Essex County Chess
Essex teams play in the County Championships for chess players of a wide range of standards to compete against opponents of similar playing strengths, initially from other Southern Counties and, if a qualifying place is secured, nationally. Any player who does not have a published rating can be allocated a tournament rating by the respective championships controllers on the submission of an indication of playing strength. Matches for teams of 12 or 16 players are usually played with a 4½ or 5 hour playing session on a Saturday afternoon.
Eligibility conditions for representing Essex are any one of:
(i) Birth in the County;
(ii) Five years’ residence in the County at any time;
(iii) Two months immediate previous and present membership of a club either in or affiliated to the County;
(iv) One month’s immediately previous and present residence in the County;
(v) Present attendance as a student at a school, college or university in the County.
The boundaries of Essex are defined in the west by the River Lea, in the north by the River Stour and in the south by the River Thames.
Players who would like to represent Essex in the County Championships, but who are not yet involved in the County Match Programme, are invited to contact the appropriate Captains as listed below to indicate their availability.
For 2023-24 Essex has once more entered four teams in the SCCU Counties Championships, under each of the rating-limited sections: U2050, U1850, U1650 and U1450. The SCCU Championship is a qualifier for the ECF national stage.
Once again,there was insufficient support to run an Open team, so only the rating-limited sections have been entered.
Essex County Match Officials
ECA Match Captain
Essex team captains for 2023-24
U2050 – Michael Spurr; Deputy Captain James Robinson
U1850 – Mark Murrell
U1650 – Sean Horan
U1450 – Sean Horan
To contact any of these captains, use the Contact Form under the Directory menu above (sub item ECA Officials/Contact ECA Officials) and select from the dropdown the appropriate team captain as the official to contact. For ease of access, follow the link below.
Match details and player statistics
There is a page for each team. These carry all fixtures, match cards, reports and games, etc., together with player stats. The Aggregate Stats (Website Trophy) are given on this page, below.
Aggregate statistics – Website Trophy
The Website Trophy is awarded to the player with the highest score from matches for the County, embracing all matches played in the Season.
The winner of the Website Trophy for 2022-23 is, Ryan Colclough of Wanstead with 8 points from 12 games. Many congratulations, Ryan!
Website Trophy conditions: The Website Trophy shall be awarded to the player with the highest aggregate score in matches for the County and is open for annual competition. All games played for the County, from the first SCCU match to the last ECF stage match, count towards the trophy. Points gained by default during a match count as if gained by play over-the-board, provided that the player travelled to the match and was present. Default points conceded by the opposition in advance, including whole match concessions, for which the player(s) were not required to travel, do not count towards the trophy. In the event that two or more players tie for the same highest total at the end of the season, the player with the higher percentage performance (i.e. having gained his/her points from fewer appearances) will be awarded the trophy. Should two or more players have the same highest score and identical performance percentage, the trophy shall be shared.
Aggregate Player Stats for 2023-24
|Aggregate stats @ 14 Oct 2023||P||W||D||L||Pts||%|
|Alexandr Pereslavtsev 1722||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|George Horan 1879||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Malcolm Kingsley 1850||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Taylor Duke 1606||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Finbar McLoughlin 1843||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Almas Dohon 1535||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Jay Demetriou 1520||1||1||0||0||1||100.00|
|Martin McCall 1958||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Ian Hunnable 1913||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Michael Spurr 1857||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|John Moore 1986||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Philip Staniland 1867||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Colin Ramage 1927||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Ivan Myall 1996||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Ian Reynolds 1898||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Steve Rix 1988||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Paul Kenning 1808||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Krishna Raikundalia 1600||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|David Smith 1592||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Sergey Pereslavtsev 1590||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Cennydd Bowles 1523||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Ray Chu 1503||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|John Jestico 1462||1||0||1||0||½||50.00|
|Peter Jaszkiwskyj 2002||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Neville Twitchell 1973||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Salim Kriman 2000||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Sean Horan 1537||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Paramaguru Gurusamy 1491||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Taha Undre 1576||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Harvey Garfield 1492||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Vladimir Chtym 1470||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Alex Bloomfield 1420||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|