Play online chess for English teams in International Events.
The ECF will be endorsing and/ or organising teams taking part in online International events including league events and one off matches.
Nations League (ECF Members Club)
On chess.com the ECF members club has joined the much awaited chess.com Nations League, fielding England teams in both the rapid events with further details here:
European and World Leagues ( Team England-Live and Team England)
We also endorse the Team-England-Live club https://www.chess.com/club/team-england-live for members wishing to participate in online International matches and Events in the relevant chess.com International leagues including:
The Live Chess European League (Season 1) https://www.chess.com/club/live-chess-european-league,
and the Live chess World League (Season 5) https://www.chess.com/club/live-chess-world-league.
We also endorse the Team England club for daily events in the relevant chess.com daily leagues.
The ECF English players club open team takes part in the Cup of Nations league on lichess, where we won the cup in February and qualified for the final in March. We also take part in the lichess Nations League. The English Women’s team takes part in a series of International team battles.
English Women’s Internationals – 28th May and 4th June
The English Women’s team led by Jovanka Houska took part in a two week Online International Women’s team battle on lichess against a number of European National teams. The group stage was played on 28th May and the finals on 4th June at 18-30 British Summer Time.
We came second in round 1 qualifying for the top group of 5 nations on 4th June where the England team played against Germany, France, Austria, and Hungary. The final was won by the German team with the French team in second. We came third just keeping our lead against the Austrian team to overturn the previous weeks order and ahead of the Hungarian team in 5th.
An outstanding result for the England Women’s team in the inaugural lichess Womens team battle against nine other European federations across the two rounds. The match links can be found here along with Jovanka’s commentary.
lichess England Team Events (Open Events)
lichess Nations Cup
This is a league organised by lichess members to run a series of monthly competitions with a group stage and finals for the Nations Cup. We won the Cup in March and are looking to bring the trophy back home in the August events with our group stage event here on 25th August:
lichess Nations League
The Nations League is now well established with weekly and monthly events. The Cup has a web site which you can find here:
Our third div 1 match was played on Saturday 20th June at 7-00 pm. This was a battle of 9 National teams and 20 leaders at 3|2 blitz time control. We fielded England Open and Women’s teams.
GM Keith Arkell and Midlands player Henrik95 led the way for the English Players Open team finishing in 6th place. Jovanka Houska captained the Women’s team who finished in 7th in the Open competition. We are continuing to move up the league although there is clearly some strong competition as we are in the top division.
The Cup is now splitting into East and West divisions with Open and Women’s Sections in both.
We played our second open match in the East Division 1 on Saturday 27th June finishing 5th.
The England Women’s team played in the Women’s section with a first match here on Saturday 27th June finishing 7th.
Our next open match will be on July 18th at the link here.
lichess world Series
The English Players team also takes part in regular World Series events on Saturday afternoons.
We also have a World 10 Countries team battle on lichess at 1-00 pm on Saturday 4th July. We will be taking on teams from Pakistan, India, the Phillipines, Spain, Morocco, Syria, and Brazil with registration for English Players Club members open at the link below.
Events in May
lichess Nations Cup – First Round 30th May
We took part in the 1st round of the newly formed lichess Nations Cup Blitz Series on 30th May – finishing fourth in a very strong field with Armenia taking the top spot, Egypt and Holland in 2nd and 3rd and England in fourth out of the ten competing nations. Many thanks to all those who played in the event which with the fourth spot being enough for us to have qualified for the first division of the newly formed league.
England v Bangladesh lichess Team Battle – 2 May
An ECF English players team took part in a 1:1 team battle with the Bangladesh Federation team on 2 May with some fighting performances from the England team. We fielded a GM on board 1 and there were 29 English players versus 50 in the Bangladesh team. We took the top 3 individual spots and won the match overall by 199 to 143 points. You can see full details of the event and results here: https://lichess.org/tournament/yCpvq7kC
Lichess Amateur Olympiad – 2 May
The ECF English players team also managed an excellent results from the Amateur Olympiad on lichess on 2 May. This one was organised by Imran Mughal of the Pakistan Federation. The team battle was a 90-minute arena with 10 teams and 10 leaders. English player Ferrari-Fan led the way on top board and we moved into the top three around the halfway point. We were then able to edge in front of the Pakistan team (despite Imran’s encouragement to his players in the chat room) to finish in second place behind a very strong Team Spain. Again you can find full details of the event and results on lichess at the link below: https://lichess.org/tournament/bR6qddJh
Events in February, March and April
April Cup of Nations
We came 7th in our group stage match in the Cup of Nations on lichess on the 23rd April. IM Thomas Rendle put in a fighting performance on board 1, as did the whole team – however the opposition proved too strong overall and the qualification spots for the final on the 24th April went to the Iranian, Nigerian and Bangladesh teams. So its another month of hurt, but we will be back stronger for the May Cup.
First International Weekend – 14th – 15th February 2020
Second International Weekend – March 2020
Beta Testing Team Battle