Page published 18 February
ENGLISH CHESS FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP SCHEME
|Free grading of results in:||Club competitions||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Congresses (excl. FIDE-rated)||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Cost of annual FIDE rating registration fee (€1) included with membership||Yes||Yes|
Cost of per-event FIDE rating fee (£1.50) for Swiss system events and leagues
(i.e. excluding all-play-all events) included with membership
|ECF Yearbook||Discounted price (£13.50)||Free|
|15-month ECF Diary||Discounted price (£2.50)||Free|
|Eligibility for inclusion in the ECF Grand Prix||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Eligibility for ECF Master Points Scheme||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to online newsletter ChessMoves (six issues per annum)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Discounted subscription to British Chess Magazine||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Discounted rates with HMCA Insurance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
We hope that you will, but it’s up to you. If you play graded chess, depending on the local organisers’ regulations, there is also the option of paying an amount per game in club, league and county events and per event in congresses. If you want to play in FIDE rated events, the ECF does require all English-registered players to be a Gold member or higher.
The choice is yours, but the following scenarios may be a useful guide to the best fit for you. You can always upgrade to a higher level at any time if your needs change.
Choose BRONZE membership. You’ll be able to play an unlimited number of graded games in league, club and county competitions.
If you don’t expect to play more than 6 graded games a year, you may prefer to pay on a game-by-game basis. On the other hand, why not choose BRONZE membership and take advantage of the freedom to play lots more chess without worrying about any extra costs
Choose BRONZE membership and, if you see a congress you fancy, upgrade to SILVER by paying an extra £6 (Juniors £4). Bronze members and non-members can play in graded congresses, but Silver members and above are usually able to claim a discount on their entry fee of up to £6 (Juniors £4). If you upgrade from Bronze to Silver, the price of the upgrade should be covered by the discount on your first tournament, and if you get a taste for congresses, your Silver membership will earn you a discount every time!
Choose SILVER membership. You’ll be able to play an unlimited number of graded games in league, club and county competitions AND enter as many graded congresses as you like at the discounted Silver (and above) member rate.
If you only play one or two congresses a year, and this is your only graded chess, you might just want to enter congresses as a non-member and pay the full, undiscounted entry fee. If you play three or more congresses a year, choose SILVER membership – it’ll be better value.
Choose GOLD membership. If you’re registered as English for FIDE rating purposes, the ECF requires you to be a Gold member or above. In return, you can play as many games as you like in graded AND rated events and the ECF will pay for the FIDE rating fees (with the exception of all-play-all tournaments).
Why not become a PLATINUM member? You’ll receive all the benefits of GOLD membership, plus we’ll send you an ECF 15-month diary and a copy of the ECF Yearbook. It’s a pricier option at £60 a year, but if you can afford it, your subscription will be providing the ECF with invaluable extra funds to develop chess in this country.
If your membership expires after 31 August 2012, it’ll be converted to one of the new categories. Standard, Junior, Family and Life members will be GOLD; Full members will be PLATINUM. When your membership expires, the ECF office will contact you to explain your renewal options.