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
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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 …

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2nd 4NCL Easter FIDE Rated Congress – POSTPONED @ Holiday Inn, Kenilworth CV8 1ED
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

*** This event has been postponed, but will be re-arranged as soon as the Covid-19 health concerns allow ***
Contact: Mike Truran Email: Web: [MAP]
Four sections – FIDE Rated Open (nine rounds), FIDE Rated U2050 (seven rounds), FIDE Rated U1825 (seven rounds) and ECF Under 120 (seven rounds)

64th Southend Chess Congress @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Ian Hunnable Email: Web: [MAP]
FIDE one-day Rapidplay, FIDE Open, FIDE U1900, ECF U145, ECF U120, ECF U95 | Entry form

2nd Southend FIDE Rapid @ Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
CCF Easter LP Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
West of England Chess Union Congress – CANCELLED @ Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth Devon
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Bolton Easter Congress and Busy Persons Blitz – CANCELLED @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak ***

Richmond Stars Barred – CANCELLED @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
U2200 FIDE-rated and ECF graded standard play | Entry form

Friday Evening Slow Blitz @ Online
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm

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Saturday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm

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Sunday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm

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CCF Easter Rapid Play @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 13 @ 10:15 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Daniel Gliddon Email: Web: [MAP]
Rapidplay with an Open section plus as many rated sections as numbers (and the grades and ratings of the players) reasonably allow

3rd Junior Chess Coaching Event @ St Michael & All Angels Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Dagne Ciuksyte Email: Web: [MAP]
Coaching event for juniors. 2 groups – novices and intermediates | Entry form

CCF Daytime Chess Summer 2020 @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road Coulsdon Surrey
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm

Contact: Scott Freeman Email: Web: [MAP]
Wednesday 15th April 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Results will be submitted monthly to FIDE @ the ECF. An Open FIDE-rated LP competition for any available players, primarily set up to accommodate retired players. It gives a chance to have competitive FIDE-rated chess at a time of day that older players hope to have more energy for!

Wednesday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 5 | 5

46th Maidenhead Junior Congress – CANCELLED @ Claires Court Junior Boys School, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

*** This event has sadly been cancelled due to current health concerns and the Coronavirus outbreak ***

Friday Evening Slow Blitz @ Online
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 10 | 0

Staffordshire Congress – CANCELLED @ Ryecroft Community Hub, 28 New Forest Road, Walsall
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

*** Sadly, this event has been cancelled owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak ***

38th St. Albans Chess Congress – POSTPONED @ St.Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St.Albans
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm

Unfortunately, St.Columba’s College St. Albans – our venue for the Congress – have advised us that as a precaution against the spread of the Corona virus,  we will have to postpone this year’s Congress until the Autumn Term. New dates in October will  be announced in due course …

Contact: Terry Douse Email: Web: [MAP]
Prize fund over £3500. 5 playing sections. Large playing hall. Ample free parking. Hot and cold food available. Close to the M1 + M25

Poplar Rapid Chess Tournament @ St.Nicholas Church Hall, Ettrick Street, Poplar, London
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: Norman Went Email: Web: [MAP]
6 rounds, 2 sections. FIDE-rated Major Under 2000 and Minor ECF graded Under 130. 25 minutes with 5 second increment from the beginning | Entry form

Saturday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

On – URL to follow | Time control 10 | 0

North London Schools Summer Grand Prix #1 @ Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road London
Apr 19 @ 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: Angela Eyton Email: [MAP]
The North London Summer Grand Prix is a series of four graded events open to all chess players U7, U9, U11, U13. Best three scores from the four events will count for the final Grand Prix standings. Each event awards trophies for 4.5 points or more and to the highest placed boy and girl, second place and runners up. Gold award 3-4 points, Silver award 2-2.5 points, Bronze award 0-1.5 points | Entry form

Richmond Rapidplay – CANCELLED @ Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, Twickenham
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: Paul McKeown Email: Web: [MAP]
FIDE-rated and ECF graded rapidplays, 25 minutes per player per game with a 5 second increment throughout, in 4 sections – Open, U160, U120 and U80. Cash prizes in all sections | Entry form

North East Individual Championships – POSTPONED @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, 26 Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

All rounds of the North East Individual Championships will be rearranged after the public health situation re: Coronavirus improves

Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP]
Three 6-round Swiss tournaments – Open, Major (Under 1975 FIDE / 170 ECF), Minor (Under 1700 FIDE / 140 ECF). Open to all players born in, or resident in, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland. Rounds to be played at the same venue on 3 Sundays in Spring 2020, 2 rounds per day. Round times: 10:30am-2:30pm, 3:30pm-7:30pm.
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). There will be a combination of cash and non-cash prizes, to be announced in June 2019.
The winner of each section will additionally be awarded a trophy and receive a medal. There will be additional prizes for Best Rating Performance (compared to published grade/rating), Best Junior (Under 18) and Best Female Player in each tournament | Entry form

Colindale Chess @ 15 Ostler Court, Charcot Road, Colindale
Apr 19 @ 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: Kumar Email: [MAP]
ECF graded children’s chess tournament with training in-between matches by experienced chess coaches. This event will be run under the supervision of experienced arbiter Marc Shaw with support from other coaches. This event is aimed at players starting to play competitive games and capable of recording at least the opening of their games. Please bring a scoring book and a pen to record your chess moves. The emphasis is on finding ways to improve using their own games as a starting point, with advice and improvements offered as well as explanations of why moves are played | Entry form

Sunday Evening Blitz @ Online
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm

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