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About Us

The ECF Academy is the English Chess Federation’s flagship training program for young chess players. Each year around 100 players are selected for the program which is designed to support and nurture hard working chess playing families to help the child develop their talent and enjoyment of the game.

The program is structured around a number of training weekends (players can select between 2 and 4 weekends) where high quality chess training is provided by some of the country’s top chess coaches including Grandmasters and International Masters. The training takes place in comfortable hotel facilities so parents can relax whilst their children are mastering various chess topics. There are also presentations and talks available for the parents including the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with our mentors and coaches.

The Academy is not just about weekend chess training however. It is a membership program which provides the following benefits for its members:

• Chance to be selected for international tournaments as an ‘Academy Nominee’
• Welcome pack
• Initial assessment of child’s chess level (analysis of games and training questions)
• Priority access to all Academy events
• Discounts with our partners
• Access to all of the Academy’s training materials
• Unlimited email support
• Regular junior newsletter

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