Essex Online Rapid Championship – last call

Entries have  closed The Championships commence at 7.00 pm on Monday 25th January and will comprise the Open Championship and the U1600 Championship contended for in separate Swiss paired sections over 7 double rounds. Each round will comprise two games at G20+10 against the same opponent, one as White and one as Black. Competition ratings (ECF online rapid or ECF OTB rapid or controller’s estimate taking into account platform rapid ratings) are now showing in the composite entries list on […]

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Essex Philpott win SCCU Inter

SCCU Members’ Team Championships – Round 5 Mark Murrell reports on the last round of the SCCU events: Essex Philpott take full advantage as Surrey falter, falling short of the further half-point they needed to tie their match against a resurgent Kent Haddrell and deny Essex on tie break. The Surrey skipper, Trevor Jones, was the last game to finish with a win required. It was a valiant effort to salvage the draw but the win was asking too much. […]

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Essex OL Rapid Championship launched

Entry deadline 7.00 pm Sunday 24 January With an extended lockdown in store, the Essex Online team has added an additional event to the 7.00 pm Monday nights programme. Starting Monday 25 January, this individual doubled-leg G20+10 Championship will fill the void between the scheduled Rapid and Blitz tournaments in the run up to Easter ahead of the second Essex Online Championship in the spring. The Rapid Championship will be played over 5 to 7 rounds, depending on entries and […]

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SCCU Members’ Team Tournament

Mark Murrell’s bullet-point report on today’s action: Major 2050 The Essex fight back in the Major was not enough to overturn the first leg deficit, two late withdrawals proving costly for Essex’s attempt to claw back ground. Inter 1675 Surrey’s winning streak comes to an end at the hands of Essex Philpott and Kent bounce back with interest including a great swindle on Board 4 that turned the match against Essex Pascoe to give Kent Steele the verdict by 4½-3½. […]

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Russell’s clean sweep

The second Essex Online Rapid, G10+5, on 11 January was won by Russell White (Writtle) with 5/5, followed by David Spearman (Wanstead), 4 and Edgar Wilson (Writtle), 3½. 16 players entered. The U1600 section, played as a 7-player all-play-all at G10+2, was won by Purba Audhora (Essex Juniors) with an excellent 5½/6, 2nd John Staplehurst (Witham) 5. The next Essex Online event is the third Blitz, which will be played at G5+2. Entry Form available shortly. Tournament pages: Open | […]

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One of each

Three teams were in action yesterday in the SCCU Online events. Essex Pascoe spoilt their 100% record with a loss by 5½-2½ to Surrey Inter, while Essex Philpott won by nearly the same margin, 5-3 over Kent Haddrell. In the Minor event, Essex shared the points with Berkshire; 2-2. Details and all the games can be found on the team pages from the links below (or always from the Activities menu above). Pascoe | Philpott | Minor In the pool […]

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No Southend Congress in 2021

Back on 13 March 2020 the 2020 Southend Easter Chess Congress was cancelled due to the impending situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision was justified just four days later, when the country entered national lockdown. At that time, the organisers hoped to be able to resume the series of Southend Easter Chess Congresses in 2021. However, as feared might be the case, a new wave is upon us and the Covid Alert level in London and the South East […]

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Caplin British Online Championships

Running until 3 January 2021 the Caplin British Online Championships are in play. Several Essex players are taking part in a variety of events. The place to go to watch is Chess Bomb. Full details on the ECF website CBOC. Currently on New Year break – games resume 2 January 2021.

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Barking win Essex Online Team Blitz

The second Essex Online Team Blitz was played this morning on lichess.org and finished with a convincing victory for Barking, with 16½/20. Barking were pressed hard by Wanstead who remained just half a point behind through three rounds, but the clash between the two leaders in Round 4 ended in Barking’s favour by 3-1. Barking’s lead was unchanged when both teams won their last round matches by 3-1. Two Essex junior teams competed, EssexBoys earning a creditable third place finish […]

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