ECF Online Home

Join ECF Online Chess Clubs

This is the home page for the ECF Online Chess Service which allows members and supporters to take part in regular ECF online chess tournaments and events and to receive an ECF online rating.

The ECF has clubs on and lichess with joining open to all ECF members and supporters. You can join one or more of our clubs by clicking on the link.

Play in Regular Tournaments and Events

We run a weekly schedule of ECF Club tournaments, with three online rated tournaments a week on each platform at rapid and blitz time controls.

You can see the calendar of events, and register for upcoming tournaments here:

ECF Online Club Events

National Championships and Events

We run a series of National Championships and Events with further details at the link to the right. The ECF Online Grand Prix will include tournaments on the first and third Sundays of each month from January to October 2022, further details here:
🏎 ECF Online Grand Prix Series 2022 (Jan – Oct 2022)

Recent events include:
2021 British Online (July – August 2021)
Checkmate Covid the Rematch (June 2021) – Results
2020 Caplin British Online (Dec 2021- Jan 2022)
North v South Match Report (September 2020)
English Counties 2020
National Online Clubs (June 2020)
English Online Blitz (May 2020)


International ECF members club events

The ECF online clubs also take part in international events with further details here: Internationals and International Calendar here Calendar
These include the Nations League on ( Nations League Matches ) and the Nations Cup and Saturday Masters Series on lichess (lichess Nations Cup). We also endorse the Team England clubs on for World and European league events.

The English Women’s team runs regular events on lichess – you can find details of the team and upcoming events here: England Women’s Team

Game of the Week and Results from Previous Events

You can play through the online game of the week from one of our club members.

You can also see details of previous events in 2019 and 2020 in the results pages here grouped by month.

View ECF Online Ratings

ECF club tournaments and other ECF registered online events are rated to provide a 4 digit ECF online rating. The ratings are published monthly per time control with changes based on registered online events from the previous month.

Current ECF online lists are now maintained within the main rating system here:

ECF rating list with changes from ECF online rated games to date.

Previous online ratings from January 2020 to September 2021 can be found here:
Previous ECF Online Ratings up to to September 2021

ECF Online ratings are completely separate from and will not impact your ECF OTB ratings.


Support for players and organisers

The ECF affiliate events programme allows organisers or clubs to register events for ECF online rating with publicity on the ECF calendar. Further details can be found here: ECF support for online Events

You can register an online club to appear in the ECF club finder here:

Register online club for club finder

You can also register for online rating and calendar entry here:

Register event for ecf online rating

News and Tweets

Click the link here for previous newsletters from January 2020 onwards.

Online News

You can also complete the form here if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive a weekly update on ECF online events: Mailing list