Help - Player's Profile and History

The player's Profile is accessed by clicking on their ECF Code. Among other things it shows their ratings from 2020 and all their grades going back to 1994. Remember that grades earlier than July 2009 are Old Grades. For the switch to New Grades, see the New Grades page.

ECF Code

A 6-digit number followed by a letter. This is the code used to identify a player within the Rating Database. It is identical to the 'Ref' used until 2020 in the Grading Database.

Member / Class / Until

ECF Membership number, category and expiry date. Shown for current Members only. These fields are frequently updated to reflect new and renewed Memberships. This includes the addition of brand new Members previously unknown to the database, though obviously they have no games as yet.


Players may have a Standard or Rapid rating or both. For definitions of these terms, see here

The Revised Rating is shown for the current month. It is based on all reported games played in previous months. This rating may change from day to day; it will be re-calculated whenever more such games are reported. (Currently event reports and corrections are accepted from the past six months).

The Original Rating will never change. It is copied from the Revised Rating published on the first day of the stated month.

Revised ratings are official and will be used in future calculations. for the next rating list. For eligibility purposes, however, the ECF will use Original August ratings throughout in its season-long Standardplay competitions. Other organisations may wish to do the same.


With each rating is a Category that indicates the number of games played. The following table lists the minimum number of games that must be played per year to qualify for a certain category. If two minima are specified then both must be achieved. Years are counted as months directly preceding the rating, not calendar years or chess seasons.
Category * ratings are not published but will be used if a player resumes playing.

Minimum number of games to achieve category
Category 1 year 2 year 3 years 5 years
A 30+
B 10+ 30+
C 10+ 30+
D 5+ 15+
E 1+ 9+
F 1+ 5+
* 1+

Club Affiliation

This is not necessarily a club that the player belongs to. The ECF cannot know what clubs a player belongs to at any particular time.

Where a club (or County) name is followed by an asterisk (*), it denotes a location rather than a club.

Club Corrections
If the entry for your Club on the rating database shows a Club affiliation which is different from the Club you wish to be shown, we would be happy to change this. In that case, please email The Rating Administrator (Matt Carr) at indicating: your name, your rating reference, the club(s) currently shown, and the Club(s) you wish to be shown. This change will take effect from the date of the next updating of ratings which usually occurs monthly.

Clubs Played

All clubs played for in the last 36 months will be listed. Most frequent first.

Clicking on a Club takes you to a list of players associated with that club. They can be listed in alphabetical order (click on 'Name'), in Standard Play rating order (click on 'Standard'), or in Rapid Play order (click on 'Rapid').

It is also possible to access a club (or county) by means of the Club lookup box. See here.


The first figure is the number of games played in the 12 months leading up to the current rating. The second is the total number of games counted. It may be greater than the 12-month figure if games have been used from previous periods.


The player's rank (Standard or Rapid), excluding FIDE-registered players with nationality other than English. Players graded 0 are not ranked. The total number of ranked players is currently 10,155 (Standard), 5,472 (Rapid).


For FIDE-registered players this shows their FIDE code. Clicking on the Code takes you to the FIDE website, which gives the rating details.

Grade History

This is the player's history of published ratings and grades back to 1994 (which is as far as the electronic records go).

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