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Hugh Tanton

Billericay Chess Club have announced the sad news that Hugh Tanton passed away on 14th August 2017 at the age of 86 following a serious heart condition.

Hugh was a long time member of Billericay Chess Club. He joined in 1989 and was the club’s Tournaments Officer for many years. Hugh was also a member of the county U120 team and the North Essex Daytime Competition from it's first year until 2015. In his latter years after he stopped driving he continued to play chess at home against members of the Daytime league and Billericay Chess Club until this year. Hugh will be sadly missed by all at the club.

2nd ECA Blitz Championship

Saturday, 23 September 2017, Wanstead House, at 13.00

The Entry Form for the 2nd ECA Blitz Championship is published, link below. Full details are in the form, but the salient features are:

  • An ‘Essex closed’ event;
  • ECA Membership required (other than for Essex Juniors);
  • Rate of play: 5 minutes + 4 seconds per move incremental; Equivalent to 9 minutes on each clock for 60 moves;
  • FIDE Laws of Chess (2017) Blitz apply (see Entry Form P3);
  • Entry Fee £10, Juniors £6;
  • One section - 7-9 Rounds depending on entry, Swiss pairing;
  • Prizes, including Grading Prize(s) according to entry;
  • Essex Junior Prize by David Wood Memorial Trust;
  • Light refreshments will be available;
  • Register in advance pay cash on the day.

Details on how to enter - see form.

Entry FormECA Safeguarding Policy | Wanstead House Users Notices | Blitz Page

SCCU County Fixtures 2017-18

The new season's fixtures are available - however, treat them as provisional at this stage.

Download from the link below.

This is a good time to remind members who have not yet checked their grade results to do so as the August revision is due in about 10 days and will establish eligibility criteria for the 2017-18 County Championships. Make sure your grade is right.

Any member not involved yet with the County Match Programme, who would like to represent the County, is directed to the red side panel, right of screen.

SCCU provisional fixtures 2017-18

Further SCCU news:

SCCU Quasquicentenary Anniversary Match
Saturday 16th September 2017, 1pm to 6pm
SCCU North of the Thames v SCCU South of the Thames

Commemorating 125 years of the Southern Counties Chess Union, at The Hall School, 23 Crossfield Road, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 4NU. 16 September 2017 at 1.00 pm.

"125" is of course topical. The rate of play will be all moves in 125 minutes and the organisers are trying for 125 boards. Participating Essex players will represent North of the Thames, naturally.

If you would like to participate in this historic event please register your interest with the North Team Manager as soon as possible to not be disappointed:

North Team: Manager Chris Majer at  | Match Details (pdf)

Essex at the British 2017

The 2017 British Championships congress started today in Llandudno. This is the first British in its new slimline format, covering 9 days instead of the hitherto 14, running from 28 July - 6 August.

The essexchess website is once more following the fortunes of Essex entrants which you can find under the Essex at the British menu item on the Activities menu. We shall be covering events with our usual Daily Blog, for once, however, without the valued assistance of Roving Reporter, John Philpott. The Essex at the British section of this website is this year dedicated in memory of John.

Essex at the British 2017 | EatB BlogBCC Website

It's out

The July ECF Grading List is published today on the ECF Grading Database website. Click the image (right) or the link below. We have also prepared a link to the Essex CA list (link below).

All players should check their grade and games list and report any missing or incorrect results. The July list is regarded as "provisional", becoming definitive with the August revision. Season-long grading-limited events, such as the County Championships, take their eligibility point as players' grades at 1st September.

To check your 'games included' list, click on the image (right) to go to the grading page, enter your surname (followed by comma space first initial or more if you know the format of your name in the list). From the list of players, click on your grading code, then on the resulting page click on "Games" at the top of the page. Alter the 'Events in' dropdown to say "2016-17" and set the format dropdown to 'standardplay' or 'rapidplay' as required. Inspect your list of games.

Notification of any errors in your games list should be made to:

ECF Grading Database | Essex CA List

Knockout Semi-Finals

With the conclusion of tonight's cliff-hanger quarter-final between Wanstead B and Writtle - the defending champions needing Board Count to come to their aid - the semi-final pairings in both sections are now known:


Writtle v Barking A
Basildon v Wanstead A


Loughton v Upminster A
Barking B v Upminster B

In each pairing, the team on the left is at Home. Matches to be played by 1st September (inclusive).


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