Syd Kalinsky Memorial Essex Team Blitz and Lightning Championship

From Tom Barton The date of Sunday 26th June has been firmed up for the return of the ECA Team Blitz and the ECA Lightning Championship. These events will be held in the hall at the Ilford Chess Club venue. The event will be held in memory of it’s long term sponsor, Syd Kalinsky. The Team Blitz will be for 4-board teams starting at 10 am. Entries are restricted to ECA affiliated clubs, Essex juniors and Cavendish. Rate of play […]

Open this post

Essex Minor Championship 2021-22

In addition to the Essex Championship being awarded at the Southend Congress, the Essex Minor Championship 2021-22 will be awarded to the highest placed eligible competitor in the “Leigh on Sea” FIDE and ECF U1900 at the Southend Easter Chess Congress, 15-18 April 2022. Entry to the Congress is available by post or online at the Congress website: https://southendchesscongress.org/ The holder of the Essex Minor trophy (2019) is Elie Gamal, (formerly Basildon, now of Brentwood CC). The trophy is in […]

Open this post

Southend returns

The Southend Easter Chess Congress, last run in 2019 and sidelined by covid in 2020 (cancelled) and 2021, makes its return to the Essex chess scene – 14 April 2022 to 18 April 2022. The congress starts on Thursday 14 April, with the 2nd Southend FIDE Rapid, then the conventional 7-round events Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April: FIDE U1900, ECF U1750, ECF U1600 and ECF U1450. The U1600 section includes the Frank Sealey Prize kindly donated in Frank’s […]

Open this post

Essex on top

SCCU U1850: Essex 9-7 SurreyAt Wanstead. Surrey brought a strong squad to Wanstead and Essex rose to the occasion to secure the verdict by two points, with a stroke or two of luck along the way. This was enough to take a one point lead at the top of the table, after four matches. SCCCU U1450: Surrey 7-5 EssexAt Cheam. Some good things to take out of this match, with wins for debutants Ralph Goodliffe and Drew Lawrence. Despite this […]

Open this post

One of each

SCCU U2050: Essex 9½-6½ KentAt Wanstead. In many ways a strange afternoon. The early results produced one Kent win among a string of draws. Then a clutch of Essex wins turned things around to a two point home advantage. Yet still the match was not clear and everything remained in the balance until near the end of the match. When the dust had settled, Essex had won by a margin of three points! Essex are joint leaders with Surrey, on […]

Open this post

R.I.P. Jonathan Penrose and Geoffrey L Smith

We have received two pieces of bad news, both of ECA Life Members, one of international renown, the other a past stalwart servant of the Association and his local Club. Jonathan Penrose who has died at the age of 88, won the British Championship on 10 occasions. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1993. Born in Colchester, Essex were proud to have him as its Board 1. Following his retirement from over-the-board chess he became a very fine correspondence […]

Open this post

Close encounters

SCCU U2050: Surrey 8-8 Essex – 14 board match, contested games 7-7. At Cheam. All square in Cheam today. Surrey creamed the top half, but Essex managed to equalise lower down. The two Essex wins in the top half – games given on the U2050 page – were both comfortable and early (among the first three results – Board 9 the other), so it was a big surprise that Surrey won all the other top half games, against the ratings. […]

Open this post

Incredible Middx steal

SCCU U1850: Essex 7½-8½ Middx At Wanstead. Essex appeared to be set for a comfortable home win, 4 points up with five games still in play; just one more point needed. But one by one, Middx pulled back the deficit until they completed an amazing turn around to steal the points, winning the last five games to finish. Incredible. SCCU U1450: Middx 3-9 Essex At Willesden. An experience that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Late advice from the […]

Open this post

Another double

SCCU U2050: Essex 9½-6½ Middx At Wanstead. A good, solid performance from the U180 national champions (a long while ago, wasn’t it!) at home to familiar opposition. Essex found a new player as a late replacement on Board 8 for a successful debut. The new wider rating bands allowed Essex to complete a 16 board team without dipping into the next rating band (U1850). Read Paul Kenning’s commentary on the U2050 page – Middx (H) tab. SCCU U1650: Essex 9½-6½ […]

Open this post

Win double

SCCU U1850: Surrey 7½-8½ Essex At Cheam. Despite conceding a point by default, Essex started the comeback competition with an away win. Full details with a selection of games, on the U1850 page (link below). Other match: Kent 9½-6½ Middx SCCU U1450: Essex 9-3 Surrey At Wanstead. The visitors gave Essex a three game start with defaulted boards and Essex won the contested boards by 6-3, to make it a win double for Essex over Surrey. Other match Middx 5½-6½ […]

Open this post