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
Sat
2018
4th Polar Capital Jersey International Chess Tournament @ Hotel Ambassadeur La Grand route de la Cote St.Clement Jersey JE2 6SB
Mar 31 – Apr 7 all-day

Contact: Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com [MAP]
9 round Open/Holiday/Minor Tournament and UBS Blitz Tournament. Chief Arbiter Adam Raoof (IA)

Apr
3
Tue
2018
2018 Midland Open Junior Championships @ Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

Contact: Alex Holwczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://www.mccu.org.uk [MAP]
Under 9 ECF graded section. Under 11, 14 and 18 sections ECF graded and FIDE-rated. £2,375.00 prize fund. Part of the English Youth Grand Prix | Entry form

Apr
6
Fri
2018
Edinburgh Congress @ St Thomas of Aquin's High School, 2 - 20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: David Stewart Email: davidstewartgm@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://chessscotland.com [MAP]
The largest annual weekend event in Scotland. The venue is suitable for disabled and wheelchair users and is located in the city centre of Edinburgh. The top event, the Premier Event is FIDE rated in which there are four events. A group discount is available, submit six entries together and only pay for five entries. The time control for all events is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The Chess Bookstall will be supplied by Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge, London | Entry form

Apr
7
Sat
2018
9th West Surrey Championships 2018 @ Tormead School Cranley Road Guildford GU1 2JD
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

Contact: Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips Email: chessentriesforall@gmail.com [MAP]
Six sections: U7, U8, U9, U10, U12 and Open (U150 ECF). All sections have 7 timed rounds 20 minutes each (40 minutes total). The whole tournament will be paired using Swiss-Manager | Entry form

National Chess Junior Squad Championships @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Peter Purland Email: petepurland@btopenworld.com Web: http://www.ncjs.co.uk [MAP]
Squad championship but open to all juniors | Entry form

Rugeley Rapidplay @ Lea Hall Social Club Sandy Lane Rugeley Staffordshire WS15 2LB
Apr 7 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Matthew Carr Email: mattcarr2600@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.rugeleychessclub.co.uk/Tournament [MAP]
50th Anniversary RAPIDPLAY TOURNAMENT. Three sections for max. grade Open, 160, 120. Time control in all sections will be all moves in 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move | Entry form

National Club Championships 2018 @ Park Inn by Radisson Telford Hotel Forgegate Telford Centre Telford, Shropshire TF3 4NA
Apr 7 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm
Warwick Junior Open @ Warwick Preparatory School, Bridge Field, Banbury Road, Warwick CV34 6PL
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com Web: http://warwickjunioropen.warwickshirechess.org/ [MAP]
Four ECF graded sections – Under 25, Under 50, Under 75 and Open. Under 11s on 01/09/2017 (i.e. Year 6 and under) only | Entry form

Apr
12
Thu
2018
Hendon First Thursday Blitz @ Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
Apr 12 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: www.hendonchessclub.com [MAP]
Time control : G10 (all in ten minutes each); Swiss 6 round Open (one section)

Apr
13
Fri
2018
Maidenhead Junior Congress @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Nigel Dennis Email: nigelwdennis@btinternet.com Web: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/maidenhead_junior_congress.html [MAP]
One day junior congress during the Easter holidays with sections U14, U11 and U9 | Entry form

18th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress @ Holiday Inn, Doncaster
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm

4NCLFIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175), ECF U135. Five rounds Friday 7pm – Sunday 7pm [MAP] – for entry forms, information – www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/information_18.htm

Apr
14
Sat
2018
ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend @ TBA
Apr 14 – Apr 15 all-day

ECF Chess Academy Study Weekend for the International Programme (Years 1, 2 and 3) and the Academy Plus Programme (Year 3). 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 Juniors website although you may email the ECF Director of Junior Chess directly if you wish. These study weekends are for advanced players.

