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ECA AGM 26 June

There were a number of changes in the elected Officers at this year's AGM, held on 26 June at Wanstead House. Principal among these was that of President, where Ivor Smith retired after countless years' service to the Association (and countless previous attempts to retire!). We shall honour Ivor's contribution to the life of the ECA at another time.

Those elected (with previous incumbents in brackets where changed) were:


Ian Hunnable (Ivor Smith)


:  Colin Ramage (Bryan Gaze)

General Secretary

John Chapman

Assistant Secretary

Steve Wedlock


Les Groombridge (Malcolm Crane)

Match Captain

:  Mark Murrell

Assistant Match Captain

Peter Nickals (David Smith)

Correspondence Match Captain

Steve Abbott

League Secretary

David Millward


David Millward

Junior Organiser

Dave Hawkins

Tournament Secretary

Ian Hunnable

Publicity Officer

Ian Hunnable


Ian Hunnable

Safeguarding Officer (New post)

:  Mark Murrell

Apart from elections and adoption of reports, etc., there were only two decisions taken at this year's meeting:

i) Subscriptions were reduced from £5 to £4 for adults and £2.50 to £2 for Juniors, which reflects savings to the Association related to the ECF move from Game Fee to Membership;

ii) the creation of the new post of Safeguarding Officer, for which the best background reading is to be found on the ECF website via this LINK The Association's current Child Policy can be found in the Corporate Menu at the bottom of this and every page on this website. Further developments, which may lead to adopting an amended Child Policy closer to the new ECF model, may arise from future meetings of the ECA Executive.

Officers' reports presented to the AGM will be available here shortly.

Wanstead win Team Blitz; Larry Marden Lightning Champion

The Essex Team Blitz was won by Wanstead A, aka "Knightmares" with 18/24, ahead of Barking A on 17 and Writtle with 16. You can find the details in the tournament tables: Team Blitz tables

The afternoon event, the individual Essex Lightning Championship, was another Wanstead success, Larry Marden providing the thunder. Larry and David Sands finished =1st on 5/6, but Larry Marden went home with the trophy on tie-break. Lightning Tables

Here is the news...

Team Blitz and Lightning Sunday 26 June, at lford CC. The line up for the Team Blitz (10.00 a.m.) is a disappointing seven teams: two each from Barking and Wanstead, then Cavendish, Ilford, and Writtle. Maldon in the end could not complete a team. So this will be a record low for the event, but more time available per game (will be 8 or 9 minutes on each clock).

For the inidvidual Lightning in the afternoon, now likely to start at 2.00 p.m., players are encouraged to register in advance, please - email: - pay entry fee on the day.

County Championships Essex' U100 Final opponents will be Kent, who received a walkover win against Lancs. The teams had arranged their semi-final for 25 June two weeks after the default date, contrary to the rules. A walkover would indicate Lancs not being able to field a team rather than exclusion relating to the rule infringement.

World Seniors Team Tournament Kevin Bowmer reports: Thirty English players including six GMs are flying to Dresden this weekend to play in six English teams in the the  World Seniors Team Tournament, see brochure (pdf). Round one is on Sunday 26th, see entrants including Essex players Andrew Lewis, Chris Fegan and myself: Participants . As well as Nunn and Speelman, for England, famous world players e.g. Vaganian, Jussupow and Hjartarson are playing.

The top seeds are Iceland and England so there could be two England v Iceland clashes next week.

Junior news From John Philpott: Elliot Cocks is playing in the U15 section as part of the England team currently competing in the European Schools Chess Championship in Halkidiki. We note that Shlok Verma is playing in the U7 - passing interest, the family having moved to Kent. Website

Daniel Gallagher will be playing in the U16 section at the European Youth in Prague in August.

Essex Rapidplay 2016

The Entry Form for the Essex Rapidplay, at Writtle on 9 July 2016, is published. Go to the Rapidplay page from the main menu or link below.

As before, the Essex Rapidplay incorporates the Essex Rapidplay Championship, the North Essex Rapidplay Championship and the Essex Junior Championship, each awarded for the best score by an eligible player in the Open.

This year there are four sections, with the addition of an U90 section. Each section will have its own generous prize fund. To enter, simply register in advance, pay cash entry fee on the day. See Rapidplay page and Entry Form for all details.

All results from the event will be updated on the website live, round-by-round as the day progresses, indeed the tournament pages have already been published, currently showing those players who have entered. You will find links to each section on the Rapidplay page, link below.

Essex Rapidplay 2016

Essex at the British 2016

We have so far noted 28 Essex entries, spread across 17 events, out of the 609 total entries to date. We are also taking the opportunity of this notice to launch the EatB 2016 Blog page - link below.

If you are intending to enter the British, now is a good time as the Entry Fees increase from 23 June, commonly by £10 each event, but the Major Open increases by £25.

BCC 2016 Website | Essex at the British 2016 | Essex at the British 2016 Blog

A big thank you

Congratulations to skippers Gavin Strachan, Peter Nickals and Peter Hughes and their respective U180, U160 and U100 squads on reaching the Final of the National County Championships after determined campaigns in both the zonal (Southern Counties) and national stages.

The Semi-Finals in particular are difficult asks for any team captain with having to source venues, negotiate all aspects of the match with the opposition (and occasionally the Controller) as well as field strong teams from those willing and able to travel afar to join battle; all in less than 3 weeks. 

It is to the credit of all three captains that competitive teams were fielded in all three matches with no defaults; the importance of the latter will not have been lost on Yorkshire U160s in particular (1 game point in it) and Nottinghamshire U100s. I as County Match Captain and the Executive of the Essex Chess Association are fortunate to have such dedicated Captains across all the County Divisions in which we play. From us, its a big thank you to all of our skippers.


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