July 2020 Grading List

The new Grading List is published. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes ONLY over-the-board results and therefore relates only to games played from 1 Jan 2020 to the point of lockdown, when all OTB activity this year ceased (plus of course, prior periods to make up the number of games). Online games are rated separately. IMPORTANT More so than previous years, it is important that you check your results NOW. Assumption: that there will be OTB games in the […]

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FIDE Online Olympiad

Playing 25 July – 30 August, the FIDE Online Olympiad happens on chess.com a platform familiar to Essex online players. Link below. Games start at 7.00 UTC, which is 8.00 am. Each team consists of six main players and possible six reserve players. The main players must include at least two women players, at least one player U-20 (born in 2000 or later) and at least one girl U-20 (born in 2000 or later): A (open) – boards 1 and […]

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FIDE Online Olympiad

This event was published with dates of 22 July – 30 August, but the FIDE website now gives 25 July – 30 August. But still we can find no indication of the platform on which this will take place. Each team consists of six main players and possible six reserve players. The main players must include at least two women players, at least one player U-20 (born in 2000 or later) and at least one girl U-20 (born in 2000 […]

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Sands takes the lead

In the second round of five, David Sands (Beachbrilliancy) assumed the sole lead in the Open with a fine win over FM Andy Lewis (PotatoeTheCat). David is the only player to have won both his games and is followed by a group of three on 1½ points, Hodgson, Goldberg and Barton, each having won in R2. You can find The Board 1 game together with John Hodgson’s win over Russell White in the game board below. The second round was, […]

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Thrashed!

ECFOLCC Open ‘B’: Essex 3½-8½ Norfolk On chess.com With wins on Boards 3-7 and Board 10, Norfolk tore the heart out of the Essex side, with Essex only able to reply through the ever-reliable PotatoeTheCat on Board 1. The north folk had an edge on the grades, but not markedly so, except on the top boards. The Essex tail held the advantage here, but couldn’t make it count. ECF LMS A brief selection of games.

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International Chess Day – 20 July 2020

“Globally, chess is recognized as a powerful tool for promoting the values of discipline, equality, respect for rules, and mutual understanding. In 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 74/22 under agenda items “Sport for development and peace” and “Culture of peace”, designating the 20th of July as World Chess Day.” So reads the concept note for an event planned for FIDE’s Youtube channel (10:00-12:00 EST). Read all the details via the link below. “Our plan for the International […]

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ECA AGM 30 June 2020

The Association’s Annual General Meeting was held on 30 June 2020, by video conference on Zoom.com – a first for the Association. We thank Tom Barton for arranging this and for all who “attended” and enabled this most important business to be transacted. With his customary efficiency, Steve Wedlock has already produced the Minutes, which are available below in DRAFT form, together with the meeting documents (zipped). One thing we were not able to do was to present any trophies, […]

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Essex Online Championships – Round 1

The Round 1 games which have not already been played, can be viewed live online tomorrow evening – 13 July – from 7 pm. Click the section links below to select up to four games to follow. Full details how to set up these follow links are given in the Competition page. ECF LMS links per section: OPEN | U150 | U100 You can find the tournament results at any time through the main menu system on this site. Competition […]

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Fifty up

Entries have closed for the Essex Online Championships, with 52 entries having been received. The distribution is: Open – 14, U150 – 22, U100 – 16. An excellent response with a short run-in for entries. Visit the Competition page, then the sections menu appears in the left sidebar. Rules Are now published. Link below, also on Competition page. Pairings Round 1 pairings have now been published. Games to be played on or before Monday 13 July. Click the Competition page […]

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Essex Online Championships

There will be three Championships to compete for in this inaugural event: Essex Online Champion, Essex Online U150 Champion and Essex Online U100 Champion. Entries close midnight on 4th July. Go to the Competition page for full details and online entry form. There will be a separate U100 section for the U100 Championship. The U150 Championship will either take place within the Open or in a separate section depending on entry. An existing (taken out before 30th June 2020) ECF […]

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