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39th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Russell Granat Email: Web: [MAP] Revival of a prestigious weekend congress after a successful event at the same venue in 2018. All three sections now FIDE-rated – Open, U1900/160, U1675/130. Online entry available at

23rd 4NCL FIDE-rated Congress @ Holiday Inn South Normanton, Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Alfreton
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP] FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7 pm

Castle Chess 15th Fareham Congress @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP] One of a series of events held around the country. A small, relaxed event. 6 round event, Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. PRIZES – Expected £180 per section – but not Guaranteed, plus at least one grading prize in each section. Prizes are dependent on entries

Junior 4NCL Weekend 1 @ Basingstoke Country Hotel
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Norfolk County Championships @ Tithe Barn, Rectory Road, Horstead
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: [MAP] A closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident in the county of Norfolk for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA | Entry form

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St. Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP] 6 rounds, 2 sections. Major Under 171 and Minor Under 130 | Entry form

CCF Junior RP LJCC Qualifier and U18 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 5 @ 10:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP] LJCC Qualifiers at U12, U10 and U8 level; in addition an unrelated U18 event with prize money

Maidenhead and Earley Junior Tournament @ Radstock Lane Community Centre, Radstock Lane, Earley
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

Hampshire Junior Open Congress @ Winchester College New Hall College Street Winchester
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP] The Hampshire Junior Open Chess Congress is an annual tournament for young chess players who are less than eighteen years old on August 31st, 2019. Players are invited from any county – there are no restrictions as this is an OPEN event! The event is a qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

Bucks Junior Chess Congress @ Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe
Oct 6 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Ray Sayers Email: Web:
Open to all junior players (Bucks and outside Bucks). A qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC). Age Sections – Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 | Entry form

LJCC Qualifier & Rookies @ Skyswood School, Chandlers Road, St Albans
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Qman Email: [MAP] 3 sections – U8, U10 and U12 and Rookie event for beginners. Each player will play 6 rounds and will be allowed 30 minutes per game. All players play in all rounds. This is a qualifier for London Junior Chess Championship | Entry form

Inaugural South East London Junior Grand Prix @ Catford Cricket and Sports Club, The Pavilion, Penerley Road, London
Oct 6 @ 10:15 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Madara Orlovska Email: Web: [MAP] London Junior Chess Championships (LJCC) qualifying tournament for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 age sections. Cash prize of £50 guaranteed for the winner of each section.

4th Blitz Tournament @ Chess & Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Joao Santos Email: Web: [MAP] Knockout Tournament limited to 8 players. PRIZES – 1st place £25 gift voucher, 2nd place £15 gift voucher, 3rd place £5 chess bargain book. All participants get a copy of latest Chess mag and a 10% discount with any purchase on the day.

Coulsdon Junior Club Championship Rounds 2 – 4 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: [MAP] Rounds 2-4 of the CCF Junior Club Championship but all new comers welcome. Fully FIDE-rated

European School Chess Individual Cup @ Karisma Hotel Ulcinj Montenegro
Oct 11 – Oct 20 all-day
52nd West Wales Congress @ Mercure Swansea Hotel, Phoenix Way, Llansamlet, Swansea
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Philpin Email: [MAP] 5 round weekend congress with a FIDE rated Open section plus non FIDE rated Major and Minor sections | Entry form

54th Dorset Open Chess Congress @ The Elstead Hotel 12-14 Knyveton Road Bournemouth
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ian Clark Email: Web: [MAP] Tournament with 4 sections and limit of 100 players | Entry form

2019 Warwick Junior Open @ Warwick Prep School, Banbury Road, Warwick
Oct 12 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Six sections – Under 18 Open, Under 18 grade < 100; Under 11 Open, Under 11 grade < 75, Under 11 grade < 50, Under 11 grade < 25. Under 18 sections and Under 11 Open FIDE rapidplay rated | Entry form

ECF AGM @ London
Oct 12 all-day
PRO University Chess League Group Stage @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London
Oct 12 all-day
PRO University Chess League Group Stage @ TBA, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London

Contact: Dylan Mize Email: Web:
PUCL is the UK’s first intercollegiate team rapid event. Fixtures are played between teams of 4 students from the same uni, in an all-play-all format, once a month during the academic year. All matches will be hosted at a venue on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. All relevant tournament information can be found on our website. To Enter a team from your uni, follow the “signup” link from the homepage – | Flyer

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Monthly, 6 rounds, 5 sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 plus NEW Improvers Under 105 section, and an ECF Graded Under 80 Section! 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move –

Leicester HE Atkins Rapidplay @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Andy Morley Email: [MAP] ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (20 mins + 10 sec) in Open, U165, U140, U115, Junior U80 and Junior ‘Schools’ U25 sections. Online entry here

Richmond Rapidplay @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road Twickenham
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Respected and longstanding series of rapidplay tournaments run by Richmond Junior Chess Club | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Tournament @ Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP]
Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players. Open to all under the age of 18 | Entry form

North East League Round 1 @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] 6 teams of 5 players each. The League will be all-play-all. Five rounds, each on a Sunday from October to February. Matches start 2:30pm, finish 6:30pm. 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) Teams will receive a total of 1 extra bonus game point per match if they include a minimum of a) 1 junior player under 18 years old; and additionally b) one male and one female player. (Each category will give 0.5 bonus points) The winning team will be awarded a trophy and receive medals, and there will be medals for the best individual performances | Entry form