ECF News

International Women’s Day

The official website is here – https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ … or you can follow these links – https://www.fide.com/news/977 https://www.chess.com/blog/DinaBelenkaya/international-womens-day


Shohreh Bayat – 2021 International Women of Courage award

The ECF’s own Shohreh Bayat is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the 2021 International Women of Courage award  – https://www.state.gov/2021-international-women-of-courage-award-recipients-announced/. The ceremony will be hosted…


ECF Online Grand Prix Series – starts Sunday!

The ECF Online Grand Prix series starts on Sunday 7th March with the first Online Grand Prix Blitz Tournament. Click this link – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/2021-online-grand-prix-series/



Office hours 15th-19th February

While the webmaster takes a break this week, the office manager has spread his furloughed hours over all five days to help out – you…



Arbiter courses in April

ECF Level 1 Arbiter Course Saturday 10th April 2021 1400-1600 and 1800-2100, and Sunday 11th April 2021 1400-1600 and 1800-2100 Successfully completing this course and…


January Online Ratings are out!

Please follow the link here to see the newest online rating lists — https://englishchessonline.org.uk/monthly-ratings/


Ben Chilwell gets the chess bug

Chelsea FC star Ben Chilwell made a video this week about how chess has helped in tough times and is one of the diversions he…


January COVID Update

Following the government announcement on January 5th, it will not be possible to run OTB clubs, competitions or congresses, or to take part in organised…



New FIDE arbiter – congratulations

Following the decisions on Arbiter title applications approved by the 4th quarter FIDE Online Council Meeting in December 2020, England has another FIDE Arbiter. I am…


ECF Book of the Year – shortlist

The shortlist this year features remarkably different books on two of the greatest World Champions; the first is an inside story of the coaching that…


ECF Book of the Year 2019 – shortlist

This year’s selections include two types of books that have never reached the BOY Short List before: one featuring end game studies and the other…