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Essex Rapid Championsip 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017, Scout HQ, Paradise Road Writtle CM1 3HW

The Entry Form for the Essex Rapid Championship 2017 is published. Note: the new set of FIDE Laws of Chess incepting 1 July 2017 remove the "play" from "Rapidplay"; it's now Rapid Chess.

Full details in Entry Form, link below, or visit the Rapid page. Round 1 starts at 10.15 am, 15 minutes later than previous events, to allow those travelling by public transport to get the number  bus from Chelmsford at 09.44 am.

ONLINE ENTRY is now available through PayPal. You can pay with your credit card; you don't need a PayPal account. Online entry is now our preferred method, but those who wish to can still pay cash on the day, but are asked to register in advance if they intend playing, so that we can populate the tournament software in advance.

We plan to blog round-by-round results live throughout the day, subject to internet connection at the venue: our experience at the recent Team Blitz and Lightning demonstrates that even in 2017 this cannot be taken for granted!

Rapid page | Entry Form (pdf) | Venue map (pdf) | Online Entry | ECA Safeguarding Policy

Wanstead hat trick : Russell White wash - nearly

Firstly, profuse apologies to readers who tried in vain to find the promised round-by-round updates. We found that there was no signal at the Ilford CC venue - no wifi-fi and we couldn't get a signal with our dongle - although we are sure we blogged live from there last year. Anyway, we couldn't get a connection to the Internet and could not, therefore, upload any data. However, all the data is there now.

Fuller reports to follow, but the salient facts are: in the morning's Team Blitz, Wanstead A (The Knightmares) completed a hat trick of Team Blitz wins, but in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Basildon were leading at the start of the last round, with 23½/32, ahead of Wanstead A 22½. However, Basildon, who had knocked Barking off top spot with a 4-0 whitewash in Round 7, now were the victims of an extraordinary result by Wanstead B, who won 3-1, allowing Wanstead A to steal the show with a 3½-½ win over Maldon. Final scores: Wanstead A, 25½/36; Basildon, 24½; Writtle, 23. 10 teams.

In the afternoon, the Lightning was also a remarkable event, but for entirely different reasons. A number of the fancied players dropped points throughout the afternoon, except for one, Russel White of Writtle, who was in fine form and reeled off 5/5, to win with a round to spare, before coasting in with a final draw, to win the Judah Kalinsky trophy with 5½/6, 1½ points ahead of Larry Marden and Kerry Chilvers, 4. 14 players.

Our thanks to Tom Barton and Ilford Chess Club for hosting the event, Syd Kalinsky and King & King for the 25th year of sponsorship and Ivor Smith for controlling.

Team Blitz | Lightning

Team Blitz and Lightning 2017

Taking place Sunday 25 June 2017, at Ilford CC.

Controller: Ivor Smith
Results Technician: Ian Hunnable

Essex Team Blitz: start 10:00 am. Entries have now closed and we have 10 teams of four boards each. Rate of play will be 7 minutes blitz. There is a strong entry and defending Champions, Wanstead A ("Knightmares") will have to be at their best to keep hold of the 'black horse'.

Readers who cannot be there in person will be able to follow events as they unfold, with round-by-round results being uploaded to this website. Links below.

Team Blitz | TB Tournament pages

Essex Lightning Championship: start 02:30 pm. The afternoon event is the individual Lightning Championship, which has a proud tradition going back to 1963-64. This is a particular form of speed chess where a buzzer sounds evry 10 seconds and the player on move has to make a move while the buzzer sounds - not before, not after. It requires a special skill to have a move ready just when the buzzer goes! Defending Championis Larry Marden.

Entries for the lightning will be taken on the day, Entry Fee £10, Juniors £6, but please register your intent to play in advance, by email to so that we can populate the pairing software. Once again, the round-by-round scores will be published on the website throughout the afternoon.

Lightning | Lng Tournament Pages

Essex in U120 Final

ECF U120 SF: Herts 5½-6½ Essex
At Welwyn Garden City. Congratulations to the U120 squad and skipper Malcolm Crane on defeating regular SCCU rivals Herts in the ECF semi-final. The team had to overcome the loss at one hour's notice of their Board 1. Amazing work to dial up Frank Sealey to step in on bottom board with half an hour on his clock and win! Look out, too, for a brilliant finish from skipper Malcolm Crane.

In the Final, on 1 July, Essex will meet SCCU U120 Champions, Middx, who defeated Worcs 7½-4½ in the other Semi-Final.

U120 pageAggregate stats | ECF Website

ECF U180 SF: Middx *8-8 Essex Middx win on Board Count.
At Williesden. From Mark Murrell: Another Middx v Essex classic. With five to play Essex were one behind and looking like going out on bottom board elimination, only for Elliot (the exchange behind) pulling one out of the bag, by which time Peter on Board 3 had committed to an all-or-nothing line (as was required) which did not quite come off. Scores tied at 8-8, but board count was with Middx.

Congratulations to Middx, who did not qualify for the nationals by the automatic route, but were offered a wild card; now in the Final with good chances.

U180 pageAggregate stats | ECF Website

Entries are invited...

Entries are currently open for:

Essex Team Blitz Championship

25 June 2017, 10.00 am, at Ilford CC
Teams of four. Closing date for entries: 23 June 2017.
Entries to: Ivor Smith
Clubs have been circulated.

Team Blitz 2017 page

Essex Individual Lightning Championship

Also 25 June 2017, at 2.30 pm, Ilford CC
Entry on the day, but please register in advance if you intend to play. Email for registration:

Individual Lightning 2017 page

These are Essex closed events.


The date for the Blitz Championship is announced: 23 September 2017, at Wanstead House. Format as 2016, more details in due course. Look back: 2016 Blitz

County Semi-Finals

Both the surviving Essex teams face SCCU opposition in the Semi-Finals, in each case, the opponents are the team which finished below Essex in the respective sections.

Semi-Final pairings

ECF U180: Middx v Essex - 10 June 2017, 1.30 pm at Willesden
Other SF - Devon v Surrey

ECF U120: Herts v Essex;
Other SF - Middx v Worcs

Matches are due to be played 10 June 2017, subject to variation by agreement.

U180 page | U120 page | CC Results | ECF CC page

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