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2018 Isle of Man International @ Villa Marina Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:30 pm

Contact: Alan Ormsby Email: Web: [MAP] 174 players expected from around 35 countries, including 9 of the world’s top 12 players on the July FIDE rating list. Entries closed with a long waiting list | Terms & conditions

44th Guernsey International Chess Festival @ Peninsula Hotel Les Dicqs Vale Guernsey GY6 8JP
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Contact: Peter Rowe Email: Web: [MAP] Open and Holiday Tournaments, 7 round Swiss FIDE-rated, with one game per day. The final day (Saturday) includes a prize-giving dinner, which is free for players | Leaflet

38th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Gunn Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE rated Open incorporating SCCU Championship. FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160). ECF graded Minor (U130). Time limit for all sections: 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment from the start | Entry form

42nd Scarborough Chess Congress @ The Ocean Room, Spa Complex South Bay Scarborough YO11 2HD
Oct 26 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 28 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Maggie Butterworth Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round weekend congress with 5 sections for players of all abilities. Includes the Yorkshire Championship | Entry form

The Limerick Open 2018 @ South Court Hotel, Limerick
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
2020 Chess Midlands Qualifier @ Birmingham University Underground Dance Studio
Oct 27 @ 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 …

Play Chess with UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dates included – 27/10/18; 3/11/18; 10/11/18; 17/11/18; 24/11/18; 24/11/18; 1/12/18; 8/12/18; 15/12/18; 22/12/18
Contact: Robert Wolf Email:
Play on your mobile phone or tablets in new Chess Raiders app. Follow the link to get the app in Google Play or via the app store – – or search for »Chess Raiders« in the app store on your phone. Download the flyer here
All English chess players are invited to play with the UK Grandmaster Keith Arkell! You will be able to play with him right from your phone in new Chess Raiders app. Did you know that in his career he beat legends like Bent Larsen, Alexander Khalifman and Michael Adams? Can you avoid their fate?
He will be joined by Slovenian wGM Jana Krivec, 7-times Slovenian champion and a member of the Slovenian Olympic team. Together they will try to hold off your attacks in what will surely be an exciting battle.
You are invited to download the free Chess Raiders app where you will be able to challenge them in a simultaneous exhibition at blitz games. They will play with 4-8 players at the same time in 7 min per game. The event will last 2 hours.

CCF Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership November @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 29 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] November round of the Coulsdon Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership

4NCL International Congress @ Park Inn Telford, Forgegate, Telford TF3 4NA
Oct 31 – Nov 4 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] GM norm FIDE-rated Open; FIDE-rated U2050; FIDE-rated U1825; ECF U120 | Entry form

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

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

Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day

Contact: John Sargent Email: Web:
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The ninth Central London Chess Congress will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2018 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**


55th Hull Chess Congress @ Hymers College Hymers Avenue Hull HU31LW
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Steve King Email: Web: [MAP] Entry fee £30 ECF Silver or above, £37.50 non-ECF. Prize money £3000. 1st prize £350, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100. 2 x £50 grading prize all sections. Open (open to all); Major (Under 166); Intermediate (Under 141); Minor (Under 116)

Hampshire Congress 2018 – NEW VENUE @ Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7BQ
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gillian Moore Email: Web: [MAP] Open, Major (Under 160), Minor (Under 125) Grading Prizes and £100 Best Game Prize | Entry form

NYCA U16 / U12 Championships @ Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth
Nov 3 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley Email: [MAP] Three rounds, all moves in 30 mins + 10 secs per move | Entry form

Sixth Witney Weekend Congress @ Cokethorpe School, Witney OX29 7PU
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] Sponsored by Cokethorpe School. There are four main sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120, with a prize fund of over £1900

South East England Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: [MAP] This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the South East, and you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate | Entry form

19th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: Web: [MAP] Seniors Congress, Monday – Friday. ‘Junior’ Section (50 – 64) & Seniors (65+). Links up with the Torbay Congress to make a South Devon Chess Festival – 10 games in 7 consecutive days of chess at 2 excellent seaside hotel venues.

Torbay Chess Congress @ Livermead House Hotel, Torbay Road, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6RH
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Phil McConnell Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections – Open, U170, U140, U120. Five rounds. Doors open 6.30pm Friday 9th November

The Irish Women’s Championships 2018 @ Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP] 5 round FIDE rated event to decide this year’s Irish Women’s Champion. Prize Fund: 1st: €350 2nd: €175 3rd: €100 Best under 1600: €75. Time control: 90 minutes for the entire game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

4NCL Weekend 1 Rounds 1-2
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend @ TBA
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1, 2 and 3) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 3). Spare places may be available for those not on either the programme who wish to attend as a one off event. These will be advertised on the ECF Juniors website although you may email the ECF Director of Junior Chess directly if you wish. These study weekends are for advanced players.

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Nov 10 @ 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; Improvers Under 105; Under 80 My First Tournament

18th Claires Court PTA Chess Festival @ Claires Court Junior Boys School Sports Hall Cannon Lane, Maidenhead
Nov 10 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Tournaments qualifying for the London Junior Championships. Sections U8, U10 and U12; 6 rounds. All moves in 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start. ECF Rapidplay graded | Entry form

Lecture – Chess in Art @ Wallace Collection, Hertford House Manchester Square London
Nov 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Contact: Rupert Dickens Email: Web: [MAP] Lecture on Chess in Art, coinciding with the FIDE World Chess Championship Final in London. Venue is the lecture theatre at the Wallace Collection in London. Lecture is free and open to all. Details here –

Sussex Junior Horsham Rapidplay @ Millais School, Depot Rd, Horsham RH13 5HR
Nov 11 @ 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