Charity Chess Marathon 5pm 5th- 5pm 6th June

A 24 hour chess marathon raising funds to support the global coronavirus response.

There is an English Chess Federation charity event this weekend: the ECF Checkmate COVID – The Rematch. It is a chess marathon over 24 hours, from 5pm tomorrow Saturday 5th June 2021 to 5pm on Sunday 6th June. It is in aid of the British Red Cross Global Coronavirus Appeal. You can enter the event on, play as many or as few of the 5 minute games as you like – and return to the tournament to continue playing some more (so you aren’t committing to playing 24 hours in one go…)

How to join

To play in the tournament, join the ECF Club on If not on, then sign up to that. Free.

  • Sign up to if you haven’t already joined them so you have a username. Free.
  • Join the English Chess Federation Club on Free.
  • Join the tournament. Free, but you are encouraged to donate. Although there is no charge to enter the tournament, reigstering helps gauge numbers. Note: you will only be able to join the tournament one hour before the event starts at 5pm Saturday 5th June, and at any time thereafter during the tournament: it doesn’t matter if you miss the start, join any when during the event that suits you. Donating is easily done via the ECF registration form.

More information, taken from the ECF website:

The ECF’s Checkmate Covid – The Rematch chess marathon will be played from 5.00pm on Saturday June 5th to 5.00pm on Sunday June 6th (BST). Last year’s event proved a great success, raising £12,000.00 for the British Red Cross and having a great deal of fun in the process. The whole event will be played on, and will be open to members of the English Chess Federation Open Club.

The event, once more in aid of the British Red Cross, is a 24 hour Arena tournament where you can play as many or as few 5 minute games as you want. You can join, leave and come back to the tournament at any point. Please join the club here (free of charge) if you are not already a member in order to play in the event —

All members of the above Club can then join the tournament at from 4.00pm on Saturday 5th June. only add the ‘join’ button from one hour before the start time. You can join from that point right up to the end of the tournament – it does not matter if you miss the start.

There is no charge for entry, but registration is encouraged to help gauge numbers. Entries will be accepted on the day, with the tournament open to joining for ECF Open Club members whether or not they have registered. However, only those who have registered and donated at least £5.00 will be eligible for prizes.

There will be live commentary for most of the event by a variety of streamers as well as on the ECF’s Twitch channel, which will feature a number of notable guests, including top GMs, throughout the night. You can go to now and click on the heart shape to follow the channel in order to get notifications of when we go on air.


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