President’s Awards | Player of the Year | Club/Small Club of the Year | Congress of the Year | Book of the Year | Website of the Year | Magazine of the Year | Grand Prix | BCET


Honorary Life Vice-Presidents
DW Anderton OBE; RJ Edwards; AP Farthing; BA Fewell; N Graham; DC Jarrett; AC Martin; CE Majer; R Moore; J Poole; P Purland; S Reuben; G Turner; P Turner; GF Walsh; D Welch; J Wickham

Honorary Life Vice-Presidents (deceased)
VJ Dunleavy; RA Furness; H Golombek OBE; CFW Johnson; Sir S Milner-Barry KCVO CB OBE; JA Philpott; RG Wade; Professor GSA Wheatcroft; R Woodcock

Honorary Life Members
T Bristow; JM Brew BBC; B Cafferty; B Callaghan OBE; M Foster MP; PC Gibbs; JM Glendinning; NA Grant; CM Gurney; J Humphreys; M Johnson; CJA Jones; AF Kent; JA Leake; CR Moore; A Mothersill; G Pearce; A Philpott; Sir T Rice

Honorary Life Members (deceased)
DJ Blackman; KJ Bloodworth; GAM Boswell; Mrs RM Bruce; DH Butler; RK Clues; E Croker; S Grundy; R Gurney; F Hatto; KG Humphreys; JG Jones; JJ Lauder; PA Makeev; PE Morrish; WR Morry; Sir J Morse; RO Powis; E Pritchard; GMA Smith; AGT Stevens; TW Sweby; M Taylor; P Taylor; MD Thornton; WB Turner; RG Wade; CW Warburton; R Woodcock

President’s Awards for Services to Chess

President’s Awards 2018 – Phil Adams; Mike Denison; Howard Grist; Ken Neat

Phil Adams from the Three Cs Club in Oldham
Phil himself a very strong player, and is the head coach at the Club where he has worked with the youngsters for nearly 40 years. The result? 3Cs is recognised as one of the strongest junior clubs in the country and has produced many outstanding players.

Mike Denison from Wakefield
Mike, now approaching his 81st birthday, has been a stalwart of Yorkshire Chess for many years. For the past 50 years, ‘Mr D, the Chess Master’, as he is known to his pupils, has coached chess at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, one of West Yorkshire’s leading chess schools.

Howard Grist from Southend
Howard recently retired from the grading committee after two decades of crucial support for the grading system. Grading is a valued service to ECF members and has been delivered in an efficient manner for many years now. This is due to the largely-unrecognised services of many volunteers. Howard has been at the pinnacle of this team and fully deserves this award, not only for the long period of service but in particular for the high technical standard of the work he delivered.

Dr Ken Neat from Durham
For more than 40 years, Ken has provided an invaluable service for English chess with his superb, professional work in translating and editing great works of chess literature from Russian into English. This includes several classics by Bronstein, Kasparov, Polugaevsky, Averbakh, Dvoretsky and Korchnoi, to name but a few. At the same time, he has served chess in the NE in many capacities for County Durham and the Durham City Club.

2017 – Bryan Bainbridge, Malcolm Pein, Steve Rumsby

2016 – R Victor Cross; Paul Durrant

2015 – Ray Edwards, Julian Farrand, Keith Richardson, David Sedgwick, Carl Portman, Con Power

2014 – Lara AL Barnes, Roger J Edwards, John A Philpott, Peter JB Wilson [citation]

2013 – Michael Basman, Trevor Brugger, Ken Dickson

2012 – Ihor Lewyk, Tony Paish [details]

2011 – Mike Colebrook, Mike Truran, Kevin Thurlow, Syd Cassidy, Dave Thomas [details and citations]

2010 – Julie Johnson [citation]

2009 – Ian Pheby, Stephen Rigby, Nigel Dennis, David Anderton (Special Award)

2008 – Cynthia Gurney, University Centre Hastings, Bruce Holland, Alex Niedzwiedzki, David Ingram Dickson

2007 – Paul Littlewood, Robert Milner, Michael James O’Hara (posthumously), Ivor Smith, Maurice Thevenin, David Welch

2006 – Dr Jill Barber, Zoe Ryle, Paul Habershon

2005 – Paul R Bielby, Robert Howard Jones, John M Robinson, Stephen Robert Boniface (1951 – 2005)

2004 – Mike Bolan, Joseph French, Paul Watson

2003 – Richard Furness, Bernard Neil Beasley, Roland Smith, Dennis Hemsley
Awards Committee: John Wickham, Gerry Walsh, John Dunleavy and Stanley Goodall

2002 – Jack Beard, Peter Burnett, Chris Murray
Awards Committee: John Wickham, Gerry Walsh, John Dunleavy and Stanley Goodall

2001 – C Michael Bent, John Lawson

2000 – Harold Sims, John Littlewood

1999 – John Leake, Albert Phillpott, The Times; 1998 – David Smith, EB (Dick) Chapman; 1997 – Keith Brown, Fred Manning, Roger Simpson; 1996 – Robert G Blake, Richard James, Stan Lovell; 1995 – George Goodwin, John Roycroft, Con Power; 1994 – Richard Haddrell, Les Roberts, Rodney James; 1993 – George Kendall, Alan J Douglas; 1992 – K Graham Humphreys, Roy Woodcock, Oakham School; 1991 – Bernard Cafferty, Eric E Croker, J Glynne Jones; 1990 – Mitchell Taylor, George M A Smith OBE, Alec Boswell; 1989 – David J Blackman, Richard E Boxall, Gerry F Walsh; 1988 – Peter C Gibbs, Peter E Morrish, Ronald O Powis; 1987 – Charles W Warburton, John J Lauder, The BBC; 1986 – David H Butler, Bill Turner, Robert G Wade; 1985 – Ken J Bloodworth, Owen Dixson, Tom W Sweby; 1984 – W Ritson Morry, Mr Ron & Mrs Rowena Bruce, George D Self; 1983 – John Beach, BP Reilly, Baruch H Wood

