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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Essex top the table

Essex had a comfortable afternoon, beating Hants by 9-3. Details, match report and all the games, link below. Just two games into the Qualifiers, so too early to get excited, but Essex head the table by half a game point over Northumberland, Essex’ next opponents on 3 July. This is likely to be the toughest match in the qualifiers and may be affected by events in the Open, in which Northumberland are also playing. Apparently Surrey were unable to muster […]

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ECF Online

Essex teams are competing in the 2nd ECF Online Counties Championships, with teams in the Minor Open and U1800 sections. There was, however, a fair degree of what one might call “disinterest” in the opening encounters. In the Open and the U1800 there are only three teams in each. The Minor Open is best supported with eight teams. In the National Pool – to provide rated games for players otherwise without a game on match day – 10 boards’ pairings […]

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Beachbrilliancy clean sweep

Essex Online Championships 2021 Champions Open: David Sands, 5/5; U1800: Jef Page, 4/5; U1500: Duc Ta, 4/5 on tie-break In the Open, David Sands, already assured of retaining his title on tie-break, did so in style with a win against Russell White to complete a classy clean sweep. Andy Lewis had the eaiser pairing of Julian Corfiled, but found him a tough nut to crack and once the Board 1 result was known, concluded a draw. David won by 1½ […]

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ECA Vacancies – Treasurer, Assistant Match Captain

ECA Secretary, John Chapman, appeals for members to step forward to fill two vacancies among our Officers: The Essex Chess Association has two vacancies which we need to fill with a suitable candidate for each position. We urgently need a Treasurer as we currently do not have one. Click the Job Descriptions link below and scroll down to page 2 of the document. An Assistant Match Captain is also required. Click the Job Descriptions link below and scroll down to […]

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Essex County Chess Online and OTB this summer

ECA Match Captain, Mark Murrell, has outlined a summer of ECF County team competitions, for which the support of Essex eligible players is invited. These events are outlined below together with links to documents you can download for full details. A veritable coruscation of summer activity at national level; be sure not to miss the bargain of ECF memberships taken out or renewed now extending until 31 August 2022. With the encouragement of a return to over-the-board competition, later in […]

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Online trophy

While the 2021 County Online Championships are less than a month away, we have a reminder of the success of the Essex Philpott team in winning the 2020 national online U1825 Chamionship with the arrival of the trophy! Essex beat Lincs 7½-3½ in the Final, as reported last August: 2020 Championship post to which we have added the trophy picture (thanks to Peter Nickals, the successful skip). The dates  for the 2021 ECF Online Championships are available, as reported below […]

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