Following the success of last year’s event in which 180 players of all ages took part and donations in excess of £10,000 were raised for Asthma UK, we will be holding the 2nd Michael Uriely Memorial Chess Tournament at Westminster Under School on Sunday May 7, 2017. This will mark Michael’s 11th Birthday and we are once again looking to bring together Michael’s greatest passions: friends, chess and sport.


Doors will open at 9am and please arrive by 9:45am at the latest for a 10am start; we expect to finish the Prize Giving by 5:30pm.


9:00 Doors Open
10:00 Introduction
10:15 – 11:15 1st Round
11:30 Chess talk by IM Lorin D’Costa
11:45 – 12:45 2nd Round
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch & General Knowledge Quiz
13:30 – 14:30 3rd Round
14:45 Talk by Etan Ilfeld
15:00 – 16:00 4th Round
16:00 – 16:15 Short Break
16:15 – 17:15 5th Round
17:30 Prize giving

The Chess

As in last year, the tournament will be split into three sections, designed to cater for all levels, children and adults alike. The games will not be graded for ECF or FIDE thus giving all entrants the opportunity to play and compete in a professional yet friendly and stress-free environment.

The sections are:

1. Minor (non-graded players / up to 80 ECF Grade)
2. Major (81-130 ECF)
3. Open (131 ECF and over)

Last year more than ten Masters, IMs and GMs played in the Open section, alongside very promising young players and other chess veterans, as well as complete beginners, and we look forward to some great games this year too across all sections.
There will be 5 rounds and players will have 25 minutes each plus 5 seconds a move for the whole game.
All players will play in all games – it is not a knock-out competition.

Register and Donate

To take part in the event, please complete these two simple steps:

Step 1. REGISTER online


Step 2. DONATE a registration fee at our dedicated ‘Just Giving’ page

All proceeds will be donated directly to Asthma UK and the amount is at your discretion, with a suggested minimum of £15 per player; any further donations are welcome.

If you prefer to donate cash on the day rather than via the website, this is possible and there will be an Asthma UK’s donation bucket at the playing hall. 

Charity – Asthma Research

The registration fees from last year’s event, together with additional sums raised at Michael’s School and by his friends, totaled in excess of £25,000! At our choice, these generous donations were used to contribute towards a research led by Professor Hans-Michael Haitchi at the University of Southampton, aimed at preventing people from developing allergic asthma.

This research has already led to a breakthrough in our understanding of the condition through the discovery of a gene called ADAM33, which plays a vital role in the development of asthma by producing an enzyme which can change the structure of the airways before birth.

The study suggests that if you ‘switch off’ or disable the ADAM33 gene, the reduced lung function associated with asthma – and not prevented by the anti-inflammatory steroids currently available – could be prevented. The next stage is to look at developing drugs that block the effects of the rogue ADAM33 enzyme. Ultimately this could lead to treatments that would prevent people who carry this gene from developing asthma in the first place.

This research project is on the cusp of delivering results that could make a lasting difference to millions of lives.
This year we are again teaming up with Asthma UK and all registration fees will be directed to a cause that we will mutually agree on together with the charity.

Some fun stuff

Alongside the individual Chess Tournament we will also run a “5-a-side” Fantasy Chess League and the best “Parent and Child” competition. You can sign up for these on the day.
And in between the rounds we will have a few extra fun activities, such as a General Knowledge Quiz, thought provoking talk and a short fun Chess lesson.

Here’s Grandmaster Julian Hodsgon’s lesson from last year:

The Prizes

There will be a selection of prizes in each of the sections and additional prizes such as the Best Youngster in each category; the Best Performance by an Ungraded Player and more.


The event is kindly hosted by Michael’s school: Westminster Under School, 27 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2NN.
The School is easily accessible by public transport and is a few minutes’ walk from either Victoria or Pimlico Tube Stations. If you drive, there are plenty of free parking spaces near the School.

Doors will open at 9am and please arrive by 9:45am at the latest for a 10am start; we expect to finish the Prize Giving by 5:30pm.
For the non-players, there will be a welcoming waiting area outside the playing hall, with hot and cold drinks and refreshments provided throughout the day. In addition there are plenty of cafés within a short walking distance from the School.

For the young ones, parents’ supervision is required throughout the day when the children are outside the playing hall.

Final words…

Please note that there is a limited capacity and due to high demand last year we had to stop taking registrations a few days before the event, so if you wish to take part please register early.
We very much look forward to seeing you there!