In this time of COVID-19 …
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Pinpoint Learning Chess960 Open Blitz Tournament @ Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces is randomised.
This will be a Swiss format tournament of 6 rounds, 10 minutes per player per game. £100 1st, £50 2nd, £25 × 2 rating prizes. All positions pre-drawn and provided before Round 1

Friday Evening Slow Blitz @ Online
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 10 | 0

Counties Championship Preliminary Round (default date – all sections)
Apr 25 all-day
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Great Yarmouth Racecourse Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – Apr 26 @ 6:45 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
The Great Yarmouth Chess Congress will return in 2021!

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
5 rounds, U2200, U1900 and U1700 sections

English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U9 Final – CANCELLED @ TBA
Apr 25 @ 11:45 am – 5:45 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

4NCL Women’s League – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road West Midlands Birmingham
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP]
Round 1 Saturday 12.00; Round 2 Saturday 16.00; Round 3 Sunday 10.00; Round 4 Sunday 14.00

April Major Scholastic Tournament – online @ Online
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Josh Hiban Email: Web:
This is an online tournament open to all scholastic players under 18 years of age. Over 400 players are expected to attend. For more information, please visit our online flier (above)

Saturday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 10 | 0

Wakefield Junior Chess Congress @ Netherton School, Netherton Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: Web: [MAP]
Major Section – Open to any player | Intermediate Section – Open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110 | Minor Section – Open to any player with no grade or below 40 (some tournament experience would be required and players with a grade over 40 may be eligible if the grade is based on a small number of games)

Sunday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 15 | 10

Wednesday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 5 | 5

English Seniors Championships – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: Web: [MAP]
Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated | Entry form [paper version]

Durham County Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ Mercure Darlington, Kings Hotel, 1 Priestgate, Darlington
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mick Riding Email:

Friday Evening Slow Blitz @ ECF Online
May 1 @ 8:00 pm

On | | 90 minutes Arena format tournament, time control 10 | 0

ECF Academy @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC Coventry Road, West Midlands
May 2 – May 3 all-day

Official training programme of the ECF. Weekend of chess training and activities delivered by highly qualified coaches including International Masters and Grandmasters | Prospectus

1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: Web: [MAP]
First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

Golders Green FIDE Rapid @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Open; Under 170; Under 145; Under 120; Under 105; Under 80

SCCU U185 and U150 Jamborees – POSTPONED @ London TBC
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Tim Thurstan Email:

Saturday Evening Slow Blitz @ ECF Online
May 2 @ 8:00 pm

On | | 90 minutes Arena format tournament, time control 10 | 0

Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: Web: [MAP]
The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

Eccles 2020 Chess Congress @ Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Barbara Farrar Email: Web: [MAP]
An Eccles Chess Club event – full day 7-round rapidplay (20 minutes plus 5 second increments) ECF graded. Registration 9.15 – 9.45; Lunch 12.50 – 1.30. Cash prize fund £1,275. All entries by Friday 1st May. Entry fees – £18 for Silver members or above, £27 for Bronze or non-members. The Tournament Controller’s decision is always final | Brochure

North London Schools Summer Grand Prix #1 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road London
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: [MAP]
The North London Summer Grand Prix is a series of four graded events open to all chess players U7, U9, U11, U13. Best three scores from the four events will count for the final Grand Prix standings. Each event awards trophies for 4.5 points or more and to the highest placed boy and girl, second place and runners up. Gold award 3-4 points, Silver award 2-2.5 points, Bronze award 0-1.5 points | Entry form

Sunday Evening Rapid @ ECF Online
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

On | | 3 round Swiss tournament, time control 15 | 10

Monday Afternoon Blitz Arena @ ECF Online
May 4 @ 2:00 pm

On | | 90 minutes Arena format, time control 15 | 10