You will get most from club membership if you know the basic rules of the game: how to move the pieces, castle, capture, capture ‘en passant’, and deliver checkmate.
If you don’t have an official Rating, you’ll be invited to play a few games against a club member. The results of three games will be used to officially estimate your Rating. This Rating will be confirmed by the ECF when you play some games under match conditions.
We aim to run enough teams to give everyone the chance of playing in at least one match in the season. You need to know how to use chess clocks and how to keep a record of both players’ moves. Once you have an estimated or actual rating, you then just need to let the captain know about your keenness to play in a match.
No. You can play friendly games, take part club competitions, and (if you’re a junior) take part in coaching lessons without ECF membership.
ECF membership is required if you want to play for the club in KCCA matches and some other online or OTB (over the board) competitions. ECF membership is inexpensive and in fact free to juniors for their first year of membership.
The main benefits are that your Rating will be calculated by the official body, and you will receive a monthly newsletter.