Thank you for your interest in our club!
Please fill in this form to apply for membership for the 2023–24 season (whether you are a new, rejoining or renewing member). Our membership year now runs from September 1st to August 31st.
If you’re not yet ready to become a member, but are interested in receiving information about our events by email, please also fill in the form.
Please read our privacy notice for details of how we store and use your personal information when you do so.
The benefits of membership are:
If you play in a lot of blitz and rapid tournaments, you could easily make savings adding up to more than your membership fee!
See our activities for further details.
Many Hendon events involve playing games under tournament conditions, whose results are sent to the ECF and/or FIDE for rating. In order to be eligible for rated play at standard or rapid time limits, you must be a member of the ECF. ECF membership is separate from club membership: neither one includes the other.
ECF membership gives you various other benefits (depending on the level you choose), including discounted entry to chess tournaments and events around the country. For more background information, see this guide.
Here is some general advice about ECF membership:
See the following table for details of what types of ECF membership are required for club activities (OTB refers to “over-the-board” chess, as opposed to online chess):
|Activity||Entry fee||Club membership required||Minimum ECF membership|
|Middlesex League (OTB)||No||Yes||Bronze|
|Club Championship (OTB)||No||Yes||Bronze|
|Blitz tournaments (OTB)||Yes||No (discount)||None|
|Open rapid tournaments (OTB)||Yes||No (discount)||Silver|
|ECF-rated standard friendlies (OTB)||No||Yes||Bronze|
If you have any questions about how ECF membership affects participation in club activities, please contact us. General questions about ECF membership should be directed to the ECF.
Since all memberships run to the end of the season (31st August), the fees depend on when you join (your membership begins on the date of payment):
|Payment date||Full fee||Concessions|
|August 2023 or before (“early bird” discount)||£80||£64|
|September or October 2023||£90||£72|
|November or December 2023||£80||£64|
|January or February 2024||£65||£52|
|March or April 2024||£50||£40|
|May or June 2024||£40||£32|
|July or August 2024 (to include 2024–25)||TBC||TBC|
The concessionary rate is available to:
Additional concessions are available in cases of genuine hardship (please contact our Treasurer for further details).
In line with the ECF’s recommendation in March 2022, we are offering free membership for the 2023/24 season to any Ukrainian refugees who have been granted refugee or asylum status by the UK Government since the beginning of 2022. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact our Membership Secretary with details of their FIDE UKR registration or ECF membership.
We strongly prefer payment by bank transfer; the application form contains payment instructions.