British Chess Championships 2023 – Chess Festival

Here is the schedule of BCC 2023 festival events which will run alongside the main tournaments.

Festival Events Schedule – further details can be found below

Friday 21st July Welcome Event and Friday 28th July Championship Event
Outdoor drop-in chess tables and Giant Chess Set

Friday 21st July Welcome Event 1.00-6.00pm – The Half Circle, New Walk, Leicester
Friday 28th July Mill Lane 1.00-6.00pm – DMU Campus (square between Kimberlin Library and Vijay Patel Building)
Both events will be compered by FM Jonathan Blackburn and open to all. No need to register, just turn up and play or watch.

Weekend of 22nd and 23rd July – 6.30pm each evening
Simultaneous Displays with Grandmaster Keith Arkell

Location – DMU Venue
£5.00 entry fee per simul. Please enter via the Festival Events form here –

Saturday 22nd, Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th July
Checkmate Chess Film Mini-Season with drop-in chess

Location – Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre in Leicester
The local Phoenix Cinema and Arts Cenre will be showing a mini-season with three films during the championship, including Pawn Sacrifice (7.30pm on Saturday 22nd July), Queen of Katwe (Wednesday 26th July), and The Seventh Seal (Saturday 29th July). The Phoenix is a cinema, art gallery and café bar in the cultural quarter in Leicester city centre, about 20 minutes walk through town from the Venue. All three films are highly recommended, and in addition to the screenings we are planning for a number of local players to be available in the cafe bar area for some casual drop-in chess before the films on Wednesday and Saturday.
Follow the link here to book tickets for your preferred films –

Sunday 23rd and Friday 28th July
Social Chess Evenings – team events including Hand and Brain, and Bughouse

Location – DMU Venue
£2.50 for individual entry, £5.00 per team of two. Please enter via the Festival Events form here –

Tuesday 25th July
Danny’s Impossible Quiz Part 1 of 2
Masterclass on Attacking Chess and Calculation with GM Danny Gormally in the Commentary Room

Wednesday 26th July – 6.00 to 7.00pm
Zwischenzug Lecture and Puzzle Solving with Prize

Location –  DMU Venue
WIM Natasha Regan and NI Matthew Ball, co-authors of Chessable course Zwischenzug!, will be hosting a lecture and puzzle solving contest. Prizes will be available for the top solvers and this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the art of in-between moves. Spaces will be limited so please register via the Festival Events form if you would like to attend –

Wednesday 26th July – 7.00pm
Danny’s Impossible Quiz Part 2 of 2
With GM Danny Gormally in the Commentary Room

Thursday 27th July – 6.30 to 8.45pm
Problem Solving Evening organised by the British Chess Problem Society
Location – DMU Venue (upstairs room)
Please enter via the Festival Events form here –

Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th July
National Chess Library visits at the Kimberlin Library (Special Collections)

To organise a visit to the archives please contact Special Collections Email: Tel: 0116 207 8776

Tuesday 25th July starting at 7.00pm
Quiz Evening 
Location – Holiday Inn Express Leicester City, Filbert Way Raw Dykes Road, Leicester LE2 7FL
More details about numbers in a team will be announced nearer the evening.

Monday 24th July starting 6.00pm and Thursday 27th July starting 12.00pm
Leicester Heritage Tours

Location – starts from Castle Gardens near to the Venue DMU with further details here
Please register via the festival entry form –

Friday 28th July – 7.00 to 8.00pm.
How to Solve a (Lichess) Puzzle
A masterclass in puzzle solving with GM Danny Gormally, including a selection of Lichess puzzles. Medals/prizes for the top solver(s).

Location – DMU Venue, Commentary Room