Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


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To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s)* | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated September 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

Official FIDE events … http://www.fide.com/calendar … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website – http://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html

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A new badge system has been introduced whenever possible from 26/3/18 onwards. An amber wheelchair (below) means that the venue has at least some disability-friendly aspects, whereas a green wheelchair (also below) means it’s particularly so. In all cases, but especially where no badge is evident, PLEASE contact the organisers for more details …


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Feb
21
Fri
2020
Doncaster Congress 2020 @ Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Ackley Email: peterackley@hotmail.com Web: https://mannchess.org.uk/doncong.htm [MAP]
4 sections – Open, U171, U146, U125. Prizes each section – 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £100, plus 3 grading prizes of £25. Open section incorporates Yorkshire Championship. ECF graded

Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Citrus Hotel, London Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: edhgoodwin@gmail.com Web: http://congress.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
5 round slowplay. Open, Under 1975, FIDE-rated and ECF graded. Under 140 and U110 sections ECF graded. Free entry for first 20 female entrants , sponsored by the ECF | Entry form

Feb
22
Sat
2020
2020 British Universities Championship @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham
Feb 22 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: https://www.bucachess.org.uk/ [MAP]
The 2020 British Universities’ Championship; four sections for university teams of all abilities | Entry form

Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ The Deanery CE Academy, Peglars Way, Wichelstowe, Swindon
Feb 22 @ 9:45 am – Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk Web: http://wiltshirejuniorchess.com [MAP]
Although this (33rd) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on 31st August 2019 | Entry form

Northern Junior Championship @ Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, Saighton, Chester
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com [MAP]
Northern Junior Championship. Sections from Under 7 to Under 18. Standard play. Prizes for top three male and female players | Entry form

Feb
23
Sun
2020
Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: richmond_rapidplays@hotmail.com Web: http://www.rjcc.org.uk [MAP]
FIDE-rated and ECF graded rapidplays, 25 minutes per player per game with a 5 second increment throughout, in 4 sections – Open, U160, U120 and U80. Cash prizes in all sections | Entry form

Grandmaster Training Tournament #3 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road Finchley
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: angelaeyton@aol.com [MAP]
Fully supervised graded training tournament led by Grandmaster Jonathan Hawkins and guest coaches. Play 3 graded games & two hours of training or 5 graded games and join in with the training between the games. Work sheets and short lessons will be given in the breaks between rounds using our training syllabus suitable for all levels. Regular attendees build a personalised training plan. Parents do not stay. Drop and collect – all staff have DBS clearance | Entry form

Colindale Chess @ 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale
Feb 23 @ 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kumar Email: efrocltd@gmail.com [MAP]
ECF graded children’s chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches. This event will be run under the supervision of experienced arbiter Marc Shaw with support from other coaches. This event is aimed at players starting to play competitive games and capable of recording at least the opening of their games. Please bring a scoring book and a pen to record your chess moves. The emphasis is on finding ways to improve using their own games as a starting point, with advice and improvements offered as well as explanations of why moves are played | Entry form

North East League Round 4 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb 23 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form

BBCA Monthly Rapidplay @ Hason Raja Centre, 117 Vallance Road, London
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: britishbanglachess@gmail.com [MAP]
6 round ECF graded Rapidplay in three sections – Open, Major and Minor. Attractive prizes available
Chief Arbiter – Michael Flatt | Online entry – https://form.jotform.co/90074668579876 | Flyer

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Castle Chess 16th Fareham Congress @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: tony@mrcorfe.co.uk Web: http://www.castlechess.co.uk [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95
Prizes dependent on entries. Expected £180 per section

Feb
29
Sat
2020
4NCL Weekend 1 | Rounds 1-2
Feb 29 – Mar 1 all-day
Kingston Rapidplay @ Richard Mayo Centre Kingston United Reformed Church Eden Street Kingston
Feb 29 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Edward Mospan Email: kingstonchessrapidplay@gmail.com Web: https://www.kingstonchessrapidplay.co.uk [MAP]
Three sections FIDE-rated and ECF graded. GROUP A – OPEN; GROUP B – ECF UNDER 160 (FIDE 1900); GROUP C – ECF UNDER 120 (FIDE 1600). 25 minutes per player per game, with the addition of 5 seconds a move throughout

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Brentwood Rapid FIDE-rated Friendlies @ Courage Hall, Brentwood Senior School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood
Mar 1 all-day

Contact: Ashok Damodaran Email: ashokmca@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
The matches would be made up from local adult parent / players facing juniors who finish early. The time control will be short to get the games in before the next round!

Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ TBA
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm

Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 events [ages as at 1/9/2019] open to all, although only Hertfordshire players are eligible for titles and trophies. Six-round graded Swiss-paired tournaments, all moves in 25 minutes plus 5-second increments from move 1. For more details, go to the HSCA website

Hertfordshire Open Junior Chess Championships 2020 @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Mar 1 @ 9:15 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: events@hsca-chess.com Web: http://hsca-chess.com/ [MAP]
Sections – Under 9 (generally year 4 or below); Under 11 (generally year 6 or below); Under 13 (generally year 8 or below); Under 18 Minor (ECF 100 or below at January 2020); Under 18 Major. Six-round Swiss, time control for all sections is all moves in 25 minutes with 5-second increments from move 1. There will also be a separate ‘stars barred’ event open to inexperienced tournament players

5th Brentwood Junior Tournament @ Brentwood Senior School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex
Mar 1 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: chelmsfordjuniorchess@gmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
One-day Junior Rapid chess tournament. 6 rounds of graded rapid chess. Split into 4 sections based on age and grade. The top section (U18 Open) will be FIDE-rated. A packed lunch will be provided for the players and tea and coffee for the parents courtesy of Brentwood School | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Tournament @ Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: http://nigelwdennis.wixsite.com/mysite [MAP]
Includes tournament qualifying for the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal. Open to all juniors under the age of 18. Suitable tournament for beginners | Entry form

Mar
5
Thu
2020
Hendon Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.hendonchessclub.com/blitz [MAP]
10 minute blitz tournament of 6 rounds rated by FIDE

Mar
6
Fri
2020
45th East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Tim Paulden Email: timpaulden@gmail.com Web: http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com [MAP]
One of the most popular Congresses in the South West, hosted at an excellent venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations, car parks, and accommodation. We are returning to our usual 3-day format! The tournament leaflet and online entry form will be released during Summer 2019, and will be made available via our website

Mar
7
Sat
2020
2020 Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII School Warwick Road, Coventry
Mar 7 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://coventryjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Six sections — U18 – Open, U100 both FIDE-rated; U11 – Open (FIDE rated), U75, U50, U25 | Entry form

PRO University Chess League Playoff @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London
Mar 7 all-day
PRO University Chess League Playoff @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London

Contact: Dylan Mize Email: dylancmize@gmail.com Web: http://prounichessleague.co.uk
PUCL is the UK’s first intercollegiate team rapid event. Fixtures are played between teams of 4 students from the same uni, in an all-play-all format, once a month during the academic year. All matches will be hosted at a venue on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. All relevant tournament information can be found on our website. To Enter a team from your uni, follow the “signup” link from the homepage – prounichessleague.co.uk | Flyer

EACU Closed Individual Championships @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
This is a Closed Championship, and only East Anglian Chess Union players are eligible to enter. It will be a five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130 – and will include the EACU Junior Championships in each section as well. The winner of the Open section will be the EACU Open Champion, and will qualify for a place in the 2020 British Championship | Entry form

Girls’ Junior Chess Day @ Wakefield Girl's High School, Mulberry House, Margaret Street, Wakefield
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.whiterosejuniorchessacademy [MAP]
A mixture of chess training and games for all levels of ability with adult training for parents. We will hold two sections – for beginners and more advanced | Entry form

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

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com [MAP]
Open; Under 170; Under 145; Under 120; Under 105; Under 80