English Women’s Online Blitz Championship 2024

The third English Women’s Online Blitz Championship will be held during August 2024. The top finishing player will become the English Women’s Online Blitz Champion for 2024. The event is open to all female ECF members. You will need to join the English Women’s Online Blitz Club on Chess.com at https://www.chess.com/club/3rd-english-womens-online-blitz-championship and fill in the registration form here – https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/english-womens-online-blitz-championship-2024/ – as a condition of entry.

General Rules

  • The tournaments will be played on Chess.com
  • All players must be members of the English Women’s Online Blitz Club on Chess.com – https://www.chess.com/club/3rd-english-womens-online-blitz-championship
  • Chess.com anti-cheating checks will be in operation
  • The final stage qualifiers list, draw and results will be published using players’ real names rather than their Chess.com handles. It is a condition of entering the final stage that this is adhered to
  • Players should make themselves aware of the Chess.com rules for maximum time for the first move, disconnects and reconnects, losing on time, drawing and insufficient material, as well as other internet chess concepts like pre-moving and automatic promotion.

Format – Group Stage

Dates – Saturday 24th August (Qualifier A); Sunday 25th August (Qualifier B)
Start times – Qualifier A– 4.00pm; Qualifier B – 11.00am
Tournament type – two eleven-round Swiss tournaments. Players may play in one or both tournaments
Time limit – 3|2 – all moves in three minutes, plus two seconds per move
Rating – all games are ECF online blitz rated
Qualifiers – there will be 16 places in the final, with qualification places available to the top eight players in each tournament. All players can play in one or both tournaments including the eight qualifiers from the first tournament. Where there is a withdrawal from the final or the same players win qualifiers, extra players will be invited to the final based on their rank in the final standings, starting with 9th place in Qualifier A, then 9th place in Qualifier B etc.
Tie-breaks – Chess.com tie-break scores will be used.


Date – Saturday 31st August
Start time – 3.00pm
Tournament type – knockout format with four stages (last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final). Two games per match in each stage – i.e. each player will play two blitz games against their opponent with colours alternating. There will be a four-game match to decide the winner and runner-up
Time limit – 3|2 time control – all moves in three minutes, plus two seconds per move
Rating – All games are ECF online blitz rated.
Tie-breaks – play-off matches for each stage of the final will be based on one blitz game with the drawing of lots for colours, in case of draw another blitz game will be played. Time limit: All moves in 3 minutes with no increment.


Winner – £200
Runner-up – £100
Non-qualifying Semi-finalist (3-4) – £40
Non-qualifying Quarter-finalist (5-8) – £15
Last 16 (9-16) – £10 each
Total – £520

Entries and Donations

The event will be open to all female ECF members or supporters. Donations of £5.00 or above will be invited to support the prize fund.

Entry form: https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/english-womens-online-blitz-championship-2024/

Pairings for the Knockout

  • Qualifiers from the first event will be seeded 1-8 in order; qualifiers from the second event 9- 16 in order
  • The player seeded highest chooses white or black in Game 1
  • Colours for a blitz playoff will be based on drawing of lots with the online controller setting up the time and start the game


Qualifier: There will be Zoom call to assist players in case they need technical support
Final: Players will be required to join Zoom (the link will be provided to them by email)
They must –

  • Share their screen
  • Have their microphone on
  • Have their webcam on

They must not –

  • Use a phone or tablet
  • Use a virtual background