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ECF Player of the Year


Anum Sheikh is the ECF Player of the Year 2015/16! Congratulations, Anum!
The competition attracted 242 votes, by comparison with 230 last year, and clearly the voters favoured a new face who gained an international medal when playing for England …

Read on — ECF Player of the Year

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ECF County Championships – live games

— kindly set up by Matthew Carr (games start tomorrow) – click here

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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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Tradewise Grand Prix – leader boards

The latest set of leader boards for the Tradewise Grand Prix [1/7/16] and the Tradewise Most Improved Player [1/7/16] are here – follow the link above or click here

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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.

Read on — Bristol Summer Congress 2016 – report

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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.

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

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