17 @ 9:45 am – Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: Web:
Although this (32nd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2017 | MAP | Entry form

Northern Junior Championship @ Excelsior Academy Denton Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6AF
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: [MAP] Sections for Under 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18 – depending on numbers the older age group will be under 14 and open sections. Age eligibility at 1st January 2018 | Entry form

58th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – Feb 18 @ 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

Barnet Junior Chess Girls Only event @ St Paul’s C of E Primary School The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QU
Feb 18 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Jason Bennett Email: Web: [MAP] GIRLS ONLY junior event – 6 round Rapidplay event | Entry form

Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7EE
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: [MAP] Six rounds x 30 minutes per player. Sections for U18, U11, U9 and Novices | Entry form

KJCA Coaching Days 2017-18 @ Sevenoaks Primary School Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LB
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) Coaching Days – Led by GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms. The KJCA Coaching days follow the Institute of Chess levels and exams. For further details and to register go to our website at

Leyland Rapidplay @ Academy@Worden, Westfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1QX
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Clayton Email: Web: [MAP] Please note the change of venue. The Minor tournament, with a low grading limit, is suitable for juniors, including those who do not have a grade. Major Tournament – Under 190, grading prize U165; Intermediate Tournament – Under 145, grading prize U120; Minor Tournament – Under 100, grading prize U80 & ungraded prize | Entry form

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat, 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale NW9 5XW
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email: [MAP] Children’s graded chess tournament with training in-between matches, aimed at players capable of recording games | Entry form

43rd East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW
Feb 23 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Dr Tim Paulden Email: Web: [MAP] One of the most popular Congresses in the South West – our 2017 event attracted over 150 entrants!
Venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. Please visit our new website for full details, including the tournament leaflet and link to our online entry system | Entry form

25th Annual Bunratty Chess Festival @ Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Carey Email: Web: [MAP] The 25th edition of Ireland’s largest and most celebrated event. Renowned as one of the top and most popular weekenders in Europe and referred to by GM Nigel Short as the “… Rolls-Royce of weekenders”

26th Doncaster Congress @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2HY
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Steve Mann Email: Web: [MAP] Sections: Open; Major (U171); Intermediate (U146); Minor (U126). Prizes in each section: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, + grading prizes. Entry fee £32 | Entry form

2018 BUCA Championship @ Park Inn by Radisson Telford, Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day

Contact: Daniel Young Email: Web: [MAP] A 5-round Team Swiss with four divisions to determine the British Universities’ Champions of 2018. The top 4 teams will qualify for the European Universities’ Chess Championship in 2018.

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Postcode of entrance drive is RG9 1QY [MAP] Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Website:
Includes Delancey UK Chess Qualifying Tournaments for children under 11. Graded sections, if suitable according to entries. Entry by email with bank transfer available | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Feb 24 @ 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

ECF U18 County Championships @ The King's School, Brook Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6RP
Feb 25 all-day
Richmond Rapidplay 117 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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

Exchange Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
Feb 25 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss team (2 players – assigned by the arbiter) fun version of standard chess tournament. Captured pieces are shared between the teammates to reuse them in the game | Entry form

Khazar Cup Chess Festival @ Anzali Free Zone, Iran
Feb 26 @ 10:25 am – Mar 6 @ 11:25 am
Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Mar 1 all-day

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

39th County Durham Open Chess Congress @ Houghton Sports Centre
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm
Bristol Spring Congress incl. 71st Bristol League Championship @ 6th Form Common Rooms, Bristol Grammar School (BGS), University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Mar 2 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round tournament with 3 sections: FIDE rated Open, Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue | Entry form

Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Alan Higgs Centre Allard Way Coventry CV3 1HW
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE rated Open, FIDE rated Under 1975 (U170), ECF Under 140, ECF Under 110 | Entry form