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Updated 12 March 2020

Ungraded and cleared to play 2020-19

Requests for ungraded players to become team members should be sent to the Controller with a copy to the webmaster before the match is played. Please make your new player aware that this information appears on the MCCU website.

Advice to captains about ungraded players is below the list of ungraded players approved for play in the MCCU grade-limited county team competitions.

Please note that some estimated grades will be altered in line with the January 2020 ECF list and those grades will apply from a week after their publication on the ECF website. New January 2020 grades are indicated by †.


MCCU registered ungraded players' list 2019-20
Player County Grade ID Est Grade
Argyle Kevin Notts 282427K 97
Babu Guhan Notts Jun 329075L 15*
Babu Rohan Notts Jun 329054C 20*
Billington Paul Shrops 323469B 102
Bond Neil Lincs 143741A 81
Bradley Adam Notts Jun 3048373 47*
Celik Yusuf Leics 327767H 80*
Dawson-Best Giles Notts 321846G 69*
Dawson-Best Poppy Notts 309732J 79*
Dow Gavin Notts 328184L 84
Erentz Phil Notts 328184L 102
Filkin Steven Staffs 321373C 36
Foster Theo Notts 329258H 70*
Frankland Richard Lincs TBA 65
Golding James Notts 312035B 67*
Green Fiona GMC 121303K 148*
Gretton David Notts Jun TBA 20*
Gretton Emily Notts 315891D 47*
Griffin-Young Sebastian Notts Jun 321845E 98*
Grillage Andrew Shrops 148263E 167
Guthmann Peter Leics FIDÉ 4660811; 323212J 205
Hariharan Shambavi Notts Jun 325613D 10*
Hartman Daniel Notts 304876H 105*
Hollands Sam Shrops 313581A 50*
Holmes David Leics 285676B 62
Holmes Stephen Leics 287351F 42
Hurst Chris Notts Jun 314272D 94
Jones Malcolm Warks 327792G 40*
Jones Matthew Warks 329548F 66*
Jung Yunyeong Worcs 327855E 76
Khare Anika Leics 298444B 113*
Krasnov Maksim Notts 302974J 77*
Kwasniak Kacper GMC FIDÉ 1167804 135*
Lee Timothy Notts 319820A 60
Majeed Hassoon Notts TBA 135*
Muthusamy Raikshai Leics 304873B 84*
Meikle Alistair Derbys TBA 110*
Pahal Bobby Staffs TBA 70
Pitts Daniel Notts Jun TBA 50*
Pitts Hannah Notts Jun TBA 40*
Purnell David Worcs 320639H 53
Rathnaiah Mohanbabu Notts Jun TBA 20*
Sawyer Joshua Staffs 322842D 61
Serrano José Notts 305326L 125
Stapleton Dean Notts 310250G 100*
Stevens Andrew Notts 166030F 154
Stoyanov Boris Notts 327029E 30*
Temple Richard Derbys 144241H 100*
Tilton Lee Staffs 315647D 95*
Tumurugoti Vaed Notts 319826B 53
Vivian John Leics 120881A 116
Warwick Paul Leics TBA 88
Wheeler Michael Warks 327792G 60*
Wood Ethan Notts Jun 319864K 16
Ying Alexander Notts 321472C 26
Ying Yeqiu Notts Jun 323188E 30*
* These estimates valid for the 2019-20 MCCU team tournaments only.
† January 2020 ECF list; ‡ corrected 16 Dec.



This advice is also available as downloadable pdf file.

The MCCU rules on ungraded players require the captain to be clear that an ungraded player is of a strength that does not exceed the upper limit for the section concerned. In addition such players must be cleared with the controller before they play, except in exceptional circumstances. In effect this means both that the captain must be satisfied of the playing strength of the player and that they are able to satisfy the controller that this view is sound.

Any estimated grade allocated by the Union County Championship Controller is only applicable to MCCU County Championship competitions.  Teams that reach the ECF national stages must seek permission from the National County Championship Controller to play any ungraded player in accordance with ECF Rules. Grades allocated by the MCCU will not carry forward into the ECF national stages.

It is incumbent on a captain to provide all relevant information to the controller. Simply asking for Joe Bloggs to be cleared will not suffice. The following are some of the questions that a captain should be able to answer

  • Is the player new to chess?
  • If so, when did he/she start playing?
  • If not, how long ago did they last play competitively over the board, and do they know what their grading was?
  • If they don't recall, which club did they play for at the time?
  • If a junior is involved, how old are they?
  • What games have been played by the player? Standard play games take precedence, but if there are none or very few of these, rapid play details should be provided. Details of any games that are not available on the ECF database should be given i.e. opponents grade & result. Local graders &/or results secretaries may be able to help with this information if the player doesn't keep their own details. See further notes below regarding the ECF grading database and results.
  • If they were graded elsewhere, where was this, when, and what was their grade?
  • Where does the player play within his/her club, school or county junior team?
  • The grading of the players they commonly play above or below in team matches, or in competitive events such as internal club tournaments where they stand, will help support a view of their playing strength.

Using the ECF grading database

The information now available includes actual results, even for those players who do not have a published grade because they have played too few games. Captains should check the database, or get someone with internet access to do this for them if they don't have access themselves. The ECF grading database can be accessed from the main website englishchess.org.uk Click on the heading ECF database, when the page has opened scroll down and enter name in the name box, also click on the box next to it to include ungraded players. A list of all matching entries will be displayed. Please bear in mind that a player may not appear under the exact name or spelling you know them by e.g. Jack Holmes may have the proper name John Holmes, or Tony Clark may be Charles A Clarke. Click on the grading reference for any entries that could relate to the person concerned, you can then either click on the standard games tab, or scroll down the page, any grading list that has some games for the player will show "view". If you click on "view" details of the games will be displayed. Please give the controller the grading reference from the database when asking for clearance.

In the absence of a published grade the indications of any factual information available have to take precedence. That a player may be considered to have had a fluke result that may have distorted matters cannot be taken into account; this can happen to any player, and lead to someone with a published grading being say a point over the limit for a section.

There will be cases, particularly in the lower sections, where in desperation a captain will look to play someone who has little chess history. In such cases tell the controller what little is available.

It is for the captain to provide the controller with information, not for the controller to go hunting for it.