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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

Knockout entries open

We're a little late this year, but the Entry Form has now gone out to Clubs for this year's Essex Knockout.

Teams of 5 as the previous two years, but this year two innovations: i) Online entry to the KO is available for the first time; ii) a "Fischer" incremental rate of play (G20 + 10 secs per move) is available by agreement (conditions apply, see Entry Form). There is a new version of the FIDE Laws of Chess coming in at 1st July 2017, but as the Essex Knockout starts before that, the whole competition will be played according to the 2014 Laws.

Closing date for entries is 2 June 2017 with the draw to be published by 5 June. Round end dates (inclusive): R1 - 7 July; R2 - 4 August; SF - 1 September, Final in September. British Championships are 28 July - 6 August.

Defending Champions Writtle will get a free entry as the winners' perk, as will Barking B, as winners of the Plate, if Barking enter two teams.

KO links: Knockout page | Online Entry | Entry Form (pdf) | KO Rules (pdf) | FIDE RP Laws (pdf)

Two qualify for semis

ECF U180 QF: Lancs 6½-9½ Essex
At Spondon, nr Derby. Essex U120 will have company in the semi-finals as the U180 team progressed convincingly at the expense of old foes Lancs; Essex improved on last year's Final win against Lancs by half a point.

The venue in The Old School was excellent for playing chess, being the home of East Midlands Bridge. Derby is a longer than usual trek for Essex in a national stages encounter and perhaps this explains why the early results favoured Lancs, but thereafter it was Essex who chalked up an impressive line of results, crossing the winning line with three games to spare.

U180 page | Aggregate stats

Essex U14 are Champs!

From Trevor Dickerson:

Many congratulations to the Essex under 14 Team on winning the SCCU title last Saturday after defeating a strong Sussex team. Full details can be found on the website of the Essex Junior Chess Association at the following link:

Essex U14 SCCU Champs

Readers of the ECA website can always keep up with the exploits of our talented Juniors via the Essex Junior CA link in the Quick Links listed in the masthead above.

Worcs outdistance Essex

ECF U140 QF: Essex 6½-9½ Worcs
At Milton Keynes. Worcs had an edge in the relative grades and made this count. Essex fought hard, restricting Worcs to a one point advantage for three hours of the match, before Worcs extended their winning advantage to three points in the closing stages.

Our thanks to Mark Murrell (Roving Reporter 2) for providing a blog from the match.

U140 page | Aggregate stats

Other matches:

U140 QF: Notts 8½-7½ Kent
U180 QF: Middx 9-7 Warks

The last of the Essex QF matches, U180 v Lancs, takes place tomorrow, 21 May, at Spondon, nr Derby. It was Lancs whom the U180 team beat in last year's ECF Final.

So far, of the four Essex qualifiers, only the U120 team has made it through to the Semi-Finals.

U180 page

Then there were three

ECF Minor QF: Essex 6½-9½ Lincs
At Peterborough. Essex and Lincs have developed a keen rivalry in the Minor Counties (since Essex accepted a Minor Counties place), having met in five of the last six years. Essex won the first three fixtures, but Lincs have now won the last two, curiously by reversing the scores of the first two fixtures between these two sides. Yet, for the wide variety of scores, on paper there has been nothing between the teams. In this latest fixture, Essex had taken the early lead and were still one ahead at 4-3, but won no further games as Lincs chalked up four further wins while Essex could only manage five draws.

Minor page

ECF U160 QF: Essex 7½-8½ Notts
At Milton Keynes. Essex held the lead for a long time in this match, against the grades, reaching 7-5 with four games in play. But Notts held the advantage in the remaining games. The Board Count situation will be familiar to Essex watchers: in Notts' favour. The scores were levelled at 7½-7½ and, to save Essex frustrations, Notts won the last game to finish to make it a clean win.

U160 page

Two of the five qualified Essex teams are now out, only Essex U120 through to date. Essex U140 play Worcs Saturday, 20 May at OU at Milton Keynes and Essex U180 play Lancs, Sunday, 21 May at Derby.

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