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July 2015
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Counties Championships Finals – live games

When the games go live, you’ll find them here –


Round 9 Final Report from the European Schools in Konya

– from Andrew Martin

Website | Live Games | Pictures

England Final Scores


Anum Sheikh 7/9 3rd outright – Bronze Medal
Jonah Willow 6/9
Anisha Sawhney, AdityaMunshi 5.5/9
Ezra Brass, Bobby Akeya-Price, Amardip Ahluwalia 5/9
Nicolai Woltery 4.5/9
Thivyaa Rahulan 4/9
Darshan Kumaresan, Yang Jian Zhou, Helen Archer-Lock 3.5/9
Anaya Popat 3/9
Victoria Sit 2.5/9

Total score 63.5/126. Plus one, but this includes a default, which brings us incredibly to 62.5/125 – exactly 50%!

This has been a very harmonious trip with coaches, parents, children and officials all getting on very well indeed. We must surely congratulate Anum on an outstanding performance, but all the children gave their best and deserve praise.

Thank you to our Turkish friends for superb hospitality and efficiency, and a safe journey home to all …


Tradewise sponsorship update

The Tradewise Grand Prix 2015/2016 starts today …

In addition to providing funding for the Hastings International Chess Congress, Tradewise Insurance have kindly provided the following prizes (below) to support players on the Grand Prix tournament circuit. New prizes are introduced for the most improved players via the grading system – this will appeal to the keen club player, who scores 11/12 for his club in a season, or those turning out for county matches.

Another new prize is for juniors who improve against grading (entry grade 100 and a minimum of 24 games) – 100 > 140 and 140+

Category Open Female
180+ £1,000.00 £1,000.00
160 – 179 £200.00 £200.00
140 – 159 £200.00 £200.00
120 – 139 £200.00 £200.00
U120 £200.00 £200.00
Most improved player by grading
New U180+ adult
Most improved player by grading
New U140+ adult
Most improved player by grading
Junior 100 – 140
Most improved player by grading
Junior 140+

May I take this opportunity to thank the ECF Directors and grading team who have worked on the various formulas and data collection features.

Tradewise funding is also available in the following areas —
to encourage female participation in chess.
to support norm tournaments and individual norm seekers

Please support this initiative by registering your vehicle with – for more details please contact Bob Kane at


Middlesex Juniors are champions again!

Following the success of the Middlesex Juniors in winning the National, U18 and U13 County Championships last Sunday, the U14/130 team beat Berkshire 16.5-7.5 in the U14/130 Southern Counties Final held in Maidenhead on Saturday.

This is a fantastic feat by the U14/130 team and Middlesex Juniors ended the week with three trophies.

The team (in board order) was Gabriel Balouka-Myers, Reuben Balouka-Myers, Harrison Willmoth, Jacob Goldberg, Liam Reed, Tim Lewis, Dylan Hung, Devin Karia, Tej Shah, Lara Mallin, Toby Balouka-Myers and Raphael Balouka-Myers.

Read on — Middlesex Juniors are champions again!


Meeting of the FIDE Rules Commission Councillors

– 19-21 June 2015 in Yerevan, Armenia

It is only relatively recently, perhaps 2009, that regular meetings of the various FIDE Commissions have taken place, apart from the annual FIDE Congress. Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM) is the new Chairman of this Commission and Sevan Muradian (USA) the new secretary. The other three councillors are Franca Dapiran (ITA),  Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRN) and me. Until Tromso 2014, Geurt Gijssen (NLD) had been chairman and I had been secretary for the past 20 years. As Ashot said, this can be regarded as a new era. Geurt was also invited to this meeting, but sadly his health didn’t allow him to travel.

Read on — Meeting of the FIDE Rules Commission Councillors


ECF Membership Renewal for 2014/2015

This message is for ECF Members who have not so far renewed their membership this year, sent on behalf of Dave Thomas, Director of Membership

You will be aware that our membership year runs from 1st September to 31st August.  Council was informed in October of our intention to withdraw the sale of 2014/15 memberships by the 30th June 2015.  This is because it causes significant problems to have membership payments for more than one year being made at the same time.  If you have not renewed your membership for this year by June 30th, you may not be able to do so, and may incur game fees for any games that you have played this year.

In order to avoid this happening, you ideally need to renew your 2014/2015 membership on-line before June 30th (it will save you £1), or you can contact the ECF office and we will be able to do this manually.

If however you joined via a Membership Organisation (for instance, your club or league secretary is responsible for your membership), you need to contact them to do it on your behalf.

If you do not ensure your 2014/2015 membership is renewed by 30th June, you may not be able to do so afterwards.

Shortly after 30th June, we will be opening the sale of next year’s memberships (we hope this will be in the first couple of weeks of July).  Memberships taken out after this date will run until 31st August 2016.  Members will be contacted again with membership rates and details of how they will be able to renew.

– Dave Thomas, ECF Director of Membership


Pimlico Summer Tournament

Pimlico is one of the most vibrant chess clubs in Central London, catering for players of all standards. Amongst its many established features is the annual Summer Tournament, a five round Swiss with Open, Major and Minor sections.

This year the tournament ran on 5 consecutive Thursday evenings from 21 May to 19 June. With a maximum capacity of 60, the tournament was fully subscribed over a week before the start with entrants from nearly 30 different clubs. All 3 sections were closely fought.

In the Open, Mark Gray (Athenaeum) prevailed with 4.5/5. Mike Healey (Richmond) and Michael Brown (Cavendish) were joint second. The U165 grading prize was won by Tim Joslin (Ealing).

Despite losing in the first round, Samir Samadov (Pimlico) won the Major(U150) with 4/5. Stephen Pride (Cambridge) justified  the long weekly commute by coming joint second with 3.5/5. He shared that spot with Igor Nepomniashchiy (Pimlico) who unfortunately had to miss the last round because of other commitments. Tim Crouch (Kings Head) won the U135 grading prize.

Read on — Pimlico Summer Tournament


English Women’s Championship 2015

Registration is now live – details and online entry are here