The biggest rapidplay tournament in London (up to 400 players) gets even bigger: the 6th DeMontford Bell Kings Place Festival is on Saturday 7th July 2018. 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 7th July 2018 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.
Polar Capital Jersey Chess Festival 1-8 April 2018 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.
The monthly Hampstead Congress is a regular two-day, event raising money for Age Concern Camden. Please note that ECF membership requirements to take part in the FIDE top sections have changed (see here) so you can play even if you are not an ECF member, and you should be Silver in the Under 135 or pay a supplement. TAKESPLACEEVERYMONTH. IN THREESECTIONS – Under 2200, 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 gameUSUALLY 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.
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The Golders Green FIDE Rapid takes place every month with up to 140 players. Guaranteed £100, £50 prizes in each FIDE 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. We now have an extra (ECF graded) section for players Under 80! Click here for the website of the Golders Green Rapidplays. NEWVENUE St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Ave, London NW3 7SU, is not too far from the centre of Golders Green. Click here for directions to the new venue.
The First Thursday Hendon FIDE Blitz takes place every month, with up to 40 players. Check the calendar for dates. 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.
East Finchley / Muswell Hill WEEKDAYFIDE Rapid tournament is on WEDNESDAY 24 January. We start at 10.30am, finish before 6pm. Venue is near to East Finchley Underground, 40 players over 6 rounds, 3 sections, Open, Under 160, Under 120, 25 minutes per player plus 5 seconds added with every move, Clissold Arms, N2 9HR. www.muswellhillchess.blogspot.co.uk OR BOOKHEREhttps://form.jotform.com/62384663046964