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April 2014
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BCC – GM update

Simon Williams is the 7th Grandmaster to enter the 2014 British Chess Championships in Aberystwyth [here]

Tidy wins Neat Cup

West of England Chess Union – 67th Championship & Congress, Manor Hotel, Exmouth 18th – 21st April 2014

Read on — Tidy wins Neat Cup

World Senior Chess Team Championship

Venue: Town Hall, Vilnius
Arrival date: Saturday 12 July
Playing dates: Sunday 13 to Monday 21 July
I strongly recommend players not to arrive 13th with the intention of playing that day when play starts at 2pm
Departure: Tuesday 22 July
It is also possible to leave 21st, missing the Closing Banquet
Eligible to play: ECF Gold or higher card members
♦ 50+ (born 31 December 1964 or earlier)
♦ 65+ (born 31 December 1949 or earlier)
Those 65+ are entitled to play in the 50+ section. If less than 10 teams enter the 65+ Championship, the event will be merged into one tournament with separate prizes. Minimum recommended playing strength FIDE 1800, ECF 150, but since this is new, we have little to go on
Schedule: Round 1 2pm, all other rounds 10am
Rate of play: 40 moves in 90 minutes, all the moves in 30 minutes, add on 30 seconds cumulatively from the first
Default: 30 minutes after the start of play
Teams: Of 4 or 5. Which will apply to you cannot be guaranteed, but you can express preference. 4 has the advantage that you play all 9 games. 5 has the advantages that there will be rest days; people can take a whole day trip, especially with their partner; if somebody is ill or off-form they don’t have to play; the opponents can only prepare for their game against one player when they know the team composition
Entry fee: €50 per player

Read on — World Senior Chess Team Championship

St Albans Congress report

The 32nd St Albans Chess Congress was held over the weekend of 5-6th April 2014 at St Columba’s College. Congratulations to all the prize winners.

1st – Richard Bates (218), 4.5 points
2nd – Jeremy Ward (200), 4.0 points
3rd – John Briggs (185), 3.5 points
Grading Prizes – Roman Mitra (174) and Philip Bonafont (182), 3 points

1st= – Helge Hjort (175), Peter Lane (175), Shane McCabe (169), 4.0 points
Grading Prize – Brendan O’Gorman 164) and Hugh Fenwick (164), 3.0 points

Read on — St Albans Congress report

ECU Newsletter No. 152

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the ECU. primary schools’ tournament

On Sunday 27th April, from 14.00 – 17.00, an online schools’ chess tournament will take place on Eight cities – including London – will invite one primary school to take part in the event. Each school will provide a team of eight, with optional reserves. If your school is interested in taking part in the tournament, then please contact Teun Koorevaar at for further details.

European Seniors Team Championship Sibenik 2014

- from John Quinn

Two England teams were amongst the 36 teams that took part in this year’s competition in sunny Sibenik on the Croatian coast, north of Split. Since last year, the regulations were changed to reduce the qualifying age from 60 to 50, as a result the competition was stronger this time, with several countries taking advantage of the change to enter higher-rated, younger teams. All the England players were over 60.

The first team was ranked 14th and did better than expected, coming in 8th with 11 match points and 20 board points from 9 rounds. The outstanding performance was that of Tony Stebbings, who scored his first IM norm with a splendid 7/9.

The second team was ranked 29th and eventually finished 30th, with 7 match points and 15 board points, although they were positioned above their ranking for most of the rounds. Paul Habershon on top board and Roger Scowen as the reserve both had good tournaments.

The individual results of the players were –

England 1: Tony Stebbings (2302) 7/9 tpr 2467; John Quinn (2135) 5/9 tpr 2234; James Scholes (2103) 3/9 tpr 2043; Kevin Bowmer (2083) 5/9 tpr 2141

England 2: Paul Habershon (2069) 5/8 tpr 2259; Stewart Reuben (2063) 2.5/7 tpr 1979; Peter Wood (1951) 2/7 tpr 1946; Bill Phillips (1939) 1.5/7 tpr 1821; Roger Scowen (1883) 4/7 tpr 1998.

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Staffordshire Chess Congress prizewinners

1st – 3rd IM Geoffrey Lawton (Checkmate) £150, Malcolm Armstrong (Stafford) (Advertiser Trophy) £165 and Tomasz Sygnowski (Wolverhampton) (Advertiser Trophy) £165
Grading U200: Mark Whitehead (Rochdale), Andrew Paterson (Solihull) and Trevor Brotherton (Church Stretton) share £50
Senior: Mike Surtees (Bolton) Richard Bryant (Oswestry) and Jan Havenaar (Netherlands) share £30
Junior: Owen Bennett (Caerleon) £25

1st Jonathan Hunt (Wolverhampton) £120
2nd Shabir Okhai (Syston) £80
3rd = Michael Connor (Great Lever) Martyn Harris (Newcastle-under-Lyme) and Steve Rooney (Church Stretton) share £50
Senior and Grading U140: Robert Clegg (Huddersfield) £60
Junior: Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) £25

1st – 3rd Bill Egan (Scunthorpe) Francis Rooney (Church Stretton) and Marco Ho (Lichfield) share £250
Grading U100: Marten Kats (Derby) £30
Senior: Christopher Fraser (West Bridgford) Colin Gardiner (Newmarket) and Gordon Somerville share £30
Junior: Adam Bennett (West Nottingham) and Andrew Fenn (Bloxwich) share £20

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