I am pleased to inform you that together with Adam Raoof, I am organising an IM norm tournament and parallel rating group round robins at the Imperial Hotel in Sliema, Malta between the 21st and 28th of May. Adam has informed me that the IM event could be ideal for some English players seeking a title, and I believe the event to be of high quality and very competitively priced. The other round robin groups are very highly suited to talented, developing juniors.
All details can be found at www.xychess.net/tournaments, and prices for the IM tournament start from 510 Euros. Places in the IM group are quite limited and we already have seen strong interest, therefore it would be best if you could get back to me at your earliest convenience.
Thank you – Clarence Psaila, XYChess
The 38th Blackpool Chess Conference was held at the Imperial Hotel on the North Promenade in Blackpool, this year we had 353 players arrive at the event. 66 players winning prizes across the 5 sections with a total prize fund of £6260.
The Open section was the strongest it has been for many years with GM Matthew Sadler visiting us and scoring a perfect 5 points, he beat GM’s Hebden and Cherniaev in rounds 4 and 5 to seal an impressive score. Matthew has not played at Blackpool since 1997 and his name will now join the impressive list of Open winners. Second place went to David John Walker who finished well to score 4.5pts. With 49 players taking part the main prizes were divided up by just 5 players and the junior prize was split between Andrew Horton and Daniel Abbas. The Mike O’Hara memorial trophy was awarded to Daniel Abbas from 3C’s chess club.
The Major section with 70 players in a strong field was won by Alex Gillies from Scotland with his score of 4.5pts ahead of the 4 chasing players Nathanael Paul, Joshua Pink, Philip Olbison and Jason Lau who all finished 2nd on 4pts.
Read on — Blackpool Congress report
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