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43rd Guernsey International Chess Festival @ The Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Fred Hamperl Email: Web: [MAP] – the tournament remains at the popular Peninsula Hotel on Guernsey’s sandy west coast | Entry form

Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: Web: [MAP] Biggest weekend congress in the UK! Please don’t telephone after 9pm. Dates for the future — 2018 = 26th – 28th October; 2019 = 25th – 27th October

55th Hampstead FIDE Congress U2200/U1900/U135 @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NS
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Under 2200 and Under 1900 FIDE sections, ECF Under 135 Section, G60+30s a move

Fifth Witney Weekend Congress @ Cokethorpe School, Witney OX29 7PU
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

thokecorpContact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] Sponsored by Cokethorpe School
There are four main sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120, with a prize fund of over £1900.

Aldro Inter Schools Tournament @ Aldro School Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Oct 21 @ 7:15 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: [MAP] Three round Swiss tournament for teams of 4 players. School team event. U13, U11 and U9 age groups.
Major and Minor sections for the U11 and U9 age groups(numbers permitting). Medals for the top 3 teams in each section | Entry form

The 2nd Martlesham Heath Thematic Chess Tournament @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3PL
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP] Thematic chess event. All games start from the position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Opening called Nimzo-Indian Defence). Six round Swiss. 2 sections: Open and Minor (U75 grade). Time Control: 20 minutes for each player per game | Entry form

2nd Newham Community Chess Tournament @ The Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Young Email: Web: [MAP] A six-round rapidplay Swiss for players of all ages and abilities, organised by Newham Council and Chess in Schools & Communities. Three sections (Open, U140 Major and U80 Challengers) with a £1,500 prize fund in the Open/Major and trophies, book prizes etc. in the Challengers. Free entry for London Borough of Newham residents | Entry form

2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Guild Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP] 2020 Chess continues for another season! It’s a team of four rapid-play with 20 minutes on the clock each in a Swiss system, with the winners and next-best placed teams across the UK qualifying for the 2020 Chess Grand Final. All the details can be found here at

Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Oct 25 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120; G25 plus 5 seconds a move throughout

54th Hull Chess Congress @ Hymers College Hymers Avenue Hull HU3 1LW
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

Contact: Steve King Email: Web: [MAP] Five round Swiss – Open Section, Major (Under 166), Inter (Under 141), Minor ( Under 116)
Prizes £350, £200, £100, plus 2 x £50 Grading Prizes
For information on how to pay by bank transfer please contact the HDCA Treasurer Steve Hodge at

2nd Orpington Junior Tournament and Training Day @ St John's Church, Lynwood Grove, Bancroft Gardens, Orpington BR6 0BG
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Conrad Allison Email: Web: [MAP] Two hours of training and four games with experienced chess coaches. Two sections. Cash prizes as well as an opportunity to play GM Chris Ward for best player | Flyer

35th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex Charter Square Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – Oct 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Steve Lovell Email: Web: [MAP] Five round Swiss. Four sections, Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U145), Minor (U120) | Entry form

2nd Brainstormchess Rapidplay and LJCC qualifier @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London W11 4EY
Oct 28 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: [MAP] Junior LJCC qualifier, Open rapidplay, FIDE rated blitz in the evening | Entry form

Junior and International Chess Tournament “Open Puscha” @ 76-B Yunkerova st., Pushcha-Voditsa, Kiev, Ukraine
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm

Contact: Mykhailo Seleznev (International Arbiter) or Oleg Koval (Tournament Director) Email: [MAP] International tournament where players (IMs and GMs) from different regions of Ukraine and certain foreign countries will participate. The tournament will take place during the school autumn vocation. Therefore, there will be a separate group for juniors. If juniors participate in Open group, there will be separate prizes and awards for them | Details

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay @ Old Grammar School, Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS376AH
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Stubbs Email: Web:
A six round rapidplay event. Each round 20 minutes per player with 5 sec increments. This event includes 3 sections: Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Open Section guaranteed 1st prize of at least £100. 1st and 2nd place in each section, grading prizes, and one overall Junior prize. Juniors under 16 £12 entry fee | Entry form

Limerick Open 2017 @ Kilmurray Lodge Hotel, Dublin Rd, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Cassidy Email: Web: [MAP] Annual open event which attracts some of Ireland’s best players. 2,000 euro prize fund (roughly)

Brainstorm Chess Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road Holland Park London W11 4EY
Oct 28 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: [MAP] FIDE rated Blitz, 5 mins per player per game for all moves – 9 rounds | Entry form
**amendments pending**

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Nov 2 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open (one section) – prize fund £50.00

“Juan Martínez Sola” Chess Festival 2017 @ Hotel Tryp Indalo, Almería, Spain
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Contact: Silverio Martinez Email: Web: [MAP]

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union Beit Quadrangle Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BB
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web: [MAP] A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The eighth Central London Chess Congress will be held from the 3rd to the 5th of November 2017 in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall. Open, Major and Minor sections. Round 1 starts 19.00 Friday, Rounds 2/4 at 10.00 Sat/Sun and Rounds 3/5 at 15.00 Sat/Sun
***Note: No U18s allowed due to Westminster Council restrictions on venue***

16th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Coventry
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm

[MAP] FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms and information visit

Hampshire Congress 2017 @ Eastleigh College, Eastleigh, SO50 5EJ
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: Web: [MAP] Open, Major (Under 160) and Minor (Under 125); also John Dunleavy Memorial Best Game Prize £100 – open to all | Entry form

36th Bolton Rapidplay @ Bolton Ukrainian Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: [MAP] 3 sections: Open; Major; Knights | Entry form

18th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: Web:
A well-established event for “Juniors” (50 – 64) and Seniors (65+). The event has hosted 34 top class congresses since 1999 and is well-known as one of the best venues on the circuit for smaller events … [MAP]

Torbay Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torquay Road, Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Phil McConnell Email: Web: [MAP] A five round congress with four sections — Open, U170, U140 and U120 | Entry form