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Sussex win

SCCU Open: Sussex 9½-6½ Essex
Sussex away is always a tough ask: Sussex are stronger at home, while the trip to Hassocks is a long way for Essex players resident much beyond the London area. Consequently Mark Murrell was "missing a few" for his baptism as Open team captain and Essex were outgraded by an average of 14 points a board. In the circumstances, the Essex players who travelled produced a strong performance in defeat, the score of 9½-6½ in favour of the South Saxons representing an Essex grading performance of +4.5.

Other match: Middx 7½-8½ Surrey, despite Surrey defaulting a board.

In providing the usual link to the SCCU Website, we must say that we have received reports that Richard Haddrell, the  SCCU Webmaster, is currently hospitalised undergoing tests. Accordingly it is likely that the usual details of County match results will be delayed in being posted and we also understand that the November grading list revision will not be published (Richard is the ECF Grading Database Manager). We send Richard our best wishes and hopes for a swift return to form.

Open page | Aggregates | SCCU Website

Thirsty away win

SCCU U100: Kent 5-7 Essex
2/2 for Essex U100 after a trip to the Mick Jagger Centre. There was apparently a problem with the home team's refreshment supplies, more of which you can find in Peter Hughes' report. Otherwise a very satisfactory afternoon.

U100 page | Aggregates | SCCU Website (see note above)

Kent walk away with the points

SCCU U120 - Essex 5-7 Kent
A steal by the visitors. Two evenly matched sides, with Essex shading the grades by four points a board, yet Kent left Wanstead with three wins to one and eight draws. John Jestico secured Essex's only win.

U120 Page | Aggregates | SCCU Website

Basildon Rapidplay - Sunday 15 November 2015

The Basildon Rapidplay, now in its 22nd year, takes place on Sunday 15 November, at a new venue: Kingswood PS, Clay Hill Road, Basildon SS16 5DE. Six round Swiss, one Open section, games played at 20 minutes + 10 seconds a move increment (G20 + 10 spm). Junior prizes.

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New skip in winning start

SCCU U180: Essex 10-6 Middx
In the circumstances of a three match tournament, it is vital to hit the ground running, so the convincing win in this first match for new U180 skipper Gavin Strachan was exactly what Essex required. The two teams could not have been much closer on average grade and the Essex grading performance of +12 tells its own story, 5-1 on outright results, with wins from both the Essex juniors.

Other matches:
Surrey 11½-4½ Sussex
Sussex defaulted six boards, but worse in the U140 (see below)

Page link: U180

SCCU U140: Essex 7-9 Herts
A disappointing start for the U140 squad, clearly affected by team-raising problems with the bottom board defaulted. Essex problems pale to insignificance, however, beside Sussex who, in addition to defaulting six boards in the U180 match against Kent, also default the whole U140 match against Kent.

Other matches: Surrey 10-6 Middx; Kent 16-0d Sussex

Page link: U140

SCCU U100: Essex not in action today, Surrey 4½-7½ Kent.

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24 Oct 2015: Open - Surrey 11-5 Sussex (Sussex defaulted four boards); U160 - Surrey 7-9 Middx.

Essex beat Surrey

SCCU U100: Essex 7-5 Surrey
At Wanstead. The U100 squad followed the U160 lead with an excellent home win, against Surrey. Acting Captain John Chapman: "After a very close match which could have gone either way, Essex eventually won."

U100 Page | Aggregates | SCCU Website

Essex beat Kent

SCCU U160: Essex 8½-7½ Kent
At Wanstead. In the opening fixture of the 2015-16 season, Essex started on the right foot with a keen victory over Kent, who thought they had brought an unbeatable team to Wanstead. The moral: in chess, it never pays to anticipate the result.

SCCU Open: Middx 9-7 Kent
At Willesden. Kent defaulted a board, but had the grading advantage; Middx won 8-7 on contested boards. Essex not in action today.

U160 pageAggregates | SCCU Website

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