Why join the ECF?

The English Chess Federation (ECF) is the governing organisation for chess in England and is affiliated to FIDE (the Fédération Internationale des Échecs). We run the English national rating system, where you can get an official rating for games played in rated over the board and online events. We also run national chess events across England, as well as selecting and entering teams for international competitions. For more information on who we are and what we do see this page: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/what-we-do/

There are lots of reasons why you may want to consider joining the English Chess Federation:

1. We have a range of great membership benefits. To name just three:

  • ChessMoves, a monthly 50 page+ magazine delivered directly to your inbox covering all the news across English chess and including regular articles from grandmasters and many other contributors;
  • The English Chess Federation’s JustGo Rewards scheme, which can save you £000s a year in discounts from hundreds of suppliers and partners for just a small fee;
  • Big discounts on chess products from Chess & Bridge.

2. Games played in ECF rated over the board and online events are rated for free (events covered are based on your English Chess Federation membership level)

3. Your rating is updated monthly to reflect your very latest results, whether you play over the board or online (or both).

You can see the full range of membership benefits here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-partners-and-benefits/, and you can read a sample issue of ChessMoves here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Chess-Moves-January-2023.pdf

The easiest way to join the English Chess Federation is online with a credit or debit card. To learn more about rates and joining details go here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-rates-and-joining-details/. Or you can just call the English Chess Federation Office on 01424 775222 (Monday-Friday 0900 to 1700).

During the joining procedure you’ll see this popup window —

— make sure to tick the tickbox in the top line to receive ChessMoves, the ECF monthly newsletter, by email.

To add the JustGo Rewards benefits when you renew your membership in JustGo, simply click on the menu (top left), select the ‘Rewards’ tile, and add to your membership profile.

Thank you for reading, and, we hope, for your future support!