The Certificate of Merit (COM) is centred on a number of online tests.
These enable students to measure their progress and to earn certificates and badges.
It is only possible to take the tests entirely online. Payments for the credits can be made online, or by post. Examinees can practice as many times as they wish before they take the test. All questions are multiple-choice. The mark then comes through automatically. The result will then immediately be available and the certificate will then be issued by email. The button badge for the particular level will be sent out by the ECF Office shortly afterwards.
Please see the shop on the ECF website http://www.englishchess.org.uk for details of purchase of the full package or individual items.
New! Each credit costs £6 or £150 for 30. A new development is that, once a student has paid for a credit, he can then take the test as many times as he wishes, until he passes.
New! Another new development is that a student will be able to track each question he got wrong and find out the correct answer.
There is also a package available of many goodies. Again, for details, go to www.certificateofmerit.org.uk
Another offer! LONDON CHESS CLASSIC takes place 8 to 15 December at the Olympia Conference Centre, London W14 8UX. Admission to this major event is FREE to people under 16 accompanied by a paying adult. This is going to be the strongest chess tournament ever held in Britain; including the participation of the World Champion Viswanathan Anand and our own four leading players. There are also special events throughout the day, including demonstration of the Certificate of Merit. For further details:
All UK schools are invited to attend FREE chess coaching classes given by some of Britain’s leading trainers every weekday morning during the tournament.
Please see www.chessinschools.co.uk or call Chess in Schools and Communities on 07868 028491