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16th MARIENBAD OPEN @ Olympik Hotel, Sokolovska 138, Praha 8
Jan 21 – Jan 28 all-day

Contact: Jan Mazuch Email: Details:
GM and IM round robin tournaments, FIDE open 

15th Annual Gonzaga Classic @ Gonzaga College SJ, 6 Sandford Rd, Dublin 6, Ireland
Jan 27 – Jan 29 all-day

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: 15th Annual Gonzaga Classic

9th Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Jan 28 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] G25+5 seconds a move throughout, prize fund £500

South of England Junior Chess Congress @ Yateley Manor School, Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7UQ
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm
Norfolk Rapidplay Congress @ Gas Social Club, Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7
Jan 29 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email:
6 round Swiss; 3 Sections: Championship, Challengers (U140), U100 [MAP] Entry form

28th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mt, Nottingham
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web:
OPEN / U160 / U135 / U110. Entry form and online entry available on the Notts Chess website [MAP]

31st Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email:
6 round Swiss event. Players will have 30 minutes for all moves. 4 sections: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110)
Prizes: 1st £140; 2nd £90; 3rd £40 and Grading £40 each section. Veteran and Buxton prizes, junior prizes in the Minor. Stockport League Major, Intermediate and Minor Trophies [MAP] Entry form

Northumberland Rapidplay Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Crescent Way Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

Contact:John Wheeler Email: Web: [MAP] One section for everyone – a fun day’s quick chess! 9-round Swiss, 10 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move. Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £30 plus 5 grading prizes of £40 each (U170, U150, U130, U110, U90), Top Senior £40, Top Junior £40 | Entry form

English Chess Challenge Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Jan 29 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: Web:
A 7 round competition open to anyone under 18 on 31 August 2016. Everyone plays in one big section and the leaders boys and girls from each age group will qualify for the semi-finals [MAP]

Reading Chess Tournament @ Sports Park, Reading RG6 6UR
Jan 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kumar Email:
ECF graded children’s chess tournament with training between matches by experienced chess coaches.
This event will be a unique mixture of competition and training. Improve your chess ability by learning to attack and checkmate the opponent’s King. You will also learn famous checkmate patterns. We will show you the good moves you made and the moves you missed from your own games! [MAP] Entry form

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Feb 2 all-day

hendon-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open (one section) – prize fund £50.00

Frodsham Weekend Congress @ Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Ln, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QL
Feb 3 – Feb 5 all-day

Contact: Pat Ridley Email: Web:
Open (FIDE-rated), Under 160 and Under 120 sections. Five rounds, Fischer time controls. Bookstall provided by Chess Essentials [MAP] Entry form

Portugal Open @ Altis Park Hotel, Avenida Arantes e Oliveira nth 9, 1900-064 Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 4 – Feb 10 all-day
Sussex Juniors Eastbourne Rapidplay @ St. Catherine’s College, Priory Rd, Eastbourne BN23
Feb 4 all-day

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web:
Open to all aged under 18 on 31/08/2015. 6-round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U11 Minor, U11 Major, U18 Minor, U18 Major [MAP] Entry form

40th Annual Kidlington Chess Tournament @ Exeter Hall, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1AB
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gerard O’Reilly Email: Web:
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 approx. £2000 [MAP] Entry form

Grandmaster Training with GM Danny Gormally @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Mike Smith Email: Web: [MAP] ‘How to punish weak moves in the opening’ – Interactive Training Session led GM Danny Gormally, the North East’s strongest player, supported by FM Tim Wall and experienced chess teacher Mike Smith.
A brilliant opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster, open to aspiring club and non-club members of all ages and abilities. Includes exercises and feedback. Entry fee: £10 | Entry form

First Saturday GM-IM-ELO @ Hotel Berlin
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: IO Nagy Laszlo Email: Web:
Closed tournaments for GM-IM-norm possibility and ELO rating in Budapest …

4NCL Rounds 5 and 6 / Weekend 3
Feb 11 – Feb 12 all-day
4NCL Rounds 5 and 6 / Weekend 3
Feb 11 – Feb 12 all-day

4NCLPark Inn Telford (Division 3 South, Division 4 South)

4NCL Rounds 5 and 6 / Weekend 3
Feb 11 – Feb 12 all-day
Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ Golders Green Parish Church Hall, West Heath Drive, London NW11 7QG
Feb 11 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open / Major Under 170 / Minor Under 145 / Amateur Under 120

Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire; postcode of entrance drive SL6 4QQ
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Delancey UK Chess Challenge Tournament Qualifying for the Megafinal for children under the age of 11. Separate tournament for children over the age of 11 | Entry form

KJCA Junior Rapidplay GP5 – Dulwich College @ Dulwich College Senior, Dulwich Common, Dulwich, Kent, SE21 7LD
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP] Junior rapidplay and part of the Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) GP of eight tournaments throughout the season. Open to all aged under 18 on 31/08/2016.
6-round Swiss rapidplay for U9 and U11. 5-round Swiss rapidplay for U18 Minor and U18 Major | Enter online

Barnet Junior Chess Girls Individual Championships @ St Paul’s C of E Primary School The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QU
Feb 12 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Jason Bennett Email: Web: [MAP] GIRLS ONLY junior rapid play event split by age groups | Entry form