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After many years, the ECF is no longer in receipt of a Government grant to help fund its activities on behalf of English chess. In response to this significant development, the ECF’s member organisations decided to make major changes to way that the Federation is funded through individual membership and charges per graded game.
These changes come into effect on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2012 and will affect everyone who plays or organises graded or rated chess in England.
On this page, you will find links to detailed information about these changes. Work is continuing, and the guidance will be updated and added to over the coming weeks. If you have any unanswered questions, please contact the ECF office using the contact details at the foot of this page.
The main changes in a nutshell
• New membership levels (Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum) based on the type of event you play in will be introduced, replacing the existing membership types
• Different membership benefits, based on membership level
• Fixed membership year running from 1 September to 31 August
• Increased charges for grading the results of non-members
READ THIS FIRST – A Quick Guide to the Changes
You can find a straightforward guide to the changes HERE. For players, this should tell you what you need to know and help you choose the approach that best suits your needs. Links to much more detailed information, particularly suited to organisers and officials, can be found below.
Detailed information for players
Guidelines for organisers
Leagues, County Associations, Constituent Units and Other Organisations [updated 18/12/2012]
Graded congresses [updated 17/08/2012]
FIDE rated events [updated 17/08/2012]
Organisers’ Guide by Event Type [new 18/12/2012]
ECF Membership Fees [new 17/08/2012]
Letters to Member Organisations sent 16/08/2012