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Manchester Online Chess Congress 2021


Welcome to the home page of the Manchester Chess Federation's first online Chess Congress.

It is intended that this event will replace the MCF's Easter congress that is held annually in Bolton. We will be running two sections, an Open and an U1900.

Fair Play Measures

We will institute various restrictions to entries and other measures, including the following:
  • Entry restricted to MCF members or MCF associated members
  • Entries must be registered with Lichess and join Manchester Chess Federation Congress
  • Entries must be ECF members at Supporter Level or above
  • Real Names and Lichess user ID's will be on public display
  • Players must have a valid Lichess account, players with a closed account will not be allowed continue in the tournament
  • All games will be screened using the FIDE Screening tool run by Professor Regan and results will only be confirmed after screening.


It will be a normal five round swiss event played on the Lichess platform.

Pairings and results

We will use Swiss Manager to produce the pairings, as we would in over the board events. These pairings will be available on and on the Lichess Manchester Chess Federation Congress Forum.

Please note, we will not be using the Lichess tournament software, so the White player should make the challenge.

Time Control

45 minutes plus 15 seconds increment. Default time after 30 minutes

Time Table

Round 1Friday 2nd April - 19:30
Round 2Saturday 3rd April - 10:00
Round 3Saturday 3rd April - 14:00
Round 4Sunday 4th April - 10:00
Round 5Sunday 4th April - 14:00

Registration and Entry Feel

£10 per entry. Payment will only be accepted on line.