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CCF Daytime Chess – Spring Tournament @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 2:00PM ends 6:00PM. Wednesday afternoons aimed at senior players (but allowing others who happen to be available). Players have a minimum of 5 matches (recently 7-8) during each tournament cycle (there are 3 per year)

Bristol Spring Congress @ Bristol Grammar School
Feb 26 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Email:
5 round Swiss in 3 sections – Open, Major (U155), Minor (U125). Open section FIDE rated. Time controls (all sections) – 90 mins. with 30 secs. increments | Entry form

Doncaster Chess Congress 2016 @ Hall Cross School
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 6:45 am

Contact: Steve Mann Email: Tel: 01709 379 209
4 Swiss sections: Open, Under 171, Under 146, Under 126. Entry fee £31 adults, £26 juniors; less for ECF membership (above Bronze) £7 adults, £5 juniors. Entries to Steve Mann, by post, e-mail or phone | Entry form

Wiltshire Championship 2016 @ Welsey Road Social Club
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: Tel: 01225774538
1 overall tournament with 3 sections Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded above 115 and under 146) and Minor (players graded under 116). The winner of the Major will be the 2016 Wiltshire Champion, the winner of the Intermediate will be the 2016 Wiltshire Intermediate Champion and the winner of the Minor will be the 2016 Wiltshire Minor Champion | Entry form

Leyland 9 Round FIDE Blitz Chess Tournament @ Wellfield Business and Enterprise College
Feb 27 all-day

Contact: Bob or Janet Email:
Tel: 07866 944563 – January 2016 grading list will be used – FIDE Rated | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys SchoolCannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL64QQ
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
Under 110 Rapid Play Section, and Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament Qualifying for the Megafinal | Entry form

West of England & South Wales Junior Teams Jamboree [U9, U11, U14] @ Bristol Grammar School
Feb 27 @ 11:15 am – 5:00 pm

Annual Jamboree event for the counties in the South West and Wales … venue TBC

Leyland Rapidplay Chess Congress @ Wellfield Business and Enterprise College
Feb 28 all-day

Contact: Bob or Janet Email:
Six rounds – Major (U180), Intermediate (U130) and Minor (U100) sections. January 2016 grading list will be used | Entry form

KJCA Coaching Day 4 @ Sevenoaks Primary School
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 6:45 pm

Contact: Krishna Shiatis Email: Website:
Coaching days for KJCA are designed to teach children from beginner level all the way to advanced. Please see KJCA website for the different classes and levels. The coaching programme is run by and has been designed by Chris Ward GM

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz Chess Tournament @ Golders Green Unitarians Church
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd Prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member.

East Devon Chess Congress 2016 @ Exeter Corn Exchange
Mar 4 – Mar 6 all-day

Contact: Dr Tim Paulden Email: Web:
Five round Swiss tournament in central Exeter location. Well run tournament in spacious playing conditions with bar and refreshments available. Book and chess equipment stall present | Entry form

ECF Board meeting
Mar 4 all-day

TBA – London

Mar 5 – Mar 15 all-day

Contact: IO Nagy Laszlo Email: Web:
International all-play-all tournaments for GM-IM-norms and FIDE ELO ratings.

Golders Green Rapidplay Congress @ Golders Green Church Hall
Mar 5 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120 sections, 6 round Swiss open, £500.00 prize fund

Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Coventry Rugby Club
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: Website:
Sections:- Open, U170, U145, U120. Qualifier for British Chess Championship. £2,000 prize fund guaranteed | Entry form

Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: Web:
A six-round rapidplay in four age-group sections – U18, U14, U11 and U9. Organised by the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club | Entry form

Barnet Junior Chess Tournament and Training Day @ St Paul's C of E Primary School
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Laurie Winston Email: Website:
ECF graded games and training from professional coaches in small groups. Age group prizes, certificates, medals and cash awards. Children are fully supervised – parents do not need to stay | Entry form

Training with GM Bogdan Lalic @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Mar 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 7:30AM
ends 9:30PM. A series of 5 two hour sessions, repeating the very successful sessions held
in the early part of last year

40th Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 13 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: Website:
Five sections – Lancashire Open with a £1500 1st prize, The Imperial Major graded below 181, The Intermediate graded below 155, The Minor graded below 135 and The Standard graded below 115. The total prize fund of £7250. There will be an online entry section on the website. No telephone entries will be accepted. The final closing date for entries Thursday 10th March at 18:00hrs. No entries on the day | Entry form

Castle Chess – 8th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe / Marc Shaw Email: Website:
OPEN incl Premier U180, MAJOR U160 incl Intermediate U140, MINOR U120 incl Challenger U100. Guaranteed Prize Fund £150 per event. This delightful hotel is only a short 5 minute walk to the central Hereford Cathedral. The Green Dragon hosted a masters tournament in 1885 where the winner was JH Blackburne.

37th Hampstead Congress U1900/U2200/U135 @ Henderson Court Day Centre
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day

An Under 2200 (ECF 200) / Under 1900 (ECF 160) / Under 135 (ECF graded not FIDE rated) congress every month! NOW IN SECTIONS. All moves in 60 minutes each PLUS 30 seconds a move throughout. £150 1st, £75 2nd in each section PLUS rating prizes. Space STRICTLY limited space, so enter early! for details of times and fees (ECF Gold Membership required for ENGLISH players)

EPSCA Under 9 Zones
Mar 12 all-day
Junior 4NCL @ Park Inn Birmingham West
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day

Check out the entry guidelines here –

Champions’ League Chess (Surrey East & Sussex) @ Chipstead Valley Primary School
Mar 12 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 1:30PM ends 6:00PM. 2nd leg of qualification for a Summer term final

SCCU U14/U18 Jamborees @ Gravesend Grammar School
Mar 13 all-day

Contact: Dr A P P Anil Kumar Email: Tel: 07803034316
U14 and U18 county team event open to both SCCU and non-SCCU members. Open and Minor (grade limited) sections | Entry form