ECF Covid-19 helpful articles

Covid Guidance – Step 4
Step 4 of HMG’s Spring Response plan started on July 19th. The Step 4 Guidance / Recommendations page summarises some of the key HMG guidance points and recommendations which still apply and are relevant for chess events as we move into Step 4. Find the page here —

The latest version of the ECF OTB Covid 19 Risk Assessment document (July 2021) can be found here – Word | PDF

Covid Precautions Draft Version 1.2 May 2021
The COVID precautions page provides a draft list of areas to consider when organising chess events for Step 4 onwards, and can be found here


Spring Response Pathway guidance post (please note the revised earliest date of 19th July for Step 4)here
There are older links further down this page, but please bear in mind that posts at the top of the page are the most recent and relevant. As more relevant material arrives, or is generated by the Working Party investigating a return to OTB chess, that material will be linked here as well.


HM Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, which comes into effect from 02/12/2020 | PDF here


Thoughts on running Junior OTB tournaments at the current time | Joseph Conlon
These are some thoughts on the practicalities of organising OTB junior tournaments in current times, which seem to me one of the areas of chess with the clearest legal route to OTB events [more] Please note – these are the personal views of Joseph Conlon and not the official line of any chess body.


Northumberland Weekend Congress – a superb effort in moving chess from Zoom to Room | Mick Riding
The Northumberland Weekend Congress was preparing for its fifty-sixth consecutive event when the governmental Covid-19 guidelines in late September left the organisers no option but to cancel. However, tournament organiser Mick Riding and the Northumberland Chess Association Executive have put together a comprehensive framework for OTB chess during the pandemic which the ECF, with Mick’s kind permission, is delighted to share with organisers, clubs and leagues.
Representing an enormous amount of research and work, the four attached documents provide a ‘Do and Don’t’ template, an Anti-Covid Measures and Congress Impacts document, a detailed Risk Assessment, and subsequent feedback from North Tyneside Council. 

Dos and Dont’s | Anti-Covid Measures | Risk Assessment | Feedback NTC document

The ECF is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for OTB chess and this work by Mick and the Northumberland Chess Association Executive will be of great value. We want to get back to OTB but as an indoor activity, chess is particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. The Northumberland Weekend Congress work will be essential reading for organisers when we start thinking of the move from Zoom to Room.
Mick is happy to help organisers, clubs and leagues and can be contacted at


European Online Youth Chess Championships – Tim Wall
A hybrid event examined and reported on …
Read the full report here


The ECF Risk Assessment document prepared by Gary Willson – here


Older guidance posts – 25th March | 3rd July | 8th August | 13th September | 12th October | 15th October | 5th November | 2nd December | January 2021