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The President prevails

In the Challenge match, Champions (Wanstead) v The President's Team, played at Wanstead on 22 September, "the Rest" won by 9-7. A keenly contested fixture over 16 boards, saw 10 drawn games, with the Rest winning 4-2 on the boards with outright results.

Wins for Wanstead from Paul Bancroft and Mark Murrell, wins for the President's Team from Ivan Myall, who refuted Jeff Boardman's Evans Gambit, Neville Twitchell, David Millward and Gavin Strachan.

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Kent U180 withdraw

Following the withdrawal of the Kent U180 team from the SCCU County Championships, the remaining four teams voted  by a 3-1 majority to remain a single round. Each team will therefore have just three fixtures.

Interestingly, the Rules provide that a four team competition shall be played as a double round. However, the Rules are silent on the circumstance of the withdrawal of one from five (on which an original vote was taken) hence the Controller gave the teams a discretionary vote on the new position. If only four teams enter next season, however, it will be double round, by rule.

This withdrawal leaves just Essex and Surrey as the only Counties to enter all sections.

Calendar | U180

Challenge match

Meanwhile, on the domestic front, the provisional team lists for the Champions v The President's team have been published. Follow the link below...

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It's Barking A by a whisker and Upminster A at a canterdscn1573isd2

In the Finals of the 2015 Knockout Competition - "Finals Knight" - played Wednesday, 9 September 2015, at Wanstead House, Barking and Writtle engaged in their customary thriller. Barking edged out Writtle on Board Count, having to come back from a two point deficit with three games left to play. In those last three games, Barking scored 2½ points to level the scores and claim the Sims Cup on tie-break.

Upminster A made an early claim for the Plate with a 4-1 advantage at half time. Wanstead C fought back courageously to take R2 by 3-2, but it was still Upminster's match by 6-4.

Congratulations to the two winning teams and all teams on some stirring chess. Full details via the links below.

KO FinalPlate Final | Calendar

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

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