Club Championship

The Club Championship will be a 6 round Swiss tournament, with each round to be played on the dates specified below. Results and rankings are displayed on the right.

Round 1 21/10/20

Round 2 04/11/20

Round 3 02/12/20

Round 4 27/01/21

Round 5 24/02/21

Round 6 24/03/21

Online Club Championship Rules

Due to Covid-19 the club is not meeting for over-the-board chess but the Club Championship will be played online. The following rules apply to the online tournament in addition to the usual rules below. Where there is any contradiction, the online rules take precedence.

  1. All players must be ECF members or supporters.
  2. All games must be played online via Lichess. All players must send their Lichess username to the tournament controller when entering the tournament. The list of usernames and real names will be distributed to all players in the tournament.
  3. The player with white pieces is responsible for setting up the game on Lichess and inviting the opponent via Lichess as detailed below.
  4. White should set up the game, issuing a challenge to black, shortly before the scheduled start time (7pm unless an alternative is agreed in advance by both players). Black must not accept the challenge before the scheduled start time.
  5. White defaults if the challenge is not issued by 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.
  6. Black defaults if the challenge is not accepted by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.
  7. The time control is for each player 60 minutes plus an increment of 10 seconds per move.
  8. Games will be ECF online graded, and usual rules apply -- no outside assistance is permitted. This means once the game has started and until it has finished, players must not use any chess engine or database, refer to any chess book, or discuss the game with any other person. Specifically, all players must abide by the ECF Online Fair Play and Anti-Cheating Rules.

Setting up a Lichess game

To set up a Lichess game

  1. Both players should go to the Lichess homepage.
  2. Both players should make sure they are signed in. When signed in, your username should appear near the top right of the screen.
  3. Black should then wait for a challenge from their opponent to appear. Make sure you know your opponent's username so you don't accept a challenge from a different player.
  4. White should click on the Play With A Friend button. A Play with a friend pop-up should appear where you can select the settings for the game.
  5. White should then select: Variant Standard, Time Control Real Time, Minutes per side 60, Increment in seconds 10, Rating (not Casual), and the White king so you have the correct colour.
  6. White should then be taken to a page where you can Invite a Lichess user by entering their username in the box. Lichess will give you the list of usernames matching what you have typed so far. You can click on the required one when you see it. This will send the challenge.
  7. White should then wait for their opponent to accept the challenge and the game will then start.

Playing on Lichess

  • To move either click on the piece and then click on the square you want to move to, or click and hold to drag the piece to the square.
  • To offer a draw, click on the symbol ½ to the right on the board, below the list of moves.
  • To resign, click on the white flag symbol to the right on the board, below the list of moves. You will then have to click again to confirm that you really do want to resign.

Watching other games on Lichess

To watch games in progress, including Club Championship games do the following for each game you want to view:

  1. Open a new web browser tab or window.
  2. In that tab or window, go to the Lichess home page.
  3. Click on the search tool (magnifying glass icon) near the top right of the page.
  4. Type the username of one of the players. As you type a list will appear. Click on the correct username. This should take you to that player's homepage.
  5. Click on the watch game tool (TV icon) near the top right of the page.
Note that you can bookmark a player's homepage if you want to frequently view their games, or you can follow them on Lichess so they will appear in your friends list. You can also go directly to any player's homepage using the url, inserting the appropriate username.

Club Championship Rules

Click here to download the full rules as a pdf. The main points are summarised below.

  1. All club members are eligible to enter the Club Championship but, as for league matches, it is also necessary to be an ECF member as the games are graded.
  2. The draw for each round is made using the standard Swiss system with 1 point for a win, ½ point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
  3. All games must be played on the specified date. Exceptions are allowed at the discretion of the tournament controller. However the last round can only be played on the specified date.
  4. Players unable to play on the date specified for a given round must inform the tournament controller before the draw is made (usually by 5pm on the Tuesday 8 days before the round). In such cases the player will receive a ½ point bye, subject to a maximum of two such byes.
  5. Games should normally be played at the club, starting at 7pm, but players are allowed to arrange to play outside the club, subject to the agreement in advance of the tournament controller.
  6. The time control is 75 minutes for the game but with an extra 10 seconds per move, as in the Durham County and Northumberland Leagues.
  7. Players are responsible for sending results to the tournament controller and/or writing the result on the list of fixtures if a printed copy is at the club that night.
  8. The Championships are played as a combined tournament until the final two rounds. Then players with a grade under 140 enter the Minor Championship section (carrying forward their points) while the other players compete in the Club Championship section. Ungraded players are not automatically eligible for the Minor Championship. The tournament controller will decide on eligibility based on estimate or previous grades.
  9. After the final round the player in the club championship section with the most points is declared the Club Champion. Similarly the highest ranked player in the Minor championship section becomes the Minor Championship Winner.

