Calendar


In this time of COVID-19 …
If you find an event that appears to be taking place in person rather than online – PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS! It may be that they have simply neglected to let us know that their event is cancelled, or it may be taking place under strict pandemic rules and conditions which you’ll need to know about before attending to play, but they may have not told us about! Please check first.


The calendar is now sortable by category and by tag, both at the top of the calendar. You can use the button at the foot of the calendar to add this calendar to your own (Google, Apple, Timely etc). The print button at the top will print the page you’re on. Clicking on the main calendar bar (top left) allows you to choose a date to jump to. PLEASE NOTE – where an event is marked as ‘ALL DAY’ it may be best to check with the organisers in case they have not submitted a start and/or end time to us …

To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s)* | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated September 7th 2020) | To submit an online event for ECF Online rating – click here
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

Official FIDE events … http://www.fide.com/calendar … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website – http://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link – https://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html?view=calendar&task=uregister

A new badge system has been introduced whenever possible from 26/3/18 onwards. An amber wheelchair (below) means that the venue has at least some disability-friendly aspects, whereas a green wheelchair (also below) means it’s particularly so. In all cases, but especially where no badge is evident, PLEASE contact the organisers for more details …


The links to external websites within the calendar are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the ECF of any of the products and services available or opinions expressed on or accuracy of these other websites …

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Dave Watson Email: stillgamedave70@gmail.com Web: http://chessscotland.com
Scotland’s largest annual weekend chess congress, in which the Premier Event is FIDE rated using the time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for all events. The city centre venue has a free car park and is suitable for disabled players, including wheelchair users. Catering will be available throughout the weekend. A Group Discount is available, when six entries are received together only pay for five entries. A Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

The Cork Congress 2017 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City, Ireland
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Simon Lawrence Email: simon.lawrence@ucc.ie Web: http://corkchess.com/congress/ [MAP]
Annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Apr
1
Sat
2017
3rd Polar Capital Jersey International Tournament @ Ambassadeur Hotel, St Clement's Rd, JE2 4QA, Jersey
Apr 1 – Apr 8 all-day

Contact: CM Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com
9 Round Open; 9 Round Holiday (under 1900 ELO/Under 160 ECF); Blitz [MAP]

World Amateur Chess Championships @ Spoleto, Italy
Apr 1 – Apr 9 all-day
35th St. Albans Chess Congress (ECF Congress of the Year) @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Ln, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4AW
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com
5 round Swiss with 5 sections – Minor 120 and below, Intermediate 140 and below, Major 160 and below, Challengers 180 and below, Open – no grade limits. Over £3250 prize fund, large playing hall, ample free car parking, hot and cold food available. Easy access to M1 and M25, also good rail links. Free WiFi. [MAP]

Teignmouth Rapidplay Congress @ The Salle, Trinity School, Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8LY
Apr 1 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Mark Cockerton Email: bloke795@gmail.com Web: http://www.teignmouthrapidplay.com [MAP] – one day rapidplay Swiss event – 6 rounds. Two sections: Open (Over 140) and Graded (Under 140) | Entry form

42nd Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mt, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 4ED
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – Apr 2 @ 5:45 pm

Contact. Robert Richmond Email: robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://nottschess.org
OPEN, U165, U135, U110 – 5 rounds. Entry form and online entry on the Notts Chess website [MAP]
1st prize in the Open – £650.00

National Club Championships 2017 @ St. John's Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT
Apr 1 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm
First Saturday GM-IM-ELO @ Hotel Berlin
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: IO Nagy Laszlo Email: mrfirstsaturday@gmail.com Web: http://www.firstsaturday.hu
Closed tournaments for GM-IM-norm possibility and ELO rating in Budapest …

Apr
2
Sun
2017
3rd H+H Fire Train & Play @ Bardswell Social Club, Weald Road, CM14 4TP
Apr 2 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Richard Pert Email: richpert@hotmail.com Web: http://www.britishchess.co.uk [MAP]
U14 Train & Play day combining 3 ECF rapid graded games with 2 training sessions. Coaching line up – IM Richard Pert, Robin Slade and guest coach IM Andrew Greet | Entry form

Apr
3
Mon
2017
IAPS National Chess Championships @ Aldro School Lombard St Shackleford Godalming Surrey GU8 6AS
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
Tournament for IAPS affiliated prep schools. Sections for different age groups and different abilities including a Championship section for the strongest players from each school. Boarding facilities are available for schools wishing to board. Day entries also welcome.
Other activities provided for the boarders include a games evening, trip to Chessington World of Adventure or Thorpe Park and a five a side football competition. Supervision is provided by the accompanying staff. Entries need to be by the individual schools via the IAPS Sports website.

Apr
4
Tue
2017
Orpington Junior Chess Tournament and Coaching Day @ St John's United Reform Church, Lynwood Gr, Bancroft Gardens, Orpington BR6 0BG
Apr 4 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Conrad Allison Email: crga.allison@gmail.com Web: http://conradchess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/inaugural-orpington-junior-chess.html [MAP]
A junior event consisting of four rounds of chess and two hours of coaching. Just £19 with early-bird entry. A short walk from Orpington station and high street, Play, learn and enjoy …

Apr
6
Thu
2017
Hendon ‘First Thursday’ Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Apr 6 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: www.hendonchessclub.com [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open (one section) – prize fund £50.00

Apr
7
Fri
2017
13th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm

4nclFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm. For entry forms and information visit www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_13.htm
[MAP]

Irish Junior Championships 2017 @ Clayton Hotel, Sligo, Ireland
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Colm Ó Muireagáin Email: irulats@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/799 [MAP]
The National Junior Championships of Ireland. U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 age groups | Entry form

Apr
8
Sat
2017
ECF Chess Academy @ TBC
Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day

Contact: Director of Junior Chess and Education Email: director.juniorchess@englishchess.org.uk
ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1 and 2) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 2). Spare places may be available for those not on either the programme who wish to attend as a one off event. These will be advertised on the ECF Junior website. These study weekends are for advanced players.

National Chess Junior Squad Championships @ Wokefield Park, Keepers Cottage, Goodboy's Ln, Mortimer, Reading RG7 3AH
Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: http://ncjs.co.uk
Junior championship open to all of the right age [MAP] Entry form

Poplar Rapid-Play @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Apr 8 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: DocklandsChess@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.spanglefish.com/docklandschessclub [MAP]
2 grade band sections – Minor Under 130 and Major Under 171. 30 minutes per player per game. 6 rounds | Entry form

English Chess Challenge Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 8 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: CCF Email: chess@ccfworld.com Web: http://ccfworld.com/Chess/Junior%20Home%20Page/ECC_Qual_info.htm
This tournament is open to anyone aged under 18 at 31 August 2016. Everyone plays in one big tournament with the best boys and girls in each age group qualifying for the semi-finals [MAP]

Warwick Junior Open @ Bridge Field, Banbury Road, Warwick CV34 6PL
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://warwickjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org [MAP]
For players aged under 11, divided into sections by ability/grade rather than age | Entry form

Apr
9
Sun
2017
Bourne End Rapid Play One Day Congress 2017 @ Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Rd, Wooburn Green, Bourne End SL8
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 7:15 pm

Contact: David Langford Email: bebchess@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.bucksvoice.net/bourneendchess
Rapid play tournament of 5 rounds with each player allowed 45 minutes to complete all their moves.
Participants divided on the day into four or five divisions, according to grade strength [MAP]

Apr
10
Mon
2017
European Women’s Individual Chess Championship @ Radisson Blu Hotel, 55 Elizabetes Street, Riga, Latvia
Apr 10 – Apr 23 all-day

Contact: IO Egons Lavendelis Email: info@ewcc2017.eu Web: www.ewcc2017.eu
Details here

Apr
12
Wed
2017
43rd Maidenhead Junior Congress @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Roger Brugge Email: r.brugge@rdg.ac.uk Web: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/maidenhead_junior_congress.html – postcode of entrance drive SL6 2QQ [map]
One day junior congress in the school holidays with sections U14, U11, U10 and U9 | Entry form

Apr
13
Thu
2017
Tralee Classic – Irish Norm Events @ Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Rory Delaney Email: development@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/877 [MAP]
IM and GM Norm events organised by the Irish Chess Union | Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
WECU 70th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
Three sections: FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major U1950 (ECF U170 if no FIDE grade); Minor ECF rated U130. Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Discounted entry for juniors | Entry form