Player of the Year

2018 – no contest; 2017 – no contest; 2016 – Anum Sheikh; 2015 – Jonathan Hawkins; 2014 – Keith Arkell; 2013 – Michael Adams; 2012 – Gawain Jones; 2011 – Luke McShane; 2010 – David Howell [article]; 2009 – David Howell; 2008 – David Howell; 2007 – David Howell; 2006 – Jovanka Houska; 2005 – Michael Adams; 2004 – Luke McShane; 2003 – Luke McShane; 2002 – Michael Adams; 2001 – Michael Adams; 2000 – Michael Adams; 1999 – Michael Adams; 1998 – Michael Adams; 1997 – Luke McShane; 1996 – Michael Adams; 1995 – Michael Adams; 1994 – Michael Adams; 1993 – Michael Adams; 1992 – Nigel Short; 1991 – Nigel Short; 1990 – Michael Adams; 1989 – Jon Speelman; 1988 – Nigel Short; 1987 – Jon Speelman; 1986 – Nigel Short; 1985 – John Nunn; 1984 – Murray Chandler

Club / Small Club of the Year

Club of the Year 2018 – Broadland Chess Club [citation]
Small Club of the Year 2018 – Manchester Social Chess Club

Club of the Year 2017 – Halesowen Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2017 – Maldon Chess Club, Essex

Club of the Year 2016 – Hackney Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2016 – Ulverston Chess Club

Club of the Year 2015 – Chester Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2015 – Little Heath and Brookmans Park Chess Club

Club of the Year 2014 – 3Cs Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2014 – Penrith Chess Club
[3Cs citation]

Club of the Year 2013 – no contest
Small Club of the Year 2013 – no contect

Club of the Year 2012 – Witney Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2012 – Trowbridge Chess Club
[Witney details] [Trowbridge details]

Club of the Year 2011 – Harrow Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2011 – Sedgemoor Chess Club
[Harrow details] [Sedgmoor submission]

Club of the Year 2010 – Horsham Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2010 – St. Helens Chess Club
[Horsham citation] [St Helens citation]

Club of the Year 2009 – St Albans Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2009 – St Helens Chess Club

Club of the Year 2008 – Mushrooms Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2008 – Snodland Chess Club

Club of the Year 2007 – West Nottingham Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2007 – Snodland Chess Club

Club of the Year 2006 – 3C’s (Children’s Chess Club, Oldham)
Small Club of the Year 2006 – Salisbury Chess Club

Club of the Year 2005 – Heywood Chess Club

Club of the Year 2004 – Alwoodley Chess Club from Leeds and Norwich Junior Chess Club from Norwich
Small Club of the Year 2004 – Brown Jack Chess Club from Swindon

Club of the Year 2003 – Kenilworth Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2003 – Stapleford Chess Club

Club of the Year 2002 – Checkmate Junior Chess Club
Small Club of the Year 2002 – Royston Chess Club

Club of the Year prior to 2002

2001 – Wallasey Chess Club; 2000 – Cowley; 1999 – no award; 1998 – no award; 1997 – Coulsdon & Purley; 1996 – Guildford; 1995 – Hull; 1994 – Barbican and Wanstead & Woodford; 1993 – no award; 1992 – Basingstoke; 1991 – no award; 1990 – no award; 1989 – King’s Head; 1988 – Stowmarket; 1987 – Crwoborough Albany; 1986 – Rose Forgrove; 1985 – Killingworth; 1984 – Grantham

Congress of the Year

Congress of the Year 2018 – Thanet Chess Congress [citation]

Congress of the Year 2017 – Calderdale Chess Congress

Only two congresses were nominated this year. The Calderdale Congress wins the award this time. Organiser, Noel Boustred, had discovered a niche market for a different sort of congress. He noticed that in most of the big congresses the strong Open Sections with big prizes are financed by the entry fees for the Minor Sections. As well as Calderdale he runs annual tournaments at Whitby and Harrogate. These events, run on a shoestring, don’t have Open sections and big prizes, but are cheap, cheerful events for players with maximum grade of 170 and with the modest minor players mainly in mind. That he has been able to keep these congresses going for so many years shows that he is meeting a popular demand.

Congress of the Year 2016 – St Albans

This weekend congress attracts about 220 players each year. The venue is pleasant and in a good location. It is very friendly and has an excellent bookstall and analysis room

Congress of the Year 2015 – South Lakes Chess Congress

Approximately 180 people play in five sections, each with £500 prize money. There never seem to be any arguments. However, the crowning glory is the ballroom at the Cumbria Grand Hotel – there are glorious views from the playing area.

Congress of the Year 2014 – Heywood Chess Congress

Congress of the Year 2013 – no contest

Congress of the Year 2012 – Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress

A new event for 2012 was the Bournemouth Grand Chess Congress held 20 -22 April. We were impressed by the number of entrants to a new Congress and to the facilities provided plus the level of administration involved which included a website with live updates. We also received several very positive unsolicited endorsements of the Congress and are pleased to make this award.

