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Ron Pricket

Funeral arrangements for Ron Prickett from Malcolm Crane:

The funeral will be held at Corbetts Tey Crematorium, Ockendon Road Upminster RM14 2UY

On 26th February at 11.20am.

After the service there will be a wake at Thurrock Chess Club, venue at the East Thurrock Community Association, Stanford-le-Hope.

77 Corringham Road Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0NU

Car park via Hassenbrook Road.

Please email or telephone Malcolm Crane (see the Thurrock page for Malcolm's number) to advise if you will be attending as the family would like some idea of the numbers.

Terry Field

As if losing Ron was not enough, Malcolm has some more sad news:

I have some very sad news regarding Terry Field, he had been suffering from lung cancer and passed away in Hospital on Tuesday [13 February]. 

His family was there at his side and I will pass on any more information as and when I find out any more details as to funeral arrangements etc.

We offer our condolences to Ron and Terry's families and Thurrock Chess Club for their respective loss. - WM.

Last chance slips away

SCCU U180: Essex 7-9 Middx
At Wanstead. Not exactly 'title on the line', because Middx still have a game in hand and Kent have two in hand, but for Essex certainly 'last chance saloon' so far as the SCCU crown was concerned. It was the usual tense, too-close-to-call affair, all-square with five or six to go and it was Middx who edged a couple of knife-edge games. Just as well Essex had already qualified.

SCCU U100: Essex 8-4 Middx
At Wanstead. A most unsatisfactory afternoon. Middx made contact on the Friday evening before the match to say at that time they had only six players. A further email (at 4.00 am Saturday!) said they will most probably have six or seven players, but late on the Saturday (12.25 pm) the final count was only five Middx players on their way. At no time did Middx formally concede any boards, until the last email, by which time it was too late for any Essex players to be saved the trip. Middx won the games played 4-1. Fuller account on the U100 page, Middx (H) tab.

U180 page | U100 page | Aggregates | Calendar | Stats area | SCCU Website

Keith Oliff 1942-2018

Allan Reid, Basildon, writes with sad news of one of Essex's best. We had coincidentally had this news from another source. Allan writes, with details of the funeral arrangements:

Sad news. My friend Keith Oliff died two weeks ago at the age of 76.

Keith was a member of Basildon chess club back in 1955 as a thirteen year old and came back to the club for a couple of seasons about fifteen years ago. I used to give him a lift to matches as were close neighbours. I did not know at the time that Keith had been Southern Counties chess champion in 1968. The year before that it was W.R. Hartston and the year before that it was Ray Keene. Keith never mentioned it. He also got a draw in a Paul Keres simul.

Sadlly Keith developed dementia and it quickly took hold of him. The funeral will be on Wednesday February 21 at 3.40 at Southend Crematorium in the small chapel.

We can add:

Keith was Essex Boys Champion, 1957-58 and 1958-59, having been runner up in 1956-57 and Essex Minor Champion in 1958-59 and runner-up in the Essex Championship 1960-61. On the bigger stage, Keith was British Under-18 Champion which he secured at York 1959, (shared with Malcolm Firth, John Lawrence). Coincidentally, the British U-15 Champion at York 1959 was Ian Reynolds, still playing for the County.

Keith was also the name behind the pseudonym "H.S. Player" and submitted an occasional series of letters/articles to "Chessex" when that was still in publication. His articles were always informative and amusing and we shall re-publish them in a forthcoming website feature.

Essex Championships

Two Essex Championships are on the line in the next two months.

First is the Essex Junior Championship which will be awarded at a new standard play event being organised by IM Richard Pert and Essex Junior Organiser, Robin Slade, just a week away, weekend 10/11 February 2018 at Moulsham Junior School, Chelmsford; the Entry Form for this event is linked below and online entry is available at The first prize is quite interesting and carries value beyond a simple cash prize: a Chess Lesson with IM Richard Pert, £50 and DGT2010 Digital Chess Clock.

The Essex Championship, current holder IM Richard Pert, will again be awarded at the Southend Congress, to the highest placed eligible contestant in the Southend FIDE Open, 30 March-2 April 2018. Online entry is availble for Southend, just head over to the Southend website, link below.

'British Chess' Junior Entry Form | | Southend Congress

Ron Prickett

Malcolm Crane writes:

I have some sad news Ron passed away Friday night. I will let you know arrangements for the funeral when I have them.

An appreciation from Ashley Haydon: "Sad News indeed – Ron was someone you just warmed too. He never had a bad thing to say about anybody."

Leading from the front

This was the story of both the Open and U160 matches at Wanstead House with contrasting fortunes for the two Essex teams.

The U160s were never in trouble as they kept their defence of the Amboyna Trophy alive against a well-matched Surrey side whilst the reverse was true for the Open team with their strong finish coming too late to worry Championship contenders Middlesex.

SCCU Open: Essex 7-9 Middx
At Wanstead. For Essex these days, to field a team within five grading points of Middlesex is an achievement in itself. However, a grading differential of five in a 16-board match is the point at which statistically it affects the odds and Middx took the match with three to play. Another earnest but "if only" performance, though we are in good company, having lost to Middlesex by similar margins to Kent and Surrey.

Other match Surrey 7-9 Kent.

SCCU U160: Essex 9½-6½ Surrey
At Wanstead. Essex were gifted a point start and from then on the team did not let up with plenty of battling match chess. Qualification is now in Essex' hands. An away win at Middlesex next time out is needed to deny them the Championship and keep Essex chances of the crown alive. A tricky run in as neither Middlesex nor Kent away are easy tasks.

Other match: Kent 7½-8½ Middx.

Open page | U160 Page | Aggregates | Calendar | Stats Area | SCCU Website

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