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The second online Heaton Cup is now complete!

Posted by ian on June 3, 2021 at 1:20 PM Comments comments ()

Tournament prizes:


1st Place: Carl Tillotson


Joint 2nd Place: Daniel Lee & Andy Stoker


Team prizes:


Most points: Eccles


Elite team (most points by top 3 players): Heywood & Stockport”


Futher deatils at the official website ; with games annotated from the event.

Speical thanks to Aidan Rawlinson and  Andrew Shingleton  for organsing the event.

Online Counties Championship June 2021.

Posted by ian on June 2, 2021 at 4:25 AM Comments comments ()

Manchester is thinking of put a team in the online county championship and hope to get a team out in either the open/1900 and under 1800 team (we won the plate Championship last year)

I appreciate that time is short in respect of ascertaining player availability generally and for round 1 on 12 June, so when contacting players do enquire as to both. My apologies for the short lead in. Scheduling and format adoption have been particularly challenging against moving goal posts elsewhere and a wish to prioritise over-the-board activities.

Team entries Close at 6pm on Friday 11 June.

Initial Player Registration on LMS for R1 closes at 8pm on Friday 11 June

Veiled LMS Team entry by 2pm on match day which for Round 1 is Saturday 12 June at 6:30pm.

Further to the earlier publication of the competition dates we have settled on a streamlined format but preserving the three core Championships from the first season, with Division 2 becoming an average team rated Championship (not exceeding 2020).and keeping the previous 6:30 pm early Saturday evening time slot (there was no consensus as to an alternative).


Minor Open 1900 (average team rated)

U1800 (player rating)

Please see the attached synopsis which hopefully covers the essentials. Captains will be able to agree (with permission) 10 or 11 board matches instead of 12 and are free to increase the number of boards in any match, though only the first 12 boards will count towards tie-break application (save for Match Points, where all boards will count to determine the match outcome).

Qualifying league all-play-all groups have been replaced with a Team Swiss structure to reduce the number of mismatches in each Championship and in the expectation of less interest second time round; though do prove that wrong !

For captains the administration burden has been reduced as much as possible with everything conducted through the ECF LMS. Counties should let me know asap those who will require administrative access to the LMS for player registration so I can arrange logins for those who do not have one.

The Knockout Finals have moved to September. Please note the new date of 11 September for the semi-finals and that in the event that the preseason OTB regional competition is not held, that the semi-finals will brought forward to 4 September and we then expect to use 25 September for the North v South Blackburn Challenge match (currently without a fixed date in the ECF online calendar).

Enhanced Fair Play arrangements will be in place in line with current ECF policy particularly for the knockout Finals Stage

Contact John Reyes for further details. email address:

Manchester League winners have been updated.

Posted by ian on May 29, 2021 at 6:25 AM Comments comments ()

Manchester League winners have been updated. On the Histroy of the MCF page. Thanks goes to Mick Norris for the latest updates.

MCF Online Rapidplay 2020-2021 winners and runners up.

Posted by ian on May 29, 2021 at 6:05 AM Comments comments ()

The second cycle of the MCF on-line league has now been completed. Full results are available at the MCF Results website.

The MCF Council has yet to decide whether to organise a third cycle – feedback from MCF clubs would be most welcome. Thanks to Phil Adams for the list of winners and runners up.

 Division 1 Inaugurated 2020


Champions: 3Cs 1


2nd : Stockport 1




Champions: 3Cs 1


2nd : Stockport 1



Division 2 Inaugurated 2020





Champions: 3Cs 2


2nd : Northenden 1




Champions: Worsley 1


2nd : 3Cs 2



Division 3 Inaugurated 2020





Champions: Ashton Community 2


2nd : Bolton 2




Champions: Ashton Community 1


2nd: Chorlton 2



Division 4 Inaugurated 2021






Champions: 3Cs 4


2nd: Ashton Community 2nd

ECF Chess for All, Online chess Festival starts Sunday 30th May 2021.

Posted by ian on May 24, 2021 at 11:15 AM Comments comments ()

ECF Chess for All Online Festival Starts Sunday!

Join ECF exciting course of week's training and tournaments aimed at beginners and improvers! Plus spread the word if you know anybody else that might be interested. Thanks.

As Muhammad Ali once said, “Even the greatest was once a beginner.” The Queen’s Gambit and Covid-19 have combined to inspire many people to take up chess for the first time or perhaps revisit it, having lapsed. We welcome everyone to join our Chess for All Festival where we will be holding a week of training and tournaments aimed at beginners and improvers (both juniors and adults).

ECF are pleased to announce that IM Lorin D'Costa will be coaching the improvers and Lateefah Messam-Sparks will be coaching the beginners. GM Keith Arkell and IM Lorin D'Costa will be doing a simul each. For only £15, entrants can get four training sessions as well as access to special tournaments. The Festival will run from Sunday 30th May to Friday 4th June. More details and the schedule at the ECF's Chess Festival Page at and sign up now at our registration page at

Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup Online.

Posted by ian on May 21, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()

Magnus Carlsen faces World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi as the FTX Crypto Cup, the 6th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, begins Sunday, May 23rd at 17:00 CEST. One of the strongest line-ups ever assembled features the full Top 10, meaning a Tour debut for the last challenger and world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana. The last Major on the Tour offers a direct spot to September’s Tour Finals in San Francisco as well as a record online chess prize fund of $320k, with sponsors FTX providing a $100k Bitcoin bonus. The FTX Crypto Cup, to be played on chess24 from May 23-31, the time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move from move 1

Live games Prelims

Live games Knockout

FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar. Starts Saturday 22nd May 2021.

Posted by ian on May 19, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments ()

FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar will have a great commentary duo - GM Nigel Short and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni. And for the second week,GM  Nigel Short will give his place to non-other than GM Veselin Topalov!  Live Commentary

Watch live broadcasts on our YouTube, starting Saturday, 22nd May

Live games

Tuesday, 18th of May 2021 only. 25% off Chessbase products.

Posted by ian on May 17, 2021 at 12:20 PM Comments comments ()

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Arbiter course in June 2021.

Posted by ian on May 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM Comments comments ()

ECF Level 1 Arbiter Course

Course dates/schedule – five Monday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm | 7th June; 14th June; 21st June; 28th June; 5th July

Course fee – £40

Please note – participants must be members of the ECF on the date of the examination (5th July)

Course Lecturer – Alex Holowczak; Assistant Lecturer – Matthew Carr

The course will be delivered via Zoom

Successfully completing this course and test will allow participants to be entered as ECF Level 1 Arbiters. Material covered will include – the Laws of Chess, Swiss pairings, and Fair Play measures. Successful eligible candidates may become FIDE licensed arbiters.

For more detailed information – Alex Holowczak Email:

Greater Manchester Juniors beat Worcestershire Juniors on lichess.

Posted by ian on May 11, 2021 at 12:05 PM Comments comments ()

Greater Manchester Juniors beat Worcestershire Juniors. More details at the link below.