Did you know that the North Essex Chess League is 50 years old this season?
A 1986 publication by J.R.Priestley “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.
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?
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 email@example.com.
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.