Manchester Chess Federation Founded 1890

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5 round Swiss tournament 19th -21st May

Posted by ian on March 27, 2023 at 6:30 AM Comments comments ()

New captain of Heywood 1 till the end of the season.

Posted by ian on March 13, 2023 at 7:35 PM Comments comments ()

Peter Hurn has take over captain of Heywood 1 from Con Carey till the end of the season.

Registration standard and rapidplay lists have been updated Feb 2023

Posted by ian on February 6, 2023 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()

Registrations Standard and Rapidplay have been updated. Can be found at the link below, Thanks to Alan Burke for the updates.

Bolton Easter Chess Congress Friday April 7th -Sunday April 9th

Posted by ian on February 3, 2023 at 5:45 AM Comments comments ()

Bolton Easter Chess Congress entry from is available now for download . On the upcoming events page. At the link below

We are also accepting online entry via the site, as per the link



Info for MCF Team Captains Jan 2023 update.

Posted by ian on January 24, 2023 at 1:10 PM Comments comments ()

The MCF’s document “Info for MCF Team Captains” has been revised and updated and is now available for download at the link below.

Mark Whitehead funeral details.

Posted by ian on January 16, 2023 at 5:30 AM Comments comments ()

Thursday 9 February at 11:50 am at Rochdale Crematorium, Bury Rd, Rochdale OL11 4DG


followed by a wake at Wellfield Working Mens Club, 1 Prince St, Rochdale OL16 5LL

Mark Whitehead With the white pieces  playing at the Manchester Chess Federation Congress  on the top boards.

RIP Mark Whitehead.

Posted by ian on January 9, 2023 at 7:20 PM Comments comments ()

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Mark Whitehead has died.


Mark was a member of Rochdale Chess Club for many years and was an active OTB player, playing as many as 200 games in a season. Not only did he play league chess;

competing in the Manchester Chess Federation league, Central Lancashire league and also Bury and Rochdale league. He also played and organised teams in the Four Nations Chess League.

Mark was a keen tournament player playing in the Opens and Majors around the country and was sucessful in many events. More details to follow.

(The text comes  from the Rochadale  Chess Club Website)