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17th LIBEREC OPEN @ Olympik Hotel, Sokolovska 138, Praha 8
Feb 25 – Mar 4 all-day

Contact: Jan Mazuch Email: Details:
FIDE open

Inaugural Irish Mind-Sports Championships (IMSC) – Blitz & U1600 @ Gresham Hotel, Upper O' Connell Street, Dublin 1
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Web: [MAP]
9 round FIDE rated blitz event with a 1,000 euro prize fund. Followed by an unrelated 5 round, U1600 rated event with a 1,000 euro prize fund | Entry form

4NCL Rounds 7 and 8 / Weekend 4
Mar 4 – Mar 5 all-day
Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess @ Golders Green Parish Church Hall, West Heath Drive, London NW11 7QG
Mar 4 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open / Major Under 170 / Minor Under 145 / Amateur Under 120

2020 Manchester Qualifier @ Manchester University Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2020Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: Web:
A National Rapidplay Team Championship open to all! Kindly sponsored by Chess & Bridge
Events taking place across the country including: Edinburgh: 22nd October; London: 29th October; Leeds: 12th November; York 21st January; Birmingham 28th January. Leading to a Super-Final next summer to determine the best 20/20 Chess team of four in the UK with cash prizes trophies and medals up for grabs along the way! Just £10 per person to participate!
(Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, you can also sign up as an individual and be randomly allocated into a mixed Barbarians side on the day) Recognised by the English Chess Federation [MAP] Flyer

First Saturday GM-IM-ELO @ Hotel Berlin
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: IO Nagy Laszlo Email: Web:
Closed tournaments for GM-IM-norm possibility and ELO rating in Budapest …

KJCA Rapidplay – GP6 Tonbridge School @ Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN91JP
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Jo Wildman Email: Web: [MAP]
Junior rapidplay and part of the Kent Junior Chess Association (KJCA) GP of eight tournaments throughout the season. Open to all aged under 18 on 31/08/2016.
6-round Swiss rapidplay for U9 and U11. 5-round Swiss rapidplay for U18 Minor and U18 Major | Enter online

Bury St Edmunds Junior Chess Congress @ Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EE
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Bob Jones Email: [MAP]
Four section tournament: Under 18, Under 11, Under 9 and ‘My First Tournament’ | Entry form

Leicestershire Junior Congress @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Leicester LE8 9FL
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul Mottram Email: Web: [MAP]
Six round Swiss for juniors in two sections – Open (ECF graded) and Minor (ungraded and for inexperienced players or those below ECF 40), for all players irrespective of county qualification with a time control of 25 mins + 5 second increment. Arbiter: Sean Hewitt
Enter online at

Midlands and North Girls 8-16 years Tournament @ Nottingham High School, Forest Rd W, Nottingham NG7
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: John Crawley and David Levens Email:
Girls tournament for ages 8 to 16 in 4 separate sections – Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16.
Graded tournament, with prizes in each section. Entry only to residents in the Midlands or North of England. This is the first time this tournament has been run but we hope to make it an annual event if this one is successful [MAP]

Colindale Chess Tournament @ The Pulse Community Flat, 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale NW9 5XW
Mar 5 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Marc Shaw Email: [MAP]
ECF graded childrens’ chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches. Limited availability, please book early | Entry form

The Big Chess Event @ Georgie’s Coffee House 14 Manor Road North, Hinchley Wood KT10 0SH
Mar 7 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: Mike Basman Email: Web: [MAP] Friendly tournament in a cafe – all welcome | Entry form

42nd East Devon Chess Congress @ Exeter Corn Exchange, Market St, Exeter EX1
Mar 10 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Dr Tim Paulden Email: Web:
Open, Major (U155) and Minor (U125) sections. Five round Swiss, 4 hour sessions. Venue in Exeter City Centre, close to railway stations and car parks. Website (including entry leaflet): | Online entry form: (pay separately via cheque / bank transfer) [MAP]

41st Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool FY1
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: Web:
£6400 prize fund. 5 rounds. All moves in110 minutes with 10 second increment added with each move. Open, under 181 Major, under 155 Intermediate, under 135 Minor and under 115 Standard sections. Closing date for entries Thursday 9th March 2017 [MAP] Entry form

Castle Chess 9th Hereford Congress @ The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad St, Hereford HR4
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web:
CHAMPIONSHIP U195 incl. Premier U175; MAJOR U155 incl. Intermediate U135; MINOR U115 incl. Challenger U195. Guaranteed Prize Fund minimum £150 per event. 6 Rounds – An historic chess hotel in the heart of Hereford [MAP]

48th Hampstead FIDE Congress U2200/U1900/U135 @ Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NS
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

75rs-hendon-golders-hossContact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP]
Under 2200 and Under 1900 FIDE sections, ECF Under 135 Section, G60+30s a move

EPSCA Under 9 Zones
Mar 11 all-day

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email:

4NCL Rounds 7 and 8 / Weekend 4
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day

4NCLDe Vere Wokefield Park (Division 3 South, Division 4 South) Cedar Court Wakefield (Division 3 North)

English Schools Team and Individual Blitz Championships @ The King's School, Brook St, Grantham NG31
Mar 18 all-day

Contact: Phillip Beckett Email: Web:
A trial event for Schools Blitz Chess – Individual event (am), Team event (teams of 4 plus one reserve) [MAP]

EPSCA Under 11 Zones
Mar 18 all-day

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email:

Poplar Rapid-Play @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
2 grade band sections – Minor Under 130 and Major Under 171. 30 minutes per player per game. 6 rounds | Entry form

Ackworth Chess Camp @ Ackworth School Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7 7LT
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Organised by White Rose Junior Chess Academy — Contact: Phillip Beckett Email: Web: [MAP] Training from IM Andrew Ledger and Lateefah Messam-Sparks and a rapid play event | Entry form

2nd Church Crookham Juniors Chess Training Day & Tournament @ Church Crookham Juniors, Tweseldown Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire GU52 8BW
Mar 19 @ 12:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: Web/online entry: [MAP] Organised by Grand Master & Former Under 18 World Champion Nick Pert, the Tournament & Training Day presents an excellent opportunity for juniors of all levels to develop and improve their chess ability. Both sections are rapidplay, with 20 minutes on the clock plus a 5 second increment. Training will be provided in a separate training room between rounds by an experienced chess coach from half past each hour until 5 minutes before the start of the round | Entry form

Cumbria Open Individual Championships @ The Duddon Sports & Social Club, James St, Askam-in-Furness, Cumbria LA16 7AH
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

Contact: Peter Hanks Email: [MAP]
Cumbria Open Chess event, incorporating the Cumbria Individual Championships | Entry form

43rd Nottingham Chess Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
Mar 24 @ 9:45 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP]
OPEN / U165 / U135 / U110. 5 rounds. Entry form and online entry on NottsChess website. Open 1st prize £650