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The Simon Bartlett Memorial Congress @ The Livermead House Hotel, Seafront, Torquay, TQ2 6QJ
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: John Constable Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round long play congress in memory of popular South West player Simon Bartlett who passed away in January 2017. £2300 guaranteed prize fund. Open, U170, U140 & U120 sections | Entry form

16th Annual Gonzaga Charity Classic 2018 @ Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Darragh Moran Email: Web: [MAP] This is Dublin’s largest weekender with over 250 entrants expected and a FIDE-rated Masters section with many GMs, IMs and FMs. Top games are broadcast in a 400 seat auditorium and all of the proceeds go to charity, with 3,000 euros raised annually | Entry form | Chess Results page here

South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor, 51 Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 27 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Amy Grieve Email: Web: [MAP] Junior weekend chess congress covering U7 to U15 sections. England half-norm and Junior Grand Prix qualifier | Entry form

Leeds Junior Chess Congress @ Fountain Primary School, Fountain Street Leeds LS27 0AW
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: Web: [MAP] Major section open to any player. Prizes: 1st £60, 2nd £30, 3rd £15. Trophy for the winner.
Intermediate section open to players with an ECF/YCA grade below 110. Trophies for the top 3 and best girl. Age group prizes will be awarded depending on entry.
Minor Section open to any player with no grade or below 40. Trophies for the top 3. Best girl medal. Medals in each age group.
Novice Section (age limit U11 years of age on 1st September 2017) open to any player with limited experience or first tournament. Trophy for the top three and best girl, with age group medals | Entry form

Prodigy Chess Tournament FIDE Section (U1600) @ Crockham Hill Village Hall, Church Lane, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6RP
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Ashok Damodaran Email: Web: [MAP] Two sections — FIDE Section (U1600); ECF Section (under rating 25). Payment details to follow upon completing the online entry form …

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP] Minor Under 130 – Major Under 171. 6 rounds of rapid chess. Half an hour per player per game | Entry form

2020 Chess London Qualifier @ University of London Windsor Building Egham Hill Egham Surrey TW20 0EX
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 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, with Warwick seeking to defend their title …

Norfolk Rapidplay @ Gas Social Club Roundtree Way Sprowston Norwich NR7 8SQ
Jan 28 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss, 3 sections – Championship, Challengers and U100. Limited to 60 entrants | Entry form/details

29th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP] OPEN / U160 / U135 / U100; Entry form and online entry available on the Notts Chess website

32nd Stockport Rapidplay @ The GUILDHALL 168 Wellington Road South (A6) Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections, Open (open to all), Major ( U 170), Intermediate ( U 140), Minor ( U 110).
Prizes each section £140, £90, £40 and £40 grading prize. plus Buxton, Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League Major, Intermediate and minor trophies | Entry form

KJCA Coaching Days 2017-18 @ Sevenoaks Primary School Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LB
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) Coaching Days – Led by GM Chris Ward and GM John Emms. The KJCA Coaching days follow the Institute of Chess levels and exams. For further details and to register go to our website at

CCF Junior Rapid Play – English Chess Challenge Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Jan 28 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] A 7 round Open event with all in one section

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

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

Frodsham Chess Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre Fluin Lane Frodsham Cheshire WA6 7QN
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: Web: [MAP] A 5 round Swiss standard play tournament with a FIDE-rated Open and Under 160 and Under 120 sections. The Open is part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix. Discounts for junior (under 18) and senior (over 65) playes, and special discount for players in the parallel Cheshire Go tournament at the same venue on Saturday 3rd Feb. Free car parking. Good road and rail access | Entry form

41st Annual Kidlington Chess Tournament @ Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 1AB
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gerard O’Reilly Email: Web: [MAP] 4 sections – Open, U180, U145, U120. 5 rounds in each section – 3 on Saturday (starting 9.30am, 2pm, 6.30pm), 2 on Sunday (starting 9.30am, 2pm). Half-point bye available in any one of first four rounds.
Time allowance – 90 minutes, plus 15 seconds increment per move from move 1.
Prize fund over £2000.00 | Entry form

Sussex Junior Eastbourne Rapidplay @ St Catherine's College, Priory Road, Eastbourne, BN23 7BL
Feb 3 @ 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

Petts Wood and Orpington Tournament @ Holy Innocents' Catholic Primary School, Mitchell Rd, Orpington BR6 9JT
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Jean-Baptiste Jugand Email: [MAP] Free car park. £1400 prize fund (will be 70% of entry fees) subject to change depending on number of entry fees. Open – 1st £275, 2nd £125, 3rd £75; U160 – 1st £225, 2nd £100, 3rd £65; U120 – 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50; Junior tournament – minimum of £100 of prizes and cups. Rating prizes of £50 (i.e. Under 180, Under 140 and Under 100) | Web and online entry

Warwick University Rapidplay Tournament @ Warwick University Library 2 Library Road CV4 7AL
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am

Contact: Jack Huffer Email: Web: [MAP] Warwick University rapidplay tournament. 7 rounds of 15+10. Open to all players | Entry form

EPSCA Rapidplay @ Broadgreen International School Liverpool L13 5UQ
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: Web: [MAP] English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) Rapidplay for children aged up to age 11 | Entry form

Northumbria Blitz Championship @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE6 5XL
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] A 7-round FIDE-rated blitz Open tournament. One section for all players, with various rating, junior & senior prizes. Time control: 5 minutes, plus 2 seconds per move. Entry fee: £2.00 – 75% of entry fees will be returned as prizes. Games will count toward FIDE Blitz ratings. Ratings: FIDE ratings will be used, in this order: Blitz and then Standard Play | Entry form
(Please note: Players should have a FIDE ID code to enter, or be affiliated with the ECF).

Leicestershire Open Junior Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Web:  [MAP] Open Junior Congress 6 round swiss Rapidplay in Open, U80 and U30 sections. Time control: 25 mins + 5s. Full details and online entry at

Wey Valley Chess Training @ Therfield School, Dilston Road, Leatherhead KT22 7NZ
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Wey Valley Chess Training Email: Web: [MAP] Chess training day, led by GM Nick Pert. The day will consist of group lessons led by a coach, ECF graded games which will then be analysed with a coach on a 1-1 basis and a fun event (e.g. blitz tournament, simultaneous display against the coaches or something similar) to end the day. This event is open to any junior who is under 13 as at 31 August 2017.

2020 Chess Grand Final @ Underground Dance Studio Hall, Birmingham University B15 2SA
Feb 4 @ 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web: [MAP] The best teams that have qualified from the regions will compete. All the details can be found here at

4th Brainstormchess Blitz Victoria @ The Shakespeare, 99 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria SW1W 0RP
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Over £300 in prizes! Venue is right outside Victoria station. For more details and to enter online please go to

4NCL Rounds 5 and 6 / Weekend 3
Feb 10 – Feb 11 all-day

Divisions 1 and 2 – Park Inn, Northampton
Divisions 3 South and 4 – De Vere Wokefield Estate
Division 3 North – North Mercure Hotel, Bolton