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Bradford Chess Congress @ Latvian Welfare Club
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Swire Email: Web:
OPEN TOURNAMENT – Open to all players, entry fee £25; MAJOR TOURNAMENT grading of 170 or below, entry fee £23; MINOR TOURNAMENT grading of 135 or below, entry fee £23 | Entry form

Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) GP1 & LJCC qualifier @ The Judd School
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web:
All juniors under the age of 18 as of 31 August 2016 are welcome. There is no grading limit. All sections will be sent for rapidplay grading with the ECF. This event is also a LJCC Qualifier for U8, U10 and U12 sections.
Registration: 9:00am; First Round: 9:30am; Prize Giving: 5:30pm (est)

ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament @ Eton College
Sep 18 @ 10:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Neill Cooper Email:
5 round Swiss rapidplay tournament. Digital chess clocks: all moves in 20 minutes + 5 sec/move. All games will be ECF graded. 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. Schools which have no pupils beyond year 8 are allowed up to 2 players from years 5 and 6. £10.00 per team (cheques payable to English Chess Federation)

Fleet LJCC Qualifier @ Church Crookham Junior School
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email:
ECF Graded London Junior Qualifying event for U8, U10 and U12 sections. Lessons to be provided in between rounds by GM Nick Pert and IM Ravi Kumar | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Daytime chess is primarily for senior players to have rated and graded chess which enables them to return home at a civilised time of day. The players who enter will be split into sections according to ability in the hope of giving between 5 and 8 matches each during the duration of the event.

52nd Northumberland Chess Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: David Watson Email:
Weekend Congress with 5 Rounds. 1st round Friday Evening, Rounds 2 & 3 Saturday, Rounds 4 & 5 Sunday. Open FIDE rated, Major restricted to ECF grade 165 and below, Minor restricted to ECF grade 135 and below plus Foundation event 10 rounds restricted to players ECF grade 105 and below who have never won a major prize in a congress | Entry form

43rd Hampstead Congress U1900/U2200/U135 @ Henderson Court Day Centre
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day

An Under 2200 (ECF 200) / Under 1900 (ECF 160) / Under 135 (ECF graded not FIDE rated) congress every month! NOW IN SECTIONS. All moves in 60 minutes each PLUS 30 seconds a move throughout. £150 1st, £75 2nd in each section PLUS rating prizes. Space STRICTLY limited space, so enter early! for details of times and fees (ECF Gold Membership required for ENGLISH players)

5th Hastings & St Leonards Weekend Chess Tournament @ Pelton House
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: Web:
For any chess player graded 150 and under – one section only. Entry fee — Standard=£25, Hastings Chess Club member=£20, Under 18=£15 – prizes guaranteed, total £265 as follows —
1st £100 2nd £60 3rd £30 with three grading prizes of £25 each – U125, U100, U75
Enter by post to Marc Bryant, the arbiter, at 88 Manor Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3LP. Only the first 30 entries will be accepted | Entry form

York Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop C of E Junior School
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Tel: 01904-624958
Entry fee £5.00 – training with International Master, James Adair and other experienced coaches with DBS certification, and a chess competition on a Swiss system (NOT A KNOCKOUT EVENT) | Entry form

CCF Autumn FIDE Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 24 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Open Rapid Play and Graded Sections below it according to entries

English Chess Challenge – Champion of Champions’ Event @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 24 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Open to the age group winners of the English Chess Challenge Finals (August 2016)

Witney Rapidplay @ The Batt School
Sep 25 all-day

Sections: Senior, Junior Major and Junior Minor

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email:
Five round rapidplay over four tournaments: Open, U160, U120 and Junior (Under 12). £700 prize fund | Entry form

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat
Sep 25 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email:
ECF graded childrens’ chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Autumn 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
Daytime chess is primarily for senior players to have rated and graded chess which enables them to return home at a civilised time of day. The players who enter will be split into sections according to ability in the hope of giving between 5 and 8 matches each during the duration of the event.

6th New Harrogate Chess Congress @ Harrogate Chess Club
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web:
2 weeks later than planned – it’s on the only weekend available in the month for venue. This is the longest standing recent Harrogate Congress, with Open and Minor sections. 1st prize in the Minor is £155 due to sponsorship from ‘Chess Essentials’ Bookstall and It takes place in Harrogate, across the park from the town centre, which is about a mile from railway station | Entry form

Castle Chess – 2nd Harrogate Chess Congress @ The Old Swan Hotel
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe / Marc Shaw Email: Website:
OPEN incl Premier U180, MAJOR U160 incl Intermediate U140, MINOR U120 incl Challenger U100. Guaranteed Prize Fund minimum £150 per event. 6 Rounds – Played in a special hotel with lots of character. Ample parking. Special Rates offered for the chess well below their normal charges. Early booking suggested via Tony Corfe.

2016 Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII Preparatory School
Oct 1 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email:
An ECF-graded junior tournament for players aged under 8, 10 and 12 | Entry form

4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships @ Harben House
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Check out the entry guidelines here –

Junior 4NCL @ De Vere Venues
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day
Norfolk County Chess Championships @ Tithe Barn
Oct 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email:
Closed event – eligibility & rules on
5 round Swiss, Championships + Challengers, top 24 in the Championship

Rainham Hall Rapidplay @ Rainham Hall
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: Web:
Five round rapidplay tournament in the beautiful and historic setting of Rainham Hall’s old stables. Open and Minor (U130ECF / U-1675 FIDE) sections, ECF graded and FIDE rated, 30 minutes per player per game.

Peter Clarke Memorial Rapidplay @ Oceans Community Centre
Oct 1 @ 10:15 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: Web:
One day 6 round rapidplay with Open & U140 sections | Entry form

8th Muswell Hill / East Finchley FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
There are three FIDE rated sections of six rounds; an OPEN, a Major Under 160 and a Minor Under 120. The venue is a very short walk from East Finchley underground station on the Northern Line Isle of Man International – Masters @ Villa Marina
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – Oct 9 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: Web:
£50,000 prize fund. Likely to be one of Europe’s strongest open tournaments in 2016. See website for details | Entry form