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Convert Between ELO Ratings and Old Style ECF Grades or vice versa.

Posted by ian on September 15, 2021 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This little tool enables you to input an old-style ECF grade and see the FIDE ELO rating equivalent, or vice versa.


In accordance with the ECF's guidance, the conversion formula is 7.5 x ECF + 700 = FIDE

For the attention of all Manchester League Club Secretaries and Captains

Posted by ian on September 14, 2021 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

For the attention of all Manchester League Club Secretaries and Captains

The MCF Annual General Meeting on September 8 th resolved to restart over-the-board

league chess in the coming season.

The MCF will issue separate guidelines regarding playing conditions for over-the-board

matches in respect of Covid-19. These guidelines (on matters such as face-coverings,

hygiene, ventilation and distancing) will constitute the default position for match

arrangements and should be varied only by clear prior agreement between captains.

The MCF Council has agreed there will be no return to the traditional league structure

before the 2022-3 season. Since Covid-19 is still with us, a complete return to normality

seems unrealistic. We have therefore approached the start of a 2021-2 season with a clean

slate and an open mind.

 There will be an over-the board (OTB) league starting mid-October and finishing,

Covid permitting, before Christmas

There will be an Online League during January and February

 There will be OTB trophy competitions from March to May, operating on an initial

group basis, followed by a knockout stage.

OTB league

There will be no entry fees, nor will there be prizes or trophies awarded; the winners will

receive a Certificate. All games will be ECF rated, so any club entering is accepting liability to

pay ECF game fees for any non-ECF members they select for more than 3 games.

1. Division 1 will be for teams of 7 players; clubs are invited to enter a team in this

division, but no club can enter more than 1 team

2. Other Divisions will be for teams of 5 players; normal MCF seeding rules will apply to

teams entering more than 1 team (including any team in Division 1); clubs are invited

to enter more than 1 (additional) team

3. Rating-limited Division – if there is sufficient interest, there will be a Division with

teams consisting solely of players rated u1600 ECF (approximately 120 old ECF).

4. Open Rapidplay division– if there is sufficient interest, there will be a Division played

at Rapidplay time limits (i.e. 2 games per session against the same opponent with 30

minutes each, or the incremental equivalent). This will allow matches to finish


5. If there is sufficient demand, the u100 (ELO 1450) rapidplay division will be revived

(for teams of 4 players, at least 3 of whom must be juniors).

Rate of play for standard games :

An incremental time control will be used for all matches. Matches typically will be played

under a time control of all moves in 1 hour 20 minutes with a 15 second increment per

move starting at move 1 (G80' + 15”).

However, a shorter session may be played by prior agreement between the captains, as

long as the rate is sufficient for ECF standard-play grading. [The minimum for standard-play

rating is either G/60’ or an incremental time limit such that a game of 60 moves will last at


least 60 minutes]

You will appreciate that until the number of entries is known, we are unable to specify the

number of fixtures that you will have to play.

To assist the Fixtures Committee, please submit your club’s entries by midnight on Friday

24 September latest.

If you are able at the same time to submit a (strictly provisional) registration list of all the

players you believe will be willing and able to resume over-the-board play, this will help us

allocate teams to divisions appropriately.

Entries and registration lists should be sent to Mick Norris and copied to

Phil Adams

Feel free to submit suggestions, opinions and requirements on other topics that would be

important to you in resuming league play in the MCF.

pp the MCF Council

MCF Life Time Achievement Award 2021.

Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Jim Guest and Harry Lamb. Who both won the MCF Life Time Achievement Award 2021 for their  services to the Manchester Chess Federation.

The Manchester League's online AGM last night.

Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Manchester League's AGM voted in favour to make the suspended 2019-20 season null and void. The remaining cup fixtures that were due to be played. Will still be played out from the 2019-2020 season. Over the board MCF chess season 2021 /2022  will start at some point, but no dates confirmed  yet. Will update further as soon as we have the new dates for the coming season.

Manchester Juniors in the online 4NCL Tuesday 7 th September 2021

Posted by ian on September 9, 2021 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Juniors in the online 4NCL

Tuesday 7 th September 2021


Manchester Juniors A 1788 Uxbridge A Colts 2009

 w Ye, Kevin 1982 ½ - ½ Singh, Rishpal S 2200 u

 b Parry, Samuel 1829 0 - 1 Sudhan, Hari Hara 2168 u

w Jayawarna, Tarini 1675 0 - 1 Kamath, Raghu 1906

 b Benhamida, Aisha 1666 c 0 - 1 Colter, Nigel 1765

Sam put up a great defence, but best game goes to Kevin’s draw against an FM.

Manchester Juniors B 1419 Warwickshire Bears B 1373

 w Eccleston, Bryony 1526 1 - 0 Vaidyanathan, Adithya 1446 c

 b Correa, Rebecca 1502 c 1 - 0 Nasibova, Margarita 1336 c

 w Ye, Tim 1369 c 1 - 0 Johal, Amrissa Kaur 1384 c

 b Correa, Edward 1279 c 1 - 0 Vaidyanathan, Sathya 1328 c

Bryony’s and Rebecca’s wins were both efficient. Edward had a good win. Good team result.


Wolfpack 1 1737 Manchester Juniors C 1193

 w Smith, Mark 1876 1 - 0 Burke, Alexander 1249 c

 b Bloom, Paul 1706 1 - 0 Eccleston, Rowan 1233

 w Pratley, Ian 1703 1 - 0 Benhamida, Jude 1199 c

 b Gliddon, Daniel J 1664 0 - 1 Fung, Marcus 1091 c

The average grading difference was large. So, Marcus’ win was outstanding. Rowan also put up an

excellent fight.

Next match Tuesday 21 st September 2021


MCF AGM Online - Tonight 8th September 2021 (7.30pm)

Posted by ian on September 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2021 AGM will be held online tonight on Zoom. Attendees should arrive on Zoom for 7:15pm. So everybody can be let in from the waiting room on Zoom in time.

Norway Chess September 2021

Posted by ian on September 7, 2021 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Norway Chess is a 6-player double round-robin featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and taking place in the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger, Norway from 7-17 September. Each of the 10 rounds consists of a classical game where a win is worth 3 points and a loss 0. If the players draw they play an Armageddon game, where the winner earns 1.5 points and the loser 1 point. No draw offers are allowed before move 30. The classical time control is 2 hours for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move only after move 40. For Armageddon White (the same player who had White in the classical game) has 10 minutes to Black's 7, with a 1-second increment from move 41. Black wins if the game ends in a draw. A tie for 1st place will be decided by two 3+2 blitz games followed, if necessary, by a 5 vs. 4-minute Armageddon game. Official website:

Live games

Live Commentary GM Judit Polgar ans IM Jovanka Houska

European Individual Chess Championship 2021 - Reykjavik Open

Posted by ian on August 26, 2021 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

English GM Gawain Jones is top seed in a very strong field with many strong  players playing. Starting today


Live games

Live Commentary GM Ivan Sokolov + Guests

Official website:

Manchester Junior Chess Junior 4NCL Team 2021-22

Posted by ian on August 24, 2021 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Junior Chess

Junior 4NCL Team


 Are you aged 7-16 years?

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

 Play ECF and FIDE rated tournaments?

 Play three weekends per year and stay overnight.

 Access to coaching between rounds?

Join Manchester’s Junior 4NCL Squad. In 2018/9 we ran three teams, two in the FIDE rated

first division.

The three weekends are :

Weekend 1: 25-26 September 2021 Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa

Weekend 2: 29-30 January 2022 Holiday Inn South Normanton

Weekend 3: 9-10 April 2022 Mercure Daventry Court Hotel

Contact the MCF Junior Organiser, Julian Clissold at

Pictures are of Manchester players three years ago.