Congress of the Year 2011 – 2nd London Chess Classic

This year we have selected the 2nd London Chess Classic held in December 2010 for the award. Held at Olympia and the brainchild of Malcolm Pein, this event’s line up included some of the world’s best Grandmasters, as well as the World Champion, Viswanathan Anand. Probably the best event in Britain in 2010 – this was a well deserved award

Congress of the Year 2010 – e2e4

e2e4 has fast obtained a reputation as being the best tournaments in the country.  Why?  Well maybe it’s because in the last 12 months e2e4 chess has:-
•    had 49,949 website hits
•    had 654 players enter an e2e4 tournament, including 12 GM’s, 10 IM’s and 13 FM’s
•    submitted 3586 ‘half’ games of chess for grading
•    Paid out over £10,000 in prize money
•    helped 85 players get their first FIDE rating or part rating
•    facilitated three players to score IM norms
But it’s more than that.  e2e4 give amateur chess players professional standard playing conditions.  Every game is played on a separate table, with a minimum of 5m² room for each game within the playing area (see attached photos for typical layout).  And, uniquely for an English weekend event, players can stay onsite in a 3/4 star hotel for little more than the cost of a local B&B.
We don’t expect anyone to take just our word for it.  This is what some players have said to us when they’ve emailed us after one of our events in the last 12 months :-

Impeccably organised and run with attention to every detail, the whole circuit of ‘e2e4 Chess’ tournaments really are unsurpassed for both amateurs and professionals alike. Win or lose, I always come away from these events not only having enjoyed myself socially but also with the feeling that chess playing has been treated with the respect that it deserves.
– GM Keith Arkell, 27 June 2010

Increasingly other congresses pale into insignificance when compared with the ones e2e4 organise.
– SH, 26 February 2010

I just wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for all your hard work in organising and running such an enjoyable tournament at the weekend. I’m reluctant these days to spend what little free time I have freezing to death in draughty church halls that smell of mildew, so it was a great pleasure to be able to play chess in such comfortable surroundings. I had a great time and very much hope to take part in more of your events in the future.
– NS, 21 September 2009

Just a short line to say how much I enjoyed the Uxbridge congress at the weekend. This was my first event for around 28 years and I am sure I will make every effort to enter another one of your events.
– JM, 21 September 2009

Many thanks to you and the organisers for putting on such a well run event.
It was my first congress and a truly great and memorable experience.
The venue and facilities were superb.
– AW, 21 September 2009

This was the first time I had played Uxbridge, but its the best weekend tournament I’ve played in.  I’m going to play every congress you run from now on!
– AS, 20 September 2009

Congress of the Year 2009 – no entries

Congress of the Year 2008 – South Lakes Congress

The 12th South Lakes Chess Congress (SLC) took place at the Grand Hotel in Grange-over-Sands on the weekend of 6-8th June 2008. The congress is an annual event and the 9th time it has been held in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. 189 Chess players from all over the country played in the five round Swiss, making it the best attended event ever. 70 players attended in 1997 when the SLC was first held and its popularity has grown every single year. The setting of the Grand, in Grange, overlooking Morecambe Bay with acres of grounds and woodland, plus the fine summer weather are making it a Mecca for chess players and is growing in popularity, with many players bringing their families to enjoy the weekend. Players as far a field as Guernsey and the Orkneys attended this year. Given the demand, if players who had originally entered had not withdrawn (due to other commitments) we would have reached over 200 players

Book of the Year

Book of the Year 2017click here

Book of the Year 2016click here

Book of the Year 2015click here

Book of the Year 2014click here

Book of the Year 2013click here

Book of the Year 2012

The choice for 2012 is one of the most original chess books the judges have seen for a number of years. Move First Think Later by Willy Hendriks (published by New in Chess, £18.99) manages to be both serious and highly entertaining at the same time.

The subtitle gives an indication of Hendriks subject matter –“Sense and Nonsense in Improving your Chess”. The author is an IM and for 25 years a professional chess trainer. He graduated from university with a degree in Philosophy and is very well read in modern developments in neural research, learning theory and associated subjects. Hendriks believes these disciplines now have much to teach us about chess teaching and playing.

As a result he is interested in questions such as, for example, why are all chess players are not grandmasters? Is there a methodology for how strong moves can be found? Or, what is the role of planning? Above all Hendriks offers a substantive criticism of much of traditional chess training and literature, in particular statements such as “Against a wing attack, counter in the centre” which can be misleading generalisations. The judges are well aware that not all readers will readily accept that all his ideas are entirely valid, nor all his propositions sound, but considered that the arguments in the book will stimulate a lively debate on how chess is taught and played.

The book consists of 27 creative and thought provoking short essays on a wide variety of related chess subjects. Each chapter is illustrated by challenging chess exercise positions (certainly not of the routine White to play and win type) which serve to illuminate the text.

All the above describes the book, but does not give an adequate impression of its originality or especially of the stimulation which it provides the reader. Hendriks is also an entertaining writer with wit and a sense of humour, often against himself, which makes the book a pleasure to read.

All these qualities combine to make, Move First, Think Later a worthy Book of the Year 2012 winner.

– Ray Edwards, Julian Farrand, David Friedgood, 4th October 2012

Book of the Year 2011

The judges unanimously decided that John Nunn’s two volume work, Nunn’s Chess Endings Volumes 1 and 2 (Gambit, £17.99 each) was a worthy winner …

Follow this link to visit the London Chess Centre and buy this award-winning book. See for yourself what all the fuss is about … and if you do, the ECF receives a small commission to help further the cause of English chess!

The question may be asked whether another lengthy work on the endgame is required (670 pages in all). In fact the author asks this question himself. Nunn’s answer is that he is approaching endgames from a different angle than normal manuals. First of all he is focusing on endgames requiring precise analysis, rather than the strategic endgames of players such as Karpov and Smyslov. He concentrates exclusively on end games from practical play; in other words the real life situations that so often cause difficulties for the player over the board. As always with Nunn his exemplary use of the computer ensures that the analysis is faultless.

This is not inconsiderable, but of itself not sufficient to win the award. Where the book excels is the combination of analysis with excellent and clear narrative which enables the reader to understand the lessons from the well chosen examples. Here Nunn’s experience as a world class player and his established writing skills come into play. He is careful to illuminate the difference between computer analysis and the human approach over the board. As a result the instructional value is considerable.  To take but one example only, Nunn gives interesting game positions where the maxim “the outside pawn always wins king and pawn endings”, would appear applicable. He then demonstrates the circumstances in which it may not apply.

Another major feature is the correction of previous published analysis. This shows what a difficult and complex game chess is and how even strong grandmasters can reach incorrect conclusions both over the board and in published analysis. Nunn has undertaken a considerable amount of work in writing these two volumes. The result is not just an excellent text book, but one which expands our knowledge of chess endgames.

We should point out that a basic knowledge of end game theory is necessary to get the best out of these two volumes. Lastly, though the books may appear somewhat daunting, there is much pleasure to be had in working through fascinating positions (some of which match endgame studies with their aesthetic appeal) with John Nunn as your erudite guide.

– R B Edwards, J Farrand, D Friedgood — 3rd October 2011

Book of the Year 2010

The judges this year were faced with a particularly difficult choice as all the four books listed had considerable, but differing merits. The choice finally fell on a two volume work which had taken the author no less than eight years to write.

The book is ‘Attacking Chess Volumes 1 and 2′ by Jacob Aagaard, published by Quality Chess at £23.99 each.  These constitute a substantial work totalling 720 pages in all, excellently laid out and printed. The volumes are written in a lively manner, which keeps the reader entertained as well as interested.

The genesis of the book is found in the introduction to Volume 1. Aagaard felt that the role of intuition had been undervalued in chess writing. Good players not only calculate but also have a feeling for what might be possible in a given position, which can be described as intuition. Aagaard also felt that there was a shortage of good books on attacking play – by which he means attacking the King. There are many excellent titles on combinations, but Aagaard is looking for the conditions when an attack may be possible (King in the middle is an obvious example) and how that attack may be prepared and prosecuted. In other words Aagaard is trying to develop the reader’s attacking intuition.

Volume 2 is, in the words of the author, “what to do when the attack is up and running”.
Whilst doing this, Aagaard introduces new concepts and ideas into the text. To help in this process he gives preview diagrams of the positions to be discussed, which the reader is invited to consider before reading on, a valuable learning tool.

The author has obtained the games and positions for both volumes from a wide range of contemporary sources, many of which were new to the judges. It is also clear that throughout Aagaard has provided fresh commentary and analysis. The reader can simply enjoy the many fascinating positions or study in depth, but either way there are many hours of pleasure to be found in these two books.

Aagaard has written a significant and original treatise on the fine art of attacking play and is a worthy winner of the Book of the Year 2010.

– R B Edwards  J Farrand  D Friedgood – 27th September 2010

Book of the Year 2009

Excellent though the other books on the shortlist were, the judges had no difficulty in selecting the winner this year …

Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-85
Garry Kasparov
(Everyman) pp424 £30
This volume is the second in the series Kasparov is writing on the development of chess since the 1970s. The first, Revolution in the 70s (Everyman) concentrated on developments in opening theory during that time. The second and third volumes will concentrate on Kasparov’s 5(!) epic matches with Karpov for the world title. The volume under consideration covers the first two, the first of which involved no fewer than 48 games and was unfinished, the second a mere 24,which finally established Kasparov as world champion.
Kasparov has written earlier in the 1980s about some of these matches. But here, he writes in the preface “I now see many situations more deeply, through the prism of my life experience…….My commentaries have become more frank, and far more accurate. But the evaluation of individual moves will take into account the psychology of the struggle!” All this is reflected in the book, plus lengthy descriptions of the background to the matches and in particular Kasparov’s views of the controversial first match termination.
The book can be read on several levels – as a dramatic story, or as providing insights into opening theory, or as great games enhanced by deep analytical annotations. Kasparov succeeds triumphantly in illuminating every aspect of this historic struggle. He is establishing as formidable a reputation as an author, as he did as a player.
Finally, Everyman have produced the book to the same high standards they have used throughout the series
– R B Edwards, J Farrand, D Friedgood – 9th October 2009

Short List –
Blindfold Chess | Eliot Hearst and John Knott (McFarland) pp437 £49.95
Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-85 | Garry Kasparov (Everyman) pp424 £30
The Berlin Wall | John Cox (Quality Chess) pp322 £16.99
Winning Chess Middle Games | Ivan Sokolov (New in Chess) pp286 £21.99

Book of the Year 2008

The judges this year had no difficulty choosing a book which gives a remarkable inside view of match play chess at the highest level …

