ECF National Club Championships 2023

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The 2023 National Club Championships made a welcome return this year after a gap of five years since the last event. The Championships were played at the Canham Turner Conference Centre, Cottingham Road, Hull University over five rounds from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October. 

The event was played with 19 clubs entering with teams of four across three sections:

  • Open, with no rating restrictions (with five clubs entering an all play all team competition)
  • Intermediate, restricted to teams whose average rating is not more than 2000 (with six clubs entering and also played as an all play all team competition)
  • Minor, restricted to teams whose average grade is not more than 1700 (with eight clubs entering and played as a team Swiss tournament)

All games were played on live boards with broadcasts on the DGT and lichess servers and commentary from IM Natasha Regan and GM Peter Wells on twitch for the final round five.

The event was organised by Stephen Greep with an arbiting team led by Adrian Elwin as Chief Arbiter and including Thomas Evans and Richard Buxton. The event was supported by Hull and East Riding Chess Association ( and VHEY (Visit Hull and East Yorkshire) –

Section winners and ECF National Club Champions for 2023 are as follows:

Open Champion 3Cs £300 plus trophy
Runners Up Heffalump Hunters £150 plus trophy
Team Performance Prize Warwick University £60
Under 2000 Champion Hull Chess Club 2 £300 plus trophy
Runners Up Beverley Patzers (on direct encounter tie break) £150 plus trophy
Team Performance Prize Redditch £60
Under 1700 Champion Victoria Dock £300 plus trophy
Runners Up Hull Chess Club 3 £150 plus trophy
Team Performance Prize She Plays to Win B £60

The cross-tables are shown at the links below with final standings after round 5:

Open –
Under 2000 –
Under 1700 –

Open Champions – 3Cs Open Runners Up – Heffalump Hunters U2000 Champions – Hull Chess Club 2
U1700 Champions – Victoria Dock National Clubs Trophies Round 5 – view across the playing hall

You can find further photographs from the event courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman at the link here: