The Minor League is 4 a side and is limited to players of grade 110 and below according to the August grade. Swindon has one team.
The Intermediate League is 4 a side and is limited to players of grade 145 and below according to the August grade. Swindon has two teams A & B.
The Major League is also a 4 a side but with no limiting grade. Swindon has one team.
Games in all Leagues are played at the rate of 90 minutes each for the whole game.
The maximum playing time is therefore 3 hours.
To obtain a grade, you must have ECF Bronze membership (or higher) and have played at least 5 recorded games at the above mentioned rate.
The method of calculating your grade is given on the ECF website (Link below).
A full list of our players , with their current and previous grades is given on the ECF website (Link below).
Enter "Swindon" in the search box, click "Find Clubs" then select "Swindon".
Note that team selection is based nominally on grading order with some amendments due typically to travel arrangements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why do I need ECF membership?
(a) To obtain an ECF grade. You will need to play 5 graded games.
(b) To play in any of the Wiltshire Leagues. Your grade, if any, will determine which league(s) you can play in and which board you play on, in a given team.
(c) For your club result to count in our Club Championship.
2. Why are there various categories of ECF membership and which one do I need?
To generate more income from those players who play in more prestigious events. There are several categories:
Bronze. This is the basic category which enables you to play in Leagues, Club and County for grading purposes.
Silver. This is the required category for all of the above and for playing in Congresses.
Gold. This is the required category for all of the above and for playing in international FIDE rated tournaments.
Platinum. This covers all of the above and you receive other miscellaneous items as well, e.g. year book, diary etc.
3. How do I obtain ECF membership?
(a) You can do this on-line, click onto the ECF link.
(b) We can do this for you, usually when we collect club fees.
(c) Note that this is valid from 1st September to 31st August the following year, irrespective of when the fee is paid.
4. How do I obtain a FIDE grade for international use?
(a) Obtain ECF Gold membership.
(b) Enter a FIDE rated tournament.
(c) Play at least 5 games against FIDE rated players (this may require more than one tournament), and obtain at least one point (a win or two draws)
(d) Retrospectively the event must exceed an average of FIDE 1000.
5. Is it possible to have an ECF grade and a FIDE grade at the same time?
Yes. In the Wiltshire Leagues the ECF grade takes precedence.
If you only have a FIDE grade then this can be converted to an ECF equivalent by use of the formula:
ECF = (FIDE – 700) / 7.5 until such time as you get an ECF grade.
This conversion is only for League qualification purposes.
6. When I enter a Congress as a non-member I am asked to pay an extra £7. What do I get for this money?
You will get those Congress games graded, however it does not give you Bronze or Silver registration.If you play Club games subsequently for grading, these will incur a game fee of £2.50 per game, levied against the Club.
7. When I enter a Congress as a Bronze member I am asked to pay an extra £7. What do I get for this money?
Your ECF registation is upgraded to Silver. The games played in the Congress, subsequent Congresses and Club games are all graded free of further charge.
Club Honours List
See previous section.
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN LAST 12 MONTHS
C. Kosta = 1st Place Kidlington Congress (u180) Feb 2019
C. Thompson = 2nd Place East Devon Congress (u125) Mar 2019
G. Loyden = 4th Place 4NCL Congress,Basingstoke (u120) May 2019
G. Georgiou, grading prize, Hereford Congress (u175) Dec 2019
G.Georgiou, grading prize, Somerset Congress (u175) Jan 2020
C. Thompson 2nd Place Kidlington Congress (u120) Feb 2020
G.Georgiou, = 3rd Place Fareham Congress (u155) Mar 2020
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
according to the January 2020 grading list.
R. Sparks 71 to 79 i.e. +8 points.