Caplin British Online Championships

Running until 3 January 2021 the Caplin British Online Championships are in play. Several Essex players are taking part in a variety of events. The place to go to watch is Chess Bomb. Full details on the ECF website CBOC. Currently on New Year break – games resume 2 January 2021.

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North v South Challenge

On the evening of 5 September 2020, on chess.com, the epic North v South Challenge took place, over no fewer than 108 boards. The last time this challenge was played was 1894, which followed the first such match in 1893. One wonders what would have been the reaction of the players who participated in either of these matches if they were told that it would not be renewed for over 100 years and that, by then, all the players on […]

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The Oldest Challenge, North v South

The Oldest Challenge, North v South, Saturday 5th September, 6:30pm on chess.com. Registrations close at midnight today To play in this Saturday’s match for the South of England v North of England ending the 2020 ECF counties online season you need to: firstly renew or take out your ECF membership or supportership (You can do so HERE) complete the registration form – https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/north-vs-south/ click the green JOIN button at ECF South the chess.com club for your team in which you […]

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Champions!

ECFOLCC U1825 Final: Essex 7½-3½ Lincs On chess.com – A top six boards performance of 5-1 without loss, fired Essex to their first ECF Online Championship at U1825 level in the Final against Lincs. Two more wins and a draw from the lower order completed the convincing victory. The six Essex wins and three draws are given below (Essex were Black on odds). Match score sheet History is usually written by the victors, but we have an exception with the […]

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Finals Night

The conclusion of the ECF Online Counties Championships is this Saturday, 22 August, starting at 6.30 pm. The Essex Open team missed out on qualification for the Major Open Final, but Essex has a team in the U1825 Championship Final, where they meet Lincolnshire. In theatre, it is considered bad luck to say “good luck” so they say “break a leg!” instead; not sure how easy it is to undergo that particular misfortune online, so we’ll leave it at that. […]

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It’s an Open drubbing! But U1825 reach the Final

ECFOLCC Major Open: Devon 9½-2½ Essex On chess.com – At U175/U180 level, Essex has a 100% record against Devon from six meetings, all of which, however, felt like on a knife-edge. Online at Open level, however, is another matter, Devon being led off by GM Keith Arkell and followed by FM Claridge-Hanson and IM Gary Lane. The Essex Board 1, FM PotatoeTheCat, held Keith Arkell to a draw. Essex managed draws on the bottom two boards and a solitary win […]

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Essex advance

Both Essex teams advanced to the Final sections, the U1825 team in rather more style than the Open. Open Division 1B: Surrey 5½-6½ Essex On chess.com – Essex had one last chance to proceed to a final stage, by beating Surrey in the last Group match. When Surrey declared four boards short, qualification looked a formality for Essex, but the eight Surrey boards were strong at the top, led by GM Bogdan Lalic and supported by Mark Josse 211, Clive […]

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ECF Online County Championships

Open B: Essex 5-8 Greater Manchester – on ECF LMS On chess.com Nothing much between the teams on paper, with Essex holding the edge on grades on the lower boards. Board 5 was afflicted by connection problems when we held a winning advantage and the outcome is unresolved at present. Essex’ two wins: U1825B: Surrey 3-9 Essex – on ECF LMS On chess.com A convincing win against 10-player Surrey, losing only two games, on Boards 5 and 6, against six […]

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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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