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GM Magnus Carlsen to commentate on the Candidates.

Posted by ian on April 14, 2021 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

World Chess Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Judit Polgar,   GM David Howell, and IM Tania Sachdev. To commentate on the candidates which starts again on Monday 19th April 2021.

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GM Vladmir Kramnik & GM Judit Polgar reveal Challengers Chess Tour line-ups for online event. April 8th -11th 2021.

Posted by ian on April 8, 2021 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik and all-time women’s no. 1 Judit Polgar captain 20 young stars as the $100,000 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour starts this Thursday with the Polgar Challenge. The likes of Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin, Carissa Yip and Zhansaya Abdumalik will compete in a series of 4-day rapid events on chess24, with each winner gaining a chance to play in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The best individual performers play an 8-player knockout fina...

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Battle Arena Lichess Monday night 5th April 2021.

Posted by ian on April 6, 2021 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Battle Arena Lichess Monday night 5th April 2021


Manchester Juniors, you were amazing!

Eighteen children took part. We were playing in Division one, so the best county associations in the country.

We were missing four of our strong players, Tarini and Thisumi played a big tournament over the weekend, (and did really well) so I had not expected them; Bryony and Rowan weren't available.

After 10 minutes we were pointless and bottom.

I couldn't watch! B...

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Posted by ian on April 3, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In the light of experience so far, in addition to the MCF Online League Rules already circulated, the following advice, approved by the President, is offered.


1. Starting

In recent matches some players have experienced difficulties with opponents not being online at 7.30. This has led to some players having to wait around for half an hour until the official default time of 8 pm. In a few cases it has resulted in a default.


To try to reduce future pr...

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MCF Online League Rules 2021

Posted by ian on April 3, 2021 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

MCF Online League Rules

All captains and players in the MCF Online League are asked to familiarise themselves with the competition Rules (please note that this is not the same as the MCF Online Fair Play Policy).



MCF Online League Rules, can be found on the MCF website here.

Online Heaton Cup Second Iteration.

Posted by ian on April 1, 2021 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Chess Friend,

We will be running the second iteration of the Heaton Cup (an online 6 round swiss tournament played over 6 weeks). The aim of the tournament is to support players looking to improve their chess, practice their long-play skills before real OTB chess resumes, and to give less experienced players the chance to gain experience of long-play.

The unique element of the tournament is that all games are analysed by the tournament organisers, and shared via round reports...

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Manchester Chess Federation Online Chess Congress Easter 2021. Friday 2nd of April -Sunday 4th April.

Posted by ian on March 25, 2021 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When: 2/3/4th April 2021


Format: Five round Swiss

Friday 7.30p.m.

Saturday 10.00a.m.

Saturday 2.00p.m.

Sunday 10.00p.m.

Sunday 2.00p.m.

Time control: 45minutes plus 15seconds increment

Default time and repairing after 30 minutes

Entry: Two sections: Under 1900 and Open (Up to40 entries)

Entry restricted to MCF members or MCF associated members

Entries must be ECF members at Supporter Level or ab...

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Congratulations to GM Anish Giri.

Posted by ian on March 22, 2021 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to GM Anish Giri on winning the online GM Magnus Carlsen Invitational last weekend, and a place in the Finals of the Meltwater online Champions Chess Tour.

Fide Master title for Peter Markland.

Posted by ian on March 11, 2021 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

ECF International Rating Officer David Clayton writes --- I am pleased to announce that FIDE have accepted the application of FIDE Master title for Peter Richard Markland and Peter Nicolas Lee. Their ratings of 2390 met the rating requirement, and I was able to track down their Olympiad games from the 1970s to prove the minimum games requirement. We are grateful to John Upham from British Chess News for these links on both players.

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