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European Senior Team Championships

… in Eretria, Greece. Standings after Round 7, two rounds to go. We have 8 English representatives

50+ 45 players
Zurab Sturua GEO 6/7 – he is the current World 50+ Champion.
John Nunn 5.5
Keith Arkell, Peter Petran SVK, Fabricio Bellia ITA 5.
Terry Chapman 4
Brian Hewson 3.5
Meyrick Shaw 2

65+ 42 players
Jan Rooze BEL 6/7
Viktor Kupreichik BLR, Evgeni Vasiukov 5.5
Michael Stokes 4
Anthony Ashby, Alan Gregg 3

Live games and further information can be found on

Craig Woolcock RIP

– from Colin Gardiner

Craig WoolcockIt is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of Craig Woolcock at the all too young age of 42.
I have known Craig for over 20 years and his warm, calm personality has enhanced many social occasions on the chess circuit. Craig was a very talented chess player who won many tournaments in England and Wales, frequently with the maximum score. He was a member of Barry Chess Club for 20years and will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues [picture by Brendan O’Gorman]

Three C’s Chess Club – ECF Club of the Year 2014

Almost a hundred parents, children and chess players, all part of the  Three C’s Chess Club in Oldham, joined together to receive the ECF accolade of “Best Chess Club in England”. The Award was made by the English Chess Federation and the citation was put together by the ECF Awards Committee chaired by Stewart Reuben.

The club was congratulated for its performance in a number of areas:

· The success of club players and club teams in local, regional and national tournaments. Ironically on the night of the presentation the Club’s first team was away playing in the Manchester Chess Federation’s  Reyner Shield Cup Final against Bolton. Three C’s has a long record of success in challenging tournaments.
· The club’s development of a unique and dedicated club room for chess use.
· The long term emphasis upon junior players with the club producing several generations of very strong young players. The current crop being no exception.
· The club’s contribution to the running of the Manchester Chess Federation and to the wider world of chess.

In making the presentation, Julian Clissold, on behalf of the ECF Board, paid tribute to the club and to its active officers and in particular to Stephen Rigby and Phil Adams but also to a large number of parents and chess players who are the heartbeat of the club.

Pictured: Julian Clissold presenting the award to Stephen Rigby and some of the clubs next generation of chess players.

Grand Prix Leader Boards – 5th May 2015

Follow the links above [Competitions > Grand Prix] or click here

John Nunn 60th Birthday Blitz Tournament

– held at Home House, Portland Square, London on 25th April 2015 …

John Nunn [picture by John Saunders]

The winner was Gawain Jones, the youngest player in the very strong sixteen-player line-up (with 14 GMs and equivalent to a category 11 classical chess tournament). Gawain Jones took the £1,000 first prize with an impressive 13/15, losing only to Yasser Seirawan and Jon Speelman, but defeating favourites and long-time front-runners Matthew Sadler and Luke McShane. Second place went to Luke McShane on 12, followed by Yasser Seirawan on 11½, Matthew Sadler on 11 and Jon Speelman on 9½.

John Saunders’ photographs may be found here –

Read on — John Nunn 60th Birthday Blitz Tournament