Club Championship 2020-21 Tables, Fixtures and Results

Current Club Champions (2020/21 season winners)

  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Charlie Hazlerigg

Ranking after Round 6 - 24/03/2021 - Normal ranking.
1Ken Neat55006.0
2Steve Jefferies*53024.0
3Jose Sanchez Loureda64024.0
4Charlie Hazlerigg*64024.0
5Robin Nandi53023.5
6Andy Proudfoot*63033.0
7Edwin Smith*62223.0
8Geoff Knapton62132.5
9Geoff Raw*62042.0
10Sebastian Palucha*62042.0
11Sean Gardiner*51041.5
12Philip Brooks*61141.5

Players marked * are graded under 1750 so are eligible for the Minor Championship.

Minor Championship Playoff - Armageddon Decider 5+2/4+2 - 07/04/2021

1Charlie Hazlerigg-Steve Jefferies1-0

Minor Championship Playoff - 30+10 - 07/04/2021

1Steve Jefferies-Charlie Hazlerigg1-0
2Charlie Hazlerigg-Steve Jefferies1-0

Minor Championship Playoff - 30+10 - 31/03/2021

1Charlie Hazlerigg-Steve Jefferies1-0
2Steve Jefferies-Charlie Hazlerigg1-0

Games in Round 6 - 24/03/2021

1Jose Sanchez Loureda-Ken Neat0-1
2Geoff Knapton-Robin Nandi0-1
3Charlie Hazlerigg*-Andy Proudfoot*1-0
4Sebastian Palucha*-Steve Jefferies*0-1
5Sean Gardiner*-Edwin Smith*0-1
6Philip Brooks*-Geoff Raw*1-0

Games in Round 5 - 24/02/2021

1Ken Neat-Geoff Knapton1-0
2Robin Nandi-Jose Sanchez Loureda1-0
3Geoff Raw*-Charlie Hazlerigg*0-1
4Steve Jefferies*-Edwin Smith*1-0
5Andy Proudfoot*-Philip Brooks*1-0
6Sean Gardiner*-Sebastian Palucha*0-1

Games in Round 4 - 27/01/2021

1Ken Neat-Steve Jefferies*1-0
2Jose Sanchez Loureda-Andy Proudfoot*1-0
3Edwin Smith*-Geoff Knapton½-½
4Geoff Raw*-Robin Nandi1-0(Default)
5Charlie Hazlerigg*-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
6Philip Brooks*-Sean Gardiner*0-1

Games in Round 3 - 02/12/2020

1Geoff Knapton-Jose Sanchez Loureda0-1
2Edwin Smith*-Ken Neat0-1
3Steve Jefferies*-Charlie Hazlerigg*1-0
4Andy Proudfoot*-Geoff Raw*1-0
5Sean Gardiner*-Robin Nandi0-1
6Sebastian Palucha*-Philip Brooks*1-0

Games in Round 2 - 04/11/2020

1Ken Neat-Andy Proudfoot*1-0
2Jose Sanchez Loureda-Charlie Hazlerigg*1-0
3Philip Brooks*-Geoff Knapton0-1
4Robin Nandi-Edwin Smith*0-1
5Sebastian Palucha*-Geoff Raw*0-1


Sean Gardiner*-Abs with msgSteve Jefferies*-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 1 - 21/10/2020

1Geoff Knapton-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
2Geoff Raw*-Jose Sanchez Loureda0-1
3Charlie Hazlerigg*-Sean Gardiner*1-0
4Andy Proudfoot*-Steve Jefferies*1-0
5Edwin Smith*-Philip Brooks*½-½


Ken Neat-Pairing alloc byeRobin Nandi-Abs with msg

Previous Club Champions


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Charlie Hazlerigg


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Edwin Smith


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Steve Jefferies


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Steve Jefferies & Geoff Raw


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Geoff Raw


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Maurice Bell & Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Maurice Bell


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Szymon Palucha


  • Club Champion: Dave Renton
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Tony Shires


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Peter Turner

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