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.
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/


2014 Peter Keffler Shield Update

Updated: 03/06/2014

This season’s 6 round swiss is not handicapped and the award of the shield will be based on performance points in excess of grade, with 3 played games needed to qualify.

Game point results after round 6

# Name Grade Points 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Andrew Salmon 152 5.5 +B9 +W4 +B2 =W3 +B5 +W6
2 John Lambert 128 4.5 +B12 +W15 -W1 +B6 +B3 =W4
3 Vincent Camilleri 140 4 =W6 +B5 +W16 =B1 -W2 +B7
4 Martin Alvin 128 4 +W8 -B1 =W6 +B12 +W10 =B2
5 Melvin Steele 127 4 +B10 -W3 +B11 +W7 -W1 +B9
6 Mike Coughtrey 95 3 =B3 +W9 =B4 -W2 +B8 -B1
7 Denis Brown 68 3 =BYE =BYE +B15 -B5 +W9 -W3
8 Warwick Estlea 80 3 -B4 +W12 -B9 +W15 -W6 +B10
9 Andrew Todd 110 2 -W1 -B6 +W8 +BYE -B7 -W5
10 Alex O’Brien 50 2 -W5 +BYE =BYE =BYE -B4 -W8
11 John Rowe 65 2 =BYE =BYE -W5 +B16
12 Nigel Lake 87 2 -W2 -B8 +BYE -W4 -B13 +W15
13 Alan Story 69 2 =BYE =BYE +W12 -B14
14 Robert Stephens 149 2 +B15 +W13
15 Richard O’Brien 50 1 +BYE -B2 -W7 -B8 -W14 -B12
16 Peter Keffler 123 1 =BYE =BYE -B3 -W11


Standings based on ‘performance – grade’ after round 6

Name Grade Perf Pef-Grade Played
John Rowe 65 105 40 2
Alan Story 69 98 29 2
Denis Brown 68 94 26 4
Mike Coughtrey 95 119 24 6
Andrew Salmon 152 166 14 6
John Lambert 128 140 12 6
Robert Stephens 149 159 10 2
Warwick Estlea 80 85 5 6
Melvin Steele 127 127 0 6
Vincent Camilleri 140 138 -2 6
Martin Alvin 128 123 -5 6
Alex O’Brien 50 37 -13 4
Richard O’Brien 50 33 -17 6
Nigel Lake 87 61 -26 6
Andrew Todd 110 74 -36 6
Peter Keffler 123 62 -61 2

See photos of Denis receiving the shield

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.