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The Championships commence at 7.00 pm on Monday 25th January and will comprise the Open Championship and the U1600 Championship contended for in separate Swiss paired sections over 7 double rounds. Each round will comprise two games at G20+10 against the same opponent, one as White and one as Black.
Competition ratings (ECF online rapid or ECF OTB rapid or controller’s estimate taking into account platform rapid ratings) are now showing in the composite entries list on the Essex page of the ECF LMS.
Players listed here as U1600 will be assigned to the U1600 section, unless they notify the Controller before 5.00 pm on 25 January that they wish to play in the Open tournament.
Round dates are now confirmed as: Jan 25; Feb 8, 15 and 22; Mar 8, 15 and 22. All at 7.00 pm unless dispensation agreed.
A player may seek in advance half-point byes for both games in any double-round save for the last, up to a maximum of two double-rounds, or a deferment with the agreement of their opponent.
The interactive pairings cards (allowing live viewing to spectators too) for Week 1 will be published at 6pm on Monday 25th January at: