New FIDE rules and regulations were published on 1st July 2014, and we have published the Chess Arbiters Association commentary on the regulations with our own deviations from the laws just to alert you to what effect these new rules will have in the events that you might participate in - such as the rapidplay at Golders Green! 

You can see the regulations here, and if you have any questions, please do email me.

Each player gets 25 minutes plus 5 seconds a move to complete the game. ALL SECTIONS are graded by the ECF and also rated by FIDE in their rapidplay list, and you have to be a member of the ECF (SILVER LEVEL or above) to take part. Ring 01424 775222 to join or join online
No player deemed to be totally ungraded may win more than 40% of a cash prize except in the Open section. FIDE Rules apply. The balance of the cash prizes will be awarded to the highest placed graded player or players.

If you have a FIDE (International) Rating or National (e.g. Irish Chess Union or Swedish ELO) Rating then you should quote this and the FIDE ID code when entering. To work out what section you are eligible for use the conversion tables on this page.
We usually accept non-UK, FIDE or other gradings, but the onus is on you to supply the proof (i.e. a link to your grading on a Federation website or a photocopy of a rating list) with your entry.

It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading information being published on the ECF Website.
It is a condition of entry that players accept that in the event of a dispute that the Organiser's decision is final. The organiser reserves the right to refuse any entry without explanation.

about chess at golders green

I always enjoy your events. They are perfectly organised and filled by strong players, which helps in improving my game.  Vikram Kamath

Golders Green FIDE Chess

You're probably here because a) you play chess and you're looking to take part in over the board competitions and b) you read that I run (with lots of help from friendly volunteers) the monthly Golders Green Rapidplays in Leonard Barden's excellent Evening Standard column, or on the ECF (English Chess Federation) tournament calendarWell, you found the right website! 

You have one of the best chess websites I have seen. It is very friendly and clever. As the chess administrator for the family, I am seriously impressed by the on-line bookingA Chess Parent

Thanks for visiting. Don't forget to enter online in time for the next event. Please subscribe to our mailing list! All the games are graded by the ECF and part of the ECF Grand Prix. ALL SECTIONS are rated by FIDE in their rapidplay list. You don't have to be a member of the ECF to take part BUT if you are SILVER LEVEL or above it will cost less. Players who are not ECF Silver members or above will be charged £33.00 to enter. Ring 01424 775222 to join the ECF or visit

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