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ECF Arbiter Course Registration

Posted by ian on April 6, 2019 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Next course …

Course dates – 13th – 14th April 2019

Course venue – Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6JT [MAP]

Course schedule – 9.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00 on both days

Course fee: £30

Course Lecturer – Adrian Elwin; Assistant Lecturer – Alex Holowczak

Fide Laws of Chess now on the website.

Posted by ian on April 3, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The FIDE Laws of Chess are available on the website.

and these are in force in the MCF, unless modified by the MCF Rules and Memoranda. These are available at the MCF Results website, along with the document of advice for captains, first compiled by the late MCF President Bert Thomas.

Manchester Junior Chess Junior 4NCL Team 2019-2020

Posted by ian on April 2, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

• Are you aged 7-16 years?

• Do you want to play serious chess in the grade range 70 to 160?

• Play standard play games with Fisher increments?

• Play ECF and FIDE rated tournaments?

• Play three weekends per year and stay overnight.

• Access to coaching between rounds?

• Are you an ECF Silver or Gold member? (You can become a silver member free for a year).

Join Manchester’s Junior 4NCL Squad. Last year we ran three teams, two in the FIDE rated first division.

The three weekends are not yet agreed but will be later September, November and January.

Pictures are of last year’s players.

Contact the MCF Junior Organiser, Julian Clissold at or 07800731053.

Manchester Junior Chess EPSCA Under 11 Finals Saturday 30th March 2019

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Manchester Junior Chess

EPSCA Under 11 Finals

Saturday 30th March 2019

Grace Academy, Solihull.

Manchester Under 11 played in the national finals in Solihull. Children from eight different schools represented Manchester. The event was a big challenge for the team, with the loss of four of our top six boards (16th place). Best scores were from Shaurya Shaktawat and Siddhansh Kumar, (both Bolton School and Bolton Chess Club). A very creditable performance also from Rebecca Correa on top board playing players graded over 140 (Claypool School and Three C’s).

Oldham also fielded a team who came 14th.

Many of the children were aged ten and will provide a strong team in 2020.

Full results at

Wanted Children's chess club in Altrincham is seeking to appoint a Chess Coach.

Posted by ian on March 27, 2019 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Children's chess club in Altrincham is seeking to appoint a Chess Coach.

The successful applicant will be comfortable working with children in the age range 6-11 years. The level of chess is basic, and at best below grade 80.

Terms by agreement. Must be prepared to achieve (or be in possession of) appropriate clearance for working with children.

Enquiries to the Manchester Chess Federation Junior Organiser, Julian Clissold by email with brief CV


EPSCA Girls Final: Birmingham 2019 Saturday 23rd March 2019

Posted by ian on March 25, 2019 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

EPSCA Girls Final: Birmingham 2019

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Manchester Girls played in the National Finals in Solihull. They were placed seventh out of sixteen teams and were pleased to be the top northern team, ahead of Nottingham, Leicester and Warwickshire. Best performance was from Darcy Casserly (Broadoak School) who scored 100% but there were also very good results from Rebecca Correa (Three C’s and Claypool Primary School) Bryony Eccleston (Bolton Chess Club and Edgworth Primary School) and Thisumi Jayawarna (Heywood Chess Club). Full results can be seen at:

The girls event was enhanced by the presence of more northern teams this year, including Leicester, Cheshire & North Wales and Yorkshire.

Pictures of the team and some of our players.

US Chess Championship 2019 in St Louis.

Posted by ian on March 20, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

US Chess Championships Start today 6:00pm GMT.

Live Men's games:

Live Women's games

Live free commentary: with WGM Jen Shahade and GM Yasser Seirawan and GM Maurice Ashley

European Indvidual Chess Championships 2019, in Skopje Macedonia.

Posted by ian on March 18, 2019 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 Today 13:15pm GMT, 363 players taking part  from 43 European federations. A very strong line-up

in the event is completed with 305 titled players, among whom 144

Grandmasters and 79 International masters, including 6 players rated

over 2700 and 67 players rated over 2600.

Manchester Junior Chess.

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Manchester Juniors took part in two regional finals, for the Under 9's and Under 11's. Both teams qualified for their respective finals in Solihull and Nottingham. Pictures of the teams and some of the players.

Oldham Juniors Under 11 came third in the Under 11 Regional and also go forward to the final. Congratulations to all their team. Tameside also entered teams for both events.

Still to come all the EPSCA Finals

23 March Girls Final

30 March Under 11 Final

27 April Under 9 Final

Congratulations to the girls from Bolton Girls School who have fought their way to the ECF Girls Final (Under 11) at St Catherine's School in Bramley (April 2019).