Team Blitz and Lightning 2024

Date and Venue

Sunday, 30 June 2024

At Ilford Chess Club, Redbridge Social Centre, Beehive Lane, Ilford IG4 5EE

Approach from Beehive Lane via the signposted turning to Limewood Court. The Centre is on the left.

Parking on site.

Light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) will be available.


ECA Conditions of entry apply to both events: ECA conditions of entry (Link to ECA website)

Pairings & Results

Pairings and Results for both events will be available live from this website via the links below, or form the main menu bar above.

Team Blitz Pairings & Results by Vega

Individual Lightning Championship Pairings & Results by Vega

Essex Team Blitz Championship

Control Team: Ian Hunnable, Mark Murrell, Tom Barton

  • Open to ECA affiliated clubs and Essex juniors;
  • Four (4) players per team, who must all be bona fide members of the Club;
  • Maximum 10 teams;
  • All-play-all, Berger pairings;
  • Game points count, with Match Points tie-break;
  • Arrive by 9.45 am. Schedule: Round 1 at 10.00 am with a new round every 20 minutes. Prize Giving 1.00 pm
  • 7 minutes blitz, NO increments;
  • Essex Team Blitz trophy and cash prize to winning team; individual Board prizes;

The folllowing 10 teams have entered (maximum entry):

Barking A
Barking B
Brentwood School
Wanstead Dynamos
Wanstead Cavaliers


  • Registration 9.45 a.m.:
    • all teams to report present and complete and…
    • pay entry fee – right money please – (Brentwood School have paid in advance);
  • Entry Fees £10 per team, for first or only team, second teams where applicable (Barking and Wanstead) £8;
  • Teams must play in the same order throughout;
  • Games will be played at the rate of G7+0 (Game in 7 minutes on each clock, NO increments);
  • Rules of Play – see separate document;
  • Game points will decide; where final Game Points are level, tie-break will be Match Points;
  • Berger pairings;
  • Playing schedule:
    • Round 1 – 10.00 am
    • Round 2 – 10.20 am
    • Round 3 – 10.40 am
    • Round 4 – 11.00 am
    • Round 5 – 11.20 am
    • Round 6 – 11.40 am
    • Round 7 – 12.00 noon
    • Round 8 – 12.20 pm
    • Round 9 – 12.40 pm
    • …followed by Prize Giving
  • Light refreshments will be available throughout;
  • Cash prize for winning team; Board prizes for highest scorer on each board;
  • Control team: Mark Murrell – Controller; Ian Hunnable – Organiser, Pairings, Results and Website; Tom Barton – venue and refreshments.

ECA Lightning Championship

Individual Championship for the Judah Kalinsky Trophy

Controller: Ian Hunnable.

  • Registration 2.15 pm; Play starts 2:30 pm;
  • Entry on the day: Adults £10, Juniors £5;
  • This is an Essex closed event;
  • A buzzer sounds every 10 seconds. The player on move must make their move while the buzzer sounds – not before, not after;
  • FIDE Laws of Chess apply, in particular the ‘touched piece’ rule;
  • Illegal move loses;
  • 6 or 7 rounds depending on entry;
  • Swiss pairing by Vega, depending on entry;
  • Schedule: Round 1: 2:30 pm with a new round every 25 minutes; time saved will accelerate the schedule.

Prizes: First and second plus a Junior prize.