The English Chess Federation Board resolved nem con on 7 March 2014 to amicably settle an internal matter.
The Board has today accepted the resignation of Andrew Paulson as President. The Board gratefully recognises Andrew Paulson’s contributions to English chess, from his organising of the FIDE Grand Prix and Candidates Tournaments in London to his untiring service since his election as President. Further, the Board nominates Andrew Paulson for the position of Deputy President of the European Chess Union and looks forward to a close and constructive collaboration between the ECU and the ECF. The Board recommends that the ECF Council at its April meeting approves a Motion to give Andrew Paulson standing during the ECU General Assembly election meeting in Tromsø in August by designating him as the official ECF Delegate at that meeting.
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The 39th East Devon Chess Congress took place at the Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter from 28/02/2014 to 02/03/2014. 126 entrants took part in a well contested competition.
Roger de Coverly (Bourne End) won the Open for the second year in a row scoring 4.5/5. There was an eight-way tie going into the last round of the Major (under 155 ECF grade) section with James Fewkes (Yeovil) and Frank Pittman (Weymouth) emerging victorious as joint winners with 4/5 points.
In the largest section, the Minor (under 125 ECF grade), Norman Tidy (Teignmouth), Lee Bullock (Hackney/Coulsdon) and Rob Fursman shared first place with 4.5/5.
There were notable performances by junior players with 13 year old Theo Slade(Barnstaple) scoring 50% in the Open and 12 year old Nicolas Bacon (Sidmouth) winning a grading prize in the Minor with 4/5 points.
Prize List (PDF)
- Sean Pope, Treasurer
I’m very pleased to announce that the North Staffordshire & District Chess Association (NSDCA) have become the first chess organisation in the country to have their own Android app for smartphones and tablets. It is now available, free of charge, from both the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store (for those of you who may have Kindles) – just search for NSDCA. So you can now keep up to date with all the latest NSDCA news, results, league tables, etc., while you’re on the move. We are hoping to have it available on the Apple Store for use on iPhones, iPads and iPods by the end of March. Any feedback (good, bad or indifferent) would be much appreciated and all comments and suggestions will be taken on board.
- Steve Emmerton, NSDCA Webmaster Website: www.northstaffschess.com
It is with much regret that I write to inform you of the recent death of Geoff Steele.
Geoff was a stalwart member and officer of Kent County Chess Association for nearly fifty years and during that time held several positions ranging from organiser of the under 18 team to Chairman and finally President. He was one of the founders and organisers of the Thanet Chess Congress, which commenced some 43 years ago at St Lawrence’s College, Ramsgate as well as the Folkestone Annual Congress and the Vera Menchik Memorial tournament in 1994 at Maidstone. In 1937 Vera Menchik married RHS Stevenson, the Kent Chess Association secretary, who had himself organised the successful April 1914 Dartford International tournament, a forerunner of Geoff’s subsequent events.
Geoff, a chartered accountant, was also an auditor of the BCF for several years.
- Michael Wiltshire, Chairman, Kent County Chess Association
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Following our consultation, the ECF grading team will use the formula of 7.5*ECF+700 = FIDE to rate games accepted by the International Rating Officer from 1st January 2014
- Brian Valentine, Manager of Grading