St Albans Chess Club

The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road - a few steps from St Albans City station.
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Adults & Older Juniors Juniors (Early Knights)
Monday, 7.30pm to 11.00pm Monday, 6.15pm to 7.15pm (during school term)
Contact: Chris Pines Contact: Matt Ball
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Please, read information on Early Knights page


The Chess Club re-opened on Monday 19th July 2021 at the County Club in accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 advice.

The senior club will continue to meet every Monday evening over the Summer and into the 2021/22 season (begins September 2021). Early Knights Juniors will return at the start of the new school term in September.

Our first meeting was partly devoted to the club's AGM which was well attended with three prospective new members joining us.

Matt Ball, Early Knights Organiser, reported on the Juniors successes during Lockdown when playing in the Five Counties League and J4NCL. Five juniors progressed to the Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge which took place Online.

Three Early Knights Juniors were invited to participate in the ECF Academy which included coaching sessions with England's leading Grandmasters.

Jeremy was re-elected Club President, Chris Pines succeeds Robert Collopy as Secretary and John Gemmell takes over from Simon Narbeth as Treasurer. Simon was presented with an engraved tankard in appreciation of his long service. Ray Claret continues as Congress Organiser.

Subscriptions fees remain unchanged, although those of existing members will be discounted to compensate for the club nights lost at the end of the 2019/20 season. The 2020/21 season (over-the-board) was missed entirely.

Subscriptions for the new season are now due and the normal early payment discounts apply if received before the end of October 2021.

The Herts Chess League would be expected to start in October, but with the considerable uncertainty as to how many teams each club could support it is likely there may be some delay. The matter will be discussed at the next Executive meeting of the Hertfordshire County Chess Association in early September.

ECF Ratings

The ECF have introduced Elo ratings in place of the earlier ECF Grades.

A conversion table between Grades and Ratings can be found at:
     where, ECF Grade = ( ECF Rating - 700 ) / 7.5

     GradeRating     GradeRating
801300 1802050
1001450 2002200
1201600 2202350
1401750 2402500
1601900 2602650

Ratings are published monthly.
Hertfordshire League will use the start-of-season (September) Rating throughout the season.

Club members' ratings (1st July 2021) are available at: Members & Grades

The ECF grading database is available at: