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Fantasy League

The Essex Chess Fantasy League for 2015-16 has been launched by Gavin Strachan. The format is simple: you pick an 8 player team and score the grading points accrued by your players in the season's League competitions. You can have any player you like, but it is probably best if your chosen players participate in the Essex League, the North Essex League or the Southend and District League, as those are the competitions from which your team's results will be taken. You have a virtual budget of £130,000. There is a virtual price tag for each player according to grade, split into nine categories, ranging from £45K for a 200+ player to £1K for a player graded 0-79; "undgraded" is equivalent to Category 4, £15K. Closing date for entry is 15th October 2015.

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that this Fantasy League is an independent enterprise and has nothing to do with the Essex Chess Association.

Visit the ECFL page on Facebook or its dedicated Blog - links below - for Rules and Entry.

Fantasy League: on Facebook | Blog

Knockout Update

The lineup for Knockout Finals is now complete. Congratulations to Barking A and Writtle in the main competition and Wanstead C and Upminster A in the Plate.

In the Semi-Finals of the main competition, Writtle defeated Wanstead B 6½-3½, while Barking A squeezed past Basildon by the narrowest margin, with only three outright results in 10 games. In the Plate, both Semi-Finals were won by the score 6-4, with Wanstead C preventing a second all-Upminster Plate Final by beating Upminster B, and Upminster A beating Ilford.

In the main competition, Barking A are nominally the Home team, while in the Plate, Upminster A are nominally the Home team. However, we are now in negotiation to find out whether there is a consensus for holding both Finals on the same venue on the same date - "Finals Knight". Watch this space.

Essex Knockout

Super Saturday

A hat trick of British titles was secured by three of the talented Essex Juniors on a Saturday morning in Coventry that will live long in the annuls of Essex Chess.

ADITYA VERMA, British U11 Champion - an astonishing performance, with a 100% score, 7/7, 1½ points clear of his nearest rivals; Aditya Games

NADIA JAUFARALLY, British U11 Girls' Champion - unfortunately lost in the last round, but had already done enough, 5/7; Nadia Game

DANIEL GALLAGHER, British U15 Champion - was not the player with the highest FIDE rating, but produced a sterling performance, including 1½ scored against the two players rated above him, 5½/7; Daniel Game

Elliot Cocks =2nd U15 - started with a loss, but recovered to score four wins and two draws for 5/7.

These successes add to the titles already secured by Elliot Cocks and Anum Shekh previously reported. You can read more of the exploits of these and other talented Essex youngsters on the Website of the Essex Junior Chess Association. Those responsible for the organisation of Essex Junior Chess must be proud of their proteges, as we all are, but it is especially gratifying to see all the hard work being so richly rewarded.

"The nation is now beginning to sit up and breathe in when Essex is mentioned in Junior Circles." - Dave Hawkins, ECA Junior Organiser

Essex at the British | Games Database and Gallery

Essex Knockout Semi-Finals

The line-up for the Semi-Finals is now complete. The last place in the main competition was claimed by Basildon, who beat Wanstead A 6½-3½. Basildon have a home tie against Barking A, while in the other Semi-Final, defending holders Writtle are at home to Wanstead B.

In the Plate competition, the Semi-Finals are: Wanstead C v Upminster B, with the other being between the two seeded teams knocked out in Round 1, Upminster A v Ilford.

KO Tables

Anum is Champ

Day 3 of the British Championships and already Essex is celebrating a Champion. Anum Sheikh of Ilford, with 4/6 is Joint British U9 Girls' Champion. No fewer than 14 players finished on 4/6, six of them were girls and all are Joint British U9 Girls' Champions.

The youngest Junior events generally are well supported, with 55 players having contested the U8 Championship and 69 in the U9.

Find fuller details on the Blog page, link below.

Essex at the British Blog

Essex at the British

Today sees the opening action of the 102nd British Chess Championships at Coventry with the Under 8 competition and the Rapidplays. The only place you can find a blog dedicated to the fortunes of Essex players in "the British", is right here on essexchess. Follow the link below.

Essex at the British Blog

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