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61st Southend Easter Chess Congress

Essex Championships

14-17 April, 2017, at Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive. Just three weeks away. This is where the Essex Championships will be awarded.

The highest placed eligible player in the FIDE Open will be awarded the title Essex Champion and the highest eligible player graded U160 in the Leigh-on-Sea U170 will be awarded the title Essex U160 Champion. Two changes this year for the U160 Championship: firstly the U160 title will be awarded in the U170 (previously was awarded for the Open), secondly the ECF graded sections are this year 7 round events instead of 5. Tie-breaks are: i) sum of progressive scores, then if needed, ii) sum of opponents' scores.

Don't delay - enter today!

Full details and online entry can be found on the Congress website:

Southend 2017

Essex near full house in the nationals

SCCU U180: Essex 9-5 Surrey
At Wanstead. Both sides struggled to fill 16 boards and agreed on a 14-boards egagement. Essex held a clear advantage over the lower boards and made this count to secure second place in the division.

SCCU U140: Essex 8-8 Surrey
At Wanstead. The U140 squad had to show character to come back after Surrey established an early lead. Fluctuating fortunes made this a tense affair, with all three results possible at various times, before the draw was secured.

Mark Murrell sums up Essex success for the nationals: "Joining the SCCU Champions U160 squad in the National Stages are our Minor Counties, U180, U140 and U120 teams, making this one of our most successful qualifying campaigns in recent years. The fate of the U100 squad is in the hands of others, when Kent play Surrey next Saturday.  Congratulations to all of the players concerned and in particular skippers Peter Nickals, Gavin Hughes, Charlton Siddo and Malcolm Crane."

U180 | U140 | Aggregates

Simultaneous Display – Robert Brown Memorial Charity Fundraiser

Reminder: 'Robert Brown' simul - a simultaneous chess display for up to 50 players by top ranking chess experts Grand Master Simon Williams and International Master Richard Bates. Further details below (see the article on 14 February).

This event is to raise money for Robert’s chosen charity, the British Lung Foundation. Wanstead House is providing the accommodation free of charge and the two Masters are providing their services free of charge. All proceeds from entry will go to the charity.

Date – Friday 10th March 2017 – 19.15 for 19.30 start.

Venue – Wanstead House Community Centre, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT – just by Wanstead Central Line Station. The large hall in the back garden. There will be a cash bar and cafe available in the hall.

Cost – £12 adults  £8 Juniors.

Contact Chingford Chess Club asap – first come first served for tickets:

Brian Spear:
Robin Oakley:

A good day for Essex

SCCU Open: Surrey 9-7 Essex
At Cheam. Story as before, encapsulated by the 'sound-bite' from Mark Murrell (who wasn't even there! - see U160 v Sussex): "An excellent performance today but not quite enough - 9-7 loss - including some brilliant individual performances." Philip Staniland subbed as skipper for Mark.

Essex Open complete the SCCU programme having scored 9-7 in all four matches - one win and three losses.

Open Page | SCCU CCC Website

SCCU U160: Essex 9-7 Sussex
At Wanstead. A rarity in this one - a full Sussex side away from home! There were naturally some nervy moments, Essex needing to win for the SCCU U160 title, but Essex prevailed by a two point margin - the theme of the day. Essex are now SCCU U160 Champions. Kent can match the Essex points total, but Essex have the tie-break over Kent. Congratulatios to all concerned!

U160 Page | SCCU CCC Website

SCCU U120: Kent 5-7 Essex
With this away win over Kent, Essex secured second spot behind Middx who have the tie-break advantage over Essex, as well as a match in hand.

U120 Page | SCCU CCC Website

Summary fom ECA Match Captain, Mark Murrell:

A good day for Essex!

  • First qualifying place in Minor Counties
  • U160 Champions
  • U120s take second

Essex Home double

SCCU U180: Essex 9-7 Middx
At Wanstead. The afternoon started badly for the Home team, with Middx shooting into an early 2-0 lead after three results. Kevin White and Vladimir Parols won, however, to steady the boat, then Essex went ahead with wins from Malcolm Kingsley and Edison Figueroa to take a two point lead; some turnaround! There were no further wins for either side, although Martin McCall had to hold on a pawn down for some time, before securing the draw. Having outscored the Middx 8½-7½ win at Willesden in the first match, Essex now hold the tie-break advantage over Middx, with all to play for in the final fixture.

The match was overshadowed by the sad news of the sudden death of George Dickson last Monday. He was 77. George had been in the Middlesex team for this match and before play began, Middx captain Anthony Fulton paid tribute to the long-serving Middlesex player - a 200-class player in his day - and a minute's silence was observed. We offer our condolences to his family and Middx chess colleagues on their loss. The Webmaster remembers being tied in knots by G.A. Dickson years ago when his grade was 202.

U180 Page | SCCU CCC Website

SCCU U140: Essex 10-6 Sussex
At Wanstead. Essex on a roll have Sussex to thank for declaring four defaults in advance. Two more Sussex defaults gave Essex a 6-0 start. The Sussex players present, however, won 6-4 over the contested boards, but couldn't prevent the inevitable Home win.

U140 Page | SCCU CCC Website

SCCU U100: Kent 7½-4½ Essex
St Anselms Parish Hall, Dartford. Dartford, but not as we know it as this was not the Mick Jagger Centre. Kent, however, can apparently play anywhere: while Essex won the middle boards, Kent held sway top and bottom, for their first win in three matches, although one of those was defaulted.

U100 Page | SCCU CCC Website

Chess Simultaneous Display – Robert Brown Memorial Charity Fundraiser

Robert Brown was a longstanding chess player for Chingford and London Deaf. Despite massive health problems he got on with life without complaining and was much admired for his positive attitude. He recently died of pulmonary fibrosis aged 57 and Chingford Chess Club, with assistance from Wanstead, is organising a simultaneous chess display for up to 50 players by top ranking chess experts Grand Master Simon Williams and International Master Richard Bates.

This event is to raise money for Robert’s chosen charity, the British Lung Foundation. All proceeds from entry will go to the charity.

Date – Friday 10th March 2017 – 19.15 for 19.30 start.

Venue – Wanstead House Community Centre, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT – just by Wanstead Central Line Station. The large hall in the back garden. There will be a cash bar and cafe available in the hall.

Cost – £12 adults  £8 Juniors.

Contact Chingford Chess Club asap – first come first served for tickets:

Brian Spear:
Robin Oakley:

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