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ECF Final Stage - Semi-Final pairings

Following the narrow defeat for the Essex team in the Minor Counties QF against Lincs, the number of Essex teams in the ECF Final Stage is reduced to three. Now we know the identity of Essex' opponents in the respective Semi-Finals.

U180: The Quarter-Final pairing of interest to Essex, finished Devon 8½-7½ Middlesex, so the U180 Semi-Final will be Devon v Essex. The other SF will be Warwicks or Surrey v Lancs.

U160: The SF will be Essex v Yorks. QF match details - Yorkshire 9½-6½ Gtr Manchester. The other SF will be Surrey v Middx or Lancs.

U100: In the SF Essex will play Notts who had a bye through the QF. The other SF will be Kent v Lancs (Bye to SF), the other contested QF having finished Kent 6½-5½ Warwicks.

Quarter Finals

Minor Counties: Essex 7½-8½ Lincs
at Peterborough A close tusstle all afternoon with nothing in it, until Lincs won two in a row in the last hour. Essex could still have won on Board Count had both remaining games finished as Essex wins, but the Lincs Board 2 held on for the vital draw. Congratulations to Lincs on this first victory against Essex in four tries.

Minor Counties page

U100: Essex 6½-5½ Leics
At Bedford. A narrow squeak, but Essex remain on course. Reports of Essex conceding a default proved unfounded thanks to Ron Prickett stepping into the breach.

U100 page

Already played: U160 Cambs 6½-9½ Essex.

British Championships 2016

The 103rd British Chess Championships take place at Bournemouth Pavilion, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU, Saturday 23rd July - Saturday 6th August 2016. We have today created the Essex at the British 2016 page, listing Essex entries to date.

At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves, we note that plans for the 2017 Championship have appeared on the ECF website, with the interesting development of a planned shortening of the British Championships congress from 14 days to 10 days, and a reduction of the British Championship itself from 11 rounds to 9 rounds. Find the details HERE including a provisional 2017 schedule.

For 2016, the usual 14-day 11-round British and supporting events can be found on the BCC Website

Essex at the British 2016

Essex progress

ECF U160 QF: Cambs 6½-9½ Essex
At Whittlesford. A successful conclusion to the first of the Essex Final Stage matches - a QF but played on the date for the Preliminary round - against Cambs. Essex reached the winning post with two games still in play. In the SF, Essex will meet the winners of Yorks v Greater Manchester.

U160 page | Aggregates

The Nationals

All Essex qualifiers for the ECF Final Stage (aka national stages) have, one way or another, avoided the Preliminary Round. Default dates for the Final Stage are:

Preliminary - 23 April
QF - 21 May
SF - 11 June
Final - 2 July.

Essex qualifiers:

Minor Counties
QF - Essex v Cornwall or Lincs
(Cornwall v Lincs is being played 23 April)

U180
SF - Devon or Middx v Essex

U160
QF - Cambs v Essex; playing 23 April - four weeks early

U100
QF - Essex v Leics

Hebden wins at Southend

A successful 60th Southend Easter Chess Congress, organised by Giant Chess, ended on Monday with GM Mark Hebden winning the 7-round FIDE Open, on 6½/7, followed by GM Tamas Fodor, 6 and =3rd IM David Eggleston and GM Simon Williams, 5½.

Top seed, Uzbekistan GM Jahongir Vakhidov, suffered a second round defeat at the hands of FM Bob Eames (Hackney and Chingford). By Round 4, GM Tamas Fodor had opened a slender ½ point lead over GMs Simon Williams and Mark Hebden. Fodor extended his run to 5/5 with Hebden his closest pursuer, Williams having been defeated by Fodor. Round 6 brought Fodor's winning streak to a close with defeat by Hebden, who thus assumed the lead on 5½. Meanwhile, Vakhidov, having recovered from his second round reverse with wins in the subsequent rounds, joined Fodor in second place on 5/6 and would have a top board showdown with Hebden in the last round.

Overnight storm Katie, having brought down the overhead power lines on the railway and messed up John Chapman's greenhouse, finally blew itself out and the top board game was bathed in sunlight. Hebden remained the immovable rock he had been throughout, to win the game and take the £1,000 first prize, with six wins and just one draw. Impressive.

Southend 2016 | Games & Gallery

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