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St Albans Congress report

The 32nd St Albans Chess Congress was held over the weekend of 5-6th April 2014 at St Columba’s College. Congratulations to all the prize winners.

1st – Richard Bates (218), 4.5 points
2nd – Jeremy Ward (200), 4.0 points
3rd – John Briggs (185), 3.5 points
Grading Prizes – Roman Mitra (174) and Philip Bonafont (182), 3 points

1st= – Helge Hjort (175), Peter Lane (175), Shane McCabe (169), 4.0 points
Grading Prize – Brendan O’Gorman 164) and Hugh Fenwick (164), 3.0 points

Read on — St Albans Congress report

ECU Newsletter No. 152

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the ECU. primary schools’ tournament

On Sunday 27th April, from 14.00 – 17.00, an online schools’ chess tournament will take place on Eight cities – including London – will invite one primary school to take part in the event. Each school will provide a team of eight, with optional reserves. If your school is interested in taking part in the tournament, then please contact Teun Koorevaar at for further details.

European Seniors Team Championship Sibenik 2014

- from John Quinn

Two England teams were amongst the 36 teams that took part in this year’s competition in sunny Sibenik on the Croatian coast, north of Split. Since last year, the regulations were changed to reduce the qualifying age from 60 to 50, as a result the competition was stronger this time, with several countries taking advantage of the change to enter higher-rated, younger teams. All the England players were over 60.

The first team was ranked 14th and did better than expected, coming in 8th with 11 match points and 20 board points from 9 rounds. The outstanding performance was that of Tony Stebbings, who scored his first IM norm with a splendid 7/9.

The second team was ranked 29th and eventually finished 30th, with 7 match points and 15 board points, although they were positioned above their ranking for most of the rounds. Paul Habershon on top board and Roger Scowen as the reserve both had good tournaments.

The individual results of the players were –

England 1: Tony Stebbings (2302) 7/9 tpr 2467; John Quinn (2135) 5/9 tpr 2234; James Scholes (2103) 3/9 tpr 2043; Kevin Bowmer (2083) 5/9 tpr 2141

England 2: Paul Habershon (2069) 5/8 tpr 2259; Stewart Reuben (2063) 2.5/7 tpr 1979; Peter Wood (1951) 2/7 tpr 1946; Bill Phillips (1939) 1.5/7 tpr 1821; Roger Scowen (1883) 4/7 tpr 1998.

More details can be found at

Staffordshire Chess Congress prizewinners

1st – 3rd IM Geoffrey Lawton (Checkmate) £150, Malcolm Armstrong (Stafford) (Advertiser Trophy) £165 and Tomasz Sygnowski (Wolverhampton) (Advertiser Trophy) £165
Grading U200: Mark Whitehead (Rochdale), Andrew Paterson (Solihull) and Trevor Brotherton (Church Stretton) share £50
Senior: Mike Surtees (Bolton) Richard Bryant (Oswestry) and Jan Havenaar (Netherlands) share £30
Junior: Owen Bennett (Caerleon) £25

1st Jonathan Hunt (Wolverhampton) £120
2nd Shabir Okhai (Syston) £80
3rd = Michael Connor (Great Lever) Martyn Harris (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and Steve Rooney (Church Stretton) share £50
Senior and Grading U140: Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) £60
Junior: Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) £25

1st – 3rd Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) Francis Rooney (Church Stretton) and Marco Ho (Lichfield) share £250
Grading U100: Marten Kats (Derby) £30
Senior: Christopher Fraser (West Bridgford) Colin Gardiner (Newmarket) and Gordon Somerville share £30
Junior: Adam Bennett (West Nottingham) and Andrew Fenn (Bloxwich) share £20

Premier Games

County Championships Skype meeting

There will be a Skype meeting of the five Union Representatives on Tuesday, 15th July @ 20.00hrs. It will discuss various things to do with the County Championships. If you cannot attend, please try to nominate someone who can represent your Union.

The items to discuss are:
(1) The Draw, i.e.

  • Keeping apart teams from the same Union until the Semi Finals
  • Quarter Final byes being at home in the Semi Final

(2) The five eligibility criteria
(3) Any other business (please advise in advance)

- Alex Holowczak, Director of Home Chess

Hampstead Under 2200

50 players took part in what was a very competitive event. Our next tournament at this venue is in June, but we are taking entries! Well done to all the prize winners —

1. Ali Jaunooby (4.5) – £200
2. Dignam, Villiers, Rogers, V. Gaudeau, Farzaliyev, Kalavannan (4) – £17.00 each
8. Prior, Bonafont, Sagues, Ilett, Wolfgang Jekel (£80 rating prize) (3.5)
13. Landau, Millward, Barasi, Parry, Brozel, G. Ivanov, Jain, Anbukumar, Rishul Karia (£80 rating prize) (3)
22. Modica, Zhou, Jina, Pepe, Samadov (2.5)
27. Meikle-Briggs, Pride, Carter, Davies, Ungaro, Mitchell, Gladstone, Cadart, E. Ivanov, Hung, Gribben, R. Balouka Myers, Ratnesan, A. Gaudeau (2)
41. G. Balouka Myers, K. Karia, Jina (1.5)
44. Atako, Pattni, Rubandhas, Johnson (1)
48. Nair, D. Karia, Rabain (0.5)
51. Larios (0)

National Junior Squad Championship results

Please find below the links to the cross-tables for the events held at the Daventry Court Hotel on 5/6 April 2014:

Under 10 | Under 12 | Under 14 | Under 16

My thanks to Peter Purland and his team for organising another excellent event. 

-Lawrence Cooper,Director of Junior Chess & Education