Manchester Chess Federation Founded 1890

Click here to edit subtitle


view:  full / summary

Manchester Junior 4NCL.

Posted by ian on October 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Junior 4NCL

Interested in playing weekends (Telford) for the Manchester team?

Graded between 80 and 160?

Standard play games, top section FIDE rated.

Contact Julian Clissold


Julian Clissold

Manchester Junior Chess

3Cs are playing in the European Club Cup October 2017.More details below.

Posted by ian on October 10, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Live games from  Round 3 here

Congratulations to FM Adam Ashton who drew with Russian GM Valdimir Malakhov.  In Round 1 game below.

Well Played Stockports WFM Sarah Longson. Who drew with GM Sulava at the European Club Cup Round 3

Well done to 3Cs FM Daniel Abbas. Who drew with GM Hrvoje with Black in round 3 of the Euro Chess Club Cup yesterday. Daniel round 3 game below.

Well played 3Cs FM Daniel Abbas. Who drew with another GM in round 5 of the European Chess Club Cup.


Posted by ian on October 10, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Almost sixty children took part, from across Greater Manchester. A big thank you to Rod Middleton and Leon Hunt of Bolton Chess Club who helped organise the event; and to the school for allowing us to use their premises.

For the first time we ran a senior section, using standard play times and All-Play-All formats. We ran three such sections plus the more normal Rapidplay for both experienced players and children new to chess.

The All-Play-All (Standard Play) and the Kings Sections (Rapidplay) were graded



Section A Kyle Pelling Tameside

Section B Sam Hunt Bolton

Section C Tarini Jayawarna Tameside


Girls Boys

1st Bryony Eccleston Bolton Noah Lumey-Hogg

2nd Thisumi Jayawarna Tameside Alexander Burke Worsley

3rd Arun Chopra Bolton School


Girls Boys

1st Darcy Casserley Broadoak School Rithvik Narla Bolton School

2nd Eesha Neela Bolton School Vishnu Sesshadri Ellenbrook School

3rd Imogen Ferrier Bolton School Luke Burns Bolton School


Posted by ian on October 10, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)


• You need to have a grade between 80 and 140 and be playing for a school or club in Greater Manchester.

• You need to be an ECF member (Silver). This is free for your first year.

• You will need to play two weekend tournaments including an overnight stay in the hotel.

• You will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult except in certain circumstances when Manchester Junior Chess can arrange supervision.

• There is no charge for entry but you will have to pay for your accommodation (typically £60 per shared room).

• The matches are in Telford and you will need to arrange transport. Often Manchester Junior Chess can arrange shared lifts.

• You need to enjoy playing chess and relish the idea of a weekend of non-stop chess, including coaching.

If you think this is you, contact

Julian Clissold

Manchester Junior Chess

Or ring me 0n 01204 852036

Manchester League Team Registrations Booklet 2017-18.

Posted by ian on October 2, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester League Team Registrations Booklet 2017-18

(compiled by Alan Burke and updated by Phil Adams)

Barring clerical errors (and an estimated grade which is under review), the team lists in this booklet should be complete, correct and up-to-date to 02.10.2017.

Please report any errors or omissions - they will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

If you go to and then select Member Clubs / *Your team name* / List Registered Players

this will give you a list of all the players from your club whose names are registered and 'active' within the Results Service database. If you find that any of the players you wish registered for this season are missing from the database, please also report this promptly and it will be sorted out as soon as possible, so that when you come to report a result all the names you need should be available to select from the menu of names.

The grades quoted are from the summer 2017 ECF list, which for MCF purposes will be operative throughout the 2017-18 league season. Ungraded players should all have been allocated estimated grades. Link to view the Manchester League Team Registrations Booklet 2017-2018

It is hoped to issue at least one revision to this booklet mid-season.

Best wishes to all,

Phil Adams

Bert Thomas obituary

Posted by ian on September 26, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Bert Thomas 15 July 1932 to 1 August 2017

Bert stepped in as General Secretary of the Manchester and District Chess Association at the turn of the century, and was elected President in 2000; he served for a record 6 years in total, taking the organisation through the merger with the Greater Manchester County Chess Association, and in the process becoming the first President of the Manchester Chess Federation; he was later General Secretary of the MCF from 2011 to 2015 and remained on MCF Council.

I will miss him; Manchester chess would not be the same without his wise counsel and hard work.

Bert was a key member of Urmston chess club, where in particular he filled the role of club Treasurer; he was later instrumental in setting up and (re)forming Sale chess club, with considerable success.

Bert was a gentleman, genial and polite, but with an inner determination that made him a formidable negotiator; he used his non-chess skills excellently, and proved the adage that weaker chess players can make brilliant chess administrators.

After his retirement, Bert and his wife Jeannie spent a few months a year in Florida, until her ill-health confined them to the UK.

Away from chess, Bert had many interests and was involved with the Scout Association; the most historical was that he was present on 6 May 1954 at Oxford's Iffley Road athletics track when Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile.

Bert joined the RAF after school, then went to Oxford to complete his education; he then became a teacher, and moved round the south east as he progressed, before arriving in Manchester in the mid-1970s; he became head of Sale Boys Grammar until it closed, and at his funeral, there were lots of favourable mentions of his abilities.

He was also active in the Institute of Management; clearly, he brought his work and personal skills, even temper, smile and great organisational abilities into chess; for which we should be eternally grateful.

Bert had set up a Scout group in Woolwich when he was 27, and the 3 troops within it were so well organised that they entered local scout competitions for 3 years during which they filled the first 3 places every time; Bert rose to a number of district commissioner roles in Manchester, and was awarded the highest honour that Scouting offers.

Mick Norris, former MCF President; with kind assistance from Keith Johnston, former MCF President, although any mistakes are mine!

25 September 2017

The Super strong, Chess.Com Isle Of Man Masters. Starts today.

Posted by ian on September 23, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The World Chess Champion GM Magnus Carlsen is playing. As well as many other top names.

Live games and commentary can be found here:

Random parings for round 1 can be found here :

Schedule : Masters

Saturday 23 September to Sunday 1 October 2017

9 rounds, starting 1.30pm daily (12 Noon for round 9), approx. 7 hour sessions

Rate of play:

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with 30 seconds added per move from the start.

MCF Fixtures version 3

Posted by ian on September 19, 2017 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This fixtures list will be the last one published here and in this form. From now on please refer to Results Service website

under the heading Future Fixtures for the definitive official list. Any fixture changes made from now on will be made to that list and will also be notified at the Results Service website under News.

Please remember that any request by a club to alter a fixture date should be made via the Fixtures Secretary.

Future knockout fixtures that are dependant on the outcome of an earlier round will be published at both websites and also emailed individually to the clubs concerned. Please note that certain weeks have been set aside for cup matches and these weeks should be kept clear of other league’s fixtures for as long as the team involved remains in the competition.

Phil Adams

Manchester League Fixtures Secretary 2017-18