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New Grading Administrator

The ECF is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Hatchett as the new Grading Administrator. Paul is a member of Swindon Chess Club. Richard Haddrell is continuing to work with Paul for the time being to help ensure an orderly transition. Graders will receive separate communications about changing arrangements for submitting results in due course.

We would like to thank Richard Haddrell for his service as Grading Administrator for the last 16 years.

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Direct Members’ representatives for 2016/17

Nominations are invited for Direct Members’ Representatives to take office for a period of one year from the end of the Annual General Meeting to be held on 15 October 2016 to the end of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Read on — Direct Members’ representatives for 2016/17

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Nominations for the 2016 elections at the AGM

Nominations are invited for the positions detailed below which will be the subject of elections to be held at the Annual General Meeting on 15 October 2016.

Members of the Board:

  • President
  • Chief Executive
  • Non-Executive Chairman
  • Director of Finance
  • Two Non-Executive Directors
  • Director of Home Chess
  • Director of International Chess
  • Director of Junior Chess & Education
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Women’s Chess

Read on — Nominations for the 2016 elections at the AGM

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Motions for the 2016 Annual General Meeting

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 15 October 2016 in Birmingham (venue and starting time to be confirmed).  In addition to the prescribed business (including the election of Directors, the Chairman of the Council, the FIDE Delegate and the Standing Committees which will be the subject of a separate post), motions to appear on the agenda must either be proposed on or behalf of the Board or be proposed by “the requisitionists”. The deadline for motions by requisitionists to be received by the ECF Office if these are to be included on the AGM agenda is 1.30 pm on Wednesday 7 September, the same deadline as for nominations of candidates for the elections.

Read on — Motions for the 2016 Annual General Meeting

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ECF Book of the Year shortlist 2016

The choice this year is between four books, representing differing aspects of chess literature, but all excellent in their own way.  Three of these deal with subjects new to chess writing; the fourth covers a well treated area, but is an addictive read.

Chess for Life
Matthew Sadler, Natasha Regan pp222 Gambit £15.99

This book explores “understanding how chess skills develop and change with the passage of time”, a subject not previously covered in book form. The authors consider the experiences of a wide range of chess players from Capablanca to accomplished amateurs and how they coped with the passing of the years.  Fascinating discussions on various subjects, for example: opening choices over time and playing with a limited opening repertoire, feature throughout.  A well written, valuable and original book.

Read on — ECF Book of the Year shortlist 2016

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Chess Master @ the Local

— Thursday 25th August at the Happy Hour, Eastbury Road, Watford

220px-Arkell_rd6_4thEUIOChess Grandmaster, Keith Arkell, will take on all-comers in a simul in what is believed to be a ‘first’ for the town. Early arrival is recommended to be sure to get a board.

Keith has been one of the country’s leading professional chess players for more than three decades, has won prizes in numerous domestic and international tournaments and was the English Chess Champion in 2008. Now 55, he won the over 50s European Championship in 2014 and followed up this success by coming joint first in the World Over 50s Championship. He recently won a silver medal for his performance at the World Team Seniors over 50.

Keith will take on 12 opponents at once on Thursday evening, 25 August, at The Happy Hour pub in Eastbury Road in a free event sponsored by the English Chess Federation (ECF).

The simultaneous display will start at 7.00pm and retiring opponents will be replaced from a waiting queue so there will always be a dozen games in progress.

There will also be warm-up events, also free, before Keith takes the stage.   From 3.30 onwards, it is planned to run two informal competitions – one each for regular players and for ‘occasionals’ who are not members of a chess club.

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EYCC 2016

For pictures and reports from the European Youth 2016 in Prague, follow this link

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Arbiter appointments

We are very pleased to announce that Lara Barnes has been appointed as Deputy Chief Arbiter (Girls) for the World Youth Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, in the second half of September.

In addition, Alex McFarlane (Scotland) has been appointed as an arbiter at the event.

Both Lara and Alex are among the arbiters at the European Youth Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Alex will then be joining David Welch and Alex Holowczak in the arbiting team for the Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, shortly before the World Youth Championships.

We congratulate all the above on these prestigious appointments.

— David Sedgwick, ECF Manager of Arbiters (International), 19th August 2016

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Congress alert!

— from Alan Papier
There is still time to enter the Bristol Steve Boniface Memorial Congress which runs from August 26-28th at Bristol Grammar School. 5 rounds, 3 sections with FIDE-rated Open. Central location with free parking. Email: alanpapier1@gmail.com Tel: 078998 26515 to enter. Congress website: http://tim1949jones.wix.com/bristolchesscongress

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