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ECA AGM 2015

The 2015 AGM of the Essex Chess Association has been set for Wednesday, 24 June, 2015 commencing at 7.30 p.m. The venue is: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, London E11 2NT.

The Agenda, together with last year's minutes, will be circulated nearer the time.


ECF Quarter-Finals II

U160: Suffolk 8-8 *Essex ESSEX WIN ON BOARD COUNT
We're checking when this last happened: Essex won on Board Count. We've found it, not that long ago: Essex U100 beat Kent on Board Count in the 2011-12 Final. Back to the future and in the 2014-15 U160 semi finals. But who will Essex' SF opponents be? We thought it was to be Yorks, but see below:

Update 20 May: We understand that the result of the Yorks-Warwicks match is under review, having first been modified from the original Yorks win of 10½-5½ to a Yorks win by 8½-6½, now has been removed altogether from the ECF website. We await developments.

U160 | Aggregates | ECF Website

ECF Quarter-Finals

Minor Counties: Lincs 5½-10½ Essex
Essex, with a blend of Open, U180 and U160 players, produced the day's most convincing performance by an Essex team. Opponents in the semi-final are Somerset.

U100: Essex 7½-3½ Staffs Corrected (ECF website now also corrected)
Only seven contested boards (which finished 3½-3½): Essex had a team of 11, while Staffs could only rustle up seven. Essex are through and now play Notts who beat Lancs 6½-5½ (JP).

U180: Lancs* 8-8 Essex
You guessed it, add another chapter to that melancholy tale: Essex lose on Board Count. But this was an excellent match, reflecting everything that is good about County chess.

Minor | U180 | U100 | Aggregates | ECF Website

The Essex U160 team plays Suffolk tomorrow.

Man bites dog

Wanstead Champions

Tonight (make that 'last night'), Writtle's record run of Essex League success - nine consecutive Championships - came to an end when Wanstead beat Basildon. Although Writtle won both matches against Wanstead, Wanstead outscored Writtle against all other opposition - even though Writtle still have a match to play.

Wanstead's final match, last evening, which Wanstead had to win, at home to Basildon, was of course a tense affair. Neither side was at full strength. Basildon went ahead when Tye Byram won for the visitors, but Paul Barclay levelled the scores before Wanstead went ahead when Larry Marden beat Paul Savin in an 'opposite bishops' ending. With three games still in play, Wanstead needed "just" 1½ points. The way they got them was bizarre (names hereafter withheld for the players' safety). Wanstead, up in one game and no better than level in the other two, seemed to have enough in hand. But gradually, the game where Wanstead were "ahead" began to look level and one of the "level" positions was suddenly going Basildon's way. Then Basildon blundered the other "level" position to give Wanstead an unexpected win. The game in which Wanstead were "up", dwindled to a draw, but this was enough for the League Championship, before the other "level" position concluded as a win to Basildon; but Wanstead were home. So, of these last three games, Wanstead won one "level" position and lost the other, but only drew the game where they were "ahead".

Writtle still have one more game, against Upminster, but can only reach 15 points, whereas Wanstead have 16. Doubtless Writtle will come roaring back next season.

League Championship History

Bye-bye, bye

John Philpott has drawn our attention to the fact that the ECF Final Stages U100 draw has been changed and that Essex now have a QF pairing against Staffs.

Apparently, the Midlands asked for a third nomination, which was granted, leading to SCCU being allowed a third nomination, namely Kent, so that all three counties in the SCCU U100 competition now qualify. These additional entries eliminate the QF byes.

Berkes wins

The 70-player Open, at the Southend Easter Chess Congress, was won by Hungarian GM, Ferenc Berkes on 6/7, who concluded with a draw against Nick Pert in the last round. IM Ameet Ghasi could have tied Berkes' score, with a win, but lost to Uzbek GM Jahongir Vakhidov, who took outright 2nd place with 5½. =3rd GMs Nick Pert, Mark Hebden, Tamas Fodor, Alex Cherniaev, Simon Williams and IM Ameet Ghasi, 5 points (whittled down from 12 on four points after R6).

The leading Essex player was IM Richard Pert on 4½/7 who retains the Essex Champion title. Andrew Lewis also scored 4½, but Richard takes it on tie-break (SoPS).

The Essex U160 Champion is Keith Wilcox (Temple Sutton). Peter Nickals (Wanstead) also scored 2½, but once again SoPS breaks the tie, in Keith's favour.

Congress Report | Pairings & Results

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