Essex top the table

Essex had a comfortable afternoon, beating Hants by 9-3. Details, match report and all the games, link below. Just two games into the Qualifiers, so too early to get excited, but Essex head the table by half a game point over Northumberland, Essex’ next opponents on 3 July. This is likely to be the toughest match in the qualifiers and may be affected by events in the Open, in which Northumberland are also playing. Apparently Surrey were unable to muster […]

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ECF Online

Essex teams are competing in the 2nd ECF Online Counties Championships, with teams in the Minor Open and U1800 sections. There was, however, a fair degree of what one might call “disinterest” in the opening encounters. In the Open and the U1800 there are only three teams in each. The Minor Open is best supported with eight teams. In the National Pool – to provide rated games for players otherwise without a game on match day – 10 boards’ pairings […]

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Beachbrilliancy clean sweep

Essex Online Championships 2021 Champions Open: David Sands, 5/5; U1800: Jef Page, 4/5; U1500: Duc Ta, 4/5 on tie-break In the Open, David Sands, already assured of retaining his title on tie-break, did so in style with a win against Russell White to complete a classy clean sweep. Andy Lewis had the eaiser pairing of Julian Corfiled, but found him a tough nut to crack and once the Board 1 result was known, concluded a draw. David won by 1½ […]

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ECA Vacancies – Treasurer, Assistant Match Captain

ECA Secretary, John Chapman, appeals for members to step forward to fill two vacancies among our Officers: The Essex Chess Association has two vacancies which we need to fill with a suitable candidate for each position. We urgently need a Treasurer as we currently do not have one. Click the Job Descriptions link below and scroll down to page 2 of the document. An Assistant Match Captain is also required. Click the Job Descriptions link below and scroll down to […]

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Essex County Chess Online and OTB this summer

ECA Match Captain, Mark Murrell, has outlined a summer of ECF County team competitions, for which the support of Essex eligible players is invited. These events are outlined below together with links to documents you can download for full details. A veritable coruscation of summer activity at national level; be sure not to miss the bargain of ECF memberships taken out or renewed now extending until 31 August 2022. With the encouragement of a return to over-the-board competition, later in […]

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Online trophy

While the 2021 County Online Championships are less than a month away, we have a reminder of the success of the Essex Philpott team in winning the 2020 national online U1825 Chamionship with the arrival of the trophy! Essex beat Lincs 7½-3½ in the Final, as reported last August: 2020 Championship post to which we have added the trophy picture (thanks to Peter Nickals, the successful skip). The dates  for the 2021 ECF Online Championships are available, as reported below […]

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ECF Online Charity Marathon in aid of The Red Cross

Saturday 5 June 2021-Sunday 6 June 2021 the Red Cross Charity Marathon following on from the week long ECF Chess for all Festival (30 May-4 June). The Red Cross Marathon raised £12,000 last year. Free to enter, but the presence of a Donation cell on the entry form tells you what it’s all about. Put your hand in your pocket if you wish, or get your friends to sponsor you, so much a game, or whatever. The event is a […]

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Essex Online Championships – Round 3

In the Open a round of good games and upsets. David Sands put himself in a fine position to retain his EOL Championship, beating FM Andy Lewis with the white pieces. On Board 2, Martin McCall beat the redoubtable Russell White to move into second place. In the U1800, wins for Jef Page, Dai Harris and Ruqayyah Rida, all with White, maintained Jef’s narrow lead ahead of Dai. After these two, five of the remaining seven competitors are on 1½/3 […]

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ECF County Online and OTB Dates

The dates for the return of ECF OTB chess have been published for the ECF Counties Championships. Before that, the dates for the summer of continued Online ECF Championships have been published. ECF Online County Championships – G60+15 – 6:30 pm Qualifiers: R1 12 Jun; R2 19 Jun; R3 03 Jul; R4 17 Jul; R5 21 Aug; SF 28 Aug; F 11 Sep; ECF Challenge match North v South Online: 18 Sep. ECF Counties OTB competition Covid-19 permitting, ECF Counties […]

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Notice re site navigation – problem solved!

Update to the previous message (below): the glitch with the page display (which was not a site navigiation issue as previously surmised) has been solved. We solved the issue ourselves, despite also being in touch with the Support team of the site theme publishers. Their final anaylsis is awaited, but we suspect that a recent update introduced a conflict with the way the problem pages were configured; we have found another way, which works. Original message: We apologise for an […]

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