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Tradewise Grand Prix – leader boards

The latest set of leader boards for the Tradewise Grand Prix [8/2/16] are now available – follow the link above or click here

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Chess for Charity

Chess player Christopher Tombolis’s school year has been given a challenge by their head of year to make money for Retinitis Pigmentosa Fighting Blindness. The boys have until 23rd February to increase the £3 they were given.

The website of the charity is http://www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk/newsevent.php?newseventid=481

Christopher thought that it would be a good idea to use chess to make money for the charity, so on Sunday 7th February between 2pm and 5pm he will play as many blitz games as possible in the 3 hours he has been allocated at Waterstones Bookshop on Chiswick High Street – https://www.waterstones.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-10-year-old-at-chess/london-chiswick

Christopher is using his money for printing certificates for everyone who plays a chess game on Sunday as well as producing flyers to publicise the event in our local area. He will be there for 3 hours, and people can make any donations to the chosen charity, as well as £1 per game with Christopher. If there is enough demand he will try to play more than 1 game at a time.

Christopher has also set up a Just Giving page for people who want to support him and the charity but cannot be there on the day – https://www.justgiving.com/christophertombolis

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Hikaru Nakamura wins the 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

— from http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com


[Hikaru, left, with James Humphreys of Tradewise ]

Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura (USA), winner of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters for a second consecutive year. He defeated Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 3-2 after a tense five game speed playoff. Anna Muzychuk from Ukraine has won the women’s award.

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Wallace Chess wants you!

wallacechess We’re looking for keen chess players who are good with children to work with us at Wallace Chess.
Over the past 8 years, we here at Wallace Chess have prided ourselves in providing chess activities that enrich the lives of children. Our services range from weekly chess clubs to our fantastic chess holiday camps.
We are looking for chess coaches, and also assistants, to work at our clubs across London and on our holiday camps. Work is flexible so can be fitted around existing schedules. Applicants must be good with children ages 4-12.

If interested please call 07879655581 or email office@wallacechess.com – we look forward to hearing from you …

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Chairman of the Finance Committee

tim_herringThe ECF Board has appointed Tim Herring to fill the vacant position of Chairman of the Finance Committee. Tim has worked for Moody’s Corporation since 1996 and his current role is as Senior Vice-President – International Financial Strategy & Analysis. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a broad and extensive financial background.
Tim says — I am a member of the ECF, and have played chess rather badly since my youth. I am a club standard player, and have been to the annual BCC for the last few years …

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Grand Prix Controller – update

Stephen Crockett has confirmed his intention to stand down from his role as Controller of the Tradewise Grand Prix with immediate effect, and has also asked that he not be considered eligible for any Grand Prix prizes. We would like to thank Stephen for his hard work as a volunteer on the ECF’s behalf.
Stephen has issued a statement, which may be read here

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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival – reports

Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7 | Round 8 | Round 9
Reports by John Saunders. Photography by Sophie Triay – here

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A message to norm seekers

nagy01 (1)The Budapest First Saturday chess tournament GM-IM sections (6th-16th February) is looking for GM-IM norm seeking players from the UK. If you are interested, I can send you more information, including the list of players registered so far, and  players financial conditions.

— Laszlo Nagy, international chess organizer | Web: www.firstsaturday.hu [live chat available] | Tel: +36-30-2301914

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