Southend Easter Chess Festival
6-10 April 2023

Play chess in England’s newest City!

Southend Easter Chess Festival
6-10 April 2023

Southend Adult Community College
Ambleside Drive, Southend, SS1 2UN

6 April 2023

6 April 2023

3rd Southend FIDE Rapid

  • Open
  • U1700
  • U1400
  • 6 Rounds G25+5
  • Round 1 at 10.30 am finish by 6.00 pm

7-10 April 2023
65th Southend Easter Chess Congress

Four 7-Round sections

  • Southend FIDE Open
  • Leigh-on-Sea FIDE and ECF U1900
  • ECF U1600
  • ECF U1300
  • SCCU Championship (FIDE Open)
  • Live games

Fuller details are given on the Congress Details page.

7-Round Playing sessions

Schedule all 7-Round sections

Round 1: Fri 7 April 2023 at 11.00 am
Round 2: Fri 7 April 2023 at 4.00 pm

Round 3: Sat 8 April 2023 at 11.00 am
Round 4: Sat 8 April 2023 at 4.00 pm

Round 5: Sun 9 April 2023 at 11.00 am
Round 6: Sun 9 April 2023 at 4.00 pm

Round 7: Mon 10 April 2023 at 11.00 am

All rounds G90+30; equates to four hours for 60 moves, but games could/will last longer if more than 60 moves played.

  • Essex Championship (FIDE Open)
  • Essex Minor Championship (FIDE and ECF U1900)

SCCU Championship

As last year, the SCCU Individual Championship 2022-23 will be awarded to the highest placed eligible competitor in the Southend FIDE Open. The winner will receive the trophy and a cash prize of £100. If there is a tie, the winners will share the cash and the trophy.

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For those planning to enter Southend 2023, the Earlybird coupon – 10% discount – expires tomorrow, Sat 4 February 2023. No time like the present! The other two coupons, if you qualify for either – 60+ and U16 – are also worth -10% and continue with no timely restriction until close of entries. You can…

Online Entry is live!

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