From London to Elista
Evgeny Bareev and Ilya Levitov
New in Chess pp398 £21.95
This volume, which is in three parts, covers in sequence the three world title matches Kramnik has played. The first part “Overthrow of a Colossus” was his defeat of Kasparov in London 2000; the second “Photo finish in Brissago” was the 2004 drawn match against Leko where Kramnik held onto his title by winning the last game. Lastly, “Big Brother in Elista” refers to the controversy- ridden match with Topalov in 2006 which Kramnik won on the tie break.
Grandmaster Bareev was one of Kramnik’s seconds for the first two matches and a closely involved spectator in the match with Topalov. Levitov is a journalist and an enthusiastic amateur chess player.
There are also contributions from Smyslov, and two of Kramnik’s other seconds Lautier and Svidler. The basis of the book is a dialogue between Levitov and Bareev. Levitov, a spectator and outsider to the professional chess world, seeks to understand the complex inner workings of world championship chess matches. Bareev as the professional insider explains what is going on. Bareev also annotates all the games in depth concentrating on the critical moments of play in the openings and the interface between the contestants.
Well written and translated the quality of the book resides in the open and frank way Bareev answers the questions. Amongst the many subjects discussed (and we can only list a few here) are stress, opening preparation, team working, relations with Kramnik, the opponents, fatigue and exhaustion of players and seconds. But above all the narrative captures very well the psychological issues behind the drama of the matches. When will Kasparov’s fight back take place? How to keep an ailing Kramnik going when behind in his match with Leko? And last but not least can Kramnik keep his composure after being defaulted a game against Topalov?
London to Elista gives a unique insight into world championship chess. Without doubt this is one of the most original and interesting books to have won the Book of the Year award
– Ray Edwards | Julian Farrand | David Friedgood 1st October 2008

Short List –
From London to Elista | Bareev and Levitov, New in Chess £21.95
222 Opening Traps | Muller and Knaak, Edition Olms, £14.99
Secret Notes | Bronstein and Voronkov, Edition Olms, £19.99
True Lies in Chess | Comas Quality Chess, £14.99

Previous BOTY winners –
Fundamental Chess Endings by Karsten Muller and Frank Lamprecht Gambit £19.99; 2003 My Great Predecessors Part 1 Garry Kasparov Everyman £25.00; 2004 Pal Benko My Life, Games and Compositions GM Pal Benko and IM Jeremy Silman Siles Press £31.50; 2005 My Great Predecessors Part 4 Garry Kasparov Everyman £25.00; 2006 Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics New in Chess £18.95; 2007 San Luis 2005 Alik Gershon and Igor Nor Quality Chess £19.99

Website of the Year

Broadstairs Chess Club

Downend and Fishponds Chess Club, Bristol [read the submission here]

South Hams of Devon
This has a great deal of accessible information on it. Particularly pleasing is the facilities for members to enter their games on the site –

It provides details accounts of all local chess, but unusually it also provides material that is of interest outside the UK. e.g. The Fantasy Chess Olympiad. It has a growing chess forum and a number of magazine type articles are included.

Chess Devon

2013 – no contest

Once again this was a very popular category and the standard was again high. We selected the St Albans Chess Club website at – the webmaster is Phil McConnell

Once again we received several nominations and we were impressed with the high standard of the entries. The Award Committee were agreed that the award should go to the Witney Chess Club site – the webmaster is Steve Connor and he has agreed that the award should be made to the Club

Once again we received several nominations and all of a high standard. The standard and quality of the websites improves each year making the committees job in selecting one a difficult one as we do not wish to disappoint the other excellent websites that make our shortlist. The one that impressed us this year is, the website of Kingston Chess Club. It was the general feel of the website providing information as well as comment and news in an entertaining way. The webmaster is John Foley

The award goes north this year to the hardworking Anthony Ibbotson and his simple and straightforward website at – nice one, Anthony!

This award again attracted considerable interest and the standard of the websites improves each year. This year we chose, the Chess Devon website. The webmaster is Bill Frost

Once again this award attracted considerable interest and we received nominations of some excellent websites. The quality of all the websites was good making the Awards Committees job a difficult one in picking a winner. Our selection for 2007 is (edited by Tom Chivers) due to its unique features and good links

Once again this attracted a lot of interest. The standard has improved and this made our decision difficult but we selected, partly due to its overall coverage but also down to its excellent links page

Once again a very popular award category with several nominations. The committee selected the 4NCL website,, whose webmaster is Peter Sowray. The site has wealth of information regarding the 4NCL but with much more for those just browsing

Again we had a large number of entries for this award. The judges were impressed with several, including last year’s winner,, but selected The webmasters are Steve Henderson and Dave Richards

The winner of the Website of the Year award for 2003 (and the first winner of this new award) is – congratulations to Ian Hunnable, the site’s webmaster

Magazine of the Year

2017 – reinstated!
The Gazette – the magazine of the Braille Chess Association
This award was reinstated this year to accommodate a request that we give the award to the Braille Chess Association Gazette. The magazine, a quarterly, for members of the BCA, is available in normal print, large print, Braille, as an email attachment and in audio. We are pleased to make this award.

