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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 contest 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:

Essex beat 12-player Sussex

SCCU Open: Essex 9-7 Sussex
At. Wanstead. The Home fixture against Sussex, postponed from 5 Nov, found Sussex marginally better-placed to contest a match than had been the case on the original date, but they notified four defaults in advance. Essex were not at the same levels of strength as against Kent two weeks ago and over the contested boards the two teams were closely-matched. Not surprisingly, Sussex were unable to fully close the 4-0 deficit at start of play. Essex took the percentage route to victory, recording a win and six draws (8-3) before the first Sussex win, then David Sands drew with Feliks Kwiatkowski to secure the match (8½-4½), for skipper Mark Murrell's first Open win. After another draw, Sussex won the last two games to finish.

Open page | Aggregate stats | SCCU CCC Website

Essex bounce back

SCCU U140: Middx 6-10 Essex
At Willesden. After the loss to Herts in their last outing, Essex needed a good result from their trip to Willesden - postponed from 21 Jan. Essex' resounding 10-6 victory fits the bill, with a remarkable 6½ points scored over the top seven boards. With two matches left for all teams, Essex are second behind Herts; level on points with Kent, but with tie-break advantage.

U160 Page | Aggregate stats | SCCU CCC Website

January 2017 Grading List

The new half-year grading list is published today. Click the image or the link below for the Essex list.

This list does not affect eligibility for grading limited competitions, which remains players' grade at 1st September for the SCCU County Championship. However, players who did not have a published grade at that time could have a grade in the January list adopted for eligibility purposes; speak to your team captain.

January 2017 Grading List

Two Home defeats but Away win

SCCU Open: Essex 7-9 Kent
At Wanstead. Kent, we believe, are now SCCU Champions; congratualtions to them on a dominant performance. Essex put out their strongest side for some time, averaging 192. Kent at 198 dipped under 200 for the first time this campaign and Essex in defeat had the moral satisfaction of achieving the best score against Kent to date this season.

Other match: Middx 12½-3½ Sussex

SCCU U160: Kent 6½-9½ Essex
At Dartford. An impressive away performance from Essex, four wins to one with 11 draws. Essex are tied in first place with Middx on 4 points, but Essex have a game in hand; Middx have finished their matches. Surrey on 2 points also have a match in hand (2 points for a win) and, crucially have the tie-break advantage over Essex, but an Essex win in their last match, against Sussex, brooks no reply.

Other match: Middx 9½-6½ Surrey

SCCU U120: Essex 5-7 Middx
At Wanstead. Middx edged ahead with an early win before Essex took the lead with two wins. After that, Middx recorded thee wins against one Essex success, before a win on time saw them over the finishing line.

Other match: Kent 6-6 Surrey

Open Page | U160 PageU120 Page | Aggregate Stats | SCCU CCC Website

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