The 97th Chess Championships of the British Isles -

The 97th Championships of the British Isles
Organised by the English Chess Federation
Sunday 25 July to Saturday 7 August

University of Kent Canterbury, CT2 7NZ

Thank you to Stagecoach for their support of the biggest chess Festival in the UK!

Apart from the Championships themselves, there are two rapidplay tournaments, the British Senior Championships weekend tournaments, Five day AM and PM tournaments, free coaching, Junior events and free commentary from International Master Andrew Martin throughout!

We also have a live feed on our website, and hope to have a YouTube Channel with footage from the events.

High speed train service to Canterbury from London

It is easier than ever to get to Canterbury from London now that a new high speed service launched in December 2009 is available from Southeastern railways. This dramatically reduces journey times by travelling up to 140mph. The new service running from St. Pancras station can cut the journey time to Canterbury to just 57 minutes. Click for details or to buy or book your tickets. This service;

    *      Runs between St Pancras International and 21 stations
    *      Provides 200 trains every weekday
    *      Provides great value off peak fares
    *      Offers upgrades for season ticket holders

It is now possible to travel between Kent and central London faster than ever and make easy connections for journeys across the UK and Europe. It would be quite feasible to travel from London to the British Chess Championships at the University each day.

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
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Hendon, London NW4 4UY
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Here is a list of FIDE registered tournaments in England. There will be a separate entry for each section of each event (e.g. Golders Green Rapidplay = 4 sections, 4 registrations). If you see any of mine missing, do let me know! 

Scroll down to the bottom to access the archive of events. 

Only games where at least one of the players has a published standard FIDE rating will be rated, and included in the rating calculations of the unrated player. Where both players are rated, the game will affect both players and will be included in the calculations for both players.

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