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Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web: [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

Forest Hall Weekend Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Forest Hall Chess Club invites you to take part in a new style of friendly, low-cost weekend congress, including four classical chess tournaments and a ‘Chess for All’ FIDE-rated Blitz.
Classical Weekender: Open, Major (U-170), Intermediate (U-135), Foundation (U-100), FIDE-rated Blitz (Sunday, 5pm-7pm): One section for everyone! Weekender entry fees: £10 (£9 Under 18s/Over 65s, Unwaged) FIDE-rated Blitz entry fees: £5 (£4 Under 18s, Over 65s & Unwaged) | Entry form

Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall Hall Plain Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP]
5 round Swiss, 4 sections Open, U170, U145, U120. Prize fund of over £1800 thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare | Entry form

60th Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am – Apr 29 @ 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

XYChess Spring Open A & B @ Windsor Hotel , Sliema, Malta SLM 1854
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am – May 4 @ 9:00 pm

Contact: Clarence Psaila Email: Web: [MAP]
7 round Swiss system, with 1 game per day, allowing lots of time for sightseeing and other activities | Poster

Richmond Rapidplay 118 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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

Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay @ Old Grammar School, Broad street, Chipping Sodbury BS376AH
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: John Stubbs Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round Rapidplay event – ECF/FIDE-rated. Three sections; Open, Under 155, Under 125. At least £100 first prize in Open Section. Entry £15 each section, juniors (under 18) £12. Each section will have at least 1st and 2nd place prizes. One grading prize in each section, and one overall Junior prize.
Time control: 20 mins plus 5 sec increments per move . Free tea and coffee. Lunch time refreshments (including homemade cakes) will also be available. One 1/2 point bye per player if requested before the day. Blitz, competition at lunchtime. £1 to enter, one section (hopefully, in the lovely courtyard garden) | Entry form

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
May 3 all-day

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

4NCL Rounds 9, 10 and 11 / Weekend 5
May 5 – May 7 all-day

4NCLDivisions 1 and 2 – Park Inn Telford 
Divisions 3 South and 4 – De Vere Wokefield Park
Division 3 North – Holiday Inn, Doncaster

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Junior event including section qualifying for the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal | Entry form

CCF Bank Holiday Blitz @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey CR5 3BA
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
A 12 round FIDE-rated Open blitz with 3 minutes plus 2 second Fischer increments

4th Castle Chess Harrogate @ Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP]
6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135,
Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Guaranteed prize fund minimum £180 per event | Entry form

Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl LL18 1AR
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: [MAP]
A Swiss style tournament, with 5 rounds | Entry form

3rd Brentwood U12 Open @ Brentwood Prep School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8EQ
May 12 @ 9:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Robin Slade Email: Web: [MAP]
This is a 6 round, ECF graded rapidplay tournament for juniors in Year 7 and below. The event is suitable for players of all levels including beginners. There are trophies for the top 3 players plus numerous other prizes. Games will be analysed on a demonstration board in a separate hall as they finish. This event is one of a series organised by IM Richard Pert and Essex Junior Coach Robin Slade and forms part of the British Chess Grand Prix | Entry form

Bloxwich Junior Chess Rapidplay Congress @ Ryecroft Community Hub. New Forest Road, Ryecroft. Walsall WS3 1TR
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ray Dolan Email: Web: [MAP]
Sections – Under 18, Under 14, Under 10, Under 8. 5 rounds starting at 10.00am and ending 5.30pm, followed by the prizegiving. £10.00 to enter | Entry form

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Northumbria MegaFinal @ Newcastle Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4DX
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Northumbria Regional MegaFinal, qualifier for the Northern GigaFinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Six-round Swiss tournaments for girls and boys for all ages from Under 7 through to Under 18. Please enter online via the website

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
May 12 @ 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

Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
May 16 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
29th Frome Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: Web: [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with 4 sections – Open, Major (U165), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110). The Open is FIDE-rated. The Congress incorporates the Somerset Championships. Ample free car parking and restaurant facilities on site. Further information, entry form and on-line entry on the Congress website | Entry form

The Highways Junior Tournament 2018 @ Sandycroft CP School Leaches Lane Mancot Deeside CH5 2EH
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Niki Taylor Email: [MAP]
Junior rapidplay tournament, 6 rounds Swiss pairings (all players play all rounds)
Four sections U9, U11, U14, U18 (age as at 31 Sep 2017)
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and top ungraded player in each section; Rosette/medal for all U9 and U11 entrants; Entry fee: £8 early bird if received by 1st May; £10 if by 16th May; £12 if on the day
Rate of play: all moves in 15 mins each with 10 second increment per move | Entry form

Sussex Junior Worthing Rapidplay @ Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD
May 19 @ 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

61st Hampstead FIDE Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NS
May 19 @ 10:30 am – May 20 @ 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

Gateshead Libraries ‘Chess for All’ Simul @ Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 4LN
May 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Twin simultaneous displays by FM Tim Wall and British Under 11 Champion Yichen Han. Entry is free and open to all comers, whether experienced players or newcomers to chess | Entry form

7th Richmond Blitz @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
FIDE Rated Open Blitz, 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, 11 rounds, £700 guaranteed prize fund, 1st £200. 2nd £120, 3rd £80, 1st and 2nd Grading Prizes at U170, U135, U100 | Entry form

First Crewe Rapidplay @ Ibis Hotel Emperor Way Crewe Business Park CW1 6DB
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Contact: Neville Layhe Email: Web: [MAP]
Brand new event, 4 sections, 6 rounds. FIDE-rated Open, U165, U135, U105. 3 prizes each section + grading prizes. FREE parking (register on arrival)