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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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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ECF Online Charity Marathon in aid of The Red Cross

Saturday 5 June 2021-Sunday 6 June 2021 the Red Cross Charity Marathon following on from the week long ECF Chess for all Festival (30 May-4 June). The Red Cross Marathon raised £12,000 last year. Free to enter, but the presence of a Donation cell on the entry form tells you what it’s all about. Put your hand in your pocket if you wish, or get your friends to sponsor you, so much a game, or whatever. The event is a […]

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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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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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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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