ECF Charity Marathon for Ukraine 2024

The English Chess Federation will once again be holding a 24-hour chess marathon in support of the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. will host the online marathon from 5.00pm on Saturday 1st June to 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd June UK time (BST). You can register for the online marathon here – Registration is free but only donors and fundraisers of £5.00 or more will be eligible for prizes. Place prizes will be awarded either over the internet (for licences and e-prizes) or dispatched anywhere in the UK (for physical/book prizes). Players will need to be a member of the ECF Open Club on – Join now for free to be kept posted on further tournament details and prizes. The marathon will be scheduled as a 24 hour Arena tournament running from Saturday to Sunday and with players able to join and rejoin as they wish for the duration of the event.

Everyone can donate with their entry as above or via the Red Cross Tiltify page here – As well as accepting donations, the Tiltify page will allow you to fundraise via a personal event page as you take part in the tournament should you wish to provide additional support. All donations and funds raised will be paid direct to the British Red Cross appeal to support their life saving response to the crisis.

Live Streaming
WIM Natasha Regan will host the first of four commentary streams across the 24 hours with a detailed schedule of additional hosts and guest to be provided shortly. We will have live coverage of the tournament at

Prizes will be awarded to the highest placed players in the marathon based on points accumulated across the 24 hours. Players are eligible for a place prize where they have donated £5.00 or more in advance. Places will be as shown on the tournament page for eligible players at the end of the tournament. As well as the main place prizes there will be a separate prize for highest placed junior ECF member/supporter and highest placed female ECF member/supporter.

We would like to thank our growing list of prize donors for their generous support, including —

Chess.com – who are hosting the event and matching up to $1000 of donations.

Chessable – who are providing Chessable Pro Memberships and Course vouchers as place prizes.

Elk and Ruby – who are supplying various book prizes.

Chess and Bridge – who are providing e-gift voucher prizes for merchandise from the Chess and Bridge store.