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January ECF grades

Twitter got there first. However, click here for the Grading Database – http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php – and see how you’re doing … the new list includes the introduction of a new F category based on only 5 games …

ECU Circular 1/2015

PDF here | Annexes (zipped) here

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

The 2015 Tradewise Chess Festival got underway with a simultaneous display given by IM Jovanka Houska (England) and IM Salome Melia (Georgia) on 25 January to welcome the first arrivals at the Caleta Hotel.

Photos of the simuls may be accessed here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/johnchess2/6h4Zvo/

The Tradewise Gibraltar Challengers and Amateur tournaments began on 26 January, with sponsors Coca Cola making the ceremonial opening move on the top board. A selection of photos here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/johnchess2/7pAU5b/

The formal opening of the tournament takes place at 2030 CET tonight (26 January), with round one of the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters starting at 1500 CET on Tuesday 27 January.

- John Saunders

ECF Event Calendar

The event calendar is about to undergo some changes. The new calendar will be sortable by categories (ECF Graded, FIDE rated etc) and by tags (North East, Special Event etc). The old calendar will remain as a backup while the changeover takes place. Organisers are welcome to check events they have already submitted for any errors that may have crept in during the enormous cut-and-paste procedure just completed, and to submit corrections / suggestions by email to the webmaster – webmaster@englishchess.org.uk – who will act upon them ASAP. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

World Senior Team Chess Championship

… 24 February to 4 March 2015

England are fielding three teams in this event, which first took place in the Isle of Man 2004 and then in Vilnius in 2014. There are two sections – for those players 50+  and those 65+, both by 31 December 2015.

England 1 50+
Nigel Short, John Nunn, Jon Speelman, Keith Arkell, Terry Chapman (captain and sponsor) – Seeded 1.

England 2 50+
James Plaskett, Glenn Flear (captain), Shawn Tavares, Chris Fegan.
The team is sponsored by a private individual and also supported by the Friends of Chess and Brambles Administration

England 65+
Geoff James, Ken Norman, Ian Reynolds, Roger Scowen (captain)

I still do not know whether or not I will be playing. The team order does not have to be finalised until 24 February. The teams are also being supported by the ECF, which is paying the entry fees for the players and teams.

86 teams have entered the whole competition.

Further details – http://www.schachfestival.de/world-senior-team-championship-2015.html
No other federation has as many as six GMs playing for them …

- Stewart Reuben