2016 discontinued

2015 British Chess Magazine – the longest-running chess magazine, now edited by James Pratt.

2014 Chess Magazine

2010/11/12/13 No nominations were received this year

2009 Once again the estimable and consistent En Passant, the magazine for Norfolk County Chess Association, has won the award. Congratulations in no short order to the editor, John Charman

2008 We again had some excellent submissions and selected “Correspondence Chess” the magazine of the British Correspondence Chess Association. The editor is Neil Limbert

2007 From some excellent submissions we selected En Passant, the magazine for Norfolk County Chess Association. The editor is John Charman and he has a dedicated backroom team of Gloria, his wife, and SIM Mike Read. This is the second year that En Passant has won this award

2006 Out of four very good publications we selected “The Problemist”, the magazine of the British Chess Problem Society. The editor of “The Problemist” is John Rice

2005 Another popular category and the award goes to the Northumberland Chess Association Bulletin, which is edited by John Wheeler. Whilst the magazine covers chess within the Northumberland area, it does so in an illuminating style with commentary, games and discussion

2004 In this the second year of this award we had an increased entry. The Judges were impressed with the variety of material in the magazine and with the quality of the desk top publishing. The winner of the award is En Passant, the magazine for Norfolk County Chess Association and the editor is John Charman
Of the other magazines the Judges commended The Middle Game, the magazine of MCCU

2003 The Magazine of the Year award was given to “The Chequered Board” the magazine of Cowley Chess Club. The editor is Ray Starkie

ECF / BCF Grand Prix

2005/2006 – The winners of the 2005/6 Grand Prix are as follows –

Grand Prix Winner – Andrew Greet £2000
2nd – Mark Hebden £800
3rd – Danny Gormally £400
Female Prix – Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant £200
Senior Prix – Richard Desmedt £200
Junior Prix – Ankush Khandelwal £200
Disabled Prix – Jack Rudd £200
Under 175 Prix – Donny Muter £200
Under 150 Prix – Russell Goodfellow £200
Under 125 Prix – Colin Eckloff £200
Under 100 Prix – Michael Barker £200

The following players receive £50 discount in any event in the 2006 British Championship
Sheila Dines, Akash Jain, Helge Hjort, Dean Hartley, Malcolm Armstrong, Robert Clegg, David Curtis and Ian Strickland.
The final tables incorporates results from the Smith and Williamson British Championships, the South Wales International, the National Junior Squad Young Masters plus weekend events in Wales and Chester.
Despite strong late showings from both Mark Hebden and Danny Gormally, Andrew Greet could not be overhauled in the Grand Prix. In the Female Prix both Selina Khoo and Dinah Norman reached maximum points but it was Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant whose outstanding performance in the Smith and Williamson British Championships enabled her to finish a clear first. In the Junior Prix, a host of players reached the maximum score mark following the Junior events in the Smith and Williamson British Championships – however Ankush Khandelwal increased his total with an outstanding first place in the Young Masters Tournament and thus maintained his lead over his rivals. In the Disabled Prix, Jack Rudd overhauled Dean Hartley at the top by increasing his %score at the South Wales International. As suggested previously although the minor places changed there were no late challenges to the winners of any of the Graded Prix sections. Finally to the Senior Prix where both Harry Lamb and Ray Gamble reached the maximum courtesy of fine results at Chester but they were still well behind runaway winner Richard Desmedt

2004/2005 – The final tables are now, at last, confirmed. The delay was due firstly to domestic reasons and secondly to chasing up four events. This in practice elevated Mark Hebden to second place behind long time leader Andrew Greet in the Grand Prix but had little or no effect elsewhere. The winners are as follows:-
Grand Prix – Andrew Greet
Female Prix – Sheila Dines
Senior Prix – Barry Sandercock
Junior Prix – Sheila Dines
Disabled Prix – Jack Rudd
Under 175 Prix – Michael Kobylka
Under 150 Prix – Jinwoo Song
Under 125 Prix – Phil Bull
Under 100 Prix – John Constable

2004 – Grandmaster Mark Hebden of Leicester won 1st prize of £2,000 in the 2004 British Chess Federation Grand Prix. This is the 5th time that Mark has won the Grand Prix- his last victory came in 2000. Mark scored a total of 183 points out of a maximum of 200. He wins the £2000 first prize. Jonathan Rowson who won both the Scottish and British Championships was second and won £800 with International Master Colin Crouch in 3rd place.
Two of England’s most promising juniors confirmed their positions with wins at the Smith & Williamson British Championships at Scarborough. Ankush Khandelwal (Nottingham) won the Junior Prix after he scored 7/7 in the British Under 13 Championship whilst Sheila Dines (Croydon) became the Female Prix winner after her victory in the British Under 11 Championship.
The new Graded Prix sections were shared between London and Yorkshire. Capital city players Brendan O’Gorman and Jinwoo Song won the Under 175 and Under 150 sections respectively whilst Richards Desmedt of Wombwell (Sheffield) and Steve Webster (York) were the winners of the Under 125 and Under 100 sections.
Dean Hartley of Chesterfield won the Disabled Prix for a 2nd successive year whilst Clive Pemberton of Birmingham became Senior Grand Prix Champion. All the above players won £200 each

December 17 – Peter Wells has won the BCF Grand Prix and its £5,000 top award after a great finishing spurt. The Abingdon and former Portsmouth GM needed maximums on the final two weekends at the Hertfordshire and London Opens. He scored 4.5/5 at both, and got half point bonuses at each because he met strong 210+ fields. It proved just enough to overhaul the longtime leader IM Danny Gormally by 0.14 of a Grand Prix point.
Two months before the end, Wells looked out of it as he had no maximums while his rivals all had several. But then he won the British Rapidplay, narrowly missed a maximum at Scarborough and made his remarkable sprint, defeating Grand Prix rival GM Mark Hebden in the final round in London

