Oxfordshire Chess - Links
There is a separate list of local clubs.
Highly useful information on how to set and adjust all sorts of digital clocks. Could anyone at your club give you the extra two minutes if your opponent makes an illegal move? Watch the videos and find out.
ECF Grading Database
Standard-play and rapidplay gradings for everyone playing graded games in the UK, searchable by club or by player name. New lists published in January and July each year.
ECF Membership Spreadsheet
If you append Membership.xls to the stated link you'll get a download of the (very large!) spreadsheet of ECF members. This shows not only ECF Membership numbers but also those vital grading codes, which are needed to drive the grading and membership information on this oxfordfusion site. Leaving you to construct the link yourself helps to prevent the ECF website freezing under repeated requests for this large file from web-crawling robots.
English Primary Schools Chess Association - details of county ('inter-association') and schools tournaments at U9 and U11, and the England U11 team. Site can get rather out-of-date.
Southern Counties Chess Union
Inter-county competitions, news, results, links, and healthily irreverent window into British chess politics.
Carl Portman's web site
Here, you will find chess book reviews and my chess CV including details for chess coaching. I am an ECF coach and coach for Chess in Schools and Communities.
A superb website run by the famous Richmond Junior Chess Club, which offers full chess tuition right from learning the moves up to an advanced standard. All free!
English Chess Federation - Coaching Website
Set up and maintained by John Upham on
behalf of IM Andrew Martin, the ECF Manager of Coaching. Includes some interesting links to studies of chess in education.
Test Your Chess
Take the checkmate challenge! Suitable for children and club-strength adult players.
Berkshire Junior Chess
Comprehensive website covering junior chess in Berkshire. Check out in particular the Saturday Afternoon Events, low-key tournaments on most Saturdays in the season.
EPSCA Jamboree Results
Detailed results from the inter-county competitions held by the English Primary Schools Chess Association.
Wey Valley (Surrey) Junior Chss
Wey Valley are usually right there at the top of the EPSCA events.
Wiltshire Junior Chess
Keep up with our western neighbours. Look out for details of the high-class Wiltshire Junior Congress, usually in February / March.
Four Nations Chess League (4NCL)
Follow the fortunes of the Oxford teams in the UK's premier league. You can read the team's own reports (sometimes a little delayed) at oxford4ncl.org.
News and Blogs
British Chess Magazine
probably the most informative UK chess website. Full listings of forthcoming tournaments for both adults and juniors, reports on national and international chess news, and much more.
The national governing body for correspondence chess. The BFCC Open now offers email as well as postal play. For full details contact Duncan Chambers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The international governing body for correspondence chess now offers play by server at correspondence time limits, as well as the established postal and email play. Want to know more? Contact Alan Rawlings (email@example.com)
Internet Chess Club
The world's most popular internet chess club, with players ranging from beginners to grandmasters playing on it using the special software provided.
Our local high-quality congress, held over the first weekend in February.
London Junior Championships
High-quality event played each December. Qualifying is necessary for the U12 section and below, at tournaments through the autumn.
UK Chess Challenge
The biggest chess tournament in the world, with tens of thousands of entrants! Submit entries via schools in January. Internal school tournaments lead to county Megafinals in May and North and South Gigafinals in July. If your school plays in one competition, this should be it.