Teignmouth Rapidplay @ The Salle, Trinity School, Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8LY
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Mark Cockerton Email: bloke795@gmail.com Web: http://www.teignmouthchessclub.com [MAP]
One day rapidplay Swiss tournament – 6 rounds. 30 minutes each. Two sections: Open (Over 140) and Graded (Under 140) | Entry form

36th St. Albans Congress @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans, Herts AL1 4RU
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com [MAP]
Over £3,250 in prizes; Swiss tournament over 5 rounds; 5 sections – Minor Under 121, Intermediate Under 141, Major Under 161, Challengers Under 181, Open (no grade limits); large playing hall; hot and cold refreshments; large free car park; good transport links

Golders Green FIDE Rapid Chess Tournament @ St Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU
Apr 14 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.co.uk [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; Under 80 My First Tournament

Apr
15
Sun
2018
Parent+Child Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3PL
Apr 15 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com [MAP]
Coaching event for the parents/relatives (Group 1) and their chess-playing children (Group 2). Topics for Group 1: A) How to help your child in his/her chess career. B) Improve your knowledge about chess game in general. Led by IM/WGM Dagne Ciuksyte (ECF accredited coach) | Entry form

Apr
20
Fri
2018
9th Central London Chess Congress @ Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road SW7 2BB
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John Sargent Email: johnsargent@gmail.com Web: https://union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/chess/ [MAP]
A weekend of competitive chess in an excellent central London location. The ninth Central London Chess Congress will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2018 in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall. Open, Major and Minor sections. Round 1 starts 18.00 Friday, Rounds 2/4 at 10.00 Sat/Sun and Rounds 3/5 at 15.00 Sat/Sun
*Please note – No U18s allowed due to Westminster Council restrictions on the venue*

Apr
21
Sat
2018
Junior 4NCL @ Park Inn, Telford
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
43rd Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham, NG7 4ED
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:45 pm

Contact: Robert Richmond Email: robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://NottsChess.org [MAP]
OPEN / U165 / U135 / U110; OPEN 1st prize £650. Entry form and online entry on the Notts Chess website. Free entry to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs

Docklands Chess Poplar Rapid Tournament @ Langley Hall, St.Nicholas Church Centre, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London E14 0QD
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: DocklandsChess@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.spanglefish.com/docklandschessclub [MAP]
Minor Under 130 – Major Under 171. 6 rounds of rapid chess. Half an hour per player per game | Entry form

English Primary Schools Chess Association Under 11 Final @ TBA
Apr 21 @ 11:45 am – 6:00 pm

Teams qualify for the final from three zones …

Apr
25
Wed
2018
12th Muswell Hill FIDE WEEKDAY Rapid @ The Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9HR
Apr 25 all-day

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.muswellhillchess.blogspot.co.uk/ [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

Muswell Hill / East Finchley Weekday FIDE Rapid @ Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, London N2 9HR
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.muswellhillchess.blogspot.co.uk/ [MAP]
SWISS 6 ROUNDS Open/Major U160/Amateur U120

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Calderdale Chess Congress @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Road, Halifax HX3 5EQ
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: noelschess@gmail.com Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com [MAP]
ECF Chess Congress of the Year 2017 — sections for everybody, including an Open. In the Minor U126 you can win £180. In higher sections of 24 or more people, the first prize is £200, with a £100 grading prize. Good value food and drink is served at the bar, including coffee. In the chess playing area you can bring your own food and drink. Also — enjoy Halifax, a beautiful part of Yorkshire! | Entry form

Forest Hall Weekend Congress & FIDE-rated Blitz @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: timpeterwall@gmail.com Web: http://www.foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
Forest Hall Chess Club invites you to take part in a new style of friendly, low-cost weekend congress, including four classical chess tournaments and a ‘Chess for All’ FIDE-rated Blitz.
Classical Weekender: Open, Major (U-170), Intermediate (U-135), Foundation (U-100), FIDE-rated Blitz (Sunday, 5pm-7pm): One section for everyone! Weekender entry fees: £10 (£9 Under 18s/Over 65s, Unwaged) FIDE-rated Blitz entry fees: £5 (£4 Under 18s, Over 65s & Unwaged) | Entry form