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SCCU Open - Essex 7-9 Sussex
With home advantage, a point start and a grading advantage over the boards played of an average 8 points a board, this is a chance gone begging. Very disappointing.

Essex not in action until 22 Nov. Two other matches played today:
Kent 9½-6½ Middx; Sussex 8½-7½ Surrey.

SCCU U100 - Surrey 5½-6½ Essex
Excellent start with a win at away to Surrey at Coulsdon!

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Richard adds the Rapidplay Championship

Already Essex Champion from his exploits at the Southend Congress, IM Richard Pert added the ECA Rapidplay Championship in the Essex Rapidplay at Writtle, 21 September. Richard made a clean sweep 3/3 in the morning, then drew his way to a tie-break victory with three draws in the afternoon, to finish 4½/6. On this score, he was joined by Andrew Brett. Richard had the tie-break advantage for the tournament win, but Andrew went away with the North Essex RP trophy.

The Major was won by Elliot Cocks also with 4½/6, ahead of a three-way tie on 4.

Full details, with gallery, can be found on the Rapidplay page, link below.

Rapidplay Page

Correspondence Chess

The 2013-14 County Correspondence Championship has now finished.

In the Ward Higgs, Essex failed to retain their crown finishing 4th with 8½ from 16 games, not helped by two defeats against Essex B (who finished in a tie for 6th-9th with 6 points).

The competition was won by Yorkshire A with 11½ points from Warwickshire and Yorkshire B with 10 points.

In the Sinclair which comprised 20 teams, Essex C and D both finished with 11½ out of 16 to finish in a tie for 3rd-5th with Staffordshire. The competition was won by Yorkshire C with 13 points (their only loss was against Essex D where John Keehner pulled off a fine win) and West Wales were second.

The new competition will start in mid October and I would like to attract some new players - the competition is played on a webserver - no more snail mail - and runs very smoothly.

If I can get sufficient numbers I would like to enter a team in the new 3rd Division which will comprise the bottom half of last years Sinclair. Regardless I need at least two more players to replace those who have chosen to stand down.

Please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of play on Sunday 28th September if you are interested - the commitment is two games one with white and one with black.

Full details on the Correspondence page from the Activities menu, or HERE.

Essex Rapidplay - 21 September

Just a week to go for the Essex Rapidplay at Writtle. Enter by email, pay on the day.

For full details and entry registration, go to the Rapidplay page on this site, find the How to Enter section and click on the Email Entry link, fill in the form and send. Please register in advance in this way, rather than just turn up on the day, as this means less time spent in preparation of the software. Enter by email, pay your entry fee on the day.

Current entries are 26, spread equally between Open and Major. All current entries are listed in the Rapidplay page.

Essex Rapidplay Championships

Finals Night

The Essex Knockout Finals, played 9 Sept at Upminster resulted in wins for Writtle and Upminster A:

Knockout:  Wanstead A 5½-6½ Writtle

Plate:   Upminster B 2½-9½ Upminster A

Match details are available from the Knockout pages, links below.

Congratulations to the winning teams. While there were no upsets in the one-sided Plate Final, in the senior competition, Writtle found that a first round lead of 4-2 was not at all secure as Wanstead came back in the second round, but their round winning 3½-2½ was not enough as Writtle won by 6½-5½ for their first success in this event for six years.

Our thanks to Steve Abbott and Upminster Chess Club for hosting the KO Final in addition to their in-house affair.

KO Final | Plate Final | Competition Tables

David Cannan

We hear from Steve Wedlock the sad news of the passing of David Cannan:

Southend Chess Club have just heard that David Cannan sadly passed away on Wednesday 23 July, aged 86.

He suffered a stroke last year from which it appears he never recovered.

David Cannan was a long standing member of Southend from the 1960s up until 2009 when he retired from Essex League chess. He continued playing for Westcliff club up until they closed in 2013. In the past he has also supported the Essex County teams.

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