Checkmate Covid-19 report

The English Chess Federation’s 24-hour marathon online chess tournament, Checkmate Covid-19 in aid of the British Red Cross, took place on the weekend 23rd-24th May on 459 players took part Including eight grandmasters.

Amazingly the tournament went right down to the wire, with FM Harry Grieve just edging out GM Danny Gormally for top spot by 517 points to 516. The event raised over £10000 for the British Red Cross.

The majority of the funds raised came via the numerous streamers, including GM Matthew Sadler with WFM Natasha Regan, GM Simon Williams, GM Gawain Jones, WFM Maria Emelianova, and IM Thomas Rendle. Many thanks to all who took part, to those who streamed and those who donated to the British Red Cross and/or those who donated the terrific prizes.

The prize list and the prize donors can be found at – the prize-winners will be contacted soon. The tournament results can be found at

The ECF are looking at running similar events during the summer, including a half-marathon for those who may prefer a 12-hour format.