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English Chess Federation Awards for 2016

The following are the categories under consideration. The period is from late May 2015 to early June 2016. The list of nominees for Player of the Year is shown separately below. You can vote online for one candidate only and should do so by 30 June. Nominations in the other categories should be sent to stewartreuben@aol.com by 30 June. A brief encomium should be included.

The Book of the Year Committee handles that award separately. There could be a DVD of the Year, but nobody so far has shown interest in joining such a committee.

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Bronze members 2015/16

Please note — players wishing to take out Bronze membership, or renew their Bronze membership, in order to avoid league game fee for the 2015-16 season must do so by 30th June 2016

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Arbiter Regulations – consultation

The consultation documents regarding arbiter regulations can be found below —

Why we are proposing to change them | Full Proposal | Proforma Guide for Assessors

The ECF is inviting responses from arbiters, players, and other interested parties before Monday, 8th August. A form to respond to these consultation papers can be found here. For general feedback in this matter, please use the Ask the Directors button on the left of the website …

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Shreyas Royal achieves a Silver Medal at the ESCC 2016

Shreyas Royal ESCC 2nd place U7s 2016

Shreyas Royal achieved a well deserved Silver Medal in the U7 section of the 2016 European Schools Chess Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. This was Shreyas’ first international tournament and despite starting ranked 16th with no FIDE rating, he was unbeaten during the 9 rounds, ending up with a score of 7/9.

The ECF sends its congratulations to Shreyas on an excellent performance.

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Bristol Summer Congress 2016 – report

The Bristol Summer Congress 2016 was held at the Bristol Grammar School June 10th-12th. 93 players participated, the first time we have had more than 90 at the current venue. We are hoping to reach 100 for our next congress on Aug 26th-28th.

FIDE-rated OPEN (20 players)
Once again, the top seed in the Open was GM Keith Arkell. And not surprisingly, he finished first. His second round draw vs Steve Dilleigh prevented him from winning this year’s Grand Prix outright. His third round victory over IM Chris Beaumont, the second seed, was compensation for Chris’ victory two weeks earlier at the Cotswold Congress. And Keith’s final round win over Javier Ruano Marco attracted quite a crowd. There was a buzz of anticipation in the crowd when Javier advanced his pawn to the 7th rank and a major upset was on the cards. But Keith, the end game specialist, proved it was not to be. All games in the Open can be viewed here. Keith’s last round game is here

Other notable performances — Carl Bicknell finished second, having previously qualified for this year’s British Championship with 5/5 in a previous Bristol Congress. John Waterfield, graded only 1956, finished equal 3rd. R Cherupalli from Swindon, ungraded, finished with a respectable 50%, and Luke Scott flew over from Dublin for his weekend of chess.

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First Chess Master @ The Local event feat. GM Keith Arkell

keithOn Wednesday 22nd June between 7.00pm – 10.00pm, the first Chess Master @ The Local event will occur, featuring GM Keith Arkell. The venue is The George & Dragon, High Street, Thames Ditton KT7 0RY

The event will take place in the main bar and is deliberately very informal, surrounded by the usual bar hubbub. It is specifically aimed at the interested but occasional player although club players are very welcome to attend and clubs wishing to attract new membership may find it useful to send a representative of provide some publicity material.

The event will include a small simul by Keith over 6-8 boards where players will be replaced as games finish. Keith will also be happy to play piece odds against unrated opposition. There’ll be a small prize for a win and a prize for the best game.

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Draft Finance Council minutes

The draft minutes of the April 2016 Finance Council meeting have been published and can be viewed here. Comments on the draft are invited: all comments received by the end of June will be reviewed in early July, and a revised draft published at that stage if appropriate.

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ECF vacancies

Two vacancies have arisen within the ECF – Company Secretary and Financial Controller. The closing date in both cases is 5th July 2016

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Obituary – Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi

Viktor was born 23 March 1931 and died 6 June 2016 [picture from Getty Images]
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He was a great grandmaster and is often referred to as the strongest player never to have been World Chess Champion. His indomitable will to win was possibly forged during The Great Patriotic War. He survived the siege of Leningrad, although hospitalised during it with malnutrition.

He played in Hastings in 1971-2 and tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov with 11/15. At that time the British took up the last 5 places. I remember playing bridge with both K’s at The Queen’s Hotel. My partner, Michael Franklin hadn’t played for 10 years. I put him into a small slam. It depended on a finesse. This Michael correctly took, but Viktor failed to cover, much to the amusement of the spectators. He never did get better at that game. So, at that time, Tolya and Viktor were quite friendly.

All that was to change in 1974 when they met in a match to decide who would be challenging Bobby Fischer. The Soviet authorities felt the younger man had the better chance and put their resources behind him. Two of Viktor’s principle assistants became Ray Keene and Michael Stean, neither yet GMs. The match concluded 3 wins for Tolya and 2 for Viktor with 19 draws. Of course, in retrospect it proved to be the World Championship as Bobby didn’t defend his title.

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