It's looking like a busy day on Saturday as we already have a very healthy number of entries.  Luckily the weather is looking good!  If you have been before you will know that the back room is the analysis / relaxation area - and there is not a lot of room.  We may also run out of chairs and tables for non-players at any moment.  So if you are able to bring your own camping chairs and a fold up table (and people do), you would be most welcome to use the garden in the sunshine!  

As you can see from the map above, we are really close to the lovely Golders Hill Park and the cafes and restaurants in the main centre of Golders Green, both of which are useful diversions for non-participants.

By this evening you should be also able to check the entries for each section at - we will be using FIDE rapid ratings to seed the events but as usual we are using your ECF rapidplay grade to determine eligibility. On this site you can follow the pairings and results from the events throughout the day, whether you are in the next room, or on the other side of the planet!

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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 FIDE 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 £33.00 to enter. Ring 01424 775222 to join the ECF or visit

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