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Hastings Masters @ Horntye Park Sports Complex Bohemia Road Hastings
Dec 28 2018 @ 2:15 pm – Jan 6 2019 @ 9:30 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Web: [MAP] Main tournament of annual FIDE-rated 94th Tradewise Hastings International Chess Congress. The 10-round event provides norm opportunities and tries to encourage promising young players as well as attracting players from around the world | Entry form

The Leinster Junior Championships 2019 @ Talbot Hotel, Stilorgan, Co Dublin
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Irish New Year Norm Events 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP] A GM and IM Norm event for 12 IRL players and 8 non-IRL player. Run annually, the last 2 GM norm events have produced 2 GM norms.

The Irish 50+/65+ Championships 2019 @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Jan 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP] Both age groups (50+ and 65+) in one open event.

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member. 10 minutes per player per game, digital clocks. Held on the first Thursday of every month

Hastings FIDE-rated Blitz @ White Rock Hotel White Rock Hastings East Sussex
Jan 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Web: [MAP] Now an annual event withing the Tradewise Hastings International Chess Congress where players can have a good time, unrated players can get a Blitz rating in one evening and players can improve their ratings. Standard play ratings will not be affected by blitz or rapid play results. Standard play rating will be used initially for players who are FIDE-rated but do not have a Blitz rating

Shropshire Chess Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Colliers Way Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 4 – Jan 6 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE-rated Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor. A friendly and professionally-run congress in an excellent venue with probably the best food at a UK chess event!

Hastings Weekend Open @ Horntye Park Sports Complex Bohemia Road Hastings
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Alan Hustwayte Email: Web: [MAP] The Weekend OPEN Tournament is part of the 36th Hastings Weekend Congress within the Tradewise Hastings International Chess Congress. The event is FIDE-rated and has a rating prize for those with a published FIDE rating of below 1900 | Entry form

1st ECF Academy Weekend 2019 @ Holiday Inn, Hinckley Road, Coventry
Jan 5 – Jan 6 all-day

Contact: Alex Longson Email: [MAP] – by invitation only

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Postcode of entrance drive SL6 4QQ | Beginners section, and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Hastings Rapidplay @ St Mary Star of The Sea RC School, Magdalen Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex
Jan 5 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
Jan 5 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Monthly, 6 rounds, 5 sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 plus NEW ECF Graded Under 80 Section of 5 rounds! 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move –

Grand Chess Tournament London Redbridge @ The Hainault Room, Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High Street, Ilford
Jan 5 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Soumya Chatterjee Email: [MAP] Rapidplay 6 rounds, Swiss system, UKCA & FIDE support with prizes for winners | Entry form

Hull Rapid Play 2019 @ Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF
Jan 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Douglas Vleeshhouwer Email: Web: [MAP] 5 rounds Swiss, three sections: Open, U160, U120. 25mins + 5 sec increment from move 1 | Entry form

Greater London Chess Club FIDE-rated Evening Blitz @ Upper Vestry House St George's Bloomsbury 6 Little Russell Street London
Jan 8 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Blades Email: Web: [MAP] Single section Swiss tournament, 10 rounds, 3 minutes + 2 second increments per player per game. Open to all players. All results will be submitted for FIDE blitz rating. Free tea and coffee available during the tournament. GLCC Club member entry fee: £5 Non-members: £10 in advance or £13 from 6pm on Monday 7 January. 40% of entry fees will be returned as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and rating prizes. Remaining fees will go towards club funds

4NCL Weekend 2 Rounds 3-4
Jan 12 – Jan 13 all-day

Divisions 1 & 2 Mercure Daventry Court; Divisions 3 & 4 South Park Inn Bedford; Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

3rd Somerset New Year Chess Congress @ Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, North Somerset
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Rebecca and Colin Gardiner Email: Web: [MAP] Five round seeded Swiss tournament. 3 sections U175, U145 & U120 | Entry form

Girl’s Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop CE Junior School, Copmanthorpe Lane, Bishopthorpe
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web: http;/ [MAP] Final junior Training Day to help form a team under age 11. General chess training in Openings, Tactics and Endgame techniques | Entry form

ECF National Schools Girls’ Northern Semi-Finals @ Bridgewater School, Worsley Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WQ
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: Web:
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

CCF New Year Rapidplay 2019 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 12 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm
Leicester Junior Open Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Tel: 07989 151175 [MAP] ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (25 mins + 5 sec) in Open, Major (U80) and Minor (U25 – Ungraded) sections. Online Entry and full details at

Southend Junior Tournament @ Prince Avenue Academy Hornby Road Westcliff-on-Sea
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP] Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018-19 Round 3 …

ECF National Schools Girls’ Southern Semi-Finals @ St Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0AY
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Martin Email: Web:
Teams of three; U11 and U19 events; enter at the ECF official National Schools website; all standards welcome from novice to expert. The ECF wants to get as many girls playing and enjoying chess as possible [MAP]

Lothians Allegro 2019 @ Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, 34 Hutchison Causeway, Edinburgh
Jan 13 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: Web: [MAP] Rapidplay over five rounds. The time control is 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move | Entry form

21st 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] Web: