Certificate of Excellence

The Certificate of Excellence has been designed by chess professionals, and is a progessive chess course for everyone starting chess or interested in improving their expertise in chess

Each certificate level comes with information and puzzles, which makes the Certificate of Excellence ideal for everyone – schools, clubs, parents and juniors

There are five different levels –
Bronze – £5.00
Silver – £5.00
Gold – £10.00
Platinum – £10.00
Diamond – £10.00

The majority of players start with the Bronze Certificate. There is an exam for each level of Certificate of Excellence, priced as shown
When you have read the course notes and mastered the quizzes, you should email the ECF Office and apply to take the exam. When you pass the exam you receive a Certificate of Achievement. The Bronze and Silver exams are each made up of 15 multiple choice questions, which should take no more than 45 minutes to complete. Please contact the ECF Office Email: office@englishchess.org.uk for details of the Gold, Diamond and Platinum examinations, and any questions that you have about the Certificate.

Bronze Certificate of Excellence
The bronze level is ideal for those who are just starting chess and also those who wish to learn more about the most beautiful of games. The course includes –
How the pieces move
Position evaluation
Captures and checks
Basic checkmates
The Bronze certificate comes with a large number of puzzle sheets, which test your basic chess knowledge in preparation for your Bronze exam. These puzzle sheets are excellent practice and are available here for you to print off and complete


These puzzle sheets cover basic chess knowledge – when you can answer ALL of these questions correctly, you are ready for the Bronze Certificate of Excellence exam

1 – Are we ready to start? Answers 1
2 – Where can these pieces go? Answers 2
3 – Can you take the black pawn? Answers 3
4 – Where do the pieces work best? Answers 4
5 – Getting out of check Answers 5
6 – Can white castle? Answers 6
7 – Take a piece for free Answers 7
8 – Spotting captures Answers 8
9 – Who is ahead? Answers 9
10 – Is it checkmate? Answers 10
11 – Will it be checkmate? Answers 11
12 – Queen checkmates Answers 12
13 – Rook checkmates Answers 13
14 – Bishop checkmates Answers 14
15 – Knight checkmates Answers 15
16 – Pawn checkmates Answers 16
17 – White checkmates in one move Answers 17
18 – Black checkmates in one move Answers 18

Silver Certificate of Excellence
The silver level is the perfect follow-on from the bronze. It includes skills such as –
Notation and writing your moves down
Special pawn moves: under-promotion and en-passant
Development and basic openings
Checkmate in one and two move puzzles
Some essential checkmates
Discovered and double checks
Forks, Pins and Skewers
The Silver Certificate comes with associated skill sheets, which can also be downloaded here

1 – Language
2 – Forks
3 – Double Attacks
4 – Skewers
5 – Pin
6 – Discovered Attacks
7 – Removing the Guard
8 – Rook & Queen checkmates

Gold, Platinum & Diamond Certificates of Excellence
Please contact the ECF Office for further information.
Email: office@englishchess.org.uk