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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

Colchester Junior Tournament @ St Benedict's Catholic College Norman Way Colchester Essex CO3 3US
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP] Essex Junior Grand Prix 2017-18 Round 4 | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Mar 3 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Five sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades – Open to All (the strongest section); Under 170 Major; Under 145 Minor; Under 120 Amateur; Under 80 My First Tournament

Rothay Manor Chess Holiday Tournament @ Rothay Manor Hotel Rothay Bridge Ambleside LA22 0EH
Mar 4 – Mar 10 all-day

Contact: Winston Williams Email: Previous event – here [MAP] The 5-night holiday runs from Sunday afternoon through to Friday morning and the main aim is for guests to enjoy themselves whilst increasing their knowledge of chess and gaining confidence in using various tactics.
The holiday includes — a seven-round Swiss competition; a look at some games from the past; tutorial sessions covering opening principles, middle game, endgame techniques; chess tactics (pin, skewer, fork and discovered check); analysis of games played at the hotel.
Time will be available during the holiday so you have the opportunity to take in some of the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading.

Colindale Children’s Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat, 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale NW9 5XW
Mar 4 @ 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

42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: Web: [MAP] £6700 in prizes. Five sections – Lancashire Open, The Imperial Major (U181), The Intermediate (U155), The Minor (U135) & The Standard (U115) | Live games at

Wiltshire Open Championship 2018 @ Wiltshire Sight, St Lucy’s, The Beeches, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2AT
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: [MAP] One overall tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116) | Entry form

EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: [MAP] This is a Closed Championship, only open to East Anglian Chess Union players (see entry form for eligibility details). It’s a 5-round Swiss tournament, with 3 rounds on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. There are three Championship sections – Open, U-170 and U-130, and the Open Champion will qualify for a place in the 2018 British Championship | Entry form

59th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – Mar 11 @ 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

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 9 Zones @ Various in the North, South and East of England
Mar 10 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Three zones qualifying for a final …

Castle Chess 10th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9BG
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Prizes dependent on entries as agreed at players review 2017 | Entry form

4NCL Rounds 7 and 8 / Weekend 4
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day

Divisions 1 and 2 – De Vere Wokefield Estate
Division 3 North – Mercure Bolton Georgian House

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Mar 17 @ 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

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Zones @ Various in the North, South and East of England
Mar 17 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Three zones qualifying for a final …

Desert Penguins UKCC Last Chance Saloon @ Barnes Sports Club, 261 Lonsdale Road, Barnes SW13 9QL
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Contact: Augustin Madan Email: [MAP] Delancey UK Chess Qualifying Tournament for MEGAFINALS. There will be 3 sections: U7, U9 and U11. Children scoring 17 points or more will qualify for the Megafinal stage. There will be prizes for winners in all sections. Entry by email with bank transfer available | Entry form

11th Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Mar 21 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

Muswell Hill / East Finchley Weekday FIDE Rapid @ Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London N2 9HR
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

4NCL Rounds 7 and 8 / Weekend 4
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day

Division 3 South and 4 – De Vere Wokefield Estate

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Girls’ Final @ TBA
Mar 24 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

EPSCA Associations can enter a team without playing in a qualifying zone …

24th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TW
Mar 25 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections: Open, Max. 170, Max. 140, Max. 110 | Entry form

Wellington College Graded Junior Tournament & Training Day @ Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PT
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

… with GM Nick Pert Email: Web:
6 round graded rapidplay tournament and training day. Three available sections – U18 Open, U11 & Improvers (ungraded section for less experienced players). Training provided between each round by experienced coaches including GM Nick Pert. All U18 and U11 games submitted for grading to ECF | Entry form