In this time of COVID-19 …
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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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CCF Coulsdon Junior Club ECC Rounds 1-2 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Jan 21 @ 4:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] Rounds 1-2 of our heat of the Engish Chess Challenge

2019 FIDE Open @ Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Gail Young Email: Web:
FIDE-rated event held on Gold Coast, Australia. Accommodation available at venue, hotel/motel. Live games with 15-30 minute delay. PGN on top 8 boards | Entry form

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web: [MAP] A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location, 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**

2nd Simon Bartlett Memorial Tournament @ The Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Constable Email: Web: [MAP] £2300 guaranteed prize fund Open, Major U170, Intermediate U140, Minor U120. £20 Special prize for ‘Loudest Shirt’ | Entry form

Gonzaga Charity Classic 2019 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Henry Li Email: Web: [MAP] This event has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years and now is the second largest weekender in Ireland.

9th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road Holland Park
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP] ECF graded Junior rapidplay | For online entry please go to | Entry form

South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School 51 Reading Rd Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: Web: [MAP] Prestigious junior chess tournament for all ages. Qualifier for EPSCA England trials | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Jan 26 @ 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

2020 Chess Scotland Qualifier @ Edinburgh University
Jan 26 @ 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 …

2020 Chess Yorkshire Qualifier @ Leeds University
Jan 26 @ 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 …

10th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP] 9 rounds, £12 entry. Time controls of 3+2. Over £200 in cash prizes! Pizza!
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We normally get over 40 entries per event with most entering late …

2019 Kenilworth Junior Open @ Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth
Jan 27 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: Web: [MAP] Six sections for age and ability.

Norfolk Rapidplay Congress 2019 @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way Norwich
Jan 27 @ 9:45 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss. 3 sections – Championship, Challengers (U140) & U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form

33rd Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections: Open (open to all), Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110).
Prizes in each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prizes. Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League trophies in Major, Intermediate and Minor sections | Entry form

Coventry and District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay @ Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Hok Yin Stephen Chiu Email: Web: [MAP] The 2018-19 season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the local area! We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Entry £10.00 (Juniors £5.00) | Entry form | Wheelchair access available, please email the organisers for any accessibility needs …

BBCA Monthly Rapidplay 2019 @ The Hason Raja Centre, Spitalfields Housing Association, 117 Vallance Road, London
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: [MAP] Six-round Swiss Pairing system Rapidplay with 15 minutes fixed time control per player per side. There will be two sections – ECF graded Open section and another ungraded minor section for the newcomers and players under ECF 80.
In order to play in the ECF Graded Open Section, players are required to be Silver, Gold or Platinum ECF members. All other players, including foreign players with FIDE ID, must pay additional £7.50 with the entry fee.
Chief Arbiter – Alan Atkinson IA | Enter online here | Entry form

3rd Jurassic Blitz Chess Tournament @ Seaton Chess Club, Town Hall, Fore Street, Seaton
Jan 30 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Contact: Paul Hampton Email: Web: [MAP] 7 min + 3 sec increment per player for all moves. Entry fee £3.00 (£2.00 juniors) on the evening. Prize for winner and grading prizes. To enter contact Paul Hampton at | Entry form

Wiltshire Championship Round 3 @ N/A
Feb 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st March 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Fluin Lane Frodsham WA6 7QN
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: Web: [MAP] Five-round, Swiss tournament. Standard play with Fischer time controls. Under 120, Under 160 and FIDE-rated Open sections. Good access by rail and road, with on-site parking | Entry form

42nd Annual Kidlington Chess Tournament @ Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1AB
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Gerard O’Reilly Email: Web: [MAP] 5 rounds, 4 sections (Open, U180, U145, U120). Prize fund over £2200 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Eastbourne Rapidplay @ St Catherine's College, Priory Rd, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Feb 2 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major | Entry form

2020 Chess Grand Final @ Birmingham University Underground Dance Studio
Feb 2 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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

Grand Chess Tournament London Redbridge @ The Hainault Room, Fullwell Cross Library, 140 High Street, Ilford
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Soumya Chatterjee Email: [MAP] Rapidplay 6 rounds, Swiss system, UKCA & FIDE support with prizes for winners | Entry form
Kindly note the time is 1:00pm-5:00 pm now

Hertfordshire Junior Championships @ Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Feb 3 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ursula Wielgosz Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Rapidplay, 25 minutes + 5 second increments per game. U18, U13, U11 and U9 sections to determine county junior champions together with ‘stars barred’ section for relative newcomers. £12 entry fee for ECF silver members and above, others surcharged.

Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix #3 @ St John's CofE First School, Christchurch St, East Frome
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Martin Fields Email: | Web [MAP] The 3rd Grand Prix of the 2018/19 season. Enter online through the Somerset Junior Chess Grand Prix website …