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Hugh Tanton 1930 - 2017

A funeral service for Hugh will take place at St John’s Church, Outwood Common Rd, Billericay CM11 2LE on 24th October at 10.30. All are welcome.

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Kent takeaway

SCCU U160: Essex 7-9 Kent
At Wanstead. Essex lost "but it was close". Not a lot to write home about, but does at least serve to demonstrate the popup result feature in the new Calendar. Follow the link below. Take note of the guide to popups on the Calendar cover page and when you get to the Calendar find the above match on 14 October and click it.

The stats area is under development. While documents are there, we have some formatting issues to be resolved.

U160 page | Aggregates | Calendar | Stats area

New ECA Calendar launch

Our third new Calendar has been launched. We have much more confidence in keeping this one up to date as it is developed from the program we use for collating and reporting the County match program and collating the player stats. The Calendar is updated automatically from the match stats and, when we have some results, will link a popup window from each fixture with the match details. The software is still being developed so more features will appear in due course.

Note that the Calendar does not include Essex League fixtures, because they are separately listed in the League section of the website (select 'EL Index' in the masthead above) or click the image.

Access the new Calendar from the old menu item labelled "Calendar" above and left. See the User Guide (Calendar sub menu item) and note the additional guide on the Calendar cover page, particularly points to observe regarding the fixture popups (when a match result is entered). We shall be adding a more comprehensive stats section than in previous seasons which will expand the area where the new Calendar is displayed, with a Stats menu. Look out for lots more data when the result start moving.

Essex League 2017-18

The League files for the new competition are uploaded and first result already reported!

The Index page 2017-18, as ever, can be reached from the link in the masthead directly above. Additionally, each Club's League Calendar is linked from the Clubs Directory menu.

Essex League 2017-18

Writtle retain the Sims Cup

Wanstead's attempt to wrest the Sims Cup from the defending champions received a severe blow late in the afternoon on the day of the match: their original Board 1, IM Artur Sygulski (218 r), dropped out, moving all the other players up a board, with Larry Marden stepping in as a late sub.

This was a closer encounter than the Round 1 score of 3½-1½ to Writtle might have indicated. Writtle, having lost the toss, made both their White's count while Wanstead could only make draws. Wanstead fought back, scoring 3-2 in Round 2, but this was not enough to cancel the Writtle advantage. Yet, had the Board 5 game ended as a draw, a replay would have been necessary as the Round 2 results would have been a mirror image of Round 1. But that didn't happen and Writtle prevailed by 5½-4½. So congratulations to Writtle on their success, their sixth in this competition in the Rapidplay format.

The live transmission of the top three boards did not go without mishap as a problem with the initialisation of the system for Round 1 meant that the games did not get transmitted until later in the round. Round 2, after the system was re-initialised at half time, proceeded correctly. All six PGNs are now available for download and the Round 2 games are available to play on screen.

Knockout LIVE games | Alternative link, no template: Knockout LIVE games | KO Match Details

Andy Lewis wins a thriller

Twenty players contested the second running of the ECA Blitz Championship at Wanstead.

It's a long way from Manningtree to Wanstead, but FM Andy Lewis made the effort count by taking the 2nd Blitz Championship by half a point, with 6½/8, ahead of David Sands and Elliot Cocks on 6.

For Rounds 4-7 there were three players in the joint lead, initially between Andy Lewis, Russell White and David Sands. Elliot Cocks single-handedly transformed this picture, defeating David Sands and Russell White - two tremendous results in successive rounds - to join Andy at the head of the field at he start of the last round. Throughout, however, Andy held the tie-break advantage, but eventually did not need it as he eked out a half point advantage at the line when Elliot was held to a draw by David Spearman in a tricky R & P ending; this was the only time in the whole event when one player held the outright lead. David Sands won his last round game, to join Elliot Cocks in =2nd.

Talented youngster Kyan Bui won the Grading Performance prize, with a +37 effort of 164 off a starting grade of 127. His first victim, Ivor Smith expressed himself "very impressed" by Kyan's play. Charlton Siddo won the "Slow Starter" (0/2) prize. The David Wood Memorial Trust Junior Prize was awarded to Kyan Bui.

Fuller report on the Blitz page.

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