The Hampstead Congress is a regular two-day, event raising money for Age Concern Camden. The 45th event: 14-15 January 2017. IN THREESECTIONS – Under 2200 (200 ECF), Under 1900 (and if you have an ECF grade then you must ALSO be Under 160 ECF) an ECF Graded Under 135 Section and also the opportunity to play one ECF graded game on a Saturday evening! Click here for latest details of the Congress series. Please note that space is limited due to the size of the venue – so ENTEREARLY.
The next monthly Golders Green FIDE Rapid takes place on Saturday 7th January 2017 with up to 130 players. Guaranteed £100, £50 prizes in each section! There are four FIDE rated sections of six rounds; an OPEN, a Major Under 170, a Minor Under 145 and an Amateur Under 120. The venue is a very short walk from Golders Green Underground station on the Northern Line Click here for the website of the Golders Green Rapidplays.
The First Thursday Hendon FIDE Blitz takes place on Thursday 5th January 2017 with up to 50 players. It costs £10.00 to play (£3.00 for members). There is one FIDE rated sections of six rounds; 10 minutes per player per game. The venue is Hendon Chess Club – a very short walk from Golders Green Underground station on the Northern Line Click here for the website of Hendon Chess Club.
The 9th edition of the Muswell Hill Rapidplay sponsored by The Clissold Arms, takes place on Saturday 28th January 2017. There are three FIDE rated sections of six rounds; an OPEN, a Major Under 160 and a Minor Under 120. The venue is a very short walk from East Finchley Underground station on the Northern Line Click here for the website of the Muswell Hill Rapidplays.
The biggest rapidplay tournament in London (up to 300 players) gets even bigger: the 5th DeMontford Bell Kings Place Festival is on Saturday 8th July 2017. It is in FIVE sections, £3,000+ prize fund, an Open, Major Under 170, Minor Under 145, Amateur Under 120 and the ECF graded Under 85 (suitable for players new to tournament chess). Top four sections are FIDE rated. LIVE commentary by a Grandmaster and much more! The Festival takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017 in the BEST venue for chess in the UK. Click here for the website of the DeMontford Bell Kings Place Festival. P.S. if you are a currentECF Silver, Gold or Platinum member then you can claim a discount when entering in advance. Juniors can join the ECFFORFREE.
Central London Congress is an annual tournament. This year’s event: 4-6 November 2016. IN THREESECTIONS at Imperial College, annual, 5 Rounds, FIDE Open, FIDE Major Under 2000 / 175 and Minor Under 140 / 1750, 90 mins + 30 secs a move. Players must be 18+ due to licensing laws. Click here for latest details of the Congress.
Polar Capital Jersey Chess Festival 1-8 April 2017 is an annual tournament. 2 Sections, 90 mins each +30s a move, 9 Round FIDE Open and a 9 Round FIDE Rated Holiday plus the fun but competitive Jersey Blitz Championship. Website – www.jerseychessclub.com. Click here for latest details of the Festival.