Females-only chess event draws record numbers!

Females-only chess event draws record numbers!

A remarkable visual spectacle is assured with record numbers of girls playing chess in a single event. Chess is traditionally thought of ...
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First IM norm for Adam C Taylor

First IM norm for Adam C Taylor

Congratulations to FM Adam C Taylor for securing his first IM Norm at the Hastings International Chess Congress 2017/18. Adam scored ...
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British Blitz announcement

British Blitz announcement

As a result of a landmark collaboration between the Chess Federations of the British Isles and tournament organisers, the ECF is ...
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ECF Arbiters Course – March 2018

ECF Arbiters Course – March 2018

10th - 11th March 2018 at Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset - click here for more details and online entry ...
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Press Release January 2, 2018

Press Release January 2, 2018

King Salman Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championships The English Chess Federation regrets the absence of Israeli players from the King ...
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County Championships Consultation: Second Stage

County Championships Consultation: Second Stage

The ECF invites responses from all interested parties in the proposals in the attached document for the County Championship. We are keen ...
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The English Chess Federation (ECF) is the governing chess organisation in England and is affiliated to FIDE (the Fédération Internationale des Échecs)

What is the ECF and what does it do?

The English Chess Federation – Furthering the Cause of English Chess

What is the ECF and what does it do?
The ECF is the governing body for chess in England, and its mission is to promote the game of chess, in all its forms, as an attractive means of cultural and personal advancement to the widest possible public. In addition, the ECF exists to develop chess by creating the means to enable the highest forms of chess excellence to be achieved, and to expand the game as a social and sporting activity.

Annual competitions run by the ECF include –
– the British Championships, featuring events for all ages from Under 8s to veteran chess players (over 50s, over 65s);
– the Counties Championships;
– the National Club Championships (Major, Intermediate & Minor);
– the English Women’s Championships;
– the Tradewise Grand Prix;
– the National Schools Chess Championships.

Other activities include –
– selecting English teams and individual representatives to all FIDE events, including the European and World Team Championships, Chess Olympiads, and European and World Junior Championships;
– working with the Chess Trust and the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust to support young players;
– running the ECF Chess Academy for our most promising junior players;
– maintaining the National Grading System, with an online database available throughout the year, and bi-annual online publication of ECF grades (January and July);
– training and refresher courses for arbiters.

ECF services include –
– submission of chess events to FIDE for FIDE rating, and international rating liaison;
– chess club and congress insurance scheme;
– discounted motor and travel insurance scheme for all chess players and accompanying persons;
– a monthly eNewsletter to all members;
– a regularly updated online chess events calendar;
– the annual ECF Yearbook: the year’s results, a directory of English chess organisations and officers, lists of past and present Champions and more;
– a map of the current chess clubs in England that the ECF is aware of with their contact details, and the same for English junior clubs;
– maintenance of five websites covering the ECF, ECF Juniors, ECF Seniors, the National Schools competition and the British Chess Championships;
– the ECF Master Points system, which allows chess players to apply for the title of National Master, Club Master, County Master, Regional Master, Team Master and Chess Maestro for performance in graded events;
– the ECF Certificate of Excellence and Certificate of Merit schemes, which feature the CoE tests, available for download from the ECF website at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level; and the CoM tests, an online suite of chess skills tests at


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