The new 2017 grades are out:


Witney Chess Club: Just to let you know that entry forms for the Witney Rapidplay (25 September) and the Witney Congress (22-23 October) are now available on the Witney Chess Club website We very much look forward to seeing you!


We are hoping to incorporate the Oxfordshire Individual Chess Championship for the year 2016-17 into the Witney and Kidlington congresses held during the season, with the title and trophy being awarded to the qualifying Oxfordshire player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the two congresses. Further details will be published in due course on the Witney Chess Club website and the Kidlington Chess Tournament website



Cowley Workers AGM Monday 5th September 2016 19:30. Go to admin link to see minutes

Armageddon at the US Women's Championship forensic video – in slow motion.



ECF Competition Rules


From 1st September 2016 new Competition Rules will be used in conjunction with the FIDE Laws of Chess. INTRODUCTION


FIDE Laws of Chess cover over-the-board play.

The Laws of Chess have two parts: 1. Basic Rules of Play and 2. Competition Rules.

The English text is the authentic version of the Laws of Chess (which was adopted at the 84th FIDE Congress at Tallinn (Estonia) coming into force on 1 July 2014.

In these Laws the words ‘he’, ‘him’, and ‘his’ shall be considered to include ‘she’ and ‘her’.




The Laws of Chess cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a game, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by an Article of the Laws, it should be possible to reach a correct decision by studying analogous situations which are regulated in the Laws. The Laws assume that arbiters have the necessary competence, sound judgement and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the arbiter of his freedom of judgement and thus prevent him from finding a solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic and special factors. FIDE appeals to all chess players and federations to accept this view.

A necessary condition for a game to be rated by FIDE is that it shall be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess.

It is recommended that competitive games not rated by FIDE be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess.

Member federations may ask FIDE to give a ruling on matters relating to the Laws of Chess. See: