ECF National Events

Charity Marathon for Ukraine

The English Chess Federation’s 24-hour charity marathon for Ukraine took place over the weekend of 02/04/22 to 03/04.22 on to raise funds for the Red Cross DEC appeal in support of Ukraine.

We were joined by many English titled players and others taking part and/ or streaming in a 24 hour commentary broadcast as well as a big contingent of Ukrainian players.

M Keith Arkell (left), who played all the 24 hours, won the marathon with a massive score of 728 points with 204 wins, 21 losses and 23 draws across 248 games played. IM Chris Baker was second on 399 points and GM Mark Hebden 3rd on 386 points.

The event was very successful with a total of 461 players taking part including many titled players and over £18,000 raised for the Red Cross DEC Appeal for Ukraine.

Further details and results here: ecf-red-cross-charity-marathon-for-ukraine-results/

Marathon Game

Marathon Tactics

British Online Chess Championships 2021

The 2nd British Online Championships is taking place over two weeks from 24th July – 8th August 2021 on the platform. The event is being run by the English Chess Federation, in collaboration with the Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Ulster, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man Chess Federations / Unions. The British Online will include separate Championships – Open, Women’s, Junior, Senior and Rating Limited.

Each Championship will consist of a qualifying stage and a finals stage, with a number of separate events at four different time controls (Standard, Rapid, Blitz and Bullet) as shown in the table below. Players may take part in one or more championships for which they are eligible e.g. Open, Women’s, Junior etc., and one or more events within their selected championship(s) e.g. Standard, Rapid, Blitz etc., subject to the entry conditions and playing schedule.

You can find further details on the British Online web page here:

ECF Online Blitz and Rapid Grand Prix Series 2021

ECF Online Grand Prix

The ECF is pleased to announce the Online Grand Prix Series for 2021.

This will consist of a series of monthly Swiss tournaments in the ECF Online Blitz and Rapid Grand Prix clubs on Lichess. The tournaments will be held at Blitz and Rapid time controls, at 2:00pm on the first Sunday of each month (for the Blitz tournaments) and the third Sunday of each month (for the Rapid tournaments). The events will run monthly from March to November 2021. The ECF will be publishing a leaderboard, which will be updated monthly, with prizes for the winners in a number of categories at the end of the events. Further details are as per the link below.

ECF Online Grand Prix Series

British Online Chess Championships 2020 / 2021

The Caplin British Online Championships took place over two and a half weeks from 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021 with more details and results here:
Caplin British Online

North v South

The historic North v South match took place on Saturday 5th September 2020 between North and South teams on

The match was played over 108 boards with the North team winning the event making the score 2-1 to the South across the three matches – 1893, 1894 and 2020. You can find a full match report here:

North v South Match Report

English Online Counties 2020

An ECF English Counties championship is being played online for the first time after more than 100 years of the OTB events which started in 1908.

The inaugural Online Championships are being organised by Mark Murrell and Matt Perry. The Championships started on Saturday 6th June with a preliminary round of familiarisation matches played under competition conditions and governed by the Competition Rules and the Online Fair Play and Anti-Cheating Rules.

22 Counties (23 teams) entered the Open, which has been seeded into two Divisions from which teams qualify into the Championships knockout stage. There is also a 9 team Division with a player rating/grading cap of 1825/150 for qualification into the U1825 Championships.

More information including county contacts for interested players can be found on the ECF LMS for the competition, and the Competition club on, where there are a series of help articles in the  activity section.

Matches are played on Saturday evenings at 6:30pm at a rate of G60|15″ The Divisional Group matches run from 13th June to 25th July inclusive. ECF members and supporters who meet the eligibility criteria for one of the entered teams can still sign up with their county organiser (details on the ECF LMS front page).

The Finals are taking place on Friday 22nd August starting at 6.30 pm with details and viewing instructions at the page below: English Counties Viewing

English Online National Clubs Championships 2020

The Online National Clubs Championships was held over the weekend of 26th – 28th June. The event was organised by Stephen Greep with Douglas Vleeshhouwer as Chief Arbiter and Fair Play Controller and follows the format for the OTB National Clubs Event. The Championships was run as an online event with 5 rounds on Further details can be found here:

English National Clubs Championships

English Online Blitz Championships 2020

The English Online Blitz Championships were held in May 2020 with a group stage on 9th May and the Finals on 16th May. You can find further details of the event and final standings here:

ECF English Marathon – Checkmate Covid-19

The ECF English Marathon ran from 5pm on Saturday May 23rd to 5 pm on Sunday May 24th. The event was in 24 hour Arena format and there were a total of 459 players taking part at one point or another. There were numerous streamers including GM Matthew Sadler with WFM Natasha Regan, GM Simon Williams, GM Gawain Jones, WFM Maria Emelianova and IM Thomas Rendle.  The finish was quite something to see with the result going down to the wire in the last few minutes, with FM Harry Grieve just edging out GM Danny Gormally for top spot by 517 points to 516. Further details can be found at:

ECF checkmate-covid-19

The tournament results can be found at:

Congratulations to the winners, many thanks to all who took part and also to those who donated, and of course to the organiser Danny Rosenbaum. I am very pleased to say that the event raised more than  £10,000 for the British Red Cross.