Chessable English Chess Championships

From Mark Murrell: A bit of Essex interest here… Chessable English Women’s Championship1st and English Women’s Champion 2022 – WIM Lan Yao (6/7)2nd – Alaa Gamal (5½/7)3rd= Nina Pert, Mae Catabay (4½/7)U18 (excluding those placed above) Elis Dicen (4/7)Performance prizes to be confirmed. Chessable English Championships 2022 – English Chess Federation

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Southend returns

The Southend Easter Chess Congress, last run in 2019 and sidelined by covid in 2020 (cancelled) and 2021, makes its return to the Essex chess scene – 14 April 2022 to 18 April 2022. The congress starts on Thursday 14 April, with the 2nd Southend FIDE Rapid, then the conventional 7-round events Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April: FIDE U1900, ECF U1750, ECF U1600 and ECF U1450. The U1600 section includes the Frank Sealey Prize kindly donated in Frank’s […]

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Close encounters

SCCU U2050: Surrey 8-8 Essex – 14 board match, contested games 7-7. At Cheam. All square in Cheam today. Surrey creamed the top half, but Essex managed to equalise lower down. The two Essex wins in the top half – games given on the U2050 page – were both comfortable and early (among the first three results – Board 9 the other), so it was a big surprise that Surrey won all the other top half games, against the ratings. […]

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Incredible Middx steal

SCCU U1850: Essex 7½-8½ Middx At Wanstead. Essex appeared to be set for a comfortable home win, 4 points up with five games still in play; just one more point needed. But one by one, Middx pulled back the deficit until they completed an amazing turn around to steal the points, winning the last five games to finish. Incredible. SCCU U1450: Middx 3-9 Essex At Willesden. An experience that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Late advice from the […]

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Another double

SCCU U2050: Essex 9½-6½ Middx At Wanstead. A good, solid performance from the U180 national champions (a long while ago, wasn’t it!) at home to familiar opposition. Essex found a new player as a late replacement on Board 8 for a successful debut. The new wider rating bands allowed Essex to complete a 16 board team without dipping into the next rating band (U1850). Read Paul Kenning’s commentary on the U2050 page – Middx (H) tab. SCCU U1650: Essex 9½-6½ […]

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Win double

SCCU U1850: Surrey 7½-8½ Essex At Cheam. Despite conceding a point by default, Essex started the comeback competition with an away win. Full details with a selection of games, on the U1850 page (link below). Other match: Kent 9½-6½ Middx SCCU U1450: Essex 9-3 Surrey At Wanstead. The visitors gave Essex a three game start with defaulted boards and Essex won the contested boards by 6-3, to make it a win double for Essex over Surrey. Other match Middx 5½-6½ […]

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No Southend Congress in 2021

Back on 13 March 2020 the 2020 Southend Easter Chess Congress was cancelled due to the impending situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision was justified just four days later, when the country entered national lockdown. At that time, the organisers hoped to be able to resume the series of Southend Easter Chess Congresses in 2021. However, as feared might be the case, a new wave is upon us and the Covid Alert level in London and the South East […]

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