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RIP George Clarke

Renowned Scots chess correspondent George Clarke has passed away. A full obituary can be found in the Guardian newspaper here

ECF Player of the Year

We are trying a new system. The following players have been selected for your consideration and the highlights of their 12 months play shown. You may vote for one player from the attached list – this is a similar system to the Oscars or to several sporting awards – and you can find the voting form here (please include your ECF membership number). Closing date is 15th July 2015.

James Adair – 238A/2443 – 11 round GM Norm 4NCL; TPR 2662
Michael Adams – 267B/2753 – Silver medal in the 2014 Olympiad 6½/9 unbeaten; TPR 2830
Keith Arkell – 234A/2497 – 6/8 Board 1 England in the World 50+ Team 2014; 1=World 50+ Championship 2014, Silver on tiebreak; 3½/6 4NCL; Bronze European 50+ 2015
David Eggleston – 230A/2429 – GM norm Trieste; 6½/11 4NCL
Jonathan Hawkins – 251A/2550 – British co-Champion; Final GM norm Isle of Man 2014; 8/11 4NCL unbeaten
David Howell – 267A/2670 – British co-Champion; 2nd Tradewise Gibraltar; 1= Dubai 2015; 7½/9 4NCL unbeaten
Gawain Jones – 257B/2643 – Brambles match 4-2 v Romain Edouard; PR 2784; 7½/9 4NCL unbeaten
Luke McShane – 251E/2685 – Bundesliga 7/9
Alan Merry – 226A/2342 – GM norm (last IM norm) Isle of Man; TPR 2630
John Nunn – 2601 – Bronze 50+ World Championship 2014; Gold Board 2 World 50+ Team 2015; Silver European 50+ 2015
Matthew Sadler – 281D/2658 – Olympiad 7/10; 5/6 4NCL
Isaac Sanders – 223C/2316 – 5½/11 4NCL; IM norm
Nigel Short – 273B/2675 – Winner IOM; Gold Board 1 World 50+ Team 2015; Winner Pattaya Open 2015; 4/4 4NCL; Winner Zaw Win Lay Memorial in Myanmar in 2014
Matthew Webb – 235A/2208 – From 2069 5/2014 to 2208 5/2015; From 224/2014 to 235/2015; 3/5 4NCL; Winner Blackpool, Scarborough.

Your  nominations and citations are also sought for the following awards —
Congress of the Year; Club of the Year; Small Club of the Year; Magazine of the Year; Website of the Year; President’s Award for Services to Chess (normally, roughly three awards are made each year)
The Awards Committee then decides which organisation or individuals should receive each award based on your expressed opinions. Submissions must be made by 15 June 2015 to Stewart Reuben, Manager of the Awards System –
Citations for the various awards should be no longer than about 100 words.

Please note – the ECF Book of the Year Award is made by a separate Committee.

Results for Twenty-Sixth Frome Congress

… May 15th-17th 2015

153 players entered and winners were —

Open (FIDE-rated)
First Equal: (4.5/5) GM Matthew Turner (Millfield); IM Gediminas Sarakauskas (Guildford)
Third Equal: (3.5/5) WFM Jane Richmond (Brown Jack); Jeremy Fallowfield (Stourbridge); Stephen Whatley (Millfield); Allan Pleasants (Weymouth)

British Championship Qualifying Places: Jeremy Fallowfield (3.5/5); Jeremy Menadue (Truro) and Sam Gower (South Bristol) 3/5 and tied on SPS tiebreak
Under FIDE 2000 Grading Prize: (3/5); Sam Gower (South Bristol)

Read on — Results for Twenty-Sixth Frome Congress

ECF President helps MCC win London Clubs Speed Chess Championship

by David Openshaw

The London Clubs Speed (5 minute) Chess Championship was held last week with 12 teams entering. MCC won all eleven matches to take the title with the Royal Automobile Club and a joint team from the East India Club and the Oriental Club taking second place with 9 points.
MCC had won the season long league competition known as the Hamilton Russell Cup and were favourites to win this Speed Chess event. Dominic Lawson the ECF President played a significant part in this win for MCC – playing on  board three he won all eleven of his games.
Pictured below is the winning team of Keith Richardson, Dominic Lawson, Adam and Tom Eckersley- Waites, Chris Waites and Ian Reynolds.


Other clubs taking part were Oxford and Cambridge, Hurlingham, Chelsea Arts, Reform and a joint Athenaeum/Roehampton team. The event was hosted by the RAC and David Sedgwick kept the players in order as Arbiter. Peter Lee, former British Champion, played for the Athenaeum and is seen below presenting the Cup to Chris Waites the MCC Captain.

Winning Captain