There are four sections based on English Chess Federation Rapidplay grades; click on the links to see the crosstables of the most recent event for an idea of the strength of player you'll be facing!
All ages and abilities take part. If this is your first ever tournament then play in the Amateur. If you have ever had a grade over 100 ECF please play in the Minor or above.

ALL SECTIONS are also rated by FIDE in their rapidplay list, and you have to be a member of the ECF (SILVER LEVEL or above) to take part. Ring 01424 775222 to join or join online
There are six rounds and all players (usually 80-100 participants) play in all rounds. It is not a knock-out.

If you turn up before 11.30am you can still enter, and claim a half point bye for the game you missed. There are refreshments all day.

Golders Green Rapidplay Chess

about chess at golders green

I always enjoy your events. They are perfectly organised and filled by strong players, which helps in improving my game.  Vikram Kamath

Golders Green Rapidplay Chess

You're probably here because a) you play chess and you're looking to take part in over the board competitions and b) you read that I run (with lots of help from friendly volunteers) the monthly Golders Green Rapidplays in Leonard Barden's excellent Evening Standard column, or on the ECF (English Chess Federation) tournament calendarWell, you found the right website! 

You have one of the best chess websites I have seen. It is very friendly and clever. As the chess administrator for the family, I am seriously impressed by the on-line bookingA Chess Parent

Thanks for visiting. Don't forget to enter online in time for the next event. Please subscribe to our mailing list! All the games are graded by the ECF and part of the ECF Grand Prix. ALL SECTIONS are rated by FIDE in their rapidplay list. You don't have to be a member of the ECF to take part BUT if you are SILVER LEVEL or above it will cost less. Players who are not ECF Silver members or above will be charged £32.00 to enter. Ring 01424 775222 to join the ECF or visit

Here are the dates for 2017.
January 7February 11March 4April --
May 6June 3July 15August 5
Sept 9Oct 14Nov 11Dec ---

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