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Hastings Weekend Congress @ Horntye Park
Jan 1 – Jan 3 all-day

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Web:
Online entry – here

Golders Green Rapidplay Congress @ Golders Green Church Hall
Jan 2 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120 sections, 6 round Swiss open, £500.00 prize fund

Leicestershire Junior Christmas Congress @ Eadon Hall
Jan 2 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Colburn Email:
Open to all. Features Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 & Under 18 sections. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places plus Top Girl and other special prizes. Entry fee: £10 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Hastings Rapidplay @ St Mary Star of the Sea School
Jan 3 all-day

Contact: Sandra Manchester Email: Website:
6 round Swiss in 4 sections – U18 Major, U18 Minor, U11 Major, U11 Minor. Open to all aged under-18 on 31st August 2015 | Entry form

Hastings FIDE-rated Blitz Tournament @ White Rock Hotel
Jan 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Tel: 01424 443300 Web:
A blitz event where players can have a good time, unrated players can get a blitz rating in one evening and players can improve their rating.

Training with GM Bogdan Lalic @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Jan 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 7:30AM
ends 9:30PM. A series of 5 two hour sessions, repeating the very successful sessions held
in the early part of last year

Greater London Chess Club FIDE Rated Blitz Tournament @ Upper Vestry House
Jan 5 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: Web:
Single section Swiss Tournament, 10 rounds, 5 minutes per player per game. 1st, 2nd and rating prizes. Entry fees: GLCC members – £3, non-members -£7 in advance or £12 from 4th January | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess – Spring Tournament @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 2:00PM ends 6:00PM. Wednesday afternoons aimed at senior players (but allowing others who happen to be available). Players have a minimum of 5 matches (recently 7-8) during each tournament cycle (there are 3 per year)

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz Chess Tournament @ Golders Green Unitarians Church
Jan 7 @ 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.

Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: Web:
A friendly and professionally-run congress. FIDE-rated Open – first prize £1,000. Major U160 and Minor U125. New Friday evening to Sunday format, digital clocks throughout and incremental time controls G90+30’. Excellent facilities, brilliant food and a warm welcome to all.

6th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Mercure Wetherby Hotel
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U1900 (ECF U160), ECF U130. Five rounds – Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms, information –

Castle Chess Congress – 4th Winchester @ Holiday Inn
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 10 @ 5:15 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 £150 per event. This congress is played in a modern 4star Holiday Inn Hotel situated three miles from Winchester town centre. Junction 9 or 10 on M3. We shall be running a Draughts Tournament alongside the Castle Chess Event. Everyone welcome.

Junior 4NCL @ Park Inn Birmingham West
Jan 9 – Jan 10 all-day
Castle Chess Training and Tournament @ Holiday Inn Hotel
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – Jan 10 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web:
Learn and play in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere. Master Coaching and rapid chess tournament open to all players. Even complete beginners can join and make a start towards improving their chess ability. Parents interested in honing their chess skills and catching up can also join. The beginners section will offer coaching and the opportunity to play training games | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
Two sections — U90 ECF rapidplay rated, and Beginners not rated | Entry form

CCF New Year Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Jan 9 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 10:15AM ends 6:30PM. 7 round FIDE tournament – an open section with as many extra sections as numbers will allow

KJCA Coaching Day 3 @ Barming Primary School
Jan 10 @ 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

Contact: Krishna Shiatis Email: Website:
Coaching days for KJCA are designed to teach children from beginner level all the way to advanced. Please see KJCA website for the different classes and levels. The coaching programme is run by and has been designed by Chris Ward GM

4NCL Rounds 3 and 4 / Weekend 2
Jan 16 – Jan 17 all-day

Park Inn Telford (Division 3 South, Division 4 South) De Vere Wychwood Park (Division 3 North)

8th Golders Green Congress @ Golders Green Parish Church Hall
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Tel: 07855 036 537 Web:
Our 8th Congress is in three sections — Under 2200, U1900 and an ECF graded section Under 135 from 16-17 January 2016

KJCA GP 4 – The Cornwallis Academy @ The Cornwallis Academy
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Krishna Shiatis Email: Website:
ECF Graded rapidplay. All juniors welcome

Southend Junior Tournament @ Prince Avenue Academy
Jan 17 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web:
Essex Junior Grand Prix 2015-16 Round 3 | Entry form

4NCL Rounds 3 and 4 / Weekend 2
Jan 23 – Jan 24 all-day
Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys SchoolCannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL64QQ
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
Under 110 Rapid Play Section, and Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament Qualifying for the Megafinal | Entry form

Poplar Rapid-Play @ Langley Hall
Jan 23 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web:
6 round Swiss seeded rapidplay tournament with two grade banded sections – Minor, Under 130 and Major Under 171 | Entry form

EPSCA Rapidplay @ Broadgreen International School
Jan 23 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: Website:
EPSCA Junior Rapidplay with age groups from Under 8 to Under 11. Each age section has both a standard and a “new-to-chess” section. The Open Under 11 Section is a qualifying event for the EPSCA Squad | Entry form