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CCF Daytime Chess – Summer Event @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – starts 2:00PM ends 6:00PM. Wednesday afternoons aimed at senior players (but allowing others who happen to be available). Players have a minimum of 5 matches (recently 7-8) during each tournament cycle (there are 3 per year)

CCF Cup 2016 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 18 @ 11:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Tel: 020 8645 9586 Web: – 7 consecutive Mondays, starts 7:30PM ends 11:00PM. Open to anyone, our club’s Summer tournament. 7 rounds over 7 consecutive Mondays with 5 different sections, all FIDE Rated

1st North Wales FIDE Open (incorporating 3rd Colwyn Bay Congress) @ St David's Room
Jul 1 – Jul 3 all-day

Contact: Syringa Camp Email:
This year the Colwyn Bay Congress is moving to the lovely Venue Cymru in Llandudno. There will be three sections – FIDE-rated Open, Major (U160/1900) and Minor (U120/1600). All sections will be both ECF and WCU graded events, and the Open will be FIDE-rated. Play starts with the first round at 7pm on Friday 1st July, with two rounds on each of Sat and Sun at 10am and 3pm. Total prize fund of £1,625.00 | Entry form

Batumi Municipality Cup 2016 @ KAISA Palace
Jul 1 – Jul 12 all-day

Tournament Director: IA Giorgi Chanturia – Director of the “Chess Club NONA” of Batumi
Contact number: (+995) 577 79 34 37 Web: | Details

Whitby Chess Congress (without Points Mean Prizes) 2016 @ Whitby Conservative Club
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: Website:
1st Prize in Minor of £150 no matter how many points you get. Open 1st, 2nd, 3rd and grading prize are respectively as follows: 35%; 15%; 10% and 10% of Open section fees to enter, discounting amount paid for grading fee for ECF Bronze or non-ECF members.
2 sections for comfort in a welcoming venue with good facilities, and in a beautiful place. It is on top of the hill overlooking Whitby and the harbour on one side of the hill, whilst on the other side of the hill you can see Whitby beach. Easy to get to – next door to one of two Whitby petrol stations | Entry form

1st International Solidarity Open Chess Tournament @ Polideportivo Universidad de Navarra
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day

Contact: Nuria Email: Web:
Event to support Alzheimer’s research. 100 cash prizes – 18.750€ tax free – for all levels. 10 trophies for the best classified. Gifts for all the players | Entry form

41st Hampstead Congress U1900/U2200/U135 @ Henderson Court Day Centre
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day

An Under 2200 (ECF 200) / Under 1900 (ECF 160) / Under 135 (ECF graded not FIDE rated) congress every month! NOW IN SECTIONS. All moves in 60 minutes each PLUS 30 seconds a move throughout. £150 1st, £75 2nd in each section PLUS rating prizes. Space STRICTLY limited space, so enter early! for details of times and fees (ECF Gold Membership required for ENGLISH players)

4th Hastings & St Leonards Weekend Chess Tournament @ Pelton House
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am – Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Marc Bryant Email: Web:
For any chess player graded under 175 – one section only. Only the first 30 entries will be accepted. Entry fee — Standard=£25, Hastings Chess Club member=£20, Under 18=£15. Prizes guaranteed – total £265 as follows — 1st £100, 2nd £60, 3rd £30 with three grading prizes of £25 each – U155 U135 U110

Leicestershire Junior Championships @ Leicester Grammar School
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Web:
6 round Swiss ECF graded rapidplay. Time control: 20mins + 10 sec per move. Sections: U9, U11 and U18. Titles and awards are to be won in the U8, U9, U10, U11, U13 and U18 age bands. Open to all Juniors irrespective of county of birth or residence. Entry £13.50 (details of discounts on entry form). Closing date for entries: 29th June | Entry form

South Shields 150th Anniversary Celebration Rapid Play One Day Congress @ THE CUSTOMS HOUSE
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Eddie Czestochowski Email: Web:
The event is a 9 round Rapidplay tournament. Each game will be 10 minutes + 5 sec increments. The event has been arranged to mark the 150th Anniversary year of South Shields Chess Club. More details are available on club website. Entry fee – £10.00 (£5.00 for juniors)

