ECF Online Clubs and Events
The ECF currently provides online clubs on lichess and Chess.com for ECF members looking to play ECF rated games online. We have more than 1,000 members across the two member clubs which we run, and currently schedule four or more club tournaments per week. We calculate and publish ECF four digit Elo blitz and rapid online ratings on a monthly basis for results from our online club events. ECF online ratings are completely separate from ECF OTB grades, which are not affected.
We are also running international events for club members on both platforms, including England entries in the lichess Cup of Nations tournaments and one-off matches with other Federations.
In addition we have an ECF open club for social players who may not be ECF members, with over 2,700 members on Chess.com and a regular schedule of non-ECF rated events. Further details can be found here
The ECF clubs can be found on Chess.com and lichess —
ECF Support for organisations looking to set up online clubs, teams and events
The ECF is now looking to extend this service to provide support for leagues, clubs and organisers who are looking to move online given current circumstances.
The support package is based on leagues/clubs/ organisers establishing and running online clubs or events. Leagues and clubs may decide to form clubs on Chess.com or lichess which is where we are running the ECF online clubs, or they may prefer other platforms (eg Chess24, Chessbase etc). Clubs will then want to schedule online events – e.g. club nights (with a background tournament for club members with content streaming for items of interest), more structured club tournaments, and summer leagues between clubs etc. Many congresses and events will also be looking to move their operations online.
The ECF will provide help and guidance to clubs, teams and organisers wanting to setup online, sharing of best practice including ideas for club nights and online events, ECF calendar additions for major events, and rating of online events registered with the ECF. In the first instance email the office – firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be publishing minimum standards for online events to be recognised and ECF online-rated. These will include – recognised platforms, time controls, event registration and results submission process, exclusion of time-odds/ berserk features, and player lists and ECF member/ supporter status.
Games from recognised events will be rated alongside games played in ECF members’ club tournaments on chess.com and lichess. Leagues, clubs or organisers will be able to get ECF-recognised events rated by submitting results in the normal way to the ECF grading team. LMS will be available as an option for submitting results, but all of the current input options will be supported as for OTB matches/ events. We will include these results in standard play, rapid or blitz ECF online listings when there is a sufficient volume of results – either in July to coincide with the final six-monthly OTB list, or otherwise later in the year aligned directly with one of the monthly online lists. As above you should note that online ratings will be held completely separate from OTB ratings, with separate rating lists.
You can register your event for ECF online rating here: