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SCCU U160: Essex 8-8 Middx
At Wanstead House. "A match which had everything", acting skipper Mark Murrell so described this encounter. Essex suffered a default and the early exchanges across the board threatened a Middx juggernaut. Essex resilience came to the fore to right the balance and even threaten a narrow victory, only for Middx to square things at the end.

Other match: Surrey 9½-6½ Kent. After 1st cycle: Middx 2½/3; Essex 1½, Kent, Surrey 1.

SCCU U120: Essex 7½-4½ Kent
At Wanstead House. A possible default also affected this match, with the Kent Board 1 showing up only after he had been substituted. The Essex winning advantage was, however, convincing. Essex top the table with two wins, but each of the other teams has played only one match.

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Appeal outcome

SCCU U180: Kent 8-7 Essex - after penalty applied for ungraded player.
The match as played was a win to Kent by 10-6. However, the Kent Board 11 did not have a published grade, but was nonetheless cleared by the County Match Controller after the event; Rule 5(c)(2)(i) of the SCCU County Match Rules specifies prior clearance. Essex raised an objection and the CMC referred the matter to the Rules and Appeals Committee. The decision, now received, upheld the appeal. This does not change the result of the match, but does adjust the Game Points to Kent 8-7 Essex; Game Points might, of course, become important in the final analysis.

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SCCU U180: Kent 10-6 Essex
At Dartford. Played at Not the Mick Jagger Centre. Kent have a new venue, round the corner from Mick Jagger at St Anselm's Parish Centre. All Kent's home matches will be played at St Anselm's, with the exception of the Open fixture which will be played at Rochester. In the present fixture, Kent gave their new home a good welcome, which is more than they gave today's visitors! Regardless of the outcome, we found the new venue offered spacious and comfortable playing conditions and especially quiet.

Skipper Gavin had to work hard to complete the team, not long before looking at three defaults. In the end, only illness prevented the full 16 taking the field. One of the Kent players is ungraded, but does not appear on the cleared players list, which if confirmed will change the score to 8-7 with penalty points, but won't change the result; we wait to hear. Update 5 Nov: The player has today appeared on the "cleared" list, with an estimation of 160 and today's date, but no explanation of the circumstances. The Rules require "prior" clearance and, while the result of the match might not change, Game Points might be important. We think this story might run. Update 6 Nov: The matter has been referred to the Rules and Appeals Panel.

SCCU U140: Essex 9½-6½ Herts
At Wanstead House. The U140 team brought Essex its only success on a busy day. In a blood-thirsty encounter, Essex scored 8 wins to 5 with just three draws.

SCCU U100: Essex 4½-7½ Surrey
At Wanstead House. In the third of the day's fixtures, Essex were disappointed in the opening U100 fixture. This is a surprising reverse as Essex had a slight edge on the grades of an average 3.6 GP per board. In such circumstances, one is reminded of the words of Harry Woolverton: "If you could tell the result of a chess match just by looking at the teams on paper, chess would be a very dull game indeed!"

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County match updates... Calendar

We have now rolled out a new feature in the Calendar: popups for future fixtures. We already have popups in the Calendar for matches played, with a popup link to the match result, but now we have implemented popups for future fixtures, giving various details, including a map of the venue (where confirmed).

This new Calendar feature coincides with details for Kent away matches, the most immediate being U180 v Kent this coming Saturday, 4 November. Kent no longer play at the Mick Jagger Centre. Kent's new venue, still in Dartford, is just round the corner from the MJC, at St Anselms Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford. There is an earlier start time of 13:00. All Kent's home matches will be played at the new venue, with one exception, the Open match Kent v Essex on 24 February will be played in Rochester, at St Justus Church, The Fairway, Rochester ME1 2LT, also with a start time of 13:00. So, head over to the new popup and checkout the popups and venue maps.

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Bouncebackability

SCCU U160: Surrey 6-10 Essex
At Cheam. After the disppointment of a loss in the opening fixutre away to Kent, Essex bounced back with a convincing away win against Surrey in Cheam. Essex took the early lead and held it. Read Mark's blow-by-blow account on the U160 page.

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Essex away double

SCCU U140: Sussex 7½-8½ Essex
At Horsham. We can't improve on Charlton's description: "Thank you to all who braved the journey, in the eye of Hurricane Brian, to play against Sussex this afternoon, in Horsham! I’m glad to report back that Essex won the match 7½-8½. Well done to Ken for beating his opponent in 9 moves!", except to add that Essex gave Sussex a point start.

SCCU U120: Herts 4½-7½ Essex
At Welwyn Garden City. Malcolm Crane reports: "It was a good close match as usual, with Essex taking a 1 point lead on the second result which came from Robin. Essex held the lead all the way through but the match was not won until the eleventh result came in which was a win for John Jestico, shortly after this Nick Pelling secured a win to give a final score of 7½-4½.

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