R.I.P. Jonathan Penrose and Geoffrey L Smith

We have received two pieces of bad news, both of ECA Life Members, one of international renown, the other a past stalwart servant of the Association and his local Club. Jonathan Penrose who has died at the age of 88, won the British Championship on 10 occasions. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1993. Born in Colchester, Essex were proud to have him as its Board 1. Following his retirement from over-the-board chess he became a very fine correspondence […]

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Close encounters

SCCU U2050: Surrey 8-8 Essex – 14 board match, contested games 7-7. At Cheam. All square in Cheam today. Surrey creamed the top half, but Essex managed to equalise lower down. The two Essex wins in the top half – games given on the U2050 page – were both comfortable and early (among the first three results – Board 9 the other), so it was a big surprise that Surrey won all the other top half games, against the ratings. […]

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Incredible Middx steal

SCCU U1850: Essex 7½-8½ Middx At Wanstead. Essex appeared to be set for a comfortable home win, 4 points up with five games still in play; just one more point needed. But one by one, Middx pulled back the deficit until they completed an amazing turn around to steal the points, winning the last five games to finish. Incredible. SCCU U1450: Middx 3-9 Essex At Willesden. An experience that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Late advice from the […]

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Another double

SCCU U2050: Essex 9½-6½ Middx At Wanstead. A good, solid performance from the U180 national champions (a long while ago, wasn’t it!) at home to familiar opposition. Essex found a new player as a late replacement on Board 8 for a successful debut. The new wider rating bands allowed Essex to complete a 16 board team without dipping into the next rating band (U1850). Read Paul Kenning’s commentary on the U2050 page – Middx (H) tab. SCCU U1650: Essex 9½-6½ […]

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Win double

SCCU U1850: Surrey 7½-8½ Essex At Cheam. Despite conceding a point by default, Essex started the comeback competition with an away win. Full details with a selection of games, on the U1850 page (link below). Other match: Kent 9½-6½ Middx SCCU U1450: Essex 9-3 Surrey At Wanstead. The visitors gave Essex a three game start with defaulted boards and Essex won the contested boards by 6-3, to make it a win double for Essex over Surrey. Other match Middx 5½-6½ […]

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Essex League 2021-22

With the post-covid Essex League and Essex Minor League now geared to go – first fixture already played! – best now to bookmark the new location of all League information; fixtures, results, tables: the ECF League Management System. For the first time, team captains will be able to input match results online, on the LMS system. The link is given below for ease of reference, but note when this post is long out of sight, you can always access the […]

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The Rest steal the show!

Barking (Essex League Champions) 3½-8½ The Rest of the League Eighteen months after the last pawn was moved in the 2019-20 Essex League, Barking who were finally declared Champions at the ECA AGM on 24 June 2021, challenged The Rest to the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season (2021-22), as we cautiously return to over-the-board chess, having lost the 2020-21 Season to the pandemic. Before the match, Barking were presented with the League Championship trophy. Despite holding a clear rating […]

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Essex League to resume

Following the AGM in June, the first task of new League Secretary, Tom Barton, was to get the Essex League up and running again. This was no small task, requiring a re-build in these Covid times, with no League chess since the 2019-20 competition was brought to a grinding halt by national lockdown. There was no competition for 2020-21, but the Essex League will re-start, for 2021-22 and these will be the features: League Season dates: 1 October 2021 – […]

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Essex double!

The pre-season regional County Challenge competitions, Major and Minor, attracted just three counties in the south east, Essex, Kent and Hants. Kent actually entered three teams, one in the Major two in the Minor. Essex had the fillip of winning both competitions, reward for the players’ effors and for Peter Nickals, who made all the match arrangements and team raising. Essex success in the Major was by dint of winning both matches against Kent, the key away victory being spectacular, […]

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ECF Online Championships

The Finals were held on 18 September with full anti-cheating regimen, run by the match Arbiters on Zoom. You have to hand it to Northumberland: they entered all three online Championships, Open, Major Open, U1800 and swept the board winning all matches in all three competitions; most impressive. Essex contested the Major Open Final against the northern juggernaut and actually shaded the top nine boards by 5-4, but Northumberland batted too long and took the lowest three boards for a […]

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