How do I get an English Chess Federation Grade?

How do I get a English Chess Federation grade?

The simple answer is; play in graded events. You will need to be an ECF member at the appropriate level.

These could be games played at a standard time limit such as weekend tournaments, county matches, (leagues or club championships

There is a separate column in the grading list for rapidplay games (those in which players only get around 30 minutes each for the whole game).

If you want to know how the grading system works, look at The English Chess Federation's website. The ECF now publishes a list twice times a year, in January and July (the cutoff point for games to be included in the list is several months before the publication date), with regular online updates so you can check what tournaments have been submitted for grading. Until your grade appears on that list you are technically an ungraded player.

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Here is a list of FIDE registered tournaments in England. There will be a separate entry for each section of each event (e.g. Golders Green Rapidplay = 4 sections, 4 registrations). If you see any of mine missing, do let me know! 

Scroll down to the bottom to access the archive of events. 

Only games where at least one of the players has a published standard FIDE rating will be rated, and included in the rating calculations of the unrated player. Where both players are rated, the game will affect both players and will be included in the calculations for both players.

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Read the tournament website: | Golders Green Rapidplay | Hampstead Congresses | Golders Green Congress
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