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Crewe Chess Congress 2019 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Web: [MAP] Our popular 5 round, 4 section congress at The Ibis Styles Hotel – FIDE Open, Major U165, Intermediate U135, Minor U105. Increased prize money in all sections (dependent on entries) | Entry form

Northumberland Congress @ The Parks Leisure Centre, Howdon Road, Royal Quays, North Shields
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Mick Riding Email: Web: Online entry – [MAP] Weekend Congress – modern venue is the same one as for the British Championships. Great area, near to the coast and Newcastle City | Entry form

Yorkshire Junior Chess Day @ Archbishop of York Junior School, Copmanthorpe Road, Bishopthorpe, York
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Peter Cloudsdale Email: Web: [MAP] A mixture of tuition together with a Swiss competition in various sections, based on experience. Various prizes | Entry form

CCF Autumn Rapidplay @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: | Web [MAP] 1 day FIDE-rated Rapidplay in as many sections as numbers reasonably allow


English Chess Challenge Champion of Champions @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] The final event of the 2019 English Chess Challenge – where the winners of each age group come together to play off for the ultimate title

Cambridgeshire Rapidplay @ Whittlesford Memorial Hall Mill Lane Whittlesford
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Kemp Email: [MAP] A 5-round rapidplay in four graded tournaments. £950 prize fund | Entry form

Letchworth FIDE Rapid @ Broadway Hotel, Letchworth Garden City
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm
BBCA Monthly Rapidplay 2019 @ The Hason Raja Centre, Spitalfields Housing Association, 117 Vallance Road, London
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact: Mostaque Choudhury Email: [MAP] ECF graded Open & Major sections will be played with 10-minute plus five-second incremental time control. Entry fee is only £20 for adults and £15 for juniors for both sections.  However, all players are required to be ECF Silver and above members. All other players, including foreign players with FIDE ID, must pay an additional £9.00 with the entry fee. Discounted entry fee is available for BBCA members. Attractive 1st and 2nd prizes along with several grading prizes are available in Open and Major sections.
Chief Arbiter – Michael Flatt | Flyer | Enter online here

Coulsdon Junior Club Championship Rounds 2 – 4 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: [MAP] Rounds 2-4 of the CCF Junior Club Championship but all new comers welcome. Fully FIDE-rated

Wiltshire Championship 2019-20 @ N/A
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am

Contact: Tony Ransom Tel: 01225 774538
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 —
Round 1 – to be completed by 15th November 2019 | Round 2 – to be completed by 1st January 2020 | Round 3 – to be completed by 7th February 2020 | Round 4 – to be completed by 14th March 2020 | Round 5 – to be completed by 21st April 2020 | Details

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member. 10 minutes per player per game, digital clocks. Held on the first Thursday of every month

39th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Russell Granat Email: Web: [MAP] Revival of a prestigious weekend congress after a successful event at the same venue in 2018. All three sections now FIDE-rated – Open, U1900/160, U1675/130. Online entry available at

23rd 4NCL FIDE-rated Congress @ Holiday Inn South Normanton, Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Alfreton
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7 pm

Castle Chess 15th Fareham Congress @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP] One of a series of events held around the country. A small, relaxed event. 6 round event, Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. PRIZES – Expected £180 per section – but not Guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries

Junior 4NCL Weekend 1 @ Basingstoke Country Hotel
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Norfolk County Championships @ Tithe Barn, Rectory Road, Horstead
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP] A closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident in the county of Norfolk for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Oct 5 @ 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

CCF Junior RP LJCC Qualifier and U18 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 5 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] LJCC Qualifiers at U12, U10 and U8 level; in addition an unrelated U18 event with prize money

Maidenhead and Earley Junior Tournament @ Radstock Lane Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Earley
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Hampshire Junior Open Congress @ Winchester College New Hall College Street Winchester
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP] The Hampshire Junior Open Chess Congress is an annual tournament for young chess players who are less than eighteen years old on August 31st, 2019. Players are invited from any county – there are no restrictions as this is an OPEN event! The event is a qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

Bucks Junior Chess Congress @ Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe
Oct 6 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ray Sayers Email: Web:
Open to all junior players (Bucks and outside Bucks). A qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC). Age Sections – Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 | Entry form

LJCC Qualifier & Rookies @ Skyswood School, Chandlers Road, St Albans
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Qman Email: [MAP] 3 sections – U8, U10 and U12 and Rookie event for beginners. Each player will play 6 rounds and will be allowed 30 minutes per game. All players play in all rounds. This is a qualifier for London Junior Chess Championship | Entry form

Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: Web: [MAP] London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: Web: [MAP] Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

Coulsdon Junior Club Championship Rounds 2 – 4 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: [MAP] Rounds 2-4 of the CCF Junior Club Championship but all new comers welcome. Fully FIDE-rated