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December 2014
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Challenge Match – Gawain Jones v Romain Édouard

- from David Openshaw, ECF International Director

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Today (10/12/14) sees the first game of the Brambles Administration Challenge match between Gawain Jones and Romain Édouard (France), two young Grandmasters who are both in the World’s Top 100.

This is an ECF initiative to give our younger players some additional experience against strong opposition and some experience of match play.

The match will be played over six games. The first five will be played in the auditorium at the London Classic at Olympia and the final game on Monday 15th December will be played alongside the Brambles Administration Hampstead International Under 2200, Heathside School, Hampstead.

My thanks to Stewart Reuben for arranging the sponsorship, Malcolm Pein and the London Classic and Adam Raoof for hosting the event.

We are also in the process of arranging a similar match for David Howell …

ECU Press Release – EICC Jerusalem 2015

ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili visited Jerusalem / EICC 2015 Prize Fund raises 120.000 euros and may raise more …

The ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili made an inspection trip to Jerusalem on the 11th-12th of December.  Mr. Azmaiparashvili visited the hotels and the playing hall that will host the European Individual Championship from 23 February to 9 March 2015.  During his stay in Jerusalem he met and had talks with the Chairman of the Israel Chess Federation, Moshe Slav, and members of the Organizing Committee.

During the meetings it was decided that the prize fund for EICC 2015 will raise 20.000 euros to reach the total amount of 120.000 euros. The organizers said they may add an additional 10.000 euros depending on the sponsorship of the tournament.

As far as the European Individual Women Championship 2015 is concerned, it was decided that the remaining time is not enough for its successful organization in Jerusalem. The Championship will take place later in the year on available dates. The ECU President is already in negotiations with the potential organizers.

In the free time between the meetings, the ECU President had a guided tour in the historical city of Jerusalem and some chess challenges!

Full report here

One Day Junior Chess Day – York

York Chess Club and the John Robinson Fund are proud to announce a one day junior chess day.

Venue – Archbishop CoE Junior School, Bishopthorpe  Tel: 01904-551630
Date – Saturday 18th April 2015
Times – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Ages – 6-18
Primarily open to York and District children, but some guests will be invited.
Entry fee – FREE!
Programme – Training for all abilities with separate beginners’ coaching. Sheila Jackson WGM, five times British Champion will lead the event. There will be a Land Challenge on a Swiss system over 6 rounds and prizes will be given.
This is NOT a knockout event. Refreshments and parents room available. Entry form pending. Helpers welcomed.

Organiser – Peter Cloudsdale Tel: 01094 624958 Email:

London Chess Classic Rounds 3, 4 and 5 reports

- from John Saunders

Round 3 – reportPGNphotos — Round 4 – reportPGNphotos — Round 5 – reportPGN | photos

Website – | Ray Morris-Hill photography –

London Chess Classic Round 2 report

- from John Saunders

Round 2 results (3-1-0 scoring system) were —
Anand 1-1 (draw) Caruana, Kramnik 3-0 Nakamura (win for White) and Giri 3-0 Adams (win for White). The second game of the Jones-Edouard match was drawn, so the match score is currently Jones 1½-½ Edouard.

Photos by Ray Morris-Hill of today’s and yesterday’s action in the London Classic here

Photos by John Saunders of today’s play in round two of the London Chess Classic here

London Chess Classic Round 1 report

- from John Saunders

Round 1 results (using 3-1-0 scoring):
Nakamura 1-1 Giri, Kramnik 1-1 Anand, Adams 3-0 Caruana.
Gawain Jones beat Romain Edouard in the first of their six-game challenge match …

For a full report click here
Photographs – John Saunders 1John Saunders 2John Saunders 3Ray Morris-Hill 1Ray Morris-Hill 2