Essex double!

The pre-season regional County Challenge competitions, Major and Minor, attracted just three counties in the south east, Essex, Kent and Hants. Kent actually entered three teams, one in the Major two in the Minor. Essex had the fillip of winning both competitions, reward for the players’ effors and for Peter Nickals, who made all the match arrangements and team raising. Essex success in the Major was by dint of winning both matches against Kent, the key away victory being spectacular, […]

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ECF Online Championships

The Finals were held on 18 September with full anti-cheating regimen, run by the match Arbiters on Zoom. You have to hand it to Northumberland: they entered all three online Championships, Open, Major Open, U1800 and swept the board winning all matches in all three competitions; most impressive. Essex contested the Major Open Final against the northern juggernaut and actually shaded the top nine boards by 5-4, but Northumberland batted too long and took the lowest three boards for a […]

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Another good day for Essex

An away steal, a home romp and an inter Essex match too, Upstarts 4-2 Timeless, combined with two junior tournaments with over 40 entries, made for a busy day for the second Back to Real Chess Festival. Essex Major made the first away trip by an Essex County team team since County competition ceased for the pandemic in March 2020 and came away with the spoils 4½-3½, despite being heavily out-rated. Meanwhile, the Essex Minor team also beat Kent, at […]

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Essex in online Minor Open Final

The last matches in the qualifiers for the online Minor Open and U1800 would see both Essex teams go through if they could win. Both would meet the all-conquering Northumberland, who are also in the Open Final. Essex Minor Open romped past Gloucestershire, Essex winning 8½-3½. In the other matches, Northumberland beat Hants (already out of the running) by 9½-1½, Cheshire & N Wales beat Somerset 7½-1½ (over 10 boards and one of those was 0-0) – Cheshire & N […]

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Essex Back to Real Chess Fest – Part 1

A well-ventilated Wanstead House was a hive of activity on 14 August, with the County’s junior players at the forefront, welcoming the first ECF rated team matches in the county for some 17 months whilst our leagues engage in careful preparations for the new season as more of our county clubs open again. Only three County Associations took up the opportunity for an early return to over-the-board matchplay in the ECF’s pre-season County Challenge competition for eight-board teams with an […]

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Essex Back to Real Chess Festival

Junior Rated Rapid and Beginners Tournaments Saturday 14 August 1:30pm to 5pm The Hall at Wanstead House, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT To coincide with the return of County Chess to Wanstead House, the Essex Chess Association in conjunction with the local junior chess clubs of Ilford and Wanstead & Woodford is hosting an afternoon of competitive chess for Essex junior players between 2 and 5pm. To enter please complete the online Entry Form – on the Festival page […]

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North v South II

The two Essex teams in the ECF Online County Championships still have their destiny in their own hands after Essex Minor Open defeated Cumbria 9-3 and Essex U1800 lost to Northumberland 7½-4½ in a three-cornered contest. For details and all the games, follow the links below. The Essex teams face Gloucestershire and Leicestershire respectively in the final round of the group stages on 21 August. The winners of each match will progress to the Championships Finals on 18 September, where […]

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North v South

The North v South challenge match is due to be repeated later in the year. Meanwhile, Essex is conducting a North v South series of its own. In the first of these in the Minor Open R3, Essex found Northumberland too well-equipped and lost 7-5. As a result, Northumberland top the table with 6/6, while Essex sit =2 on 4/6 with Cumbria and Cheshire & N Wales. The next match in Essex’ N v S series is on 17 July […]

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Calling all Clubs

HM Government has strongly underlined the planned removal of remaining covid-19 restrictions on 19 July. The new ECA League Secretary, Tom Barton and the League Management Committee are tasked with kick-starting the Essex League. The recent ECA AGM voted to draw a line under the covid-affected 2019-20 League competition and projected a new competition for 2021-22. Now is the time for all Essex Clubs to be taking steps to resume activities if they have not already done so, getting in […]

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David Millward stands down as League Secretary

In a seminal ECA AGM, the most significant feature of the meeting was the end of the tenure of David Millward as League Secretary. In his League Secretary’s report, David reported that at its recent meeting, the LMC (League Management Committee) had reached a decision to complete the 2019-20 League commpetition which was brought to a halt by the Covid-19 pandemic, with as yet no indication when OTB chess might be resumed. This decision, which in practical terms was lacking […]

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