put these #chess tournaments in your diary

|highlights for april|

April 5: Hendon Chess Club Blitz is cancelled. We don't like to cancel stuff but our new venue at Unitarians Church ain't big enough for a league match and a blitz tournament without upsetting someone. Future events on the First Thursday of each month should be ok. If you want to come along anyhow and play some friendly games, you'll be welcome.

April 14: Golders Green Rapidplay (www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com) at St Albans Church Hall, West Heath Drive NW11 7QG. 4 sections for beginners to grandmasters.  This year is a big year for us, come and find out why we've been going for so long!

April 20-22: Bournemouth 'Grand' Chess Congress (www.bournemouthchesscongress.org.uk) is a really excellent initiative by Martin Simons and his colleagues in a lovely venue. First prize is a grand - geddit?

April 26: Simultaneous Display over 30 boards plus a lecture by International Master  Lorin d'Costa at Hendon Chess Club (http://www.hendonchessclub.com/simul/) - our strongest member, and now the proud author of several excellent books, which he will sign for you. If you buy them.

28 April-1 May: Bratto (Italy) Amateur Chess Tournament 28 April-1 May (www.chesspro.it). For some reason Italy's answer to Sean Hewitt, organiser Matteo Zoldan, thought I would be a good addition to the arbiting team at this new event in the Dolomite mountains. Lovely spa hotel and wonderful views, under 2300 and under 2000 sections with generous prizes. Come and join us.

|noticed on the web|

Please have a look at www.chessbites.com - entirely the work of ex-Maltese internnational Tim Mifsud. It's so good we plug this superb site on the ECF Grading Database (see their advertisement at the bottom of the page).  Free.  Subscribe. Never look back.

|this is your year in chess|

[Brendan, any recommendations? Of course the monthly Golders Green Rapidplay is on your list already]

see above, plus consider the e2e4 Dublin Easter International - or in fact any http://www.e2e4.org.uk event!

Letchworth one day Congress 29th May 2011
Brussels Rapidplay (http://www.creb.be/), which is usually on the first Bank Holiday in May, and easy to reach with Eurostar.

18-24 June: Hampstead Summer Festival 18-24 June (www.hampsteadsummerfestival.com) will feature at least one small weekender and a training weekend for juniors.
EACU Congress (http://www.eacu.org.uk/) at Newmarket

22 July-4 August: British Chess Championships (North Shields) 22 July-4 August (www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/)
or if you fancy a trip to Spain then Andorra has a lovely Open - http://www.escacsandorra.com/

Steve Boniface Memorial Congress - http://www.chessit.co.uk/

Jose Tonoli Memorial (Brussels, 9rds x 15 mins per person per game),
'Forge du Sud (Luxembourg, Sunday 11 Sept) http://open.ced.lu/  
Paignton Congress - http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/

13-20 October: Etten-Leur Festival (Netherlands) 13-20 October (website under construction!)
Guernsey Festival - http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/festival/festival.htm

British Rapidplay Championships http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk/
Herts CA Congress, Hatfield - http://www.hertschess.com/

The 3rd London Classic - http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

Hastings International (inc weekender) 28th Dec 2010 to 5th January 2011

Kidlington Congress - (http://home.btconnect.com/OCA/) and very very good.  
Cappelle la Grande is a well known French tournament at the end of February and very popular http://www.cappelle-chess.fr/en2/default.php

Blackpool Congress - http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk/ the biggest in the UK!
Kings Head rapidplay, one section, nice new venue - http://www.khcc.org.uk/,
St Albans Congress

|planning the future|
March will see the Candidates matches in London
Start thinking about the 100th British at Torquay, July


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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! 

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