Rules for Acceptance of Games for Grading

This document is effective from November 2017.

1. Games submitted to the ECF for grading must be played in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess, or as modified by the ECF Competition Rules. Events where the Director of Home Chess has allowed a request to use rule variations not covered by the ECF Competition Rules will be accepted provided the variations do not bring the games within the scope of clause 4 below.

2. It is a condition of submitting results to the ECF for grading that the following data is collected, which will appear on the ECF grading website:

  • The player’s forename and surname
  • The club that the player is playing for, in the case of a team competition
  • The player’s results of games against other players, including the date the game was played

The following non-compulsory data, used by the ECF to help identify players, should be supplied where possible:

  • The player’s date of birth: the age of junior players on 1st September will be publicly accessible on the ECF website, but the full date of birth will not be made public
  •  The player’s gender

This data is used by the ECF and independent organisers to ensure players can enter into particular sections; e.g. age-restricted junior or senior events, or gender-specific events.

The submission of a date of birth for any player not already registered with FIDE is a necessary condition of submission of results for FIDE rating. This data will be passed to FIDE and the player’s year of birth will be publicly accessible on the FIDE website, but the data will not otherwise be published.

This information will remain on the ECF grading website indefinitely, to act as a historical archive of grading information.

Some of this information may, in turn, be passed on to FIDE when rating FIDE-rated events, in accordance with any FIDE requirements.

Organisers must make players in their competitions aware that this data will be forwarded to the ECF as a condition of them entering their competition.

3. Games submitted for grading to the ECF will be graded in the category defined by the time limits of that game, subject to conforming to these rules and the membership and game fee requirements. Games submitted by the ECF for FIDE rating will also be graded by the ECF, except for Blitz games.

4. The following types of game are ineligible for grading –
Thematic; Lightning; Correspondence; Games played without chess clocks; Chess960 games

Miscellaneous

Failure to Comply
Unless the Director of Membership decides otherwise, events which are in breach of these regulations will not be graded.

Questions
If you have any questions you wish to raise, please contact David Thomas, the Director of Membership, at director.membership@englishchess.org.uk

David Thomas, Director of Membership
Brian Valentine, Manager of Grading
Alex Holowczak, Director of Home Chess
Lara Barnes, Chief Arbiter
October 2017

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