Calendar

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 January 29th 2020)
* 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 …

Oct
31
Mon
2016
17th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress @ Royal Beacon Hotel
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: RH Jones Email: jones_r53@sky.com Web: http://keverelchess.com
This is a regular event for Seniors players only, made up of the ‘Juniors’ section (50 – 65) and Seniors (65+). Held in the comfortable surroundings of a 3* hotel situated on the old cliff top overlooking Lyme Bay. The hotel has hosted the West of England Congress for 18 consecutive years and is popular with players.

Nov
12
Sat
2016
2020 Leeds Qualifier @ Leeds University
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2020
Contact: Peter Hornsby Email: director@2020chess.com Web: http://www.2020chess.com

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; February 4th February.
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 | Flyer

Jan
29
Sun
2017
31st Stockport Rapidplay @ The Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: pht@rover12.wanadoo.co.uk
6 round Swiss event. Players will have 30 minutes for all moves. 4 sections: Open, Major (U170), Intermediate (U140), Minor (U110)
Prizes: 1st £140; 2nd £90; 3rd £40 and Grading £40 each section. Veteran and Buxton prizes, junior prizes in the Minor. Stockport League Major, Intermediate and Minor Trophies [MAP] Entry form

Northumberland Rapidplay Championships @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Crescent Way Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

Contact:John Wheeler Email: johndwheeler@blueyonder.co.uk Web: http://northumberlandchess.com [MAP]
One section for everyone – a fun day’s quick chess! 9-round Swiss, 10 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move. Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £30 plus 5 grading prizes of £40 each (U170, U150, U130, U110, U90), Top Senior £40, Top Junior £40 | Entry form

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Grandmaster Training with GM Danny Gormally @ Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Mike Smith Email: mikesmith41@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://foresthallchess.org.uk [MAP]
‘How to punish weak moves in the opening’ – Interactive Training Session led GM Danny Gormally, the North East’s strongest player, supported by FM Tim Wall and experienced chess teacher Mike Smith.
A brilliant opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster, open to aspiring club and non-club members of all ages and abilities. Includes exercises and feedback. Entry fee: £10 | Entry form

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Magnus Experience! – Special Thematic Chess Tournament @ Dame Allan’s Junior school and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, NE2 4NG
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs. J Needham, Dr. Manoj Arora and Mr. Malola Prasath Email: j.needham@dameallens.co.uk [MAP] The tournament is open to all school children Primary Year 1 onwards and will have 4 Categories. U7 /U9/U11 and Senior School Students. We may have separate girls’ category whereever there are more than 6 girls (if appropriate). A distinct thematic chess tournament is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, Newcastle in partnership with Dame Allan’s Schools and run with the support of the local chess communities in the North East of England.

Feb
18
Sat
2017
Northern Junior Championship @ Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 6EG
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 19 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Julian Clissold Email: julian.clissold@outlook.com Web: http://www.manchesterchess.co.uk
The tournament is open to all Junior ECF members. There are sections for age groups: Under 7; Under 8; Under 9; Under 11; Under 12; Under 14; Under 16; Under 18 [MAP] Entry form

Feb
25
Sat
2017
Hull Junior Chess Congress @ Hymers College, Hymers Ave, Hull HU3 1LW
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Contact: John Hipshon Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com Web: http://www.yorkshirejuniorchess.org [MAP]
Major Section, Intermediate Section, Minor Section and Novice Section (age limit U11 years of age on 1st September 2016) | Entry form

Mar
5
Sun
2017
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: crawlj6@aol.com
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]

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Durham County Junior Chess Championships 2017 @ Coxhoe Village Hall,Front Street East, Coxhoe, County Durham DH6 4DB
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Contact: Malola Prasath Email: junior@dcca.org.uk Web: http://www.durhamcitychess.co.uk/tournaments.php [MAP]
Open to all juniors attending school or living in the former Durham County which apart from Co. Durham includes Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside (others are welcome to compete but ineligible for Championship titles.) All juniors are welcome – no previous tournament experience is required | Entry form

Mar
31
Fri
2017
The Cork Congress 2017 @ Gresham Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City, Ireland
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Simon Lawrence Email: simon.lawrence@ucc.ie Web: http://corkchess.com/congress/ [MAP]
Annual tournament with 3 sections – 1600+, 1200-1600 and U1200. €3000 in prizes, this may go up or down depending on entries.

Apr
1
Sat
2017
3rd Polar Capital Jersey International Tournament @ Ambassadeur Hotel, St Clement's Rd, JE2 4QA, Jersey
Apr 1 – Apr 8 all-day

Contact: CM Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com
9 Round Open; 9 Round Holiday (under 1900 ELO/Under 160 ECF); Blitz [MAP]

Apr
7
Fri
2017
Irish Junior Championships 2017 @ Clayton Hotel, Sligo, Ireland
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Colm Ó Muireagáin Email: irulats@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/799 [MAP]
The National Junior Championships of Ireland. U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8 age groups | Entry form

Apr
13
Thu
2017
Tralee Classic – Irish Norm Events @ Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm

Contact: Rory Delaney Email: development@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/877 [MAP]
IM and GM Norm events organised by the Irish Chess Union | Entry form

Apr
14
Fri
2017
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

2017 Tyneside Easter Weekend Congress @ Forest Hall Chess Club, Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute, Crescent Way North, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9AR
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Tim Wall Email: foresthallchesscongress@gmail.com Web: www.foresthallchess.org.uk
The friendliest club in the North East, Forest Hall Chess Club in Newcastle, is pleased to host its first FIDE-rated tournament and weekend congress. OPEN (FIDE-rated) Prizes £300, £150, £75, Junior £75, Performance £75; MAJOR (Under 160 ECF) Prizes £200, £100, £50, Junior £50, Performance £50; CHALLENGERS (Under 120 ECF) Prizes £150, £75, £40, Junior £40, Performance £40 | Entry form

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Dame Allan’s Edition of ‘Experience Magnus’s Middlegames’ @ Dame Allan’s Junior School and Nursery, Hunter’s Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Mrs J Needham Email: j.needham@dameallans.co.uk Web: http://www.dameallans.co.uk/
The distinct thematic chess Tournament around Magnus Carlsen’s World Chess Championship Games is designed by Enhance Institute of Chess Excellence, and organised by Dame Allan’s schools, Newcastle, as community outreach initiative | Entry form [MAP]

Malahide Millenium Tournament 2017 @ ALSAA, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – May 1 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Vincent Bissett Email: vincentbissett@hotmail.com Web: http://www.malahidechessclub.ie/index.php [MAP]
The Malahide Millenium Tournament 2017 will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 29th to May 1st. It is one of Dublin’s biggest tournaments and the venue is situated right beside Dublin Airport making it ideal for those traveling from abroad. The 6 round FIDE-rated Masters section features a very generous prize fund (1,500 Euros for the masters, 3,500 Euros in all) and they expect over 150 entrants over the weekend

Second Thematic Chess Middle Game @ Dame Allan's Junior School, Hunter's Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4NG
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Christine Anderson Email: cxanderson3@yahoo.co.uk [MAP] Second Thematic Chess (Middle Game) tournament for schoolboys and schoolgirls

May
5
Fri
2017
Durham County Congress @ Houghton Sports Centre, Station Road, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5EF
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – May 7 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Lara Barnes Email: larabarnes@btinternet.com Web: http://www.dcca.org.uk/ [MAP]
Visit one of the best cities in England! Durham Cathedral is considered the top visitor attraction in England by Trip Advisor. Emergency contact number: Lara Barnes 07527529034 | Entry form

May
6
Sat
2017
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Kos 2017 @ Helona Resort Kos
May 6 – May 15 all-day

Contact: Amateur Chess Organization Email: kos@amateurchess.com Web: http://www.amateurchess.com/kos
More than 120 players from 20 countries registered! Any player below 2400 Elo can become ACO World Amateur Chess Champion in his or her rating group! (7 groups). All information – http://bit.ly/2b1jpuc
Entry form

May
12
Fri
2017
27th Calderdale Chess Congress 2017 @ Lee Mount Social Club, Lee Mount Rd, Halifax HX3 5BQ
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Stars-Barred 3 Section Chess Congress. 1st Prize in Major (U170) is £180, 1st Prize in Intermediate (U150) is £180. Minor (U125) for Silver and above members is only £23 to enter. On top of these prizes is an offer for every 20 players in each section a chance to win a £40 grading prize. The venue is Halifax Chess Club in the heart of Yorkshire up hill from town and the railway. Pie and peas and home made sandwiches usually sold in this large social club [MAP] Entry form

The Ennis Congress 2017 @ West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John Cassidy Email: ritacassidy16@eircom.net Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/870 [MAP]
Annual Open and U1400 event run in Ennis, Ireland.

Jun
26
Mon
2017
Šolta Amateur Open Chess Tournament 2017 @ House of Cultures, Grohote, Šolta Island, Croatia Postcode: 21430
Jun 26 – Jul 2 all-day

Contact: Mateo Ivić Email: ivic32@yahoo.com Web: http://www.soltaopen.com
International open amateur chess tournament for players with ELO <2300 on beautiful Šolta Island, 9 nautical miles from Split. Swiss system, 9 rounds, 90 minutes + 30 secs for every move

Jun
30
Fri
2017
7th Whitby Chess Congress @ Whitby Chess Club, (Conservative Club), Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire YO21 3DT
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 6:00 am

Contact: Noel Boustred Email: nboustred@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://noelschess.weebly.com
Two sections – INTER (159 AND UNDER) and FOUNDATION (UNDER 120). Some prizes are a percentage of the entry fee but the “points for prizes” is scrapped. Only £17 for ECF Silver members to enter the Foundation. It is slightly more to enter the Inter, but the 1st prize is £160 this year.
Whitby is well known for Dracula and Captain Cook, and is a beautiful seaside resort, with a lively harbour area with many bars and restaurants. The venue sells drink and some food. You can bring your own to the room upstairs in what was Whitby Chess Club, by the petrol station half a mile from the train/bus station. There are local buses to Scarborough and Middlesborough | Entry form