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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

National Online Clubs Championships The English Online National Clubs was held over the weekend of 26th-28th June on lichess.org with clubs fielding teams of 6 from a pool of up to 12 players in a 5 round Swiss team event. Further details can be found here. ECF Online National Clubs Championships

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.

English Counties – The English Counties Championships is now underway on chess.com with group stage rounds taking place every Saturday between online County teams. Please see the Online Counties home page for further details. English Counties 2020

Further details can be found here for all ECF National events: National Events


Internationals

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. You can find further details of International events on the International page here. Internationals

International England Women’s team The English Women’s team on runs regular events on lichess and takes part in the lichess Nations League every Saturday. You can find details of the team and upcoming events here: England Women’s Team


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 June 2020 ECF online list is now available with initial ratings and changes from events in January to end of May 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