Welcome to the Kidlington Chess Tournament website!

KCTvenueKidlington is a well-established event in the English tournament calendar with a seasoned team of experienced controllers and a friendly atmosphere. The tournament has four sections, Open, U180, U145 and U120, and the prize fund normally exceeds £2200.  For many years we have had an excellent bookstall provided by Chess Direct. Our most recent events have attracted about 180 entrants.

With regret, we have decided to cancel the Kidlington Tournament which had been scheduled for 5 & 6 February 2022 as an over-the-board event, as it does not seem possible in the continuing pandemic situation to hold the tournament sufficiently safely. However, I can confirm that we have booked our usual venue, Exeter Hall, for the 2023 tournament. As ever, the event is scheduled for the first full weekend in February, so we look forward to welcoming returning and first-time players for our next annual over-the-board tournament on Saturday and Sunday 4 & 5 February 2023.

In the absence of the usual over-the-board tournament in 2022, we intend to hold an online version of the tournament. The original intention was to hold this on the weekend of 5 & 6 February, but for a variety of reasons, this will unfortunately not now be possible. I apologize for this. I hope it will be merely a brief postponement and that we will be able to hold the online tournament soon. Dates towards the end of February are currently under consideration.

I shall post further details of the event on this site (schedule, terms & conditions, fair play guidance, etc., and the entry form) as soon as arrangements are firmed up.

Gerard O’Reilly (Organizer, Kidlington Chess Tournament)
[updated, 17 January 2022]

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