Following the demise of the Chessnuts grading site, the Sheffield League have voted to join the ECF (English Chess Federation) so that games will continue to be graded.
As discussed at our AGM in June, due to the charges a club can be liable for if a non member plays more than three games, we decided that to play for Nomads this season, you need to be a member of the ECF. This means we would very much appreciate it if club members could join ahead of the season starting, certainly by the end of September.
Nomads fees for the coming season only will be a straight £5 for all members, to assist in the costs for joining up.
The facility is now up and running to either join or renew membership for the 2018-19 season. The minimum membership level is Bronze, this is £16 for the year and covers just League chess, if you think you will play in Congresses or other events, you may find the Silver or Gold membership more cost effective (as these give discounts on the event entry prices).
For existing members (approximately 10-12 of these), go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-renewing-your-ecf-membership/ The instructions are quite elaborate but hopefully clear enough. If you get stuck, you can shortcut the process by calling the ECF directly on 01424 775222.
For non-members, go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-joining-the-ecf/ Again, if you get lost with the online instructions, just call ECF directly, on the number above!
One point to make: in the Club option (which is miss-able), make sure you include Sheffield Nomads (as well as any other clubs, such as Sheffield, that you play for).
Please get back to Jeremy or Jo if you have any problems!
You can check on existing or previous grading references by going to the ECF grading database (these date back up to 20 years, so it is worth checking if you are on there, even if you haven’t been a member you may well have games, and therefore a grading reference logged) – http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php , putting your name in the search box and pressing enter. If you’re a current member, your name will appear on the right – you can select it and see your membership status. If you were a previous but not a current member, you can change the ‘Graded Players’ selected to ‘Players Total’ in the top right drop-down menu – this pulls up details of everyone.