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eNewsletter – a slight delay …

Due to reasons beyond our control the eNewsletter will now be published shortly after the Bank Holiday. Our apologies, and thank you for your patience! For those champing at the bit, here’s a link

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27th Frome Congress – results

— from May 13th – 15th, 2016

Open (FIDE-rated)
First: (4.5/5) David Buckley (Bath)
Second equal (4/5) WFM Jane Richmond (Brown Jack), Tim Kett (Cardiff), Matthew Payne (Bath)
British Championship Qualifying Places – Matthew Payne (Bath) 4/5; George Crockart (Wilts), Scott Crockart (Didcot) and David Onley (Combined Services) 3.5/5
FIDE 1930 – 2030 Grading Prize (3/5) Andreas Schmitz (Germany), William Taylor (London), Joe Fathallah (Cardiff)
Under FIDE 1930 Grading Prize (3/5) Mark Littleton (Wimborne)

Read on — 27th Frome Congress – results

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BBC2 Food Detectives

p03q6k3qOn BBC2 tonight at 7.30pm ‘Food Detectives’ features an article on the perils and pitfalls of food labelling, and calls on the help of the Notts. Chess Association in the programme’s quest for clarification and understanding at the Nottingham Playhouse. The programme will be available after transmission on the iPlayer here

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RIP Con Power

— from Marc Bryant

2976570495It’s my sad duty to report the death of Con Power, who died at home on Thursday.

Con had been the rock on which Hastings Chess was built for over half a century.

I first met Con in 1977 at the Hastings Chess Congress, where he already been Congress Secretary for many years. At this time he was also running the Hastings Junior School Chess League and was a Trustee of Pelton House Ltd, which owned the building in which we play today.  He was also a Vice President of the club and served as a Trustee on the Junior Education Fund. This does not even touch upon the duties he performed as a Club Committee Member.

Con became director of the Hastings Chess Congress round about 1980 and his quiet and firm guidance was respected by all. He continued in this role up to 2014, when he relinquished the role as he felt that it was beginning to take its toll on his health. During this time he was recognised by FIDE and was awarded the title International Chess Organiser in 1995. It was a testament to Con that he was one of the very first to be recognised by FIDE in this way.  Also in 1995 and 2015 Con received the British/English Chess Federation’s Presidents Award for Services to Chess.

Con did not restrict his activities to just the Chess Congress, he was also a valued chess club committee member, serving in various posts over many years. He also helped  in organising a simultaneous chess tournament on Hastings pier, which Patrick Moore attended.  He also helped with the Maureen Charlesworth tournament, held locally.

Con was not just about chess – he also enjoyed going on holiday, long walks and quizzes.

He will be sadly missed by all those that knew him.  I for one will not forget him, and would like to extend my condolences to Clare and her family.

Rest in peace, Con …

Con Power Remembered (on the Hastings Chess Congress website) – click here


Con’s funeral will be at St. Mary Star of the Sea, High Street, Old Town, Hastings on Wednesday 11th May 2016, at 12:00 (midday) – no flowers, no funeral clothes, Con requested it be the ‘Best Party Ever!’

— Ken Lucas (obo Marc Bryant)

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Five norms achieved at the 4NCL!


A post appeared on the website the other day announcing that two norms had been achieved at 4NCL, those of James Adair and Matthew Wadsworth. It has now become apparent that we published based on incomplete information and, in fact, 5 norms were achieved in all. Apologies to those who were left out of the original post! The full list of norms can be seen below:

GM Norms
ENG James Adair (White Rose) – 3rd and final GM norm. Rating required.
ENG Yang-Fan Zhou (Guildford) – 2nd GM norm.

IM Norms
ENG James Jackson (Barbican) – 2nd IM norm.
ENG Matthew Wadsworth (Guildford) – 1st IM norm.
IRL David Fitzsimons (Wood Green) – 1st IM norm.

James Adair achieved his 3rd GM norm and will qualify for the Grandmaster title once his ELO grading reaches 2500. His present Elo is 2474, but given his recent form it is likely he will soon reach 2500 and beyond. Yang-Fan Zhou got his second GM norm which is a great achievement in itself, but even more so given that not only did he have to face strong opposition throughout 4NCL, but he was feeling very unwell during last weekend’s games.
Congratulations are also due to James Jackson, who received his 2nd IM norm, and Matthew Wadsworth his first. Both are very promising young players, have a very good chance of achieving the IM title soon and have the potential to build on these successes and be on course for GM results. We also extend our congratulations to David Fitzsimons from Ireland who qualified for his first IM norm.

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British Championships 2017 – announcement

Please see below a provisional schedule for the 2017 British Chess Championships. It outlines the tournaments that are intended to be organised, subject to any comments received – a questionnaire will be distributed at the Championships themselves and on the British Championships website about the specific arrangements regarding some of the events within the schedule. General comments on the detail of the schedule are welcome.

The dates and venue for the 2017 Championships will be announced in due course.

Click here – provisional Schedule

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Tradewise Grand Prix – leader boards

The latest set of leader boards for the Tradewise Grand Prix [3/5/16] and the Tradewise Most Improved Player [3/5/16] are here – follow the link above or click here

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Mr/Mrs/Ms/Mx Bond? I’ve been expecting you …

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Click to expand this flyer from Minnow Films/Channel 4 …

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