2014 Blackpool Open Winner - Matthew Sadler

GM Matthew Sadler, winner of the 2014 Puma Lancashire Open, receives the Jack Wolstenholme Trophy from Congress Director, the late Simon Woodcock


Welcome to the website of the Blackpool Chess Conference - one of the largest weekend chess tournaments in Britain. The event is run under the auspices of the Lancashire Chess Association and takes place every year in March.

Here you will find everything that you need to know about Blackpool Conferences past, present and future! If you have any comments on the website then please let us know through our Contact Us page.

43rd Blackpool Chess Conference

The next event will take place at the The Imperial Hotel Blackpool, over the weekend of 8th-10th March 2019. See our 2019 Event page for more details. The entry form can be downloaded or enter on line via the entry form menu.

Many will be aware that Simon Woodcock passed away suddenly on Monday July 17th 2017 after actng as Congress Director for a number of very successful Blackpool Chess Conferences. Simon's wife Sandra kindly took on the role of Congress Director for the 2018 event, in memory of Simon and now Bill O'Rourke has taken on the task.

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