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Rapid change

The date for the Rapid Championship has been changed due to a clash with the Essex Junior event at Saffron Walden. The new date is one week earlier, on Sunday 17 June 2018. Venue as before, Scout HQ, Paradise Road, Writtle.

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County Championships Draw

The ECF have a new Controller for the County Championships: Mark Murrell. The first job awaiting Mark's attention was the Draw for the ECF Final stage of the County Championships (coloquially known as the "national stages"), which has now been published.

Mark  Murrell reports:

The draws (undertaken by a Committee) for the ECF national stages of the Counties Championships have been published on schedule. The national stages have a very recently appointed new controller, yours truly.

Links and downloads

- The paths for all six of our county teams (pdf)

- The full draw for each of the seven Championships (pdf)

- Link to: New competition management system for entering and displaying all the fixtures and results

Finally, the document link below gives a summary of what awaits the six Essex teams in each section of the national stages of the Counties Championships. The Essex Open team has qualified for the Open this year instead of the almost habitual Minor Counties. The last time Essex qualified in third place we became National Champions. No pressure then!

Essex in the nationals 2018 (pdf)

Southend 2018 - Day 2

Rounds 3 and 4 in all competitions

111 entries was the final tally, down on 123 in each of the last two years. This is principally due to Jersey moving to an Easter slot; a number of Southend "regulars" are this year playing at Jersey instead. If Jersey at Easter becomes a fixture, this could have serious implications for the Southend Congress. Jersey has a sponsor, Southend doesn't.

The top three boards in the FIDE Open are being broadcast Live on the Southend Congress website. This uses the newest version of DGT LiveChess software including a new web page layout for display of live games. Head over there and check it out. Link below; games begin 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. A welcome feature of the new screen is that games from all previous rounds are retained in addition to the current round. Just click on the header above the board for navigation between rounds. Round 1 featured games involving four Essex players, so select Round 1 to play them through. Other navigation is given buttons below the board. The games are best viewed with Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera, but it doesn't work so well with IE11.

Southend Congress website | Live games

Southend 2018 approaches!

The Southend Chess Congress starts this coming Friday, 30 March 2018 – 2 April inclusive; four days. Five sections: Open, U170, U145, U120, U95.

At Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2UN

No time like the present to get in your entry.

Entries 97 (on 29 Mar, at 02:00).

All sections are now 7 Rounds, but players have the option to take up to TWO half point byes before the last round, so if seven rounds in four days does not appeal to you, you have the option to tailor the event more to your liking.

Head to the Congress Website for full details and online entry:

Live Games The top three boards in the FIDE Open are LIVE on the Internet - HERE

Champs finish in style

SCCU U140: Essex 13½-2½ Middx
At Wanstead. This was the match rearranged from 3 March due to the arctic weather conditions. The irony is that, though the freeze broke the day after the original date and the weather had been mild ever since, by the time 17 March arrived, the arctic has returned! The U140 champions, Essex, gave Middx a warm welcome and roasted the visitors by 13½-2½ to complete the clean sweep, winning all matches.

Other matches: Kent-Surrey are playing 24 March.
Also postponed from 3 March Herts-Sussex - no new date yet indicated.

U140 page | Aggregates | Stats Area | Calendar | SCCU Website

2017-18 Speed events

Dates are now in the Calendar for the remaining speed events of the season:

  • Sunday 24 June 2018
    Essex Rapid Championship, at Writtle
  • Sunday 1 July 2018
    Essex Team Blitz Championship, 10.00 am at Ilford CC
  • Sunday 1 July 2018
    Essex Lightning Championship, 2.30 pm at Ilford CC

All are Essex closed events.

Fuller details and Entry Forms in due course, in the meantime, these are fixed dates for your diary.

Calendar | Rapid | Team Blitz | Lightning

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