Essex Online Championships – Round 3

In the Open a round of good games and upsets. David Sands put himself in a fine position to retain his EOL Championship, beating FM Andy Lewis with the white pieces. On Board 2, Martin McCall beat the redoubtable Russell White to move into second place. In the U1800, wins for Jef Page, Dai Harris and Ruqayyah Rida, all with White, maintained Jef’s narrow lead ahead of Dai. After these two, five of the remaining seven competitors are on 1½/3 […]

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ECF County Online and OTB Dates

The dates for the return of ECF OTB chess have been published for the ECF Counties Championships. Before that, the dates for the summer of continued Online ECF Championships have been published. ECF Online County Championships – G60+15 – 6:30 pm Qualifiers: R1 12 Jun; R2 19 Jun; R3 03 Jul; R4 17 Jul; R5 21 Aug; SF 28 Aug; F 11 Sep; ECF Challenge match North v South Online: 18 Sep. ECF Counties OTB competition Covid-19 permitting, ECF Counties […]

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Notice re site navigation – problem solved!

Update to the previous message (below): the glitch with the page display (which was not a site navigiation issue as previously surmised) has been solved. We solved the issue ourselves, despite also being in touch with the Support team of the site theme publishers. Their final anaylsis is awaited, but we suspect that a recent update introduced a conflict with the way the problem pages were configured; we have found another way, which works. Original message: We apologise for an […]

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Essex Online Championships – Round 2

The pairings are published for Round 2 of the Essex Online Championships. Games to be played at 7.00 pm on Monday 26 April 2021 unless dispensation for another date has been granted. Players, find your pairing in the EOL Championships menu above, activate the dropdown and click on Open, U1800 or U1500 as appropriate. You can find all the games from Round 1 by clicking the top item – click on the words **EOL Championships** – then scroll down to […]

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Essex Online Championships – Round 1

The EOL Championships kicked off with Round 1 on 12 April, with three sections – Open, U1800 and U1500 – with an overall entry of 38. In the Open with 16 entries, there were two prearranged postponements and one affected by illness, but otherwise five of the eight pairings were completed. The U1800, 10 entries, fared slightly better, with one prearranged postponement and four fixtures played. Finally, the U1500, 12 entries, saw all six games played and not a draw […]

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Essex Online Championships – entries closed

Entries have closed for the Essex Online Championships, 2020-21. Controller Mark Murrell has decided that, on the basis of entries receivied and preferences indicated, in addition to the Open the other sections will be U1800 and U1500. Rounds will be played on 12 Apr, 26 Apr, 10 May, 24 May, 7 June, all at 19:00 on lichess.org. Players unable to play at the given time on the set round dates may seek in advance to play on an alternative date […]

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Syd Kalinsky

It is with the greatest sadness that we receive news from Tom Barton of the passing of Syd Kalinsky. Tom reports: I’m sad to advise that Syd Kalinsky passed away yesterday [7 Apr 2021] after a short illness. Syd was a stalwart of Ilford and Cavendish chess clubs and played chess right up until the pandemic closed off over the board chess. He was strongly in favour of playing chess and always had an opinion about games played and the […]

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Essex Online Championships 2020-21

The Entry Form is published for the Essex Online Championships 2020-21, to be played over 5 Rounds, starting on 12 April 2021, with further rounds on 26 April 2021, 10 May 2021, 24 May 2021 and  7 June 2021; all Monday evenings starting at 7.00 pm., on lichess.org, games to be played at G60+15 (Game in 60 minutes + 15 seconds per move). Full details in the Entry Form (link below). The EOL Championships will comprise the Open and rating-limited […]

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Essex Online Blitz 4 – 29 March at 7.00 pm

The last of the current series of Essex Online Blitz tournaments takes place Monday evening, 29 March at 7.00 pm. ENTRIES CLOSE at 6.00 pm, 29 March. Blitz 4 will be played at the rate of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment (G3+2) which equates to popular 5 minutes blitz. If you would like to enter, please do so as soon as possible and in any event before 6.00 pm Monday. You can only enter online, via the Entry Form […]

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Russell and Jaideep: Rapid Champions

The first Essex Online Rapid Championship concluded on Monday after seven weeks and 14 games per player. (There is one pair of postponed games still to play, but they will not affect the leading places.) The Essex Online Rapid Champion is Russell White, who won with 12/14, ahead of Ashley Freeman, 11½ and Ian Hunnable, 9½. 18 players. The Essex U1600 Online Champion is Jaideep Cheema, with 11/14, ahead of Shivan Aggarwal, 10½, and Ruqayyah Rida, 9. 18 players. Congratulations […]

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