In this time of COVID-19 …
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English Seniors Championships – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn 212 Abbey End Kenilworth Warwickshire
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: Web: [MAP] Two sections for players aged 50 or over and 65 or over. 7 rounds. ECF graded and FIDE rated | Entry form [paper version]

Durham County Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ Mercure Darlington, Kings Hotel, 1 Priestgate, Darlington
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 7:00 pm

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mick Riding Email:

ECF Academy @ Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC Coventry Road, West Midlands
May 2 – May 3 all-day

Official training programme of the ECF. Weekend of chess training and activities delivered by highly qualified coaches including International Masters and Grandmasters | Prospectus

1st First Weekend Chess @ St. Stephen’s Indian Orthodox Church Brays Road Birmingham
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:30 pm

Contact: Ravi Sandhu Email: Web: [MAP] First Weekend Chess in Birmingham every quarter

Hampshire UKCC Megafinal @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dr John Upham Email: Web: [MAP] The Hampshire Megafinal is the UKCC tournament for qualifiers from the UKCC schools stage. It is open to children from any county and any school but will feature many children from Hampshire schools

Eccles 2020 Chess Congress @ Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Barbara Farrar Email: Web: [MAP] An Eccles Chess Club event – full day 7-round rapidplay (20 minutes plus 5 second increments) ECF graded. Registration 9.15 – 9.45; Lunch 12.50 – 1.30. Cash prize fund £1,275. All entries by Friday 1st May. Entry fees – £18 for Silver members or above, £27 for Bronze or non-members. The Tournament Controller’s decision is always final | Brochure

North London Schools Summer Grand Prix #1 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road London
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: [MAP] The North London Summer Grand Prix is a series of four graded events open to all chess players U7, U9, U11, U13. Best three scores from the four events will count for the final Grand Prix standings. Each event awards trophies for 4.5 points or more and to the highest placed boy and girl, second place and runners up. Gold award 3-4 points, Silver award 2-2.5 points, Bronze award 0-1.5 points | Entry form

Sunday Evening Rapid @ ECF Online
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

On | | 3 round Swiss tournament, time control 15 | 10

Monday Afternoon Blitz Arena @ ECF Online
May 4 @ 2:00 pm

On | | 90 minutes Arena format, time control 15 | 10

Wednesday Evening Blitz @ ECF Online
May 6 @ 8:00 pm

On | | 90 minutes Arena format, time control 3 | 2

4NCL Weekend 5 | Rounds 9-11 – POSTPONED
May 8 – May 10 all-day

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Divisions 1 & 2 Telford, The Centre Hotel
Divisions 3 South & 4 South Mercure Daventry Court
Division 3 North Holiday Inn Doncaster

Champions’ League Chess Finals @ Chipstead Valley Primary School Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] Primary School (FIDE Rated & ECF Graded) Team Finals

Thursday Afternoon Slow Blitz @ ECF Online
May 8 @ 2:00 pm

On | TBC | 90 minutes Arena format, time control 10 | 0

54th Rhyl Chess Congress @ Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – May 10 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Stuart Hamilton Email: [MAP] A five round Swiss style congress with Fischer time controls – 110 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move. All prizes will be forwarded a week after the event | Entry form

Hendon Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, Golders Green
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] 10 minute blitz tournament of 6 rounds rated by FIDE

Frome Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Frome Chess Congress - CANCELLED @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Counties Championship Quarter Finals – POSTPONED
May 16 all-day

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***

30th Calderdale Chess Congress – CANCELLED @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax
May 16 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 4:30 pm

*** Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled ***
Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Web:

Sussex Junior Worthing Rapidplay @ Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing
May 16 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round rapidplay in 4 sections – Under 11 Minor, Under 11 Major, Under 18 Minor, Under 18 Major | Entry form

Hampstead FIDE Chess Congress @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead
May 16 @ 10:30 am – May 17 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] 5 rounds, U2200, U1900 and U1700 sections

3rd Crewe Rapidplay – CANCELLED @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Sybil Andrews Academy, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections – Under 18, Under 11, Under 9, Minor (must be under 11 and either ungraded or graded below 50)

North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
Time limit: All moves in 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move. All games will be FIDE-rated (Players will need to be ECF Gold members). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Muswell Hill FIDE Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Open, Major, Minor sections based on entries

3rd 4NCL Spring Bank Holiday Congress – CANCELLED @ Basingstoke Country Hotel, Basingstoke RG27 9JS
May 22 – May 25 all-day

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] Four sections (all seven rounds) – FIDE Rated Open, FIDE Rated U2050, FIDE Rated U1825 and ECF Under 120