Events for 2018 in the Area or of Special Interest

29th Nottingham Rapidplay @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am 6:30 pm
Contact: Robert Richmond Email: Web: [MAP] OPEN / U160 / U135 / U100; Entry form and online entry available on the Notts Chess website
32nd Stockport Rapidplay @ The GUILDHALL 168 Wellington Road South (A6) Stockport SK1 3UA
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am 6:30 pm

Contact: Peter Taylor Email: [MAP] 6 round Swiss tournament. Each player has 30 minutes for all moves in each round.
4 Sections, Open (open to all), Major ( U 170), Intermediate ( U 140), Minor ( U 110).
Prizes each section 140, 90, 40 and 40 grading prize. plus Buxton, Veteran and Junior prizes and Stockport League Major, Intermediate and minor trophies | Entry form

Northumbria Chess Masters @ The Chillingham, 86 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm
Contact: Tim Wall Email: Web: [MAP] A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss with excellent opportunities for international title norms, sponsored by Capital Bridging Finance Solutions Ltd.
Prize fund: 3,150, including: 1st 1,200, 2nd 600, 3rd 400, 4th 300, 5th 200, 6th 150. Top Junior (born 1.1.2000 or after) 100, Top <2400 100, Top <2200 100. Entry fee: 60, junior discount 10. GMs, IMs, WGMs free. A total of 6 GMs & 8 IMs have so far confirmed their participation. Places in the tournament are being taken up fast, so enter early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE: Direct online entries are welcome from players rated 2200+, but players rated
<2200 must contact the organiser and will be placed on a waiting list to enter. This is to ensure that international title norms criteria are met | Entry form
The 2018 Cumbria Individual will take place at The Shap Memorial Hall, near Penrith on the 16th-18th February 2018.
2 sections - Major (open to all) and Minor (under 130). This year it is only open to Cumbria Chess Association members.
For more details and an entry form see here and on the Tournaments Page.
47th Dyfed Chess Congress @ Fishguard Bay Hotel, Quay Rd, Goodwick SA64 0BT
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Paul Orton Email: Web: [MAP] Open Section 1st: 300, 2nd: 180, 3rd: 120
Grading Prizes: 2049 1900; 1899 1750; 1749 & below: 120 per band
Major Section open to players graded below 1600 (ECF 121)
1st: 150. The 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes (U1400 (ECF 96) & U1200 (ECF 71) will be announced at the Congress | Entry form

42nd Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel Blackpool North Promenade Blackpool FY1 3HB
Mar 9 @ 6:45 pm Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Sandra Woodcock Email: Web: [MAP]
6700 in prizes. Five sections Lancashire Open, The Imperial Major (U181), The Intermediate (U155), The Minor (U135) & The Standard (U115) | Live games at   Entry Form

22nd South Lakes Chess Congress @ Kendal Leisure Centre Burton Road Kendal Cumbria LA9 7HX
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm
Contact: Trevor Blower Email: [MAP] A 5 round Swiss event 4 sections Open, Major, Intermediate, Minor | Entry form

HEYWOOD CHESS CONGRESS June 16-17 heywood civic hall

Voted the ECF chess congress of the year in 2014, you can look forward to another very strong Heywood congress this summer with an excellent prize fund and grading prizes. The Heywood congress will once again take place at the spacious Heywood Civic Hall, less than 5 minutes from junction 19 of the M62 or junction 2 of the M66, with free parking, hot and cold food and a bar.

Five sections:    Open, U180, U160, U140 and U120 Novice section 

Over 2000 in prizes.
Part of ECF Grand Prix. NCCU Championships with one free ECF championships entry.
Your entry form with all congress details is attached as a PDF. Or you will shortly be able to enter on line (completely secure, and at no cost to yourself) using your debit or credit card on the Heywood chess congress site:  entry form

Please have a look over the website, which contains information on the venue and the event, with reports covering the last 20 years!  Although the venue is in very easy reach of all regional players via the motorway system, if you fancy staying at a hotel on the Friday or Saturday evenings, we have nearby Travellers Lodge or Premier Inn, either of which can prove extremely cost effective if people share rooms and book in advance. 

Bill O'Rourke
Lancashire Chess Association president