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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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Shocks and spills by the Sea

The 60th Southend Easter Chess Congress began today with - to date - 122 entries, including four GMs and 10 other titled players. A string of surprises awaited a number of the stronger players in the first two rounds of the 7-round FIDE Open (52 entries). In the 'top half v bottom half' R1 pairings. Among these was a defeat for FM Andy Lewis who went down to Kevin Williamson (1950) and defending Essex Champion, IM Richard Pert, was held to a draw by Stephen Gregory (2042) after a long struggle lasting over 4 hours and reaching 116 moves; ultimately, Richard was trying to squeeze the point out of an opposite bishops ending of K & B v Richard's K, B & 2P, but the pawns were f and d-pawns - you need at least two files between them to win.

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Last call for Southend

Less than two days to go, but still time to enter! Best not leave it to the last minute though, as entries on the day attract an addtional £5 Late Fee.

The online entry facility will not be available on the day a tournament starts (Friday for the Open, Saturday for the Weekenders) but alternative notification options are available by text or email:

Entry on the day: please arrive in good time before the start of the first round (see schedules HERE). Please TEXT (rather than make a voice call) or EMAIL that you're on your way, with your name, rating or grade, and indicating section to enter:

TEXT: 07855 036 537, EMAIL:

Southend 2016

Winning finish

SCCU U120: Essex 6½-5½ Surrey
At Wanstead. Empty-handed up to this point, Essex concluded with a win decided only on the last game finish. Russell Fisher on Board 6 converted an extra pawn in a K & P ending to win for Essex. This concludes the SCCU fixtures for this season.

U120 | Aggregates | SCCU Website

Thanks to Jane Smith for her refreshments throughout the season for all teams.

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