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CLUB AND COUNTY NEWS


SUSSEX RESULTS 2000-2001
We've never been very sure, till now, which of the Sussex competitions are run by Sussex CCA and which are independent. David Roberts enlightens us. The McArthur Cup, County Championship, East Sussex Queen, West Sussex Queen, Veterans and Jamboree are organised by the Association. The junior competitions come under the county aegis, but are largely independent in their organisation. The Mid Sussex League and South West Sussex League are independent, though affiliated. (The Mid Sussex League and the Sussex Junior CA have their own websites.)
McArthur Cup
This is the official Sussex team Championship. A club report, lamenting its decline, remarks that it was "once described as the premier Sussex competition".
Western (4 teams) 1 Worthing 6/6; 2 Bognor & Arun 4; 3 Chichester 2; 4 Rustington 0
Northern (2 teams) 1 The Holt 2/2; 2 The Args 0
Central-Eastern (1 team) 1 Hastings 0/0
Eastbourne and Lewes used to play in this group, not all that many years ago, but got fed up with losing to Hastings. You will see in a minute that Brighton were also in the competition, with a bye to the semi-finals. This puzzled us. They have regularly had this bye over the years, but we have always assumed it was because they were Champions, and on this occasion they weren't. Hastings were. It turns out that the rules do indeed specify three qualifying groups, with a bye for the Champions. Perhaps someone forgot Brighton weren't Champions this year. Anyway no one complained, that we've heard of, and Hastings got their bye.
Semi-finals Worthing 3 3 *Brighton; Hastings 4 2 The Holt.
Final Hastings 4 2 Brighton
County Championship (8 entries)
Final JA Dodgson 1 B Cafferty
East Sussex Queen (4 pl)
1 JA Dodgson 5/6; 2 JL Bryant 3...
West Sussex Queen (6 pl)
1 WH Partridge 4/5; 2 RD Hirsch 3...
Veterans (2 pl)
1 FW Brown 2/2; 2 RD Hirsch 0
Sussex Jamboree 14th July 2001
9 teams played. 1 Brighton & Hove 5/6; 2-3 Eastbourne, Haywards Heath 4...
Schools Championships
Wilson Cup (U19) Dorothy Stringer Brighton
Sadd Cup (U16) Dorothy Stringer
Butler Cup (U14) 1-2 Downlands Hassocks, Dorothy Stringer
Gammans-Renwick Cup (U16 Girls) Ratton Eastbourne
Primary School Cup Div 1 Holy Cross CE Uckfield; Div 2 Cottesmore Primary Crawley; Div 3 Hellingly CE Hailsham.
For other junior results, see the Sussex Junior site.
Mid Sussex League
Division 1 (11 teams) 1 Horsham I 8/10 (GP 38); 2 Hastings 8 (37); 3 Brighton & Hove 7...
Division 2 (10 teams) 1 East Grinstead I 8/9; 2 Knoll Knights 7; 3 Haywards Heath I 6...
Division 3 (8 teams) 1 Lewes III 6/7; 2 Bognor & Arun 5; 3 Hassocks II 4...
Division 4 (8 teams) 1 Crowborough II 7/7; 2 Haywards Heath II 5; 3 Brighton & Hove III 4...
Best Match Average Tankard D Hall (Knoll Knights)
Mid Sussex Cup Final: Crowborough 5 1 Lewes. This is a handicap competition (rules not known to us) and Crowborough needed to win 4-2 or better.
South West Sussex League (mean grade not over 130)
5 teams played. 1 Rustington 14/14; 2 Chichester 10...
Source: Sussex Chess 2000-1


ESSEX RESULTS 2000-2001
update 12.9.01
ESSEX LEAGUE
Division 1 (9 teams) 1 Writtle 14/14; 2 Powdermill 12...
Division 2 (11 teams) 1 Grays I 20/20; 2 Wanstead II 17...
Division 3 (7 teams) 1 Upminster II 18/24; 2 Barking II 17... (after a 3-point deduction for defaulted games!)...
Rapidplay KO Final: Ilford 11 1 Chelmsford A. Teams of 6, double-round APA 30/30.
Essex Championship 14-15 July 2001 was won by Eddie Dearing. See the Congress page.
NORTH ESSEX LEAGUE
Division 1 (10 teams) 1 Chelmsford A 16/18; 2 Witham A 11 (GP 24); 3 Colchester A 11 (24)...
Division 2 (10 teams) 1 Maldon B 14/18; 2 Braintree B 12 (22); 3 Billericay A 12 (22)...
Division 3 (10 teams) 1 Writtle B 15/18; 2 Clacton B 10 (23); 3-4 Chelmsford D, Feering & Kelvedon B 10 (20); 5 Braintree C 10 (19)...
North Essex KO Cup Final: Chelmsford A 2 1 Braintree A. The Plate was won by Dunmow.
SOUTHEND & DISTRICT LEAGUE
Division 1 (6 teams) 1 Basildon I 17/20; 2 Southend I 14...
Division 2 (6 teams) 1 Customs I 16/20; 2 Westcliff I 13...
Division 3 (10 teams) 1 Hadleigh III 14/18; 2 Customs III 13...
FRIENDLY MATCH 1.4.01: Southend & District League 4 10 North Essex League
Source: Chessex


BUCKS RESULTS 2000-1
are on the Bucks County site. There's also a Chiltern Fixture list 2001-2 further down the page.


GMA SMITH OBE
It is our sad duty to report the death, on Monday 18th June 2001, of George Smith of Southend and Essex.
     George learnt his chess as a boy, and became Captain and Secretary of East Ham Grammar School in the pre-war Essex Grammar Schools League. He joined Customs & Excise before the war, but his chess was interrupted by wartime service in the Royal Air Force. (He did, in fact, play by correspondence with his brother during this period, but recalled that one game remained unfinished after 4 years.)
     George joined Romford Chess Club in the early 1950s and became Club Secretary and Match Captain of their Essex League team. By this time he was also playing for the County in the SCCU Amboyna and Ebony competitions, as well as for Customs & Excise in the Civil Service League. He moved to Southend in 1963 and at various times was Secretary, Treasurer and Match Captain of the Southend Club. He was instrumental in founding the Southend & District League, which he also ran for some years.
     At County level George was for a number of years Essex Tournament Secretary. However, growing professional commitments forced him to curtail his chess activity until his retirement in 1981. At this point he became Secretary/Treasurer of the Southend Congress, a position he held almost continuously until his death. He later became President of the Southend Club, and from 1984 to 1990 was President of the Essex County Association. He was also a Trustee of the David Wood Trust, a charity set up in 1969 to further junior chess in Essex.
     In 1985 George became International Grader for the BCF. He relinquished this position only in May 2001, when obliged to do so by failing health. In this capacity he contributed significantly to the re-writing of the FIDE title and rating regulations. He also served the BCF, for some years from 1987, as Secretary of the annual Championship Congress.
     George was not a specially strong player. His highest grade we know of, from the late 1970s when he may have been past his prime, was 135. He was never merely an organiser, and he remained active as a player into this century. But it was as an organiser and administrator that he made his mark, and it was in this capacity that he received the BCF Presidents Award for Services to Chess in 1990. His OBE was not conferred on him for chess reasