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 …

Jun
15
Fri
2018
Bristol Summer Congress & 71st Bristol League Championship @ Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Jun 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: http://www.bristolcongress.co.uk [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Congress website | Entry form

Jun
24
Sun
2018
UKI Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: marie.gledhill@tesco.net [MAP]
The UKI Chess Championships are open to all children in the UK and Ireland. This is an individual event as well as a school team event – you can enter as an individual or a school team. There are trophies for the top three girls and boys schools according to the scores of their top four players. The girls play separately to the boys with trophies for the overall champions and rosettes awarded for those scoring 11 points or more. No one is knocked out all 5 rounds are played | Entry form

Jun
30
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge – Southern Gigafinal @ TBC
Jun 30 – Jul 1 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Gigafinals of the 2018 UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from Megafinals around the country

Jul
4
Wed
2018
Civil Service Chess Championship @ Carrs Lane Conference Centre, The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX
Jul 4 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Contact: John Conway Email: john.conway1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk Web: https://www.cssc.co.uk/CSSC/index.cfm/things-to-do/event-search/event-detail/?oid=4803 [MAP]
The competition is open to Civil Servants and will will be a rapid play event with 25minutes each on the chess clock under the FIDE rules of Chess. Players will get multiple games over the day. There will be section for people graded 100 and over under the English Chess Federation grading system and for those from 99 down to ungraded. If there are a limited number of entries then there will be one group only. We welcome both experienced players and people new to competitive chess. Applicants must be Civil Servants and be members of the Civil Service Sports Council …

Jul
7
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge – Midlands Gigafinal @ TBC
Jul 7 – Jul 8 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Gigafinals of the 2018 UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from Megafinals around the country

Jul
14
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge – Northern Gigafinal @ Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester M18 8RL
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day

[MAP] Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Gigafinals of the 2018 UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from Megafinals around the country

Aug
3
Fri
2018
Irish Championships 2018 First Weekend @ The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/990 [MAP]
Open to all – entries from abroad do not require any membership | Entry form

Aug
24
Fri
2018
12th Steve Boniface Memorial @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS), 6th Form Common Rooms, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Aug 24 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with three sections: Open (FIDE rated), Major (U160), Minor (U120). Prizes in all sections. Central Bristol venue. Further information and entry form on the Congress website | Entry form

Aug
25
Sat
2018
54th Berks & Bucks Chess Congress @ St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7LZ
Aug 25 – Aug 27 all-day

Contact: Liam Varnam Email: liamvarnam@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.berksandbuckschess.com [MAP]
Six round Swiss. Sections (usually 12-16 players in each) allocated according to ECF grade. Usually 5-6 sections. Top two sections FIDE-rated, all sections ECF-graded | Entry form

Aug
31
Fri
2018
2018 English Women’s Championships @ St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Aug 31 – Sep 2 all-day

More details to follow … [MAP]

Sep
7
Fri
2018
The City Of Dublin 2018 @ Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: gordonfreeman@inbox.com Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/922 [MAP]
Sections – Masters: 1900+ (5 Rounds FIDE rated); Championship: 1500 –2000 (6 rounds); Major: 1100-1600(6 rounds); Challenger: Below 1200 (6 rounds) – Rate of play all sections: 90 min + 30 secs. 

Sep
8
Sat
2018
2018 British Blitz Championship – Qualifiers @ Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle
Sep 8 all-day

Contact: Alex Holowczak Email: director.homechess@englishchess.org.uk Web: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/?page_id=43678
The Finals are at a date TBC. There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played in different cities around the United Kingdom on Saturday, 8th September. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice. The top two players in each qualifier will qualify for the Final in November 2018, played at a date and venue to be announced. The top two female players in each qualifier will qualify for a Women’s Final, held concurrently. Both Finals and the qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £5,000.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
2018 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal @ TBC
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

Contact: Sarah Longson Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk Tel: 07786260301 Web:
https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com
The Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, open to qualifiers from the three Gigafinals

The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2018 @ Plaza Suite, Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, Dublin 1
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1021 [MAP]
Open to entrants from any country. Any IRL player can take home the title of Irish Blitz and/or Rapid Champion. Entry fees below. Generous prize fund: 1600 euro. Time Control: 3 minutes + 2 second increment in blitz & 10 minutes + 5 second increment in Rapid

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Norfolk County Chess Championships @ The Tithe Barn Rectory Road Horstead NR12 7EP
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com [MAP]
Closed event for those born in Norfolk, or those who have been resident for 6 months, or those who are a member of a club registered with NCCA. Must be at least a Bronze ECF member. 5 round Swiss | Entry form

Oct
1
Mon
2018
Wiltshire Championship Round 1 @ N/A
Oct 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 30th November. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Oct
14
Sun
2018
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: john.upham@zen.co.uk Web: https://www.picatic.com/hjcacongress [MAP]
25 minutes each for all moves. Age groups will be combined into playing sections and notified before round 1 | Entry form | Online entry

Oct
26
Fri
2018
38th Surrey Chess Congress @ Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Gunn Email: mikewxyz@gmail.com Web: http://www.surreychesscongress.co.uk [MAP]
FIDE rated Open incorporating SCCU Championship. FIDE rated Major (U1900 and U160). ECF graded Minor (U130). Time limit for all sections: 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment from the start | Entry form

Nov
4
Sun
2018
South East England Girls and Boys Chess Championships @ Sandown Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Contact: Marie Gledhill Email: juniorchessmasters@hotmail.com [MAP]
This will be an individual competition as well as a school team competition; the competition is open to all children in the South East, and you can enter both as part of a school team and as an individual. Girls and Boys sections will be separate | Entry form

Nov
9
Fri
2018
The Irish Women’s Championships 2018 @ Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: John McMorrow Email: Chairperson@icu.ie Web: https://www.icu.ie/events/1109 [MAP]
5 round FIDE rated event to decide this year’s Irish Women’s Champion. Prize Fund: 1st: €350 2nd: €175 3rd: €100 Best under 1600: €75. Time control: 90 minutes for the entire game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Nov
16
Fri
2018
The Kilkenny Congress 2018 @ Ormonde Hote and Club House Hotel, Kilkenny
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
25
Sun
2018
1st Bristol League Open Blitz Championship @ Bristol Grammar School (BGS) University Road, Bristol
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Igor Doklestic Email: chessinbristol@gmail.com Web: https://www.bristolcongress.co.uk/ [MAP]
All moves to be completed in 5 minutes, plus a 3 second increment after each move. Tournament is FIDE Blitz rated | Entry form

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Wiltshire Championship Round 2 @ N/A
Dec 1 all-day

Contact: Tony Ransom Email: chesssalsa@aol.com Tel: 01225 774538
To be completed by 31st January 2019. Knockout tournament with 3 sections – Major (players graded above 145), Intermediate (players graded 116 to 145) and Minor (players graded under 116). Games will be played at a venue convenient to the players. The first named player being white who will contact the other player to arrange venue and submit the result to me. The number of rounds will be dependent on the entry size which will be divided into North and South sections with the final being played at a mutual venue | Entry form

Dec
15
Sat
2018
London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Harrow
Dec 15 @ 9:45 am – Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk [MAP]
This prestigious event has sections for Under 10 and Under 14. There are also sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21 on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue.

National Prep School Rapidplay @ Aldro School Lombard St. Shackleford Godalming GU8 6AS
Dec 15 @ 10:15 am

Contact: David Archer Email: archerd@aldro.org [MAP]
5 round Swiss tournament with 5 age groups U13, U12, U11, U10, U9. Open to all players who attend a Preparatory School. Trophies for the winners of each age group and medals for players scoring 3 points or more. Top 4 players from each school count for the School team competition. Winning school holds the National Prep Schools Rapidplay Cup for one year | Entry form