Essex Online Championships

Entries have closed for the Essex Online Championships, 2020-21. Controller Mark Murrell has decided that, on the basis of entries receivied and preferences indicated, in addition to the Open the other sections will be U1800 and U1500. Rounds will be played on 12 Apr, 26 Apr, 10 May, 24 May, 7 June, all at 19:00 on lichess.org. Players unable to play at the given time on the set round dates may seek in advance to play on an alternative date […]

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Syd Kalinsky

It is with the greatest sadness that we receive news from Tom Barton of the passing of Syd Kalinsky. Tom reports: I’m sad to advise that Syd Kalinsky passed away yesterday [7 Apr 2021] after a short illness. Syd was a stalwart of Ilford and Cavendish chess clubs and played chess right up until the pandemic closed off over the board chess. He was strongly in favour of playing chess and always had an opinion about games played and the […]

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Essex Online Championships 2020-21

The Entry Form is published for the Essex Online Championships 2020-21, to be played over 5 Rounds, starting on 12 April 2021, with further rounds on 26 April 2021, 10 May 2021, 24 May 2021 and  7 June 2021; all Monday evenings starting at 7.00 pm., on lichess.org, games to be played at G60+15 (Game in 60 minutes + 15 seconds per move). Full details in the Entry Form (link below). The EOL Championships will comprise the Open and rating-limited […]

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Essex Online Blitz 4 – 29 March at 7.00 pm

The last of the current series of Essex Online Blitz tournaments takes place Monday evening, 29 March at 7.00 pm. ENTRIES CLOSE at 6.00 pm, 29 March. Blitz 4 will be played at the rate of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment (G3+2) which equates to popular 5 minutes blitz. If you would like to enter, please do so as soon as possible and in any event before 6.00 pm Monday. You can only enter online, via the Entry Form […]

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Russell and Jaideep: Rapid Champions

The first Essex Online Rapid Championship concluded on Monday after seven weeks and 14 games per player. (There is one pair of postponed games still to play, but they will not affect the leading places.) The Essex Online Rapid Champion is Russell White, who won with 12/14, ahead of Ashley Freeman, 11½ and Ian Hunnable, 9½. 18 players. The Essex U1600 Online Champion is Jaideep Cheema, with 11/14, ahead of Shivan Aggarwal, 10½, and Ruqayyah Rida, 9. 18 players. Congratulations […]

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Blitz 4 Entry form

The Entry Form for Blitz 4, the final Blitz tournament of this Essex Online series, on Monday 29 March 2021, at 7.00 pm, is published. Blitz 4 will be played at 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move (G3+2) which is the fastest rate of the series and is the equavalent to five minute blitz. You can find full details of this event and the online entry form (the only way to enter) at the link below. This is the […]

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Essex Online Blitz Championship

Entries have closed for the Essex Online Blitz Championship which takes place today, with Round 1 starting at 2.30 pm. Twelve players have entered and will contest an all-play-all section of 11 rounds at G5+4. Readers can watch the games live on lichess.org, but the best way to do this is to follow the pairings and link from there. You have two options: i) from the Vega pairings tournament pages on this website; ii) from the ECF LMS pages for […]

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Essex Online events news – Blitz Championship

Today we announce a new event and publish two Entry Forms. The aborted Blitz 3 event was a disappointment for those who had entered and completed Round 1, when at the start of Round 2, the lichess server went down and we had to abandon the event. The organising committee has cast around for a new date and have come up with an exciting solution. Blitz 4 will be played as scheduled on 29 March and the intended number of […]

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Essex Online Rapid Championship

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Essex Online Rapid Championships were played on the evening of 8 February (apart from a pair of games played early). Open Leaders after R4 =1 Ian Hunnable, Russell White, 4/4; =3 Martin McCall, Ashley Freeman, 3; =5 Dmitry Molostvov, Felix Todd, Julian Corfield, 2½. 18 players U1600 Leaders after R4 1 Lakshan Siddharth, 4/4; 2 Shivan Aggarwal, 3½, =3 Fraser Caves, Peter Kukiewicz, Shrishti Shiva, Jaideep Cheema, 3. 18 players Fuller details, links to […]

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Blitz abandoned

This evening’s Essex Online Blitz on lichess.org regretfully had to be abandoned when the Lichess server went down. It came back up, only to crash again and did this several times. The tournament had completed Round 1 and we were trying to get Round 2 played, when the problems began. While, had we persisted, we may have been able to complete, the situation was clearly not stable and we took the decision to abandon. Games which had completed naturally, i.e. […]

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