Chess Tutoring & Tournament @ Skyswood School
Jul 3 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email:
ECF graded children’s chess tournament with quality training in-between matches by national level trainers. This event will be a unique mixture of competition and training. Children will play games over the course of the day, with training in-between matches, learning new skills and making new friends. A training event intended to improve your skills using examples from famous grandmaster games | Entry form

Graeme Thomson Memorial Rapidplay @ The Polish Club
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Graham Mill-Wilson Email: Web:
Six round Swiss rapidplay. 25 mins. on the clock. Two Sections – Open, Major (U145). Cash prizes – 1st and 2nd in each section, plus grading prizes if entries allow. Guaranteed £100 first prize in the Open (shared if necessary) £17 entry includes £2 discretionary donation to Macmillan Cancer Support | Entry form

Colindale Community Centre July @ The Pulse Community Flat
Jul 3 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email:
Childrens’ chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches. Limited space, please enter early | Entry form

13th South Wales International Open @ Park Inn Hotel
Jul 7 – Jul 13 all-day

Contact: Kevin Staveley Email: Web:
10 Round FIDE International – guaranteed minimum prizes £1000, £600, £400, £250. Best non-GM £200, plus other prizes (see website for full details). Rate of play: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz Chess Tournament @ Golders Green Unitarians Church
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
One section, Swiss system tournament. 1st prize £20, 2nd Prize £10 and £10 prize for the highest Hendon Chess Club member.

9th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Park Inn Birmingham West
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms, information –

Weald Congress @ The Sports Centre
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

Contact: Carol Graham Email: Web:
5 round Swiss in 4 sections; Open, Major (U175), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110). Early entry discount before 26th June | Entry form

UK Chess Challenge Northern Gigafinal @ Wright Robinson School
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: Tel: 07715041320 Web:
Third stage of four stage event which starts in schools in January – by qualification only from a regional Megafinal

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web:
Section for beginners and section for juniors rated below 110 rapid play | Entry form

4th DeMontford Bell Kings Place Festival @ Kings Place
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web:
Open (for more experienced players), Major Under 170, Minor Under 145, Amateur Under 120, My First Chess Tournament Under 85. The top four sections are FIDE (Internationally) rated and all sections are ECF graded. Six games of tournament chess – ECF graded, no membership of a chess club is required; ideal for your first foray into the world of competitive chess. Get a grade in one tournament!

Stockport Blitz @ The GUILDHALL
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email:
8 round Swiss. Each player has 10 minutes for all moves. One section for all players.
Prizes first £60, second £40. At least 2 grading – £30 each. Enter before the day by post or by email or on the day before the start | Entry form

Czech Open 2016 – 27th International Chess and Games Festival @ Tipsport Arena
Jul 14 – Jul 31 all-day

Contact: Jan Mazuch Email: Web:
GM Open, 4 FIDE Opens, rapid, blitz and many other tournaments. Prize fund ca. 25 000 EUR
Accommodation from 9 EUR, meals in restaurants from 3,5 EUR. Detailed regulations will be available in March 2016 | Entry form

UK Chess Challenge Southern Gigafinal @ Rivermead Leisure Complex
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: Tel: 07715041320 Web:
Third stage of four stage event which starts in schools in January – by qualification only from a regional Megafinal. Section winners from this tournament will go on to the Terafinal to be held in August at Loughborough Grammar School

5th Leeds Chess Congress @ Wellington Hill Residents Association Club House
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Philip Higgins Email: Web:

Friday start is 7pm to 10.30pm. Saturday is 10am to 5.45pm. Sunday is 10am to 5.45pm, with prize-giving 6pm or earlier | Entry form

English Women’s Championship 2016 @ Park Inn Birmingham West
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web:
Round One: Friday 19.00-23.00 | Round Two: Saturday 10.00-14.00 | Round Three: Saturday 15.00-19.00 | Round Four: Sunday 10.00-14.00 | Round Five: Sunday 15.00-19.00
Entry Fee – £10 Prizes – 1st: £500, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100. Also – Best Performance Prizes: £100
The winner will also qualify for a place in the England women’s team in the 2017 European Team Championship. In the event of a tie for 1st place, the prize money will be shared, and the player in the tie with the highest rating in the May 2017 FIDE-rating list will be selected.