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December 2015
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Draw for the London Chess Classic

The draw for the highly anticipated London Chess Classic, which is just one week away now, was performed by Tournament Director Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd November.


Jovanka Houska wins Silver!

Jovanka Houska in Round 8

— from Mark Jordan IM Jovanka Houska has won Silver for Board 1 in the Women’s event at the European Team Championships! She achieved a wonderful 87.5% which was equal to that of GM Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) who won Gold, but she lost out on the tie-break. Her performance […]

ETCC – Round 6

Gawain Jones on 4/5

— from Mark Jordan In the Open event England beat Sweden in what turned out to be a close match with draws on the top 3 boards. The difference was made by Gawain Jones on Board 4 who overcame IM Blomqvist (2486). Gawain’s results have been excellent and he now […]

ETCC Round 5

England Women’s Board 1, Jovanka Houska, has scored 4.5/5 with a performance rating of 2631

Contrary to my optimistic prediction in the last report, England lost 1.5/2.5 to Germany. There were 3 draws but, unfortunately, Luke McShane went down with Black to GM Fridman (2627) on board 3. There are still 4 rounds to […]

ETCC Rounds 3 & 4

— from Mark Jordan The second report on the European Team Championships and we find the competition is already hotting up!

Round 3 was interesting with Magnus Carlsen playing his first game for Norway. With the White pieces, facing Aronian, against whom he had a +5 record in classical chess before the game, one hoped […]

ETCC Days 1 & 2

— from Mark Jordan The European Team Championships commenced on Friday 13th November in Reykjavik, in the Laugardalsholl, the very same venue as the legendary match between Fischer and Spassky, and has attracted a stellar cast. The English team for the Open event is very nearly our highest rated possible line-up with only Matthew Sadler […]

ETCC Day One

— by David Openshaw

Today is the first round of the European Team Championship in Reykjavik Iceland. We have two strong teams competing – one in the Open section and the other in the Women’s section. Our team in board order for the Open: Mickey Adams, David Howell, Luke McShane, Nigel Short and Gawain Jones. […]

Chess Pro-Biz Cup 2015 – team up with one of your chess heroes!

The Pro-Biz Cup, now in its third year, gives you the opportunity of a lifetime: to team up with one of your chess heroes. The event will be held on Monday 14 December from 10am to 4pm at the Hilton London Olympia and broadcast live on the internet. This unique event will be a fitting […]