Conditions 2020

40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one British Championship
Senior Championships
Major Open
All moves in 90 minutes with 30 seconds
per move added from move one
Graded Tournaments
U2050, U1975, U1900, U1825, U1750, U130, U120, U110, U100
Junior Championships
U16, U14, U12, U10
5 Day AM Open, 5 Day PM Open
Weekenders – Atkins, Soanes, Yates
Seniors Rated
All moves in 75 minutes with 10 seconds
per move added from move one
Junior Championships U11
All moves in 50 minutes with 10 seconds
per move added from move one
Junior Championships U9
All moves in 20 minutes with 10 seconds
per move added from move one
Junior Championships U8
All moves in 10 minutes with 5 seconds
per move added from move one
All moves in 3 minutes with 2 seconds
per move added from move one

British Championship Play-off
Should the Championship be tied, a play-off will determine the title. The play-off will be held on Sunday 26th July. The regulations can be found on the website prior to the Championships. In the event of any other tournament being tied, the title and any prize money will be shared.

No entries can be accepted except on an official entry form or online at the Championship website. Additional forms can be obtained from the Championship website or by contacting the ECF Office with a stamped addressed envelope.

English players MUST be members of the English Chess Federation. Gold membership is required for FIDE-rated events (other than the Rapidplay (Silver) and the Blitz (Bronze)), and Silver membership for others. Members should quote their membership number on the entry form. Other players MUST be a member of their national body.

To avoid late fees, both the entry form and entry fee MUST BE RECEIVED before the ‘late fee’ date. Note – an additional £10 surcharge will apply to entries made on the day of an event, if accepted.

Prizes must be claimed, and bank details provided, by 30th September 2020. Please see the Terms & Conditions on

Right to refuse entry and transfer
The tournament controller reserves the right to refuse entry without being required to state a reason. The tournament controller also reserves the right to transfer players between tournaments at any time.

The ratings used for each tournament will be in the following order of priority, where the following letters are —
E – ECF / National Rating (January 2020)
Q – ECF Rapidplay Rating (January 2020)
F – FIDE Rating (May 2020)
R – FIDE Rapidplay Rating (July 2020)
B – FIDE Blitz Rating (July 2020)

Championship – FE Under 9 – EQ Under 120 – EQ
Major Open – FE Under 8 – QE Under 110 – EQ
Over 50 – FE Open Events – FE Under 100 – EQ
Over 65 – FE Under 2050 – FE Seniors Rated – FE
Under 16 – FE Under 1975 – FE Weekend Open – Atkins – FE
Under 14 – FE Under 1900 – FE Weekend U1825 – Soanes – FE
Under 12 – FE Under 1825 – FE Weekend U120 – Yates – EQ
Under 11 – EQ Under 1750 – FE Rapidplay – RQFE
Under 10 – FE Under 130 – EQ Blitz – BRQFE

1) Where a player has none of the above, the organisers will assign an estimate based on all available data on a case-by-case basis, failing which the player will be assigned a rating of  0
2) The conversion between ECF ratings and National / FIDE ratings will be Elo = (ECF x 7.5) + 700
3) The ratings allocated by this process will be used in the calculation of any relevant prizes.

Obtaining a FIDE Identification Number
All entrants playing in a FIDE-rated section must have a FIDE ID Number AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING THEIR ENTRY, unless they wish their FIDE nationality to be England. English players without a FIDE ID number will have one created at the time the rating files are submitted to FIDE. Please note that at the time of writing, changing this nationality later costs 250 Euros payable by the player.

Overlapping events
Players may not take part in two tournaments on the same day if the sessions are
scheduled at the same time.

In non-championship events, the preferred way for byes to be claimed is on the entry form where at all possible. Players may request up to 2 half-point byes in the Major Open and Rapidplay and one half-point bye in other sections. A player will score 0 if a half-point bye is requested in the last round. If a tournament permits two half-point byes, then a player will score 0 if the second half-point bye request is in the last round, or if both the half-point byes are requested in the last two rounds.

Please note that photographs will be taken at the event which may be used for publicity purposes both for the current Championships and those in future years. Any objection by an individual to the same being published should be notified to the event organisers. Information on how we use the data you provide us is included in the ‘Conditions 2020’ section which can be accessed via our website at as is other information for competitors, including conditions of entry and tournament rules. Entry to the Championships is deemed to be acceptance of the conditions shown on the site. The ECF Data Controller is Gary Willson.


Junior Championships
The highest placed boy and highest placed girl in each section will receive a trophy. In the event of a tie all players involved in the tie will be awarded a trophy

English Junior Champions
In each Junior Championship the highest placed English qualified player will be awarded the English Junior Championship for that age group. Where there is a tie for 1st place, the following tie-breaks will be used –

(1) Direct Encounter (2) Median-Buchholz (3) Buchholz Cut 1 (4) Buchholz

To qualify for the English Championship prize players must be FIDE-registered to ENG, or be willing to be in the case of the non-rated tournaments (e.g. the Under 8, 9 and 11)

Best game prize in junior sections (U16 – U10)£50

Neil Carr Fellowship Prize
This prize is a one-year scholarship for 2020 for the ECF Chess Academy International Programme. The prize is awarded to the highest eligible player in the Under 10 Championship. Tie break and eligibility rules will be found on the British Championships website prior to the Championships

Best performance by a Welsh player will be awarded the Roy Clues Trophy
This prize will be decided by members of a committee