Essex Online Blitz Championship – 14 March 2021

Blitz Championship, G5+4, Sunday 14 March 2021 at 2.30 pm

Event details

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Organiser: Mark Murrell – Lichess username: manyhats; Email:
Assisted by: Ian Hunnable (Chesstera1h8), Tom Barton (gandto);
Rate of play: 5 minutes + 4 seconds per move increment;
Rounds: minimum 7, but aiming for 9, Swiss pairing, all according to entry;
Schedule: New round every 25 mins. If 7 rounds, finish by 5:20 pm. If 9 rounds, finish by 6.10 pm.
Sections: Two – Open; U1600;
Tie-breaks: 1) Sum of Progressive Scores; 2) Sum of Opponents’ Scores;
Pairing Software: Vega;
Lichess Team: Essex Online;
Links: Open Tournament | U1600 Tournament

Requirements: Participants must:

  • be ECA members;
  • be ECF members (minimum Supporter level);
  • have an active account, and…
  • join Team Essex Online on that site.

Ratings: ECF ratings (4-digit) will be used. In order: i) ECF Online Blitz; ii) ECF Online Rapid, iii) ECF Online Standard, iv) ECF OTB Rapid v) ECF OTB Standard vi) Controller’s estimate. Unrated players who wish to enter the U1600 (=ECF U120) should contact the Controller on for an estimated rating, with indication of your experience and playing strength.

Zoom: The organising team will be running a meeting session on Zoom during the event to facilitate communication. Participation is optional but encouraged. Details how to join this meeting facility during the evening will be notified to Entrants in due course.

Each game to be initiated by White issuing a challenge on the website as described in the platform information guide.

Who may enter: Members of the Essex Chess Association, either as members of an Affiliated Club, or as individual Direct Members.

How to enter: First visit the “Required reading” section (below) and when ready to proceed, complete the Entry Form below and click “Submit”. Should you need any assistance, email

Required reading

ECA Affiliated Clubs are listed in the Membership document of the Activity Pack. To access these documents, follow this link:

Essex Online Activity Pack documents

Members of Affiliated Clubs are automatically members of the Essex Chess Association (“ECA”).
Members of any other Essex clubs need to be individual Direct Members of the Essex Chess Association (£5) to be eligible to play in its events; details of how to join ECA as a Direct Member are given in the Membership document (see above).
Participants also need to be members of the English Chess Federation (“ECF”).
ECA Membership and ECF Membership are different; both are needed.

Safeguarding of junior players online

All participants are reminded that they must abide by the Code of Conduct for online chess (see document via link in ‘Required reading’). Parents and guardians should take safeguarding responsibility for the operation of host platform accounts for their child, noting that juniors under the age of 13 must use a parental account and that safe mode for children should be engaged.

ENTRY FORM for Essex Online Blitz Championship, Sunday 14 March 2021

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