Membership, Pay to Play and Game Fees 2024/25 (V1)

Membership Fees

Categories  2023-2024  2024-2025  Notes
  £  £   
Bronze  18 20  
Silver  27 N/A  Discontinued as part of Silver/Gold merger
Gold  39 35  
Platinum  75 77  
Supporter  10 12  
Junior Bronze 6 6  
Junior Silver  6 N/A  Discontinued as part of Silver/Gold merger
Junior Gold  19.5 12  
Junior Platinum  75 77  

Pay to Play and Game Fees

Categories  2023-2024 2024-2025  Notes
   £  £  
       
FIDE rated pay to play fee  12 N/A   No distinction between FIDE and non-FIDE rated events following Silver/Gold merger
Congress pay to play fee for players below Gold  9 15 Difference between Bronze and Gold. Existing Bronze members paying the congress pay to play fee are automatically upgraded to Gold
Congress pay to play fee for players below Gold (juniors) 9 6 Difference between Junior Bronze and Junior Gold. Existing Junior Bronze members paying the congress pay to play fee are automatically upgraded to Junior Gold
Congress pay to play fee for players below Gold (junior only events)  2.5 3  
FIDE admin fee (players who are non-ENG registered and not gold members) 1.5 N/A  Waived for all players, whether ENG or non-ENG, until further notice
League game fee  18 20 New Bronze rate
League game fee (juniors)  6 6 New Junior Bronze rate

Notes

  1. The comments below supplement and, where appropriate, supersede the guidance on the ‘Pay to Play and Game Fee’ page https://www.englishchess.org.uk/pay-to-play-and-game-fee-2023-24/. A ‘Pay to Play and Game Fee 2024-25’ page will be written in due course.
  2. Most of the changes in the tables above were approved at April 2024’s Finance Council meeting. In a few instances fees have been reduced or waived after the Finance Council meeting. Although it is within the Board’s gift under the bye-laws to make those changes, they will be presented at October 2024’s AGM as a matter of good order.
  3. The new 2024-2025 membership rates will come into force at the start of July 2024. The reason for introducing them early is to ensure that the IT changes to implement the Silver/Gold merger are properly ‘road-tested’ before the main renewal season begins at the start of September.
  4. Existing Silver members will be automatically upgraded to Gold as part of the Silver/Gold merger.
  5. The new 2024-2025 pay to play and game fee rates will come into force at the start of September 2024, and will apply to congresses that take place on or after Friday 30th August.
  6. Junior Bronze (and free first year Junior Bronze) has been reinstated at the request of Council and will be put back on sale at the start of July 2024 along with the new membership rates.
  7. Juniors are eligible for the junior membership fee rates if they are under 18 years of age at the time they take out junior membership.
  8. Juniors are eligible for the junior congress pay to play rate if they are under 18 years of age before the congress starts.
  9. The following exemptions from congress pay to play fees apply:
    (a) For players from BICC signatory organisations only ***, British events organised under the auspices of the BICC (e.g. British Chess Championships, British Rapidplay Championship);
    (b) For non-ENG players only, FIDE events where title norms can be achieved (e.g. 4NCL, Cambridge, London Chess Classic, Northumbria Masters, all-play all GM/IM norm events). The purpose of this exemption is to not discourage non-ENG registered players from participating in such events in order that ENG registered norm seekers have a better chance of playing the requisite mix of opponents;
    (c) Other exemptions as set out on the current ‘Pay to Play and Game Fee 2023/24’ page: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/pay-to-play-and-game-fee-2023-24/ (e.g. cross-border leagues [to include 4NCL Online, BUCA Championships and NYCA Championships, as these aren’t currently mentioned on the ‘Pay to Play and Game Fee 2023/24’ page], 4NCL wildcards, Braille Chess Association, English Deaf Chess Association);
    (d) Ukrainian asylum seekers with a UKR registration who have been accepted into the UK and given refugee status. Please note that such players are also eligible for free Gold membership – see the relevant 21st March 2022 announcement here: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-memberships-ukraine/
  10. The pay to play fees apply to all players who are not ECF (new) Gold members. This differs from the present arrangement, under which non-ENG players are exempt from the £15.00 fee for FIDE-rated, but not ECF-rated, congresses.
  11. There are no pay to play fees for non-members playing in online standardplay/rapidplay/blitz congresses. We would ask that the existing ‘honesty box’ approach of asking but not requiring organisers to charge £5.00 for non-ECF members in rated online congresses be continued. We will though keep this under review, and if we find that significant numbers of non-ECF members are in fact starting to play in rated online congresses we may reconsider this approach.

*** British Isles Coordinating Committee signatory organisations: English Chess Federation, Chess Scotland, Welsh Chess Union, Irish Chess Union, Ulster Chess Union, Jersey Chess Federation, Guernsey Chess Federation, Isle of Man Chess Federation