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John Philpott, R.I.P.

It is with great sadness and shock that we have received news of the sudden death on 15 October of John Philpott.

His son Robin has posted the following on Twitter:

“He was an eccentric man, an English gentleman, who went out his way for others, loved Cheese, Chess, West Ham, Anaheim Angels and living on Mersea Island, where  he felt at home actively participating in several choirs and the community.

The alarm was raised after he failed to meet up for West Ham vs Crystal Palace followed by Steel Panther tonight. Shortly thereafter he was discovered by a neighbour.”

Mark Murrell adds:

”News did not reach this afternoon’s ECF Council meeting where a minute’s silence was observed for all those lost to English Chess, to which another great loss has been added. A number of Directors had highlighted John’s voluntary and  immense contributions to national chess organisation over the past year.

He was the guiding influence that saw the ECF turn the corner both financially and as a corporation serving as Financial Controller and Company Secretary simultaneously and above all, wise counsel and friend to all.”

John's contribution to English chess was prodigious and much to numerous to recount here; a better time will be found to pay proper tribute.

For the Essex, he will be remembered as the most successful of County Match Captains, a serial winner of the U175 national Championship, a former Treasurer, Chairman and as "Roving Reporter" at successive British Championships.

One of John's numerous enthusiasms was websites. We are aware of websites he ran for Wanstead & Woodford CC, Insurance CC, Essex U180 (formerly U175), David Wood Memorial Trust, Friends of Chess, The Mersea Island Society; there may be others. We offer links below.

John's Websites: Wanstead & Woodford CCInsurance CC | Essex U180 | David Wood Memorial Trust | Friends of Chess | The Mersea Island Society

Essex salvage pride from lost cause

SCCU U160: Surrey 11-5 Essex
At Cheam. Having declared four defaults in advance, Essex made the trip to Cheam fearing the worst. But worse was to come with two further boards defaulted. To square the match 5-5 on contested games represents some degree of salvation.

Other match: Middx 11½-4½ Sussex

U160 | Aggregates | CCC Website

First win

SCCU U120: Essex 6½-5½ Herts
At Wanstead. The Essex U120 team came up with the first Essex win of the new season in a close match at Home to Herts. Essex had a slight edge on the grades and took the early lead, but Herts came back in the middle period of the match, requiring Essex to come from behind. Scores were levelled with one game still in play and in this Nigel Nice stood firm to take the match for Essex.

Other SCCU U120 matches:

01 Oct - Middx 7½-4½ Kent
08 Oct - Middx 7½-4½ Surrey

U120 | Aggregates | CCC Website

Nervy start for the Champions

The two Essex teams holding national Championship titles both had a nervy start to the new campaign.

SCCU U180: Middx 8½-7½ Essex
at Willesden. Two closely matched sides locked horns on the opening weekend of the new season, the points going to the home team by the narrowest margin. The damage for Essex was done in the upper half, where Middx recorded 4-1 with three draws.

However, Middx were outscored by Surrey who recorded an impressive win by 9½-5½ away to Sussex.

U180 page | CCC Website

SCCU U100: Essex 6-6 Surrey
at Wanstead. Essex were presented with a 1 point start and led for most of the afternoon in varying degrees. Surrey pulled back and went ahead, but Essex won the last game to finish to salvage the draw.

U100 page | CCC Website

Richard Haddrell, RIP

As we wait for news of the first round of County Matches, the source of which for so long has been the SCCU Website, we hear with deep sadness, news of the passing of Richard Haddrell.

Richard was the originator of the SCCU Website, after many years as the Editor of the SCCU Bulletin, and still its Webmaster to the end. For the last 14 years, Richard was ECF Grading Database Manager. In addition to these prominent Union and National posts, Richard also contributed a lifetime's service to Kent chess.

There are announcements on the SCCU Website (tribute by the SCCU President, Julie Denning) and the ECF Website, links below.

SCCU Website | ECF Website

Richard the 1st

The Essex Chess Association was founded in 1898, yet it has taken until 2016 to hold its first Blitz Championship!

IM Richard Pert is the first Essex Blitz Champion, the inaugural tournament being held at Wansted on 24 September. Perhaps not a shock result, but Richard was held to a draw by three of the assembled hopefuls, FM Andy Lewis, David Spearman and Jeff Goldberg, but ultimately could not be prevented from becoming the first Blitz Champion, by a margin of one point, with 6½/8.

David Spearman and Russell White tied =2nd on 5½, while the U180 Grading Prize was won by British U16 Champion, Elliot Cocks, with 5/8 and the U135 Grading Prize went to Charlton Siddo, 4/8. The David Wood Memorial Trust Essex Junior Prize was another accolade for Elliot Cocks. The Slow Starters Prize (0/2) was awarded to Mark Rivlin having recovered his poor start to reach 4/8.

22 had entered, but two did not materialise, so the participating entry was 20. A withdrawal of one after five rounds gave a temporary need for a Bye in R6, but the even number of entrants, now down to 18, was restored with a sympathetic withdrawal after R6.

While readers of the website could follow events on the Internet with update of results throughout the afternoon, the same was unfortunately not the case in the playing room. The planned use of the Roding Room Smart Board to use the website display as its wall chart was defeated by the local installation not being able to connect to the Internet, for a reason that could not be established. This was out of character with the Wanstead & Woodford CC experience which has successfully used the equipment a dozen times without hitch. Pity.

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