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60th Southend Easter Chess Congress
25-28 March 2016
What are you doing for Easter? Spend it the Southend Congress! Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2UN. Enter online.
Events: 7 Round FIDE Open (Fri-Mon) and four 5-Round "Weekenders" (Sat/Sun) for U170, U145, U120 and U95.
Full details and online entry via the Southend Congress page

34th St Albans Chess Congress
9-10 April 2016

Two weeks after Southend, in neighbouring Hertfordshire.
St Columba's College, King Harry Lane, St Albans AL3 4AW.
Events: Open U181 U161 U141 U121
Full details and online entry: St Albans Congress page

Back to Essex, with early indication of possible dates for the summer speed events. These are Essex closed events and both dates are only pencilled in at the moment, subject to confirmation:

Team Blitz Championship and Lightning Championship
Provisional date: Sunday 26 June 2016, at Ilford CC - subject to confirmation

Essex Rapidplay Championships
Provisional date: Saturday 9 July, at Writtle - subject to confirmation

County Match Programme

Essex did not have a match this weekend.

SCCU U140: Kent 10-6 Herts
There are three qualifying places in this section and Essex can still go through, but must win both remaining matches and hope Herts beat Surrey.

U140 page | SCCU Website

SCCU U100: Kent 7½-4½ Surrey
Kent finish with the same Match Points as Essex, but Essex have a match in hand. As previously reported, Essex are U100 Champions, at present on tie-break over Kent (Match Points between them - Essex 1½-½ Kent). Essex are away to Surrey on 20 Feb.

U100 page | SCCU Website

Essex U100 Champions; U160 qualify

SCCU U100: Essex 6-6 Kent
At Wanstead. A home draw against Kent was sufficient for Essex to wrap up the SCCU Championship, with a match in hand. Kent can match the Essex points total of 2½ points, but Essex hold the tie-break advantage over Kent. Congratulations to Peter Hughes and the U100 squad.

U100 page | Aggregate stats | SCCU Website


SCCU Open: Kent 10-6 Essex
At Dartford. "Essex halved the top eight, despite being heavily outgraded and in very fine style too on Board 1. Charlton Siddo, stepping into the breach, fought hard to hold bottom board 33 points adrift and last to finish. The rest of us on the bottom boards, with the easier ask on paper, all came off worse. Missing key members from both the Open and U180 squads was where the damage was done in yet another away match.

That said this was another spirited away effort with the top nine boards this time taking the fight to the opposition with some excellent individual performances among them and one truly outstanding and entertaining game from Andy Lewis on Board 1." Mark Murrell

Other match: Sussex 7-9 Middx

Open page | Aggregate stats | SCCU Website


SCCU U160: Essex 9-7 Surrey
At Wanstead. "Essex won 9-7 so that bit of the overall plan worked. Well placed to qualify. An early lead was establised winning all the bottom boards I understand. No wins for Essex among top 11 reports skipper Pete.  Looks like I did the right thing not to go raiding there!" Mark Murrell

With the result of the other match giving Middx a convincing U160 Championship on 4/4, Essex are assured of finishing in 2nd place and avoiding the Preliminary Round in the ECF Final Stage.

Other match: Sussex 6-10 Middx

U160 page | Aggregate stats | SCCU Website

January Grading List is out

The January 2016 Grading List has gone live on the ECF Website this evening. This must be some kind of record as the reporting deadline was extended to a minute before noon on 24 Jan, so to publish just two days later is smart work.

All players should check their results and notify any discrepancies. Email:

"Essex" List | ECF Grading Database

ECF Final Stage Draw

The Draw for the ECF Final Stage of the Counties Championships has been published. Download from link below. This is just the skeleton draw; County names will be filled in as and when known.

At the request of the SCCU County Match Controller, a third SCCU place has been added to the U180 competition.

The default dates for the Final Stage are:

Preliminary Round – April 23
Quarter Finals- May 21
Semi-Finals – June 11
Finals – July 2

ECF Final Stage Draw

Essex double; U180s qualify

SCCU U180: Essex 10-6 Surrey
at Wanstead House Two evenly matched sides, with Essex returning to the form shown in the home win over Middx, by producing a +12 GP. Essex shot into a four point lead with seven games still in play. This was beyond Surrey to recover, indeed Essex extended the lead to five, before Surrey pegged one back, to finish 10-6.

Update: Calculations have now been made and it has now been established that Essex have qualified for the Final Stage. Essex cannot finish lower than 2nd. Essex will be Champions unless Sussex beat Middx; Sussex will be Champions if they beat Middx and Surrey don't. In the event of a three-way tie on 2 points, Surrey will be Champions. (Acknowledgements: John Philpott.)

U180 page | Aggregate stats | SCCU Website

SCCU U140: Essex 8½-7½
at Wanstead House. Description from Mark Murrell: "Essex came from a long way behind to level with three games still in play, then went one up only to be pegged back. All rested on Geoff Cooper's game, Queen for Rook up with three K-side pawns each. This Geoff converted by breaking open his opponent's pawns to take the match. A thriller!"

U140 page | Aggregate stats

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