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

Join ECF Online Chess Clubs

The ECF has set up clubs across different internet chess provider platforms 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 regular schedule of ECF Club tournaments every week with rapid and blitz time controls.

We currently run club tournaments on chess.com and lichess with three ECF online rated tournaments a week on each platform.

You can see the schedules and calendar of events, and register for and play in upcoming tournaments here: View schedule and play in events

National Championships and Events

English Online Blitz – The English Online Blitz Championships 2020 was held on chess.com with a group stage on 9th May and the finals on 16th May. You can find more details and a tournament report at the English Online Blitz Championship page

English Counties – The English Counties Championships start in earnest on 13th June on chess.com following a preliminary familiarisation round the Saturday before. Further details can be found here: English Counties Championships


International ECF members club events – The ECF online clubs also take part in international events against other federations and national clubs including the Nations League on chess.com and Nations Cup Events on lichess. We also endorse the Team England clubs on chess.com for World league events.

International Women’s team battle The English Women’s team club are taking part in an Online International Women’s team battle on lichess against a number of European National teams on 4th June at 6-30 pm. English Women’s Team Battle

You can find further details of Open and Women’s team events including the results of recent tournaments on the Internationals Page.

Game of the Week and Results from Previous Club 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.

The result pages show details of pairings and results for each of our club events.
Previous Tournaments

Receive an ECF Online Rating

ECF club games and other ECF registered online events are rated to provide a 4 digit ECF online rating. The ECF Online ratings are published monthly per time control (ie Rapid or Blitz) with changes based on ECF registered online events from the previous month.

The April 2020 ECF online list is now available with initial ratings and changes from events in January, February and March 2020.

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

News and Online Support

We publish a regular newsletter every couple of weeks with details of upcoming events, tournament results and general points of interest. You can find back issues at the link on the right from January 2020 onwards:

The ECF is providing support for clubs, leagues and organisers looking to move their events online with further details here:

ECF support for online Events

The link to the right provides a list of OTB chess clubs who have already established an online club:
The ECF is establishing an affiliate events programme where organisers and clubs can register their events for ECF online rating and get publicity for events on the ECF calendar. The registration forms for clubs wishing to be added to the club finder or organisers looking to register events are now available here:

Register your online club
Register your event for ecf online rating