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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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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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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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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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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Blitz 4 Entry form

The Entry Form for Blitz 4, the final Blitz tournament of this Essex Online series, on Monday 29 March 2021, at 7.00 pm, is published. Blitz 4 will be played at 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move (G3+2) which is the fastest rate of the series and is the equavalent to five minute blitz. You can find full details of this event and the online entry form (the only way to enter) at the link below. This is the […]

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Essex Online Blitz Championship

Entries have closed for the Essex Online Blitz Championship which takes place today, with Round 1 starting at 2.30 pm. Twelve players have entered and will contest an all-play-all section of 11 rounds at G5+4. Readers can watch the games live on lichess.org, but the best way to do this is to follow the pairings and link from there. You have two options: i) from the Vega pairings tournament pages on this website; ii) from the ECF LMS pages for […]

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