Essex Online Blitz Championship – 14 March 2021

Blitz Championship, G5+4, Sunday 14 March 2021 at 2.30 pm

Event details

Organiser: Mark Murrell – Lichess username: manyhats; Email:
Assisted by: Ian Hunnable (Chesstera1h8), Tom Barton (gandto);
Rate of play: 5 minutes + 4 seconds per move increment;
Rounds: minimum 7, but aiming for 9, Swiss pairing, all according to entry;
Schedule: New round every 25 mins. If 7 rounds, finish by 5:20 pm. If 9 rounds, finish by 6.10 pm.
Sections: Two – Open; U1600;
Tie-breaks: 1) Sum of Progressive Scores; 2) Sum of Opponents’ Scores;
Pairing Software: Vega;
Lichess Team: Essex Online;
Entry: is free, via form below;
Links: Open Tournament | U1600 Tournament

Requirements: Participants must:

  • be ECA members;
  • be ECF members (minimum Supporter level);
  • have an active account, and…
  • join Team Essex Online on that site.

Ratings: ECF ratings (4-digit) will be used. In order: i) ECF Online Blitz; ii) ECF Online Rapid, iii) ECF Online Standard, iv) ECF OTB Rapid v) ECF OTB Standard vi) Controller’s estimate. Unrated players who wish to enter the U1600 (=ECF U120) should contact the Controller on for an estimated rating, with indication of your experience and playing strength.

Zoom: The organising team will be running a meeting session on Zoom during the event to facilitate communication. Participation is optional but encouraged. Details how to join this meeting facility during the evening will be notified to Entrants in due course.

Each game to be initiated by White issuing a challenge on the website as described in the platform information guide.

Who may enter: Members of the Essex Chess Association, either as members of an Affiliated Club, or as individual Direct Members.

How to enter: First visit the “Required reading” section (below) and when ready to proceed, complete the Entry Form below and click “Submit”. Should you need any assistance, email

Required reading

ECA Affiliated Clubs are listed in the Membership document of the Activity Pack. To access these documents, follow this link:

Essex Online Activity Pack documents

Members of Affiliated Clubs are automatically members of the Essex Chess Association (“ECA”).
Members of any other Essex clubs need to be individual Direct Members of the Essex Chess Association (£5) to be eligible to play in its events; details of how to join ECA as a Direct Member are given in the Membership document (see above).
Participants also need to be members of the English Chess Federation (“ECF”).
ECA Membership and ECF Membership are different; both are needed.

Safeguarding of junior players online

All participants are reminded that they must abide by the Code of Conduct for online chess (see document via link in ‘Required reading’). Parents and guardians should take safeguarding responsibility for the operation of host platform accounts for their child, noting that juniors under the age of 13 must use a parental account and that safe mode for children should be engaged.

ENTRY FORM for Essex Online Blitz Championship, Sunday 14 March 2021

This is an Essex closed event.

* Fields marked with an asterisk are Required Fields and must be completed before the form can be submitted. In case assistance is required, email

PLEASE ENTER ME FOR Blitz Championship, G5+4, on Sunday 14 March 2021 at 2.30 pm

A parent or guardian of a junior entrant (under 18 on 31st August 2020) should complete this form on their child’s behalf and explain the documentation to their child to ensure that junior entrants understand what is required.
Ratings for entry: i) ECF Online Blitz; ii) ECF Online Rapid, iii) ECF Online Standard, iv) ECF OTB Rapid v) ECF OTB Standard vi) Controller's estimate. If unrated and you wish to enter the U1600, contact the Controller on with details of your experience and playing strength.
Note for a parent or guardian completing this form for a a junior entrant, please give your name and contact details above and enter the child's name in the "Child entrant" field below. Also, see Safeguarding note above.


ECA = Essex Chess Association      ECF = English Chess Federation
THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE BOX - ADDITIONAL FIELDS WILL APPEAR WHEN YOU COMPLETE THIS BOX. You must be an ECA member in order to participate in its events.
If you do not belong to a Club, enter 'None'.
THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE BOX - ADDITIONAL FIELDS WILL APPEAR WHEN YOU COMPLETE THIS BOX. Entrants must be ECF members to participate. (Non-Members check 'Non-Member' above for instructions how to join.) If you have submitted ECF Membership application but not yet received your Membership No. enter here "ME pending".

All participants to Essex Online events 2020-21 must be ECF Members or Supporters.
You can join the ECF online, visit Join ECF.
When you have your ECF membership number, return here to complete your entry.


You can create an account via the link below, if you do not already have one.

Create account now (Follow the link and select 'Register').

Join Essex Online now (You need to be signed into in order to join the team.)


Where this form is completed by a parent or guardian of a junior entrant the declarations and consents below shall be deemed to refer to their child.