Counties Championship 2021

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The Interlude
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the national stages of the OTB County Championships were not held in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. The online county competition was introduced in the summer of 2020, with a second season in 2021, incorporating an U1450 regional team tournament and the Blackburne North v South Challenge. Click on the links above for information about these events.

Ratings for all
Players can view all their latest official monthly ratings for over-the-board and online ECF rated chess on the new look ECF rating system database here –

Back to Over-the-Board (OTB)

Pre-Season Regional County Challenge August/September 2021 – ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN
Leading the way out of lockdown to open up over-the-board chess whilst clubs begin the task of re-establishing themselves within their communities, a summer county regional competition has been launched for teams of eight in an innovative mini format for players of all abilities, with rounds on Saturdays 14th August, 4th September and 18th September.

The Major is for teams with an average team rating not exceeding 2000, with players rated below 1600 deemed to be 1600 for the purposes of averaging.

The Minor is for teams with players rated below 2000 and with an average team rating not exceeding 1600 with players rated below 1200 deemed to be 1200 for the purposes of averaging.

Counties may enter more than one team in any one section but a player can only play for one team and for one county. Usual county eligibility rules apply. Click here for a synopsis

ECF bronze membership is required. ECF memberships taken out now will be valid for the rest of the summer and for all of the 2021/22 season (ending 31st August 2022)

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The Second 100 Years of County Chess begins again …

The ECF OTB County Championships Finals return for 2021-22
Between October 2021 and March 2022, the five Unions of the Federation have the opportunity to conduct qualifying competitions for the new look County Championship under ECF ELO ratings and monthly official rating lists for the first time (the FIDE-rated Open has been using FIDE monthly lists for a while now). The national stages will be held on their traditional dates between late April and early July with qualification by Union nomination in the traditional way for the following Championships —

Open – FIDE & ECF rated (no rating limit)
Gold ECF membership required for more than 1 game

Minor Counties – for teams with a maximum team average ECF rating of 2050
Bronze ECF membership required

ECF rating limited sections – for teams with players rated U2050, U1850, U1650 and U1450
Bronze ECF membership required.

Rules 2021/22

The new rules incorporating the changes to the rating limited sections, eligibility criteria, rating lists and board orders are set out in the PDF linked below. Section E (socially distanced chess) and Section F (hybrid chess with teams at separate venues) of the ECF Tournament Rules for ECF rating will be incorporated into the rules to give as much flexibility as possible for the playing of chess whilst we adapt to live with Covid-19.

County Championship Rules 2021-22