Chess for All Festival / Checkmate Covid – the Rematch

The ECF Chess for All Festival will take place from Sunday 30th May to Friday 4th June. Chess for All Festival entrants will be divided into Beginners and Improvers. As a rough guide, those with no rating or under 1000 should register for the Beginners Club, and those from 1000 to 1500 the Improvers Club.

The whole event will be played on Soon after you have registered with us we will send you an email with the link for your Festival Club and full joining instructions. If you are not already, you will need to be a member of, which is free – please do this before registering so that you can let us know your username. You will also need to be an ECF member or supporter to join the Festival with the ticket price including free supporter membership to August 2021 for non-members.

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The charge for Festival entry is £15.00, and includes –

  • 4 group training sessions by Zoom by ECF recommended trainers for each group (Beginners / Improvers)
  • Online tournaments for every day of the Festival, some of which will have trophies and prizes
  • Access to online streams specifically aimed at entrants to the Festival
  • ECF supporter membership to the end of the ECF membership year (August 31st 2021) for those who are not already ECF Members or Supporters. Membership benefits include the right to play in ECF tournaments and events (including for England) in ECF Online Internationals, as well as the ability to get an official ECF online rating

On the weekend at the end of the Festival, the ECF is holding a 24-hour marathon event in aid of the British Red Cross, which will involve players of all standards – see below …


Checkmate Covid – The Rematch

The ECF’s Checkmate Covid – The Rematch chess marathon will be played from 5.00pm on Saturday June 5th to 5.00pm on Sunday June 6th (BST). Last year’s event proved a great success, raising £12,000.00 for the British Red Cross and having a great deal of fun in the process. The whole event will be played on, and will be open to members of the English Chess Federation Open Club.

The event, once more in aid of the British Red Cross, is a 24 hour Arena tournament where you can play as many or as few 5 minute games as you want. You can join, leave and come back to the tournament at any point. Please join the club here (free of charge) if you are not already a member in order to play in the event —

There is no charge for entry, but registration is encouraged to help gauge numbers. Entries will be accepted on the day, with the tournament open to joining for ECF Open Club members whether or not they have registered. However, only those who have registered and donated at least £5.00 will be eligible for prizes.

There will be live commentary for most of the event by a variety of streamers as well as on the ECF’s Twitch channel, which will feature a number of notable guests, including top GMs, throughout the night. You can go to now and click on the heart shape to follow the channel in order to get notifications of when we go on air.

We are very grateful to the growing list of prize donors which includes: Chess & Bridge –; Forward Chess –; Elk and Ruby –; Decode Chess –; and –

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