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Junior 4NCL @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day
Junior 4NCL @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day
Training Day with IM Andrew Martin @ Yately Manor School 51 Reading Road Yateley
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Nidhi Gogia Email: Web: [MAP] 4 hours of fun chess training by IM Andrew Martin. Only £15 per child; all U18 juniors welcome. Positive feedback from previous sessions, with lots of interactive activities and learning with children winning prizes. Book early to avoid disappointment; limited spaces available | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
Mar 2 @ 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 Improvers Under 105 section, and an ECF Graded Under 80 Section! 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move –

Grand Chess Tournament London Redbridge @ The Hainault Room, Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High Street, Ilford
Mar 2 @ 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

SAE UKCC Qualifier @ St. Nicholas Primary School, Hurst
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Brent Smith Email: Web: [MAP] UKCC Qualifier and ECF graded 7 games. Major and Minor trophies for the winners plus cash prizes; medals for the runners-up. Megafinalist trophy for the overall winner and qualifier

Special Interest Chess Holiday @ Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OEH
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

Contact: Jamie Shail Email: Web: [MAP] This event’s 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.
We will be joined for a day by Raymond Keene OBE, Grandmaster, FIDE international arbiter, journalist and author. The holiday is suitable for anyone from the inexperienced (ungraded) player to local club players, though not for anyone above 150 grading | Accessibility statement

British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Brentwood Senior School Middleton Hall Lane Brentwood
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: Web: [MAP] British Chess Train and Play days are hosted by IM Richard Pert and local junior coach Robin Slade. Our guest coaches this time are GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan. All the juniors will enjoy 2 formal coaching sessions and 4 graded matches within their coaching groups along with a rolling programme of analysis as games finish | Entry form

4th HOPE CUP Junior Rapidplay @ Lewisham Chess Club, Catford Cricket and Sports Club, Penerley Road, London
Mar 3 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Jude Ranga Samarasinghe Email: Web: [MAP] ECF graded chess tournament for juniors aged 6 to 13. Time control: 20 minutes per game. Participation fee £25 per person. The overall winner in every age group will be awarded a trophy; 1st, 2nd & 3rd places among girls and boys will receive medals and certificates.

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Desborough School, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section, and other sections for more advanced payers. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

CCF Junior Club ECC Qualifier Rounds 6-7 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Mar 4 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 11 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] Final two rounds of our heat of the English Chess Challenge 2019

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Mar 7 @ 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

43rd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 8 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bill O’Rourke 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

44th East Devon Chess Congress at Exeter @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm

Contact Dr Tim Paulden Email: Web: [MAP] One of the most popular Congresses in the South West – our 2016 and 2017 events both attracted over 140 entrants! The venue is in Exeter city centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation.
*** Please note the new TWO-DAY FORMAT for 2019 – three rounds on Saturday, two rounds on Sunday! ***
Full details, including the tournament leaflet, will be released in Summer 2018 …

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London
Mar 9 @ 10:30 am – Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP – entrance on Prince Arthur Road] 2 days, 5 games – U2200, U1900 and ECF Under 135 Sections. 10.30am start Saturday, 11am Sunday. Held a short walk from Hampstead Underground (Northern Line). 60 mins per player + 30 secs a move :: 5 rounds

EPSCA Under 11 Zones @ TBA
Mar 9 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
For associations affiliated to EPSCA participating in three zones qualifying for the final on 30th March 2019

2019 Warwick Junior Open @ Warwick Preparatory School Bridge Field, Banbury Road, Warwick
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections for primary school children – Open, Under 75, Under 50 and Under 25 | Entry form

Solihull Chess Club 1st Rapid Play Chess 960 Tournament @ Solihull School Warwick Road Solihull West Midlands
Mar 10 @ 9:30 am – 6:15 pm

Contact: John Green Email: Web: [MAP] A rapid play Chess 960 tournament organised by Solihull Chess Club. An Open competition with no sections, 5 rounds Swiss. 30 minutes for all moves with 10 seconds increments. Main prize of £250, with two additional equal valued ECF grading grizes for U165 and U120. Entrance fee £15 | Entry form

Fischer Random Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Mar 10 @ 12:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss fun chess tournament. The starting position of the pieces is random. Time control: 10 minutes each with 10 seconds added per move. All ages are welcome! | Entry form

CCF Champions League Surrey West Zone 2nd Leg @ Wimbledon Park Primary School Havana Road Wimbledon
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: [MAP] 2nd leg of the Champions League Chess Surrey West Zone …

Kishan Pattni Birthday Invitational @ The Shakespeare 99 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: [MAP] Birthday invitational FIDE rated tournament

4NCL Weekend 4 Rounds 7-8
Mar 16 – Mar 17 all-day

Divisions 1 & 2 Park Inn Telford; Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

1st Brainstormchess FIDE Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London
Mar 16 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Online entry: [MAP] Open, U2000, U1800, U1600 FIDE rated sections and U76 ECF graded section. 7 rounds (6 in the U76 ECF graded section) 15 mins + 10 second per move time controls. £800.00 in prizes | Entry form

CCF Champions League Surrey East 2nd Leg @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: | Web [MAP] The 2nd leg of the Surrey East Zone of the Champions League Chess tournament. This is primarily a school’s team tournament.

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Mar 16 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP] 6 rounds, 2 sections. Major Under 171 and Minor Under 130 | Entry form