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BCC 2014 Souvenir Programme

At Aberystwyth (BCC2014) a number of people paid for souvenir bulletins of the event. These are in the process of being printed and will be forwarded to all recipients by the end of November. If you have any queries please contact the Congress Manager Kevin Staveley at

News from the EYCC

Click here to see the all the latest reports from the European Youth Chess Championships in Batumi …
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Publicity Officer still needed …

The person appointed will be responsible for attempting to place favourable items of chess news in the media on a regular basis. They will work closely with organisers of League, County and Congress events, many of which currently receive little or no publicity, in order to obtain media coverage of such events. There will be a particular need to work on publicising such events on Mondays and Tuesdays as the results of weekend events are made available by organisers. They will also be responsible for encouraging such organisers to produce suitable material for press releases. Maximum publicity needs to be obtained for International Events which include England Teams and also of individual International Events where English players are competing.
The Publicity Officer will report to the ECF Commercial Director. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Some experience of journalism would be a positive advantage, but is not essential.
Applications in the first instance to Bob Kane, Commercial Director.

Jonathan Hawkins GM

Congratulations to Jonathan Hawkins on becoming a Grandmaster!
Jonathan (pictured, right) was a relatively slow starter in the world of chess, learning the game at the age of eight. He was a keen junior who won a number of local tournaments. He started to study chess very seriously in his late teens and achieved a rapid rise through the ranks. He became a FIDE Master in 2008 and earned the title of International Master in 2010. 2011 brought him two Grandmaster norms – one of them was earned at the super-strong British Championships, in which he outscored numerous Grandmasters to share third place.

The IOM website press release said –
‘On board four there was some more fantastic news for English chess as Jonathan Hawkins, who had already secured his GM norm before the last round, easily drew his game against Gabriel Sargissian. His title should be confirmed at the next FIDE Congress. I was especially pleased for Jonathan, as being his captain for Cheddleton in the 4NCL, I know how hard he has worked for this achievement.’

Jonathan has been supported by the friends of chess –

Jonathan is also the current joint British Chess Champion and the author of a best selling book, ‘Amateur to IM’. Clearly the title now needs updating.

- Bob Kane, Commercial Director

Free Chess Coaching

Free Chess Coaching for all from novice to professional by Eunice and Ray Dolan (tutors for Chess in Schools & Communities) – for 2 weeks only on Wednesdays 22nd & 29th October 2014.
Starts @ 7.30pm at Cannock Chess Club, Bridgtown Social WMC Club, 170 Walsall Road, Cannock WS11 0JB MAP
Contact Eunice & Ray Tel: 07980101744 or by email –