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Dundee Congress @ University of Dundee Chaplaincy Centre, Cross Row, Dundee DD1 4HN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Keith Rose Email: Web: [MAP] Open, Major, Minor tournaments – entry fees £27.00, £24.00, £24.00. Prize fund £1500+ | Entry form

Aldro Inter Schools team tournament @ Aldro School, Shackleford Godalming, Surrey GU86AS
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: [MAP] 3 round Swiss team tournament for school teams of 4 players arranged in order of ability. U13, U11 and U9 age group sections. Minor sections for B teams if required. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each section and trophies to the winners | Entry form

36th Bury St Edmunds Congress @ The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round Swiss, 4 sections – Open, Major U170, Inter U140, Minor U110 | Entry form

CSC Newham Chess Tournament @ The Old Town Hall 29 Broadway Newham London
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Richard Harding Email: Web: [MAP] CSC Newham Chess Tournament FREE for residents of Newham. 6 round Rapidplay 20 mins + 10 secs per move. Open, U140, U80 ECF

Holmfirth Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web:
For ages 6-18 for all levels of ability. Training by E C F Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim is to enjoy chess and develop the area as few juniors at present | Entry form

Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Upperthong Junior School, Burnlee Road Holmfirth West Yorkshire HD9 2LE
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web: [MAP] For ages 6 – 18 at all levels of ability. Training by ECF Coaches including Lateefah Messam-Sparks from London. A mixture of training with a competition split into 3 sections. The main aim – to enjoy chess and develop the area for junior chess | Entry form

66th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – Oct 21 @ 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 Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: Web: [MAP] 174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

25th Birmingham Rapidplay @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TW
Oct 21 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections – Open, Max 170, Max 140, Max 110. £1,000 prize fund | Entry form

Kent Junior Chess Association GP2 & LJCC Qualifier @ Bishop Justus School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, Kent
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Email: [MAP] This event is also a LJCC Qualifier for U8, U10 and U12 sections. All juniors under the age of 18 as of 31 August 2018 are welcome. There is no grading limit – but a rapidplay or equivalent grade (July 2018 list) above 120 is expected to play in the U18 Major section, unless an exception at the discretion of our chief arbiter

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay @ Old Grammar School, Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: John Stubbs Email: Web: [MAP] ECF and FIDE rated Rapidplay (all three sections). 6 rounds of 20mins plus 5 sec increments per person. Starts 11.00am, finishes 6.00pm. Prizes depends on entries received | Entry form

44th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: Web: [MAP] Open and Holiday Tournaments, 7 round Swiss FIDE-rated, with one game per day. The final day (Saturday) includes a prize-giving dinner, which is free for players | Leaflet

CCF Junior Club 5th FIDE Rated Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] CCF Junior Club FIDE Rated Blitz – all enquiries welcome, particularly from blitz rated juniors

CCF Junior Club Blitz Round Robin Challenge A @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] GMAR Blitz event

CCF Rapidplay Round Robin Challenge D @ CCF 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon
Oct 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] GMAR Rapidplay Round Robin as part of junior club

38th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Gunn Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE rated Open incorporating SCCU Championship. FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160). ECF graded Minor (U130). Time limit for all sections: 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment from the start | Entry form

42nd Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex South Bay Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 26 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 28 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Maggie Butterworth Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round weekend congress with 5 sections for players of all abilities. Includes the Yorkshire Championship | Entry form

The Limerick Open 2018 @ South Court Hotel, Limerick
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Birmingham University Underground Dance Studio
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP] The top teams from clubs, schools and universities will battle it out for a place at the 2020 Grand Final. All the details can be seen in the attachment and at the website …

Play Chess with UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates included – 27/10/18; 3/11/18; 10/11/18; 17/11/18; 24/11/18; 24/11/18; 1/12/18; 8/12/18; 15/12/18; 22/12/18
Contact: Robert Wolf Email:
Play on your mobile phone or tablets in new Chess Raiders app. Follow the link to get the app in Google Play or via the app store – – or search for »Chess Raiders« in the app store on your phone. Download the flyer here
All English chess players are invited to play with the UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell! You will be able to play with him right from your phone in new Chess Raiders app. Did you know that in his career he beat legends like Bent Larsen, Alexander Khalifman and Michael Adams? Can you avoid their fate?
He will be joined by Slovenian wGM Jana Krivec, 7-times Slovenian champion and a member of the Slovenian Olympic team. Together they will try to hold off your attacks in what will surely be an exciting battle.
You are invited to download the free Chess Raiders app where you will be able to challenge them in a simultaneous exhibition at blitz games. They will play with 4-8 players at the same time in 7 min per game. The event will last 2 hours.

CCF Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership November @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 29 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] November round of the Coulsdon Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership

4NCL International Congress @ Park Inn Telford, Forgegate, Telford TF3 4NA
Oct 31 – Nov 4 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] GM norm FIDE-rated Open; FIDE-rated U2050; FIDE-rated U1825; ECF U120 | Entry form

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Nov 1 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Time control : G10 (all in ten minutes each); Swiss 6 round Open (one section)

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web:
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The ninth Central London Chess Congress will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2018 in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall. Open, Major and Minor sections. Round 1 starts 18.00 Friday, Rounds 2/4 at 10.00 Sat/Sun and Rounds 3/5 at 15.00 Sat/Sun
**Please note – No U18s allowed due to Westminster Council restrictions on the venue**


55th Hull Chess Congress @ Hymers College Hymers Avenue Hull HU31LW
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Steve King Email: Web: [MAP] Entry fee £30 ECF Silver or above, £37.50 non-ECF. Prize money £3000. 1st prize £350, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100. 2 x £50 grading prize all sections. Open (open to all); Major (Under 166); Intermediate (Under 141); Minor (Under 116)