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OLOMOUC CHESS SUMMER 2016 – 19th International Chess Festival @ Flora Hotel
Aug 13 – Aug 20 all-day

Contact: Jan Mazuch Email: Tel: +466 535 200 Web: – FIDE open, closed GM and IM tournaments, senior tournament, rapid chess, blitz tournament – regulations will be available in April

Split Open 2016 @ Hotel Zagreb
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: Mateo Ivić Email: Web:
Prize fund: 7500 Euros – last year 198 players, 19 federations, 11 GMs

Jessie Gilbert Celebration International Festival 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – Aug 28 @ 10:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 10:00AM ends 10:00PM. Including a Swiss Open event for norms, shorter events for players below 2000, and junior coaching events

5th Gibraltar Junior International Chess Festival @ Caleta Hotel
Aug 18 – Aug 23 all-day

For U16 & U12. FIDE & ECF graded, plus live boards. Opening reception, excursions, master classes, blitz, coaching, gala dinner and prize giving – all welcome! Download the flyer here

47th Thanet Chess Congress and Kent Individual Championships @ Canterbury Christ Church University
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day

Contact: Alan Atkinson Email: Web:
5 round Swiss competitions – Open; Major U170 ECF; Inter U140 ECF; Minor U110 ECF | Entry form

Manchester Summer Congress @ Woolton Hall
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day

Contact: Harry Lamb Email:
Weekend tournament, excellent playing hall. Three sections. £400 first prize in each section. Very attractive for a weekend away. Manchester is a major tourist city with a very good night life and excellent restaurants. The venue is within walking distance of Manchester’s famous “Curry Mile” [], while the city centre boasts the celebrated Chinatown restaurant area. Choice of accommodation from budget priced on-site student accommodation to 2-4 star hotels offering good summer deals | Entry form

Chester le Street Summer Chess Congress 2016 @ Park View School
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Paul Robson Email:
Five round Swiss now with Four sections with a potential £400 first prize in each section :
OPEN – Open to all players; MAJOR – Open to players graded below 170; INTERMEDIATE – Open to players graded below 135; New MINOR – Open to players graded below 110 | Entry form

Portes du Soleil Open International @ Club la Foret
Aug 20 – Aug 27 all-day

Contact: Albert Vasse Email: Web:
Swiss over 7 rounds. The results count for FIDE-rating. The rate of play is 90 minutes per person for the whole game with a 15 seconds increment | details

UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ Loughborough Grammar School
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: Web:
The final stage of an event involving 45,000 children from 1300 schools across the UK at the start in January.

South Bristol Rapidplay @ Whitchurch Folk House
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Roy Day Email: Web:
6 round Swiss rapidplay. 25 mins. on the clock. 1000 start. Sections decided on the day. Venue is at top of stairs, and sadly not suitable for disabled players | Entry form

Docklands Rapid-Play @ St. Nicholas Church Centre
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web:
6 round Swiss Rapid-Play – 30 minutes per player per game – 2 sections – Minor Under 130 and Major Under 171 | Entry form

Jessie Gilbert Celebration International 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 28 @ 10:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
In memory of Jessie Gilbert WIM, a norm event plus other shorter tournaments for those rated below 2000 – plus some junior/adult/family coaching events.

Chess Master @ The Local with GM Keith Arkell @ The Happy Hour
Aug 25 @ 3:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Mark Jordan Email:

Chess events aimed at occasional and lapsed players, but welcoming club players in a pub atmosphere. Informal competitions and a simul by Keith.

Bristol Steve Boniface Memorial Congress @ Sixth Form Common Room
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Contact: Alan Papier Email: Web:
5 round tournament in 3 sections — Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Central location with free parking | Entry form

e2e4 Crawley Late Summer Congress @ Arora Hotel
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Sean Hewitt Email: Web:
Three FIDE rated sections – Open; U2000 (175 ECF); U1700 (140 ECF) – with 7 rounds in each. FREE ENTRY for women and girls.

52nd Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran's School
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: Web:
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Leyland FIDE Chess Congress @ Wellfield Business and Enterprise College
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm

FIDE Open, Major U170 & Minor U135 | Entry form

Friends of Chess AGM @ Arora Hotel
Aug 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Contact: Chris Majer Email:
Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chess. The objects of the Society are to advance, encourage, support, sponsor and promote the playing of chess and all activities and interests concerned with chess.


English Chess Challenge Finals 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Aug 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Those primary school ages players who qualified from the semi-finals at the start of June are joined by the secondary school aged children who qualified for the final battle in each gender and age group.

CCF Open Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 7:30PM ends 10:15PM. Open Blitz – with 8 minutes plus 2 second Fischer increments

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz Chess Tournament @ Golders Green Unitarians Church
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd Prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member.

CCF Late Summer Congress @ Coulsdon Chess Federation
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – Sep 4 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 10:00AM ends 11:00PM. Long play congress over 5 rounds (3 Saturday & 2 Sunday)

Godalming Chess Club Open Junior Tournament @ Aldro School
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email:
5 round Swiss tournament with 5 sections – U18,U13,U11,U10,U9. Cash prizes for the U18 section,  trophies for the winners of the other sections with medals for the runners-up | Entry form

Darnall & Handsworth 1st FIDE-rated Rapidplay @ Stradbroke Community Centre
Sep 3 @ 10:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Geoff Brown Email: Web:

Six round Rapidplay, four sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120. All sections ECF graded and FIDE rated. Discounts for juniors and for those who already have a FIDE Rapidplay rating | Entry form

66th DCCA ‘Paignton’ Congress @ Livermead House Hotel
Sep 4 – Sep 10 all-day

Contact: Linda Crickmore Tel: 01752 768206 (before 9.00pm, please)
Ron Bruce Premier (Open), Rowena Bruce Challengers U180, Walker Minor U135, Boniface Morning 5 Round U180 and Thynne Morning 5 Round U135 (2 sections)