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CCF Junior Club FIDE-rated Premiership October @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 1 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 15 @ 6:45 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP] Part of the Coulsdon Junior Club FIDE rated top division

Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Oct 4 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Time control : G10 (all in ten minutes each); Swiss 6 round Open (one section)

Castle Chess 13th Fareham Congress @ The Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7BQ
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Tony Corfe Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round event – Open including Premier U175, Major U155 including Intermediate U135, Minor U115 including Challengers U95. Prizes dependent on entries as agreed at players review 2017.

The Cork Congress 2018 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Mark Watkins Email: Web: [MAP] This is an annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

2018 Coventry Junior Open @ King Henry VIII School, Warwick Rd, Coventry
Oct 6 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Eight sections: Under 9 Boys, Under 9 Girls, Under 11 Boys, Under 11 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls, Under 18 Boys, Under 18 Girls | Entry form

Maidenhead Junior Club Tournament @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Oct 6 @ 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: Web: [MAP] Beginners section and other sections for more advanced players | Entry form

CCF LJCC Qualifier @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: | Web [MAP] London Junior Chess Championships qualifier

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP] Minor Under 130 – Major Under 171. 6 rounds of rapid chess. Half an hour per player per game | Entry form

Pennine Cup @ Ackworth School, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7 7LT
Oct 6 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] A one-day, 3-round jamboree tournament for Under 16 teams of 8 players organised by the Northern Counties Chess Union.
The winning team will be awarded the prestigious Pennine Cup and individual medals. Time control: 50 mins each for all moves, plus an increment of 10 seconds per move. Games will be submitted for ECF Standard Play grading | Entry form

Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier @ Camden School for Girls Sandall Road London
Oct 7 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Lateefah Messam-Sparks Email: Web: [MAP] This is the second Camden LJCC Chess Qualifier. This is an U18 junior tournament with sections available to all juniors (U8, U10, U12 and U18). The six round tournament is a graded rapidplay tournament for U18 and U12 sections. Chess coaching available throughout.

Eton College LJCC Qualifying Event + U18 Open @ Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DW
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Nick Pert Email: Web: [MAP] LJCC qualifying tournament & training day with GM Nick Pert. U18 Open, U12, U10, U8 and improvers sections

Leicester HE Atkins Memorial Rapidplay @ Leicester Grammar School London Road Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Andy Morley Email: Tel: 0116 2831488/0776 9721980 and for the junior sections Paul Mottram Email: Tel: 0798 9151175) [MAP] ECF graded 6 round Swiss rapidplay (20 mins + 10 sec) in Open, U165, U140, U115 and Junior U80/U40 sections. Online entry and full details at

West Wales 51st Weekend Congress @ The Mercure Swansea Hotel Phoenix Way Llansamlet Swansea SA7 9EG
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

Contact: Les Philpin Email: [MAP] Weekend Congress with Open, Major (U1850 or 150) and Minor (U1500 or 107) sections | Entry form

53rd Dorset Open Chess Congress @ The Elstead Hotel 12-14 Knyveton Road Bournemouth BH1 3QP
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Ian Clark Email: Web: [MAP] Open Congress with 4 sections limited to 100 players | Entry form

Crewe Chess Congress 2018 @ Ibis Styles Hotel, Emperor Way, Crewe CW1 6BD
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Les Hall Email: Web: Tel: 01270 361747 [MAP] We are once again holding our popular 5 round Swiss tournament, with 4 sections – Open, U165 Major, U135 Inter, U105 Minor | Flyer

4NCL Rapidplay @ Bedford Park Inn
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day
Chelmsford Junior Tournament @ Moulsham Junior School Princes Road Chelmsford
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dave Hawkins Email: Web: [MAP] Essex Junior Grand Prix 2018/19 Round 1. LJCC qualifying event | Entry form

English Closed Championships for Under 11s @ Nottingham High Junior School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: David Levens Email: [MAP] A qualifying tournament for the England U11 trial | Entry form

Sussex Junior Worth Rapidplay @ Worth School, Paddockhurst Rd, Turners Hill, West Sussex
Oct 13 @ 9:45 am

Contact: Anita McMahon Email: Web: [MAP] 6 round Swiss rapidplay in 4 sections – U8, U10, U12, U18. LJCC qualifier

Hampton Junior Chess Congress @ Twickenham Preparatory School 43 High Street Hampton
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] U8/U10/U12 qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships | Entry form

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Oct 13 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: Web: [MAP] Five sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades – Open to All (the strongest section); Under 170 Major; Under 145 Minor; Under 120 Amateur; Improvers Under 105; Under 80 My First Tournament

Hampshire Junior Congress @ New Hall, Winchester College, Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9NF
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Upham Email: Web: [MAP] 25 minutes each for all moves. Age groups will be combined into playing sections and notified before round 1 | Entry form | Online entry

Richmond Rapidplay 121 @ Orleans Park School Richmond Road TWICKENHAM TW1 3BB
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP] Continuation of famous and long-running series of rapidplay events | Entry form

3rd Hope Cup for Juniors @ Lewisham Chess Club, Catford Cricket and Sports Club, Penerley Road, London
Oct 14 @ 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact: Jude Ranga Samarasinghe Email: | Web [MAP] Ungraded chess tournament for juniors aged 5 to 13. Participation fee £30 per person or £50 for 2 siblings.

2018 Warwickshire Junior Championship @ Grace Academy (Solihull), Chapelhouse Road, Birmingham
Oct 15 @ 7:52 am – 8:52 am

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: Web: [MAP] Six sections: Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. Closed only to players born in, resident in, or going to school in Warwickshire, the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry, or the Borough of Solihull | Entry form