GM Keith Arkell has won the £5,000 Terence Chapman Group Grand Prix, the year-long UK congress league in which some 10,000 chessplayers take part. GM Mark Hebden was runner-up and IM Danny Gormally third.
Arkell took a clear lead in the first half of the year, but Hebden fought back with maximum points at Leek and Newcastle. The decider came in the British Rapidplay at Bradford where Arkell edged forward again, and Hebden’s subsequent victory at Nuneaton could not bridge the gap.
Arkell’s previous wins were in 1988 and 1996, and he has been runner-up on numerous occasions. His experience of the congress circuit coupled with regular internet blitz games proved decisive.
The all-time Grand Prix list is now Hebden 5 wins, Adams and Miles 4, Arkell and Hodgson 3, Nunn, Plaskett and Rumens 2

GM Julian Hodgson has won the £5,000 Terence Chapman Group Grand Prix, the year-long UK congress league in which some 10,000 chessplayers take part. GM Keith Arkell was runner-up and IM Danny Gormally third.
Hodgson and Arkell battled right through the year in a tight contest where both won tournaments all over Britain, but Hodgson gained the advantage in August with a strong show in the Smith & Williamson British Championship followed by 100% scores in opens at Thanet and Hereford. Arkell fought back at Newcastle where he beat his rival in scoring 5/5, but the Worcester GM needed to win all six games in the final Grand Prix event, the London Open, in mid-December. His hopes ended when he conceded a round two draw to 193-graded Mark Lyell (who next round drew with 109-graded Selina Khoo).
Hodgson’s previous Grand Prix wins were in 1990 and 1999 and he was runner-up last year. His 1 d4 and 2 Bg5 Tromp Opening has proved a formidable weapon on the weekend circuit, comparable with the Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian which was so effective for Dave Rumens and Mark Hebden in the 1970s and 1980s.
The all-time Grand Prix list is now Hebden 5 wins, Adams and Miles 4, Hodgson 3, Arkell, Nunn, Plaskett and Rumens 2

British Chess Educational Trust

With funds provided by the generosity of the late Sir George Thomas (now administered by the British Chess Educational Trust) the English Chess Federation annually awards shields to schools which have shown outstanding achievements or enthusiasm in chess. Commencing 1982 inscribed chess boards have been substituted for shields. Recommendations for awards should be forwarded (via the appropriate Union if in England, or via the national organisations for Scotland or Wales) to John Wickham, 55 Shakespeare Way, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6SL Email: by 31st March.

The following schools hold shields or boards (the latest recipients are shown in bold type) –
Citations – 2012 | 2013 | 2014 – 1 | 2 | 3 | 2015 | 2015 II | 2016 | 2017 I | 2017 II | 2018

Acklam Hall Grammar, 1950
Adamsrill Junior, Sydenham, 1984
Alcuin School, Leeds, 2004
Aldro Prepatory School
Audley Junior School, 2012
Godalming, 1999
Altrincham Grammar, 1921
Anfield Junior Boys, Liverpool, 1957
Austin Friars, Cumbria
Barham Primary, 2014
Barnard Grove Grammar, Hartlepool, 1983
Barnet Knights, 2013
Bassaleg Grammar, 1957
Beaver Road Primary School, 2005
Bede College Grammar, Sunderland, 1958
Bedford Modern School, 1986
Bedfordshire Middle Schools Chess League, 1978
Belah Primary School, 2007
Bemrose Grammar, Derby, 1962
Birkenhead Institute, The, 1933
Birmingham & District Junior League, 1950
Bishop Vaughan School, Morriston, Swansea, 1985
Bolton Grammar, 1949
Bolton, 1973
Booker Avenue Primary School, Liverpool, 1991
Bristol & District Junior C.A., 1966
Bristol Grammar, 1973
Broadclyst Community Primary School, 2012
Bury Knights Junior Chess Club, 2013
Calday Grange Grammar, 1954
Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club, 2012
Cardiff High, 1925
Carr Hill Primary, Gateshead, 1984
Challney Boys’, Luton, 1959
Chatham House, Ramsgate, 1929 (Special)
Chatsworth Junior Mixed, Liverpool, 1979
Cheltenham College, 1923 (Special)
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, 1932
City of Peterborough Academy Special School, 2014
City of London, 1935
Cockington Primary School, Devon 1995
Coleridge Boys, Cambridge, 1954
Colf’s Grammar, London, 1964
Coloma Convent Girls’, Croydon, 1980
Coopers Co’s Bow, E.3, 1949
County Intermed. Port Talbot, 1951
Cowbridge Grammar, 1967
Croesyceilog Grammar, 1969
Crownfield Primary School, 2017

Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar, 1966
Dale Boys’, Leicester, 1963
Darlington Grammar, 1937
Dawpool Primary, Merseyside, 2002
De La Salle College, Ashton-under-Lyne, 1979
Deptford Park Primary School, 2015
Dulwich College, 1966
The East Mitcham Schools Cluster, 2016
East Moor, Leeds, 1951
Ellis School, Leicester, 1954
Emersons Green Primary School, 2015
Exeter Junior School, 2006
Exmouth & District Primary Schools Chess League, 1994
Fettes College, Edinburgh, 1914
Forest Hall Junior Chess Club, 2018
George Farmer, Holbeach, 1979
Glyn Grammar, Ewell, 1974
Glyncoed Primary School, Cardiff, 1991
Goldstone Primary School, 2018
Gosforth Grammar, 1952
Grappenhall Junior Chess Club, 2005
Greatham Primary School, Cleveland, 1991
Great Sankey County Primary, 1982
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, 1954, 2005
Hamilton School, High Wycombe, 2009
Hampton School, Middlesex, 1998
Heathside Preparatory School, 2016
Heversham, 1956
Homefield School, 2010
Hove County Grammar, 1965

Huddersfield New College, 1972
Hylton Red House, Sunderland, 1977
Ilford County High, 1973
Immanuel & St. Andrew CE Primary, 1999
Ipswich Primary Schools Chess League, 1988
Itchen College, 1968
John Ball Primary, London, 1981
John Clare School, Helpston, 2016
Kendal, 1965
Kent Primary Chess Association, 1991
King Charles Junior, Falmouth, 1983
King David Junior School, Manchester, 1990
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, 2018

King Edward VI, Southampton, 1955
King Edward’s High, Birmingham, 1934
King’s School, Chester, 1976
King’s School, Grantham, 2015
King’s School, Peterborough, 1987
Kingston Grammar, 1957
King William’s College, Isle of Man, 1955
Kitwood Girls, Boston, 1975
Knights United Club, Lancashire, 2008
Ladymount Primary School, 2009
Lawn Primary School, 2007
Leedon Lower School, Bedfordshire, 2003 & 2004
Leeds Grammar, 1916
Leicestershire Junior Chess League, 1951
Lincoln City, 1957
Liverpool Blue Coat, 1975
Liverpool College, 1999
Lockleaze County, 1959
London Secondary School League, 1913
Luton Grammar, 1951
Malvern College, 1922
Magdalen College, 1964, 2002
Maidstone Boys Grammar School, 1999
Manchester Girls, 1911
Manchester Grammar, 1911
Marion Richardson Primary School, 2015
Marlwood School, Bristol, 1987
Marston Middle School,
Oxfordshire, 1990
Merchant Taylor’s Senior Girls School, Crosby, 2017
Mexborough Grammar, 1959
Millfield School, 2006
Minet Junior Mixed, Hayes, 1960
Monmouth School, 1993 & 2004
Musters Road, County Secondary, 1966
Netherton County Primary,
Wakefield, 1981
Newbury Park Primary, 1979
Newcastle Preparatory School Jesmond, 2014
Newport Grammar, 1962
Northfold County Primary, Lancashire, 2001
Norwich High School for Girls, 2007
Norwich School, 2007
NJCA, Northumberland, 2003
Norwich & Norfolk Schools Chess Association, 1967
Nottingham High, 1962
Olveston Primary, Bristol, 1982
Ormesby School, 2006
Oxford High School For Girls, 1991
Oxfordshire Junior Chess League, 1950
Paston School, North Walsham, 1985
Plymouth College, 1966
Pontypridd Grammar, 1958
Prior Pursglove College
Guisborough, 1980
Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Blackburn, 1927
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Yorkshire, 1996
Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet, 1952, 2008
Radstock Primary School, 2015
Ravenscroft Primary School, 2013
Reading, 1936
Red Rose Primary, Durham, 2000
Richmond Junior Chess League, 1988
Rooksbury Park Girls Primary School, 1986
Royal Grammar, Guildford, 1983
Royal Grammar, High, Wycombe, 1975
Royal Grammar, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1960
The Royal Latin School, 2017

Rugby, 1914
Sacred Heart Primary, Birmingham, 1977
St. Alban’s, 1915
St Edwards Church of England Academy, 2014
St. Illtyd’s College, Cardiff, 1948
St. Boniface’s College, Plymouth, 1960
St. James’s R.C. School, Salford
St. John’s College, Southsea, 1963
St. John’s First School, Frome, 2016
St. Joseph’s R.C. Comprehensive, Swindon, 1972
St. Mary’s College, Middlesborough, 1974
St. Michaels CE Combined School, 2016
St. Michaels R.C. Secondary, Stevenage, 1983
St. Olave’s Orpington, 1982
St. Paul’s, 1979
St. Pauls Church in Wales Primary School, 2013
St. Teresa’s RC Primary School, 2010
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, 2013
Salop Junior, C.A., 1949
Scotby School, Cumbria, 1999
Shawlands Academy, 1924
Sheringham Primary School, 2016
Sussex Junior Chess, 2012
Michael Sobell Sinai School, Harrow, 1993
Southend High School for Boys, 2007
Southern Grammar, Portsmouth, 1975
Southridge First, Northumbria, 1995
Staffordshire CCA (Junior Section), 1955
Taunton’s Southampton, 1926
Temple Sutton Primary School, 1997
Tiffins, Kingston, 1950
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, 1992
Truro, 1953 & 1990
Twickenham Prep School, 2018

Tyldesley, Lancs, 1968
Uckfield Community Technical College, 2014
University College School, London, 1918
Uppingham School, Rutland, 1999
Varndean, Brighton, 1948
Washington School, Tyne & Wear, 1993
Wednesbury High, 1938
Wellesley Park Primary School, Wellington, 1996
Wellington, 1949
Wenlock Primary, Manchester, 1978
Westergate, Chichester, 1982
Westminster, London, 1923
Weston-super-Mare Grammar, 1963
Wey Valley Junior Chess League, 1988
Whale Hill Primary School, Cleveland, 1999
Whitgift, Croydon, 1946
Whyteleafe School, Surrey, 1993
William Ellis, London, 1948
Wilson’s School, 2011
Witney Chess Club Junior Section, 2014
Wolverhampton Grammar, 1948
Woodbridge School, Suffolk, 2004
Worcester College for the Blind, 1928
Worcester Royal Grammar, 1948
Wyggeston Grammar, 1917
Yarlside County Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness, 1985
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