2018 Local Events

  • Sunday18th November 2018 – 4th. Lowestoft Rapidplay
    at Parkhill Hotel, Oulton, NR32 5DQ

    A 6 round Swiss Tournament with 2 sections – Open and Under 150.
    Rate of play: all moves in 20 minutes plus 10 seconds added per move.
    See here  for more details and entry form.
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  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018 – 36th. Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA
    An ECF Grand Prix and an East Anglian Grand Prix event.
    A 5 round Swiss Tournament with 4 sections –
    Open, Major (u170), Intermediate (u140) and Minor (u110).
    Rate of play: all moves in 90 minutes plus 15 seconds per move from move 1.
    See website for more details and entry.
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  • Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd June 2018 – East Anglian Chess Union
    FIDE-rated Chess Congress at King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JP
    A 5 round Swiss Tournament with 3 sections – FIDE-rated Open (part of the
    2018 British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix), ECF under 170, ECF under 130
    Rate of play: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by15 minutes to finish the game, with an increment of 5 seconds per move from move 1.
    Click here for details and entry form.
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  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April 2018 – Great Yarmouth Chess Congress
    at Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
    A 5 round Swiss with 4 sections – Open, under 170, under 145, under 120
    Top Section is a qualifier for the British Championships
    Rate of play: all moves in 90 minutes plus 15 seconds per move from move 1
    Click here for details and entry form.
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  • Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 2018 – East Anglian Chess Union Closed Championships at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford,
    Cambridgeshire, CB22 4NE

    A 5 round Swiss Tournament with 3 sections – Open, under 170, under 130
    Rate of play: 36 moves in 80 minutes, followed by 10 minutes to finish the
    game, with an increment of 15 seconds per move.
    Part of the EACU Grand Prix.
    Click here for details/eligibility and entry form.
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2017 Local Events

  • Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017 – 35th. Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA
    Format: Five-round Swiss. Four sections – Open, Major (u170), Intermediate (u145) and Minor (u120).
    An ECF Grand Prix and an East Anglian Grand Prix event.
    See website for more details and entry.
  • Sunday 16th July 2017 – Essex Chess Association Rapid Play
    at Scout H.Q., Paradise Road, Writtle, CM1 3HW
    A 6 rounds Swiss Tournament with 3 sections – Open, under 150, under 95
    20 minutes on each clock, plus 10 seconds per move
    Click here for details and entry form.
  • Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June 2017 – EACU CHESS CONGRESS
    at The Turner Hall, Church Lane, Newmarket, CB8 0HL
    A Five-Round Swiss Tournament with 3 sections
    Open, Under-170 and Under-130
    Click here for details and entry form.
  • Friday 14th to Monday 17th April 2017 – Southend Easter Congress
    at Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend, SS1 2UN
    7 rounds, 90 minutes per player per game PLUS 30 seconds per move
    5 sections, Open, under 170, under 145, under 120 and under 95
    Click here for details and entry form.

2016 Local Events

  • Sunday 30th October 2016 – Brentwood Rapidplay at Mount Avenue Banquetting Suite, Mount Avenue, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM13 2NS
    Open, U160, U130 and U100 sections. Time Control is 25 mins plus 10 sec incremental time control over 6 rounds. Essex Juniors – free entry.
    website: http://www.brentwoodchess.com/brentwoodrapid.html
  • Saturday 22th & Sunday 23rd October 2016 – 34rd. Bury St Edmunds Chess
    Congress at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA
    Format: Five-round Swiss. Four sections – Open, Major (u170), Intermediate (u145) and Minor (u120). A qualifying event for the British Championships in 2017.
    website: http://www.bsecongress.org.uk/

  • Saturday 17th September – Pre 2016-17 Season Tournament
    at Bures Community Hall, Bures, Suffolk, CO8  5BX
    Swiss system tournament, presented by Braintree Chess Club.
    Only the first 100 entries can be accepted.
    Prizes for overall performance, gradings and age.
    Click here for details and entry form.
  • Saturday 9th July 2016 – ESSEX RAPIDPLAY
    at Longmeads Community Centre, Writtle, CM1 3LY

    A 6 round Swiss with 4 Sections:-
    Open, Under-160, Under-125 and Under-90
    Incorporates the ECA Rapidplay Championship,
    the North Essex Rapidplay Championship
    and the Essex Junior Championships
    Click here for details and entry form.
  • Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June 2016 – EACU CHESS CONGRESS
    at The Turner Hall, Church Lane, Newmarket, CB8 0HL
    A Five-Round Swiss Tournament with 3 sections
    Open, Under-170 and Under-130
    Click here for details and entry form.

 

2015 Local Events

  • Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2015 – 33rd. Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA
    Format: Five-round Swiss. Four sections – Open, Major (u170), Intermediate (u145) and Minor (u120). A qualifying event for the British Championships in 2016.
    Entry Form:  Here      Website: www.bsecongress.org.uk/
  • Saturday 11th July 2015 – ESSEX RAPIDPLAY
    at Longmeads Community Centre, Writtle, CM1 3LY

    3 Sections:-
    Open, Under-150 and Under-120
    Incorporates the Essex Rapidplay Championship,
    the North Essex Rapidplay Championship
    and the Essex Junior Championships (all decided by results in the Open).
    Register in advance, pay on the day.
    Click here for further details and entry form.
  • Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May 2015 – EACU CHESS CONGRESS
    at The Turner Hall, Church Lane, Newmarket, CB8 0HL
    A Five-Round Swiss Tournament with 3 sections
    Open, Under-170 and Under-130
    Click here for details and entry form.

50 Years of NECL

Did you know that the North Essex Chess League is 50 years old this season?
A 1986 publication by J.R.Priestley titled “The History of the North Essex Chess League” stated that “play begun in Autumn 1964”, so  the current 2014/15 season is a semi-centenary.
JPbook
A few local players have this book which has enabled our table of league winners to be extended back to 1964/5 season, though full game details only go back to 2002/3 season for league and to 1998/9 for the Knockout and Plate events (transcribed from spreadsheets provided by events secretaries).  Perhaps you have further details or early spreadsheets in your archives covering earlier seasons to help fill in the blanks?

Clubs shown on the above cover are Billericay, Braintree, Burnham-On-Crouch, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Essex University, Felsted, Harwich, Maldon, Marconi, Wickford, Witham and Writtle. Some of these later closed, had breaks or re-named and a few more recently formed clubs have since joined. Some, such as Clacton and Braintree, pre-date the NECL, having played in the earlier established Essex League prior to the First World War.

Some local club histories may be found on-line. (e.g. Billericay and Colchester. If other clubs have composed something similar just provide the link and we can add to this list. If you have this, but not already on the web, your club secretary can upload it to the NECL server and link to it from your NECL club page, or just send the document and we’ll do that for you)

Any volunteers to write an article putting all this together, as an on-line update to the earlier book? Any suggestions to put to the Committee on how to mark this occasion?

2014 Local Events

  • Essex Rapidplay – 21st September 2014
    Venue: Longmeads Community Centre, Writtle CM1 3LY
    Format: Six Rounds Rapidplay (incremental). Two sections – Open and Major (Under 135). Incorporating: Essex RP Championship, North Essex RP Championship, Essex Junior Championship
    Entry Form: Click Here
    Website: www.essexchess.org.uk

 

  • 32nd. Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress – 25/26 October 2014
    Venue: The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
    Format: Five-round Swiss. Four sections – Open, Major (u170), Intermediate (u145) and Minor (u120). A qualifying event for the British Championships in 2015.
    Entry Form: Click Here
    Website: www.bsecongress.org.uk/

 

Chelmsford now has a Junior Chess Club

The Knights of Chelmsford will meet every Tuesday beginning 25th March 2014
at Christ Church, New London Road from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Offering children of all ages and abilities the chance to have fun playing and improving their chess in a safe environment. The sessions will be led by an experienced and DBS-checked coach.
Please contact Robin Slade for more information at theknightsofchelmsford@gmail.com.

2013 Local Events

Some local events coming soon;-

  • An Individual Rapidplay, at Writtle on September 21st 2013.
    This is An Essex Closed event Incorporating the Essex Rapidplay Championship,
    North Essex Rapidplay Championship and Essex Junior Championship.
    Click here for further details and entry form.
  • The 31st Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress, at the Apex on 5th and 6th October 2013.
    Click here for details and entry.
  • The 62nd Hertfordshire Chess Association Congress, at County Hall, Hertford on 9th and 10th November 2013.
    Click here for details and here for entry form.
  • 13th Woodbridge Junior Chess Open, at Woodbridge School, on 24th November 2013.
    Click here for details and entry form.