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British Chess Championships in Torquay is cancelled for July 2021.

Posted by ian on March 9, 2021 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)



After some consideration the BCC Organisers and the ECF have decided that the 2021 British Chess Championships will not go ahead as a single event in Torquay in July/August due to the risks involved with holding a large event at this time. We have agreed with Torquay Council that the venue booking will be carried forward a further year to summer 2022, for next year’s British Chess Championships.


We can confirm that we will be organising a second British Online Chess Championships for the end of July/beginning of August 2021, with the same set of qualifiers, championships and rating-limited events as there were in the first, and very successful, BOCC held in December 2020/January 2021.


In addition, we are planning to organise a 2021 over-the-board British Championships in a slightly different format to take place in the first two weeks of October 2021, and based on –


Championship places including qualifications for the cancelled 2020 British Chess Championships, together with new qualification places from the 2021 BOCC in August (as above)

A number of smaller, geographically separated venues to host the different championships, which should reduce the numbers at any single location and avoid the need for players to travel long distances.


This means that we can resume with an over-the-board British Chess Championships in a different format after last year’s interruption. We will keep you posted with a detailed schedule, dates and entry forms for the online and over-the-board British events over the coming months, and look forward to the various British events later in the year.


Manchester Junior Online Chess.

Posted by ian on February 26, 2021 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Junior Online Chess.

Played in the Surbiton Battle Arena

24th February 2021

· Thirteen children took part

· MJC came third behind Oxford and JHCC. There were twelve teams in division one

· Kevin Ye had the highest tournament score and is making a habit of this (top score in the last three events!)

· Other good scores: Kyle, Tim, Edward, Marcus, Lewis

Well done to the whole team.


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

Posted by ian on February 21, 2021 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Chess Federation Online Chess Congress Easter 2021. More details at the link.

Manchester junior girls online chess.

Posted by ian on February 21, 2021 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)




First match Monday 15 th March start at 6.00p.m.finish 7.30p.m.

Register with Lichess (free) at

 Join the Manchester Junior Girls team at Manchester Junior Girls •

 You must be an ECF Junior Silver member (Free) go to: Membership rates &

joining details – English Chess Federation

Queries? Email Julian Clissold Manchester Junior Chess organiser at

New MCF Online Fair Play Rules

Posted by ian on February 18, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The MCF has drawn up Fair Play rules and guidelines for games played in MCF on-line events. All club secretaries and captains are asked to make their members aware of these, which come into immediate effect. The policy will be reviewed and updated in the light of experience. Although the document is quite detailed, the basics can be expressed briefly and simply:


Do not cheat or receive assistance in games (from a chess computer, book, database or another person).

Be nice and courteous to all other players, always.

Any issues – contact your captain (and no one else).

New MCF Online Fair play Rules Can be found here on the website.


Any issues – inform the event controller (and no one else)

Full details of the New  MCF Online Fair Play Rules. Can be found  on the MCF website

ECF Arbiter courses in April.

Posted by ian on February 16, 2021 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0) The course will be delivered via Zoom.

Congratulations to GM Wesley So on winning the Online Opera Euro Rapid.

Posted by ian on February 15, 2021 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to GM Wesley So on winning the Online Opera Euro Rapid after beating GM Magnus Carlsen for a 2nd time in a Meltwater Champions Chess Tour final!

Final  Games

2021 Online Grand Prix Series.

Posted by ian on February 11, 2021 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

2021 Online Grand Prix Series


The ECF is pleased to announce the Online Grand Prix Series for 2021.


This will consist of a series of monthly Swiss tournaments in the 2021 ECF Blitz and Rapid Grand Prix clubs on Lichess. The tournaments will be held at Blitz and Rapid time controls, at 2:00pm on the first Sunday of each month (for the Blitz tournaments) and the third Sunday of each month (for the Rapid tournaments). The events will run monthly from March to November 2021.


More details at

Thank you WIM Anahi Ortiz.

Posted by ian on February 11, 2021 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For conducting a simultaneous game with UOM Chess Society members. It was a definitely privilege and a learning experience for the society! We hope to see you again soon! To the members that attended, thanks for your participation and hope you enjoyed the experience and had fun. We hope to bring more events like this to help everyone learn from outstanding players. Games from the simul can be found here.

Manchester Juniors in the Junior 4NCL Online.

Posted by ian on February 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Juniors in the Junior 4NCL


Manchester has seven teams in the Junior4NCL. We are looking for new players.


* Be under 18yrs.


* Be an ECF member at Bronze or above (free in year one)


* Like playing rapidplay chess


* Live or go to school in Manchester area.


* Or Play for a Club in the Manchester Chess Federation


* You don't have to be a super star, but we could do with some 1500-1800's!


* Matches alternate Mondays.


* Interested? Email Julian at