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Updated 30 November 2018

Registered ungraded Players 2018-9

Advice to captains about ungraded players is below the list of ungraded players approved for play in the MCCU grade-limited county team competitions.

Please note that some estimated grades will be altered in line with the January 2019 ECF list and those grades will apply from date tba in February 2019


MCCU registered ungraded players' list 2018-9
Player County Grade ID Est Grade*
Austin Phillip Worcs 105984B 153
Berman Alexander Notts TBA 40
Berry Simon Worcs 312703F 79
Clark Maureen Worcs 108407A 98
Ellis Ian Worcs 248739B 142
Harris Andrew Lincs TBA 125
Holmes Matthew Worcs 192683E 136
Jacobson Holly Notts 297019D 118
Johnson Alan Notts TBA 70
Kagkalis Alex Warks 317489L 121
Larkin Ben Warks 314103C 80
Maciejewski Michael Notts 299689D 169
Moon Michael Derbys 316864F 98
O’Dell James Worcs 116368B 130
Purnell David Worcs TBA 60
Rowbotham Mark Leics 143669H 95
Rowe Matt Worcs TBA 60
Sandham Mick Leics 118473J 130
Sherwood Tom Worcs TBA 60
Tang Julian Leics 312812L 115
Tipper Andy Worcs TBA 60
Walker Daniel Notts 310167J 25
* These estimates valid for the 2018-9 MCCU team tournaments only
† January ECF list



This advice is also available as downloadable pdf file.

The MCCU rules on ungraded players require the captain to be clear that an ungraded player is of a strength that does not exceed the upper limit for the section concerned. In addition such players must be cleared with the controller before they play, except in exceptional circumstances. In effect this means both that the captain must be satisfied of the playing strength of the player and that they are able to satisfy the controller that this view is sound.

Any estimated grade allocated by the Union County Championship Controller is only applicable to MCCU County Championship competitions.  Teams that reach the ECF national stages must seek permission from the National County Championship Controller to play any ungraded player in accordance with ECF Rules. Grades allocated by the MCCU will not carry forward into the ECF national stages.

It is incumbent on a captain to provide all relevant information to the controller. Simply asking for Joe Bloggs to be cleared will not suffice. The following are some of the questions that a captain should be able to answer

  • Is the player new to chess?
  • If so, when did he/she start playing?
  • If not, how long ago did they last play competitively over the board, and do they know what their grading was?
  • If they don't recall, which club did they play for at the time?
  • If a junior is involved, how old are they?
  • What games have been played by the player? Standard play games take precedence, but if there are none or very few of these, rapid play details should be provided. Details of any games that are not available on the ECF database should be given i.e. opponents grade & result. Local graders &/or results secretaries may be able to help with this information if the player doesn't keep their own details. See further notes below regarding the ECF grading database and results.
  • If they were graded elsewhere, where was this, when, and what was their grade?
  • Where does the player play within his/her club, school or county junior team?
  • The grading of the players they commonly play above or below in team matches, or in competitive events such as internal club tournaments where they stand, will help support a view of their playing strength.

Using the ECF grading database

The information now available includes actual results, even for those players who do not have a published grade because they have played too few games. Captains should check the database, or get someone with internet access to do this for them if they don't have access themselves. The ECF grading database can be accessed from the main website englishchess.org.uk Click on the heading ECF database, when the page has opened scroll down and enter name in the name box, also click on the box next to it to include ungraded players. A list of all matching entries will be displayed. Please bear in mind that a player may not appear under the exact name or spelling you know them by e.g. Jack Holmes may have the proper name John Holmes, or Tony Clark may be Charles A Clarke. Click on the grading reference for any entries that could relate to the person concerned, you can then either click on the standard games tab, or scroll down the page, any grading list that has some games for the player will show "view". If you click on "view" details of the games will be displayed. Please give the controller the grading reference from the database when asking for clearance.

In the absence of a published grade the indications of any factual information available have to take precedence. That a player may be considered to have had a fluke result that may have distorted matters cannot be taken into account; this can happen to any player, and lead to someone with a published grading being say a point over the limit for a section.

There will be cases, particularly in the lower sections, where in desperation a captain will look to play someone who has little chess history. In such cases tell the controller what little is available.

It is for the captain to provide the controller with information, not for the controller to go hunting for it.