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 here:

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

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


The ECF online clubs also take part in international events against other federations and national clubs, and endorses the Team England clubs on chess.com. We participate in the Nations Cup Events on lichess with regular Internationals for members to represent England.
We also organise occasional International matches against teams from other Federations including the USA.

You can find further details including the results of recent tournaments here: Internationals

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.


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 form for events is now available here:

Register your event for ecf online rating