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News in the 2016-7 season
Counties' Open-Minor decisions
29 Dec, the controller reports. The top three counties in the MCCU Minor competition will be offered nominations for the Minor Counties national stages and Warks and Notts will play for the Midlands u180 title and be offered nomination to the national stage of that competition.
London Chess Classic
16 Dec. Wesley So (USA) won the super GM tournament with 6/9. In the FIDE Open, GM Mark Hebden (Leics) scored 6½/9 and GM Keith Arkell (Worcs) 5½.
Steve Foster 1953-2016
11 Dec, Nottingham Gambit website reports. Steve Foster (Nottingham Central) died peacefully at home after a short illness. Steve played for Nottinghamshire's first team and captained teams for Nottingham Central club. Before retirement, he played for Worcestershire and captained St John's Worcester teams. Our condolences to his family and team colleagues. Nottingham Gambit and Ashfield websites give more information.
10 Dec. In the u160, Notts beat Gtr Manchester. In the u120 matches, Worcs beat Lincs and Notts beat Warks.
County match u140 result
19 Nov. Lincs u140 beat Derbys u140 in their first match to catch Worcs in this competition.
Bolton Rapidplay results
12 Nov, Rod Middleton reports. Paul Macklin (Chorlton, Gtr Manchester) lead from the start to win the Open on 5 points from 6 games. Four shared first place on 4½ points in the Major: John Altham (Bury, Gtr Manchester); Martin Burns (Stockport, Gtr Manchester); Stephen Loyd (Chester); and, Aram Tev-Gevorkian (Yorks). The Knights tournament was won by Raven Morrello (Chorlton, Gtr Manchester) and Steve McCall (East Cheshire). Over seventy players competed.
County match national stages rule changes
13 Nov, Peter Sherlock reports. Team captains proceeding into the national stages should consult the ECF national rules. several changes come into effect for the 2017 national stage competitions.
First u140 and u100 match results
12 Nov. In the opening matches for their tournaments, Worcs u140 beat Notts and in the u100, Notts crushed Warks.
Warks set the pace in u160 tournament
5 Nov. In the first match of the u160 team competition Warks beat Greater Manchester.
New website for Cannock & District League
1 Nov, Ray Dolan reports. Visit the new website.
County team champions humbled
29 Oct. In the Midlands Team Championship Warks beat Notts and Worcs edged it against Leics. In the u120 competition, Notts beat Staffs and Lincs beat Warks.
First u120 county result
15 Oct. Notts have a convincing win against Lincs in their opening match.
ECF Book of the Year
First county match results
8 Oct. In the Minor and Midlands Championship, Lincs beat Notts by a wide margin and Worcs beat local foes Warks.
ECF annual meeting and Midlands candidates
21 Sep, ECF website. The agenda, most papers and candidates' election statements for the 15 October annual general meeting have been published on the website. Alex Holowczak (Warks & Worcs), Traci Whitfield (Staffs), Julian Clissold (GMC) and David Thomas (Warks) are standing for re-election to the directorships of Home Chess, Junior Chess, Non-executive Chairman and Membership respectively. They are joined by Stephen Woodhouse (Worcs) who is standing for election as one of the Non-executive directors. ECF Directorships are volunteer posts.
Staffs withdraw from u140 team tournament
21 Sep, Peter Sherlock reports. Staffordshire have reluctantly concluded they have insufficient players to field a u140 team this season.
Lee Davis makes clean sweep in Hereford
18 Sep, Alan Leary reports. Lee Davis, recent newcomer to Hereford won the county championship, and two other tournaments at Hereford. He also won the Bennet Cup prize for the best individual player in Worcester & District Chess league.
Andrew Ward heads up Warks CA
3 Sep, Alex Holowczak reports. Alex has stepped down from the Warwickshire CA secretaryship and Andrew is his successor.
Midlands Tradewise GP winners
1 Sep, ECF reports. Mark Hebden (Leics) won the +180 Tradewise GP fighting off a challenge from Keith Arkell (Worcs) who was runner-up. Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) won the 120-139 section. Midland players also did well in the Most improved GP: Marco Ho (S Birmingham) won the u180 section, Athar Anseri (Newport Shrops) the u140 section and Jacob Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) the junior over 140 compoetition.
County team entries for 2016-7
31 Aug, Peter Sherlock reports. Provisonal fixture dates will be issued in the next week or so. Warks have entered teams for the championship, u180, u160, u120, and u100 tournaments.
Joseph Friar winner at Bewdley
28 Aug. At an informal charity rapidplay tournament at Bewdley, Joseph Friar (Kidderminster) was first on 6 points.
Manchester Summer Congress
21 Aug, Rod Middleton Reports. Brandon Clarke (Littlethorpe) and Adam Ashton (3Cs, Oldham) tied for first on 4½ points. Ray Sayers (Bucks) was winner on 4½ in the Major and Julian Hawthorne (Kidsgrove) on 5 points in the Knights tournament. Over 120 players competed in this event at Manchester University. Harry Lamb was one of the key organisers of this highly successful event.
14 Aug. GM Mark Hebden won the open with 5 points. Robert Clegg and Richard Desmedt, both Yorkshire shared first in the Major and two Midlanders were first and second in the Intermediate: Athar Ansari (Newport, Shrops) 5 points and Karimi Qais (Lincoln) 4 points. Two Redditch, Worcs, players headed the Minor tournament with David Smith (Redditch) on first with 4½ points and Michele Clack second on 4. For pictures and more ...
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