ECF Membership 2020/21

Existing member renewing? Click the button below – you will be asked to login to the Azolve/Go Membership System with your username [usually your membership number e.g. ME123456 or the username you set for yourself] and password. If you don’t know your username, please email membership@englishchess.org.uk or phone the ECF office on 01424 775222 and we will help. If you have your username but have forgotten your password then just click on the ‘Forgot password’ link and follow the email instructions*. Once you have logged in you will just need to confirm your details, select a membership package and check out …

Existing members – RENEW HERE

New member joining? Click the button below to register with the Azolve/Go Membership System and complete the new member or supporter joining process. Once registered with the system, you should select your preferred membership or supporter package and checkout to complete the joining process, and ensure that you have an active membership in place. The membership or supporter membership will run from the point you join until August 2021

New members – JOIN HERE

* this will only work if we have the correct email address for you. If in doubt, email or call us.

Things to know before joining the ECF / renewing your ECF membership …

1) The ECF membership year is fixed, and runs from the 1st September to the 31st of the following August. Memberships valid until August 2021 are now on sale, and the earlier you join the more benefit you get from your membership!
2) The ECF’s online membership site address is https://ecf.azolve.com
3) Junior Silver membership is available FREE to junior players who have not previously been members of the Federation in any category. When you log in as a new member at https://ecf.azolve.com, choose ‘Free Junior Silver’, and please make sure you complete the process, as although no money changes hands, the FJS must still be ‘purchased’ or the membership is not valid
4) PARENTS — if you are adding two or more children to the ECF membership database at this time, make sure you CHOOSE a USERNAME for each of them in turn, rather than accepting the default (your email address) as each subsequent child added will otherwise trigger a ‘username already in use’ dialogue box. In addition, please note you DO NOT have to register with the ECF in order to register your children, unless you wish to be a supporter (£10.00) or desire your own membership as a chess player.
5) More detailed instructions can be found at the following links – Joining | Renewing | Upgrading
6) In case of difficulty (lost usernames, password lost or forgotten) in the first instance, email the office staff, who will respond as soon as possible. Please note office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

PLEASE NOTE – Direct Debits
If you paid your membership last year by Direct Debit and you do not wish to change your membership level, you need take no further action. You will receive a further notification in August informing you that your membership will automatically renew on 1st September 2020. However, if you wish to change your membership level, you will need to access your membership record, cancel the Direct Debit, and make a fresh payment for your revised membership level. A guide on how to access your Direct Debit information and manage your payment plan can be found here

Membership rates for 2020/21

ECF Supporter – £10.00
Bronze – £18.00 | Junior Bronze – £6.00
Silver – £27.00 | Junior Silver – £6.00
Gold – £39.00 | Junior Gold – £19.50
Platinum – £75.00

Benefits of English Chess Federation membership

All members including ECF Supporters get —
Ability to join ECF online clubs on Chess.com and lichess, play in online club events, and gain an official ECF online rating – further details are here at https://englishchessonline.org.uk/
Monthly ECF eNewsletter by email
ECF Yearbook – discounted price for the printed version £15.50 [PDF version free]
Discounted subscription to British Chess Magazine – call the office on 01424 775222
Save 10% off the cost of any Fred. Olsen Cruise – http://www.fredolsencruises.com/ecf **
5% discount offered by Premier Engraving & Sports Goods – http://www.premierengravinguk.com
Discounted Private Medical Cover with HMCA Insurance – https://www.hmca.co.uk/ecf

In addition, ECF Supporters also get —
5% discount off purchases and 50% off CHESS Magazine for the first year from Chess & Bridge – https://chess.co.uk/pages/ecf-member-benefits
5% Chess Direct savings – https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Discount-Information.html

In addition, Bronze members also get —
Free grading of results in club competitions, leagues, county championships
The right to elect representatives to present the views of individual members to the ECF Council
Eligibility for the ECF Master Points Scheme
5% discount off purchases and 50% off CHESS Magazine for the first year from Chess & Bridge – https://chess.co.uk/pages/ecf-member-benefits
10% Chess Direct savings – https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Discount-Information.html

In addition, Silver members also get —
Free grading of results in club competitions, leagues, county championships, congresses (excl. FIDE-rated standard play tournaments)
The right to elect representatives to present the views of individual members to the ECF Council
Eligibility for the ECF Master Points Scheme
Eligibility for inclusion in the ECF Grand Prix
10% discount off purchases and 50% off CHESS Magazine for the first year from Chess & Bridge – https://chess.co.uk/pages/ecf-member-benefits
10% Chess Direct savings – https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Discount-Information.html

In addition, Gold members also get —
Free grading of results in club competitions, leagues, county championships, congresses, FIDE-rated standard play tournaments
The right to elect representatives to present the views of individual members to the ECF Council
Eligibility for the ECF Master Points Scheme
Eligibility for inclusion in the ECF Grand Prix
10% discount off purchases and 50% off CHESS Magazine for the first year from Chess & Bridge – https://chess.co.uk/pages/ecf-member-benefits
10% Chess Direct savings – https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Discount-Information.html

In addition, Platinum members also get —
Free grading of results in club competitions, leagues, county championships, congresses, FIDE-rated standard play tournaments
The right to elect representatives to present the views of individual members to the ECF Council
Eligibility for the the ECF Master Points Scheme
Eligibility for inclusion in the ECF Grand Prix
10% discount off purchases and 50% off CHESS Magazine from Chess & Bridge – https://chess.co.uk/pages/ecf-member-benefits
15% Chess Direct savings – https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Discount-Information.html

** Please note that subsequent cruises booked with Fred Olsen will attract a smaller 5% discount, as at the point of booking the first cruise, members become Fred Olsen customers.