English Women’s Championships 2019

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Director of Women’s Chess Chris Fegan reports –

The 2019 English Women’s Chess Festival took place in Hull over the weekend of Friday August 30 to Sunday 1 September. The Festival itself included coaching and talks by British Women’s Champion Jovanka Houska, a talk by Sean Marsh on the Friday including a reception, a rolling simultaneous display by IM Richard Palliser for local players on the Saturday afternoon, coaching for local girls on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons and a free barbecue reception on the Saturday evening.

All participants in the festival and also the championship were given a free copy of the August 2019 CHESS Magazine courtesy of Chess & Bridge. The Championship itself was the biggest and best to date with 34 players and a record prize fund of £3000 with special and new trophies for the English Women’s Senior Champion and also age related trophies.

Photographs can be found here — https://cscteesside.blogspot.com/2019/09/2019-english-womens-championship-1.html | https://cscteesside.blogspot.com/2019/09/2019-english-womens-championship-2.html | https://cscteesside.blogspot.com/2019/09/2019-english-womens-championship-3.html

The whole event was a partnership between the ECF, Hull & District Chess Association and Hull Council and I would also like to express my gratitude for the support for the age related trophies from Women’s Enterprise in the Humber and it is fantastic news and possibly a first for English chess to have an ECF Women’s event supported by the local women’s business community.

The English Women’s Championship itself was a tremendous tournament with several senior women England Internationals and top class young women at all age levels. The tournament itself ended with an incredible last round in which the final game lasted an amazing 154 moves and resulted in a win for WGM Katarzyna Toma which enabled her to share the Championship with Louise Head.

A full ranking list of the final standings are available at 


The next big event in English female chess is the English Girls Championships to be held at Blenheim Palace,Woodstock,Oxfordshire over the weekend of 19/20 October 2019 and entries can be made here

I am also very excited about the London Chess Conference 2019 to be held in December in London and which is on the subject of Chess and Female Empowerment and which is being supported by the ECF, FIDE, ECU and CSC. This is as far as I know the first ever Conference held in partnership between the ECF and both FIDE and the ECU.

I would encourage all female ECF members to put this Conference in their diaries and to try and attend.

View pairings and results here View live games here

When – 30th August to 1st September 2019
Where – The Royal Hull Hotel Elizabethan Suite, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF
Format – 5-round FIDE-rated Swiss
Rounds – Round One: Friday 19.00-23.00 | Round Two: Saturday 10.00-14.00 | Round Three: Saturday 15.00-19.00 | Round Four: Sunday 10.00-14.00 | Round Five: Sunday 15.00-19.00
Time limit – Game/90 + 30 seconds per move
Entry Fee – £10
Place Prizes – 1st £1200; 2nd £650; 3rd £350
Three Best Performance Prizes –  (2001+, 1801-2000, < 1801) – £100 each
Additional Prizes – Best Under 20, Under 16, Under 12 Player, Best First Time Entrant – £100
Qualifying date for age related prizes is 1/1/2019
Total Prize Fund£3000

The winner will also qualify for a place in the England women’s team in the 2020 Olympiad. In the event of a tie for 1st place, the prize money will be shared, and the player in the tie with the highest rating in the June 2020 FIDE-rating list will be selected.

List of entries as at Fri 30 Aug 2019.

Championship 34 entries      
Name Club Fedn FIDE ECF TR
Toma, Katarzyna WGM Wood Green ENG 2229 230 2229
Longson, Sarah N WFM none ENG 2095 195 2095
Head, Louise WFM Crowthorne ENG 2092 200 2092
Bhatia, Kanwal K WFM Barbican 4NCL ENG 2044 196 2044
Varney, Zoe   4NCL Oxfordshire ENG 1975 174 1975
Jaufarally, Nadia   none ENG 1934 185 1934
Posadas, Rayelynn   The Buffs ENG   158 1885
Zhu, Yaoyao   none ENG 1842 165 1842
Hutchinson, Joanne   Scunthorpe ENG   147 1802
Gamal, Alaa   Basildon ENG 1762 162 1762
Headlong, Fenella   Check Inn ENG 1761 141 1761
Sheikh, Anum WCM none ENG 1693 164 1693
Milewska, Agnieszka   Ealing ENG 1660 146 1660
Maladkar, Lavanya   West Notts ENG 1647 163 1647
Denning, Julie L   Horsham ENG 1629 126 1629
Kumaar, Sai Chinmayee N   Bradford ENG   123 1622
Sengenberger, Sara   Cowley ENG   116 1570
Maladkar, Ritika   West Notts ENG 1561 144 1561
Bridgeman, Niamh   Morecambe ENG 1511 144 1511
Headlong, Georgia   Check Inn ENG 1482 134 1482
Boztas, Lana   Coulsdon ENG 1475 115 1475
Ball, Katie C   St Albans ENG   103 1472
Arora, Tashika   Oxford ENG 1447 132 1447
Roy, Anika R   none ENG 1380 133 1380
Jayawarna, Tarini   Heywood ENG 1337 125 1337
Chaban, Roxolana   none ENG 1281 117 1281
Pettit, Felicity OL   Guildford ENG 1233 107 1233
Cakova, Monika   none ENG   60 1150
Mackenzie, Kira   Leeds Uni ENG   59 1142
Jayawarna, Thisumi   Tameside Juniors ENG 1125 110 1125
Brossier, Nadege   none ENG      
Janaki Deepakumar, Sai Joyshri   none ENG      
Jaufarally, Zahra   none ENG      
Kolpashnikova, Kamila   none ENG      


Total entries 34.

Terms and conditions
The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee denotes acceptance that the English Chess Federation’s decision is final in all matters.
The English Chess Federation reserves the right to refuse any entry without explanation.
No player may win more than one place prize or best performance prize. All place prize money will be shared equally between tied players.
The best performance prizes will be awarded to the player with the best performance relative to rating (W-We) unless otherwise stated. Unrated players will have their ECF grading converted to Elo for calculation of rating prizes. Ungraded or unrated players may not win a best performance prize.
The additional prize will be awarded in addition to any other prizes that a player might win.
Prizes will be transferred by direct bank transfer in the week following the end of the event.
All players must be Gold members of the ECF.
All players must appear on the FIDE rating list as England. Players who do not appear on the rating list at the time of the tournament will be put on the FIDE rating list as England. Such players are only eligible to play in the tournament if they are either born in England, or resident in England.
Re-pairing will take place 30 minutes after the start of a round. Players will be defaulted 30 minutes after the scheduled start of a round.
The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee is acceptance of these terms and conditions.
All pairings will be made using FIDE Swiss pairing rules.

Booking Accommodation
Room rates at the Royal Hull Hotel are as follows —
£35.00 BB per person per night (based on two people sharing)
£47.00 BB per person per night (single occupancy)
£10.00 surcharge on double room for family room (per extra person)
Dinner £20.00 per head

Please call the Royal Hotel Hull on 01482 325087 and speak to reception to book your accommodation, and ensure you tell them you’re taking part in the English Women’s Chess Championship. The hotel email is conf758@britanniahotels.com