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1st Essex Blitz Championship - ENTRIES INVITED

Saturday, 24 September 2016 at Wanstead House

Doors Open: 13:00 Registration: 13:10 Round 1: 13:30
Clear venue by: 18:00

See the Tournament page for entries to date and live pairings and results during the event.

Principal conditions (see Entry Form link below):

  • An 'Essex closed' event;
  • ECA Membership required (except for Essex Juniors) Read more;
  • Rate of play: 5 minutes + 4 seconds per move incremental (equivalent to 9 minutes on each clock for 60 moves);
  • FIDE Laws of Chess for Blitz;
  • Entry Fee £10, Juniors £6;
  • One section - Swiss pairing, 7-9 Rounds depending on entry;
  • Tie-break, if there is a tie for first place: 1 Sum of Progressive Scores, 2 Sum of Opponents' Scores (Buccholtz);
  • Prizes, including Grading Prize(s), according to entry;
  • Essex Junior Prize by David Wood Memorial Trust;
  • Light refreshments will be available;

 Register in advance pay cash on the day

Email entry to: Essex Blitz with NAME and CLUB. Help;

Download: Entry Form

Provisional County Fixtures

The provisional fixture list for the 2016-17 season has been published - follow the link below.

Simon Moth's grade is 141 making him ineligible for the U140 team he captained last season and he does not wish to continue as a non-playing captain, so a new U140 captain is being sought - volunteers, form a queue. We have until 24 August before entries need to be confirmed; no skipper, no team, so now is the time for candidates to step forward, please - email ECA Match Captain Mark Murrell, if willing and able.

There is a new home for the SCCU County Championships:

The new site is, however, work in progress, so we are continuing to provide the provisional fixtures document:

Provisional Fixture List 2016-17 Controller's Revision 2

Updates are possible to this article and/or its attachment: latest update 17 Aug 2016 13:53

Elliot is British U16 Champion

Elliot Cocks added to Essex' accolades with the U16 Championship, winning his last round game this morning.

Elliot had a half point lead after R4, but lost in R5. Fortunately, the other results were favourable as he retained the lead, albeit now in a three-way tie, with Alexandre Warr-Esser and Imogen Camp. In these circumstances, though, it is easy to lose focus and let your rivals surge past. So Elliot takes a lot of credit for battling back from his R5 loss and win his remaining two games.

Elliot's R6 win against Cassie Graham kept him in the lead and, since the other two leaders played each other - Warr-Esser winning - Elliot now only had one rival, whom he had beaten in R4. In the final round, Warre-Esser could only draw, while Elliot won to take the U16 crown by half a point. Congratulations Elliot!

Elliot's work is not done: he is still playing in the Major Open (rest day tomorrow) and tomorrow starts in the U15 Championship,.in which he finished =2nd last year.

Essex at the British

Essex' cup runneth over

The British Championships congress at Bournemouth is just into Day 3, but already there is plenty to cheer for Essex interests, all courtesy of the Pert family.

IM Richard Pert won the Rapidplay Open with 9½/11, but daughter Nina, had already bagged the British Girls U8 crown, on Day 1, shared with Keerthana Easwar. On Day 3, the second day of two, Nina Pert added the British Girls U9 title, tied with with Radha Ratnesan on 4/6. What a special time for the Pert family; let's hope dad Richard can concentrate on the task in hand as he begins his British Championship campaign.

You can follow the exploits of Essex players in Bournemouth through our "Essex at the British" Blog.

Essex at the British


July Grading List is out

The July 2016 has been published on the ECF Grading Database. Alternative Essex listings can be found via the following links:

Club="Essex" | County="Essex"

"Club=Essex" lists players who have a representative connection "Essex CA" in their grading record.
"County=Essex" lists players who have an Essex-connected Club noted in their grading record [may be out of date and the Essex connection may not be the first Club shown].

Please check your graded results carefully. The July list is classed as "provisional". After it has gone through a checking process - ALL players are 'proof readers' - corrections and omissions will be processed and the resulting adjusted list will be published in the August revision. It is the August list that will be the basis of eligibility for grading limited events, principally the Counties Championship, running throughout the season, so it needs to be right.

To check your results, do one of the following:

  • If your name appears in either of the Essex lists (links above) click on your grading code (first column) then click on Games at the top of the screen click on the dropdown and select 2015-16;
  • If your name does NOT appear in either of the Essex lists, follow this GRADING LINK then type you name into the Search field (surname first, followed by a comma, a space and your first initial (and full name if you KNOW the grading list has it)) and click the 'Find players' button. When you have found your record, continue as above.

If your name does not appear from either of the above routes, it may be that you do not have a published grade. Nonetheless, if you have played graded games in the period Jan-June 2016 they should still have been recorded, so click on the link that says "Include ungraded players" and you should then appear. If you have no published grade but have played recent games and they do not appear, then you need to query the omission.

If you find errors in your results notify them via the following link: Contact Grading ECF

Richard's Master Class

38 entries, after a withdrawal on the morning, assembled for the 2016 Essex Rapidplay at Writtle. A fourth section U90 meant that the entry was divided among small sections. What the Open lacked in numbers, it made up for in strength, with an average grade of 187, led off by IM Richard Pert, who put on a masterclass in rapidplay chess. Having won with a round to spare on 5/5, Richard cannot be said to have coasted in with a last round draw, having put a lot of effort into trying to complete a 100% tournament; his game with David Sands was the last to finish of the whole event. David Sands can therefore take a lot of credit having held an IM pressing for the win the whole way.

So Richard Pert is Essex Rapidplay Champion. The North Essex Champion was John Moore, who entered only the day before, having realised the event was on the Saturday and not the Sunday when he was unavailable. John finished equal 2nd on 3½/6, together with Andrew Brett, David Sands and Jeff Goldberg. Elliot Cocks won the Junior Prize and retained the Essex Junior Championship, with 2½/6; while this might seem a modest score, in such company this was an excellent score, a grading performance of 181, including a draw with David Sands 195 and a win against Ivan Myall 182.

In the other sections, the Major U160 (8 players) was a tie between Malcolm Kingsley and David Faulkner on 4½/6, ahead of ECA Chairman, Colin Ramage, on 4/6. The Intermediate U125 (8 players) was won by John Lambert (Clacton) 5/6, ahead of Leonardo Stefanoni (Ilford), 4.

Finally, the Minor U90 (12 players) was won by Andrew Willoughby, unattached, with 6/6, the only 100% score of the day. Andrew, ungraded, unattached to any Club, was playing his first tournament for 30 years, not since his days at Colchester Grammar. Having had his arm twisted by his son Christopher to play, Christopher being among the contingent of Essex Juniors, Andrew had the satisfaction of winning their individual encounter when in the join lead with 3/3. There was a quadruple tie for 2nd place on 4, involving Christopher Willoughby, Urbi Modhura, Mario Cassar and Mike Coughtrey (Clacton).

Full tournament tables available from the Rapidplay page.

Rapidplay page

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