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4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress @ Basingstoke Country Hotel
May 25 – May 28 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran [MAP] Four sections – FIDE-rated Open; FIDE-rated U2050; FIDE-rated U1825; ECF Under 120 Web: | Entry form

Huddersfield Congress @ Huddersfield Ukrainian Club 7 Edgerton Road Huddersfield HD1 5RA
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Hepworth Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round Swiss tournament, 3 sections – same format as 2017!

4th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Rescheduled Colchester Junior Tournament @ St Teresa's Catholic Primary School Clairmont Road Lexden Colchester CO3 9BE
May 26 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP]
Essex Junior Grand Prix 4. Rescheduled due to heavy snow in March | Entry form

50th Cotswold Chess Congress @ The Kings School. Gloucester GL1 2BG
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Andrew Gilmour Email: Web: [MAP]
This is the 50th Cotswold Chess Congress, held at the popular Kings School venue in Gloucester. Free onsite parking | Entry form

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
May 26 @ 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

5th Brainstormchess FIDE Blitz @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Contact: Kishan Pattni Email: Web: [MAP]
A social FIDE rated blitz evening.

3rd Martlesham Heath Chess Open @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
May 27 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: [MAP]
Six round Swiss tournament. Time control:10 min plus 10 sec per move | Entry form

CCF FIDE-rated Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
A 7 round Open FIDE-rated blitz with 8 minutes + 2 second Fischer increments

22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Trevor Blower Email: [MAP]
A 5 round Swiss event – 4 sections – Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

East Anglian Chess Union Congress @ King Edward VII Memorial Hall High Street Newmarket Suffolk CB8 8JP
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
A five round tournament with three sections (Open, Under 170 and Under 130). One game on Friday evening, two games on Saturday, two games on Sunday. The Open section will be both FIDE-rated and ECF graded, while the Under 170 and Under 130 sections will be ECF-graded only | Entry form

Southampton Rapidplay @ St Denys Community Centre Priory Road Southampton SO17 2JZ
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Robin Williams Email: Web: [MAP] Six round rapidplay tournament with two sections. Time control: 25 minutes plus 5 seconds per move

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Five sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades – Open to All (the strongest section); Under 170 Major; Under 145 Minor; Under 120 Amateur; Under 80 My First Tournament

CCF Cup 2018 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 16 @ 11:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
A 7 round Swiss system event over 7 consecutive Mondays and in 5 different sections

19th Sam Black Memorial Open Blitz @ Wanstead House 21 The Green London E11 2NT
Jun 5 @ 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm

Contact: Gary Cook Email: Web: [MAP]
6 double-round (12 games of 5 minutes chess). £300 prize fund. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £40, 3 grading prize £30 each, slow start (0/4) £20

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Jun 7 all-day

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

2nd Tunbridge Wells Chess Congress @ Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1DL
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: David Lettington Email: Web: [MAP]
Three sections – Open, Major (U160), Minor (U127). Entry fee – £25 adult, £15 junior. £7.50 supplement for ECF Bronze members/ non-members. Time control – all moves in 80 minutes with a 10 second increment from move one. Entry can be made online or via the downloadable form | Entry form

62nd Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – Jun 10 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
THREE SECTIONS – Under 2200 & Under 1900 plus a section for players who are graded Under 135 on the ECF list

British Chess Junior Train and Play Day @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford CM2 9DG
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: Web: [MAP]
All the juniors will be part of 4 equal strength teams who will have an all-play-all competition giving everyone three ECF-graded rapidplay games. In between there will be 2 coaching sessions with regular coaches IM Richard Pert (grade 237) and Robin Slade, joined by IM Harriet Hunt (grade 236) and two-time Essex Champion Russell White. These are social chess days designed to work for juniors of all levels and there is plenty of space for players and parents | Entry form

Richmond Rapidplay 119 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Continuation of famous and long-running series of rapidplay events | Entry form

Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Jun 12 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Bristol Summer Congress & 71st Bristol League Championship @ Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Jun 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Congress website | Entry form

5th Brainstormchess Junior Rapidplay @ The Rugby Portobello 221 Walmer Road, Holland Park, London W11 4EY
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Heywood Chess Congress @ Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jun 17 @ 6:15 pm

Open, U180, U160, U140 and U120. Free parking all weekend, 5 minutes from M62 or M66. Hot and cold food available all weekend. £2200 prize fund and ECF championship qualifying places in the Open for the NCCU Champion [MAP] | Entry form | ECF Congress of the Year 2014
Web: with online entry

Pixmore Open (Letchworth) @ Pixmore Junior School Letchworth Garden City Herts SG6 1RS
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Contact: Alison Bexfield Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round junior tournament with small group coaching sessions between rounds. WIM Natasha Regan is our guest coach this year. Friendly tournament with entrants split into groups broadly by age (senior school section and one or two junior school sections) with some fluidity across groups if skill level makes this appropriate. Draw is loosely based on the Swiss system but adapted so we pair those of similar ability together from round 1. Hence tournament format is particularly suited to novice players.
This is an annual event. The 2017 event had 36 entrants | Entry form