Simplify Your #Chess Tournament Organisation with JotForm

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As you may have noticed, when you enter one of my events you have to complete an online form.  This is usually made possible by the availability of free software such as which makes form creation simple, even for those who can't write code.

After you submit the form you are sometimes autoforwarded to a payment page.  Sometimes you have to copy and paste a link into a browser.  

You should always get an on-screen message to confirm your entry.  If you have typed your email address into the form correctly you should also get an email confirming your entry with some further information about the tournament.

What you don't see is that behind the scenes these forms secretly assemble all the data you enter onto a spreadsheet, and 'all' I have to do before I run an event is check the data (is he a member of the ECF?  Does she have a FIDE ID number?) and I can then import the spreadsheet into an approved pairing program such as Tournament Director, or my own favourite program Swiss Master, a Dutch program.

The advantages of using pairing software to run chess tournaments are obvious, but the real advantage for me is that using this software makes the grading and FIDE rating of the 10,000+ games you play in my events every year a relatively simple process!

I highly recommend that for your next club event you try creating an account with JotForm and put together an online registration form.

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Here is a list of FIDE registered tournaments in England. There will be a separate entry for each section of each event (e.g. Golders Green Rapidplay = 4 sections, 4 registrations). If you see any of mine missing, do let me know! 

Scroll down to the bottom to access the archive of events. 

Only games where at least one of the players has a published standard FIDE rating will be rated, and included in the rating calculations of the unrated player. Where both players are rated, the game will affect both players and will be included in the calculations for both players.

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check our calendar for more chess events | FIDE registered events in England
ECF Calendar entry | Chess England list of events | follow me on Twitter | follow me on Facebook
download an entry form from Smore
Flickr Album of chess photographs | Check your FIDE rating here
Check your ECF grade here
Read the tournament website: | Golders Green Rapidplay | Hampstead Congresses | Golders Green Congress
- Muswell Hill Rapidplay | - Hendon Blitz
English Chess Forum - why not post about the tournament? | Facebook event
Google+ event | Write something for ChessMoves especially for members of the ECF

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