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Membership Information

Join the English Chess Federation now!

The many benefits of ECF membership include … ChessMoves – the ECF bi-monthly news letter; reduced entry fees to some congresses; the ECF Yearbook; discounts from chess retailers; 15-month chess diary; click here for the benefits offered by HMCA Insurance. This is your opportunity to support the English Chess Federation in developing chess activities for all regardless of sex, age and ability. Use this table to decide which membership category suits your chess playing …

MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

Cost to Non-Members

BENEFIT

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD

PLATINUM

Free grading of results in: Club competitions

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Each Standard Play result will incur a Game Fee of £2 (junior-only events 50p). Rapid Play results will each incur a Game Fee of £1 (junior-only events 25p).
Leagues

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

County championships

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Congresses (excl. FIDE-rated)

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

£6 per event (adults); £4 per event (juniors). Applies also to Bronze ECF members.
In junior-only congresses, there is a Game Fee per result of 50p (Standard Play) and 25p (Rapid Play).
FIDE-rated events

Unlimited

Unlimited

N/A – Membership at Gold or Platinum level is mandatory for these events.
Cost of annual FIDE rating registration fee (€1) included with membership

Yes

Yes

N/A – Only Gold or Platinum members will be registered for English for FIDE rating purposes.
Cost of per-event FIDE rating fee (£1.50) for Swiss system events and leagues (i.e. excluding all-play-all events) included with membership

Yes

Yes

N/A – Membership at Gold or Platinum level is mandatory for these events.
ECF Yearbook

Discounted price (£13.50)

Free

£15.50
15-month ECF Diary

Discounted price (£3.50)

Free

£4.50
Eligibility for inclusion in the ECF Grand Prix

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
Eligibility for ECF Master Points Scheme

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
Access to online newsletter ChessMoves (six issues per annum)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
5% discount offered by Premier Engraving & Sports Goods
www.premierengravinguk.com

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
5% discount offered via the Chess Direct Ltd web site – www.chessdirect.co.uk

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
Discounted subscription to British Chess Magazine

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A
Discounted rates with HMCA Insurance

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

… then either -
1) Print and complete the form (click here) clearly then post it to the ECF Office along with the appropriate payment. We would strongly advise against sending your credit card details by email. Please note – we can now also accept applications, renewals & payments by telephone, or
2) If you prefer, join online – to register, click on this link then from the dropdown menu select which type of membership you would like to register for. A form will load with the mandatory fields denoted by red asterisks, or
3) download a renewal form (click here) if you’re already a member

- It is a FIDE requirement that “to be included in the FRL or FIDE Rapidplay Rating list, a player must be a member of a national chess federation which is a member of FIDE” (FIDE Handbook B.02, paragraph 16.1).
- The ECF will only submit a game for FIDE rating if both players of the game are members of a national federation.
- To enter FIDE rated events membership of the ECF is necessary for FIDE rating purposes.

The English Chess Federation (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 audience. 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 – British Championships (with events for everyone from Under-8 to veteran); National Club Championships (Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor); English Chess Federation Grand Prix (Congress competitition); County Championships; Schools Chess Tournament; Counties & District Correspondence Chess Championships

The ECF is responsible for the selection of English teams and individual representatives to all FIDE events, including:
European and World Team Championships, Chess Olympiads for Men and Women, World Championship Zonal Tournaments & World Junior Championships.

Other ECF activities include – the ECF Grading system (click here to visit the online grading database); courses for chess arbiters; sets of Chess Skills leaflets for beginners; chess events calendar (here); advice on publicising an event; advice on running a simultaneous display; advice on your nearest club(s)

Further details from – English Chess Federation, The Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 OYD.
Tel: 01424 775222 Fax: 01424 775904 Email: office@englishchess.org.uk