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SCCU County Fixtures 2017-18

The new season's fixtures are available - however, treat them as provisional at this stage.

Download from the link below.

This is a good time to remind members who have not yet checked their grade results to do so as the August revision is due in about 10 days and will establish eligibility criteria for the 2017-18 County Championships. Make sure your grade is right.

Any member not involved yet with the County Match Programme, who would like to represent the County, is directed to the red side panel, right of screen.

SCCU provisional fixtures 2017-18

Further SCCU news:

SCCU Quasquicentenary Anniversary Match
Saturday 16th September 2017, 1pm to 6pm
SCCU North of the Thames v SCCU South of the Thames

Commemorating 125 years of the Southern Counties Chess Union, at The Hall School, 23 Crossfield Road, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 4NU. 16 September 2017 at 1.00 pm.

"125" is of course topical. The rate of play will be all moves in 125 minutes and the organisers are trying for 125 boards. Participating Essex players will represent North of the Thames, naturally.

If you would like to participate in this historic event please register your interest with the North Team Manager as soon as possible to not be disappointed:

North Team: Manager Chris Majer at  | Match Details (pdf)

Essex at the British 2017

The 2017 British Championships congress started today in Llandudno. This is the first British in its new slimline format, covering 9 days instead of the hitherto 14, running from 28 July - 6 August.

The essexchess website is once more following the fortunes of Essex entrants which you can find under the Essex at the British menu item on the Activities menu. We shall be covering events with our usual Daily Blog, for once, however, without the valued assistance of Roving Reporter, John Philpott. The Essex at the British section of this website is this year dedicated in memory of John.

Essex at the British 2017 | EatB BlogBCC Website

It's out

The July ECF Grading List is published today on the ECF Grading Database website. Click the image (right) or the link below. We have also prepared a link to the Essex CA list (link below).

All players should check their grade and games list and report any missing or incorrect results. The July list is regarded as "provisional", becoming definitive with the August revision. Season-long grading-limited events, such as the County Championships, take their eligibility point as players' grades at 1st September.

To check your 'games included' list, click on the image (right) to go to the grading page, enter your surname (followed by comma space first initial or more if you know the format of your name in the list). From the list of players, click on your grading code, then on the resulting page click on "Games" at the top of the page. Alter the 'Events in' dropdown to say "2016-17" and set the format dropdown to 'standardplay' or 'rapidplay' as required. Inspect your list of games.

Notification of any errors in your games list should be made to:

ECF Grading Database | Essex CA List

Knockout Semi-Finals

With the conclusion of tonight's cliff-hanger quarter-final between Wanstead B and Writtle - the defending champions needing Board Count to come to their aid - the semi-final pairings in both sections are now known:


Writtle v Barking A
Basildon v Wanstead A


Loughton v Upminster A
Barking B v Upminster B

In each pairing, the team on the left is at Home. Matches to be played by 1st September (inclusive).


Essex Rapid 2017

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

The Essex Rapid has been held in Writtle for several years now, but this year found a new venue, Scout HQ in Paradise Road. There were 32 entries, six players down on the last two years, but split over three sections rather than four. The Major with only five entries was rationalised by Malcolm Kingsley generously transferring to the Open leaving four players to contest a double round all-play-all. The Open and the Minor can be followed on the Tournament Pages link below. For the Major, you will find the pairings and results on the Rapid 2017 page.

The Open finished with IM Richard Pert and FM Andrew Lewis tied on 4½/6, with Richard Pert retaining his Rapid Champion title by half a tie-break point (17.5 to Andrew's 17 on Sum of Progressive Scores). David Spearman was third on 4 including a draw with Richard, and Kerry Chilvers won the U175 Grading Prize with 3/6.

The four-player Major was keenly contested with an exciting finish as Egor Latypov and David Smith, tied on 3½/5 at the start of the last round, experienced different fortunes. Egor was held to a draw by Andrew Willoughby while David Smith, anticipating the need to win, overpressed and lost, allowing Ed Porter to come up on the rails to join Egor in 1st place and share the cash.

The Minor was dominated by Ryan Smith who reeled off 5/5 before coasting in with a closing draw to win on 5½/6. Mark Johnson came second on 5, having lost only to Ryan, whille Christopher Willoughby was third on 4½. Keen competition for the two grading prizes saw each shared by two players, all four scoring 3/6. The U75 Grading Prize was split between Madison Bowden and Olga Latypova while the U95 Grading Prize was divided between Christopher Wray and Ethan Yau.

With thanks to Ivor Smith for locating this excellent venue and hosting this year's Rapid, providing the refreshments, etc. and to Mark Murrell for providing assistance throughout the event.

Next speed event is the second ECA Blitz Championship at Wanstead on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Don't miss it.

Tournament Pages LINK:  Pairings & Results ETC
This link will take you to the Open section. From there, the dropdown menu at the top of the page, under the 'Home' tab will provide links to the Open and Minor sections. The Major details can be found on the Rapid 2017 Page - link below.

Entry Form | Writtle venue map | Rapid 2017 page | ECA Safeguarding Policy

Essex Knockout

Round 1 of this year's Essex Rapidplay Knockout has been completed, with the following results.

Match A: BARKING A 6-4 Loughton
Match B: UPMINSTER A 4-6 Wanstead B
Match C: WRITTLE - Bye to Match H
Match D: BASILDON 7-3 Wanstead C
Match E: Barking B 3½-6½ ILFORD
Match F: WANSTEAD A 7-3 Upminster B

Seeded teams in CAPS. Full details via the Knockout competition tables.

The KO Quarter-finals give rise to the following pairings:

Match H: Wanstead B v WRITTLE

with BARKING A and WANSTEAD A each having a Bye to the Semi-Finals.

The Plate QF comprises one match Wanstead C v Barking B, with Loughton, UPMINSTER A and Upminster B each having a Bye to the Plate SF.

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