Essex Online Championships 2020-21

Classic chess at G60+15 – online at lichess.org

Controller: Mark Murrell – Email

There are three sections: Open, U1800 and U1500

Schedule
Round 1 – Monday 12 April 2021, at 7.00 pm.
Round 2 – Monday 26 April 2021, at 7.00 pm
Round 3 – Monday 10 May 2021, at 7.00 pm
Round 4 – Monday 24 May 2021, at 7.00 pm
Round 5 – Monday 7 June 2021, at 7.00 pm.

Dispensation: Players unable to play at the given time on the set round dates may seek in advance to play on an alternative date before the next round. In addition one request to miss a round (save for the last one) with a half-point bye can also be made at least one round in advance.

Rate of Play: Games will be played at G60+15 (Game in 60 minutes + 15 seconds a move).

Settings for the lichess.org challenge: Standard, Realtime, 60 minutes + 15 seconds, Rated. Click White King if challenging as White, click Black King if challenging as Black.

Links to tournament pages: Open | U1800 | U1500 Access these at any time from the EOL Championship menu above.


Commentary and games

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Round 1: Monday, 12 April – John Hodgson (2075) was the only casualty among the top half, dropping a knight in a cagey position against Martin van Tol (1803) with both players short of time, but several games are postponed. Otherwise wins for Andy Lewis, David Sands (defending Champion), David Gatheral and a draw between Martin McCall and James Evans.

Subsequently, in the postponed games, wins for Russell White, Robin Slade and Jay Sharman.Games given below.

Round 2: Monday 26 April 2021 – Best game of the round was on Board 1, where Robin essayed the Budapest, leading to a dynamic imbalance. But class will out and Andy came away with the point. Otherwise, results went with ratings on the even numbered boards, 2, 4, 6 and 8. On the odd numbered boards, James Evans held John Hodgson to a draw and Tom Barton and Julian Corfield fought each other to a standstill with opposite coloured bishops; there is one (odd-numbered) game postponed (Russell White-David Gatherall). Find all the games to date in the game board below, R2 being those with the game date ‘2021.04.26’.

Update The outstanding game was a win of utter simplicity for Russell White.

Leaders after 2: =1 Andy Lewis, David Sands, Russell White, 2/2; 3 Martin McCall 1½/2. 16 players.

Round 3: Monday 10 May 2021, at 7.00 pm – Pairings published.

Round 4 – Monday 24 May 2021, at 7.00 pm

Round 5 – Monday 7 June 2021, at 7.00 pm.

Open Games

Round 1 – Ruqayyah Rida held Adrian Billingsley to daw. Wins for Dai Harris, Gerald Conley and Jaideep Cheema. The postponed game resulted in a win for Jef Page. Games are given below.

Round 2: Monday 26 April 2021 – Of the first round winners, only Jef Page recorded a point in R2, but that was with a bye after Jaideep withdrew. Otherwise, there were wins from played games by David Smith, Kenn Butcher and Emmet Clarke. All the R2 games played are shown in the game board below; they are the ones with the game date ‘2021.04.26’. The game shown between Markos (U1500) and Jef (U1800) is a cross-section rated game; doesn’t count in either section.

Leaders after 2: 1 Jef Page, 2/2; =2 Dai Harris, Gerald Conley, 1½/2.  9 players.

Round 3: Monday 10 May 2021, at 7.00 pm – Pairings published.

Round 4 – Monday 24 May 2021, at 7.00 pm

Round 5 – Monday 7 June 2021, at 7.00 pm.

U1800 Games

Round 1 > All games completed, no draws. Upset results: Peter Kukiewicz 1143 1-0 John Staplehurst 1441; Markos Muratidis 1204 0-1 Aren Sathish-Kumar 900. Other wins by Nigel White, John Jestico, Duc Ta and Laurence Duffy. Games are given below.

Round 2: Monday 26 April 2021 – Wanstead lead the U1500. Nigel White would doubtless rather have played a game, but his opponent was not online and his phone was off, so there was no option but to award Nigel the game. Otherwise two of the other first round winners each won their game, namely John Jestico and Duc Ta, so there’s a three-way Wanstead tie on 2/2, ahead of six players on 1/2. Dilsher Cheema has withdrawn. All the R2 played games have been added to the game board below; they’re the ones with the game date ‘2021.04.26’.

Leaders after 2: =1 Nigel White, John Jestico, Duc Ta, 2/2. 11 players.

Round 3: Monday 10 May 2021, at 7.00 pm – Pairings published.

Round 4 – Monday 24 May 2021, at 7.00 pm

Round 5 – Monday 7 June 2021, at 7.00 pm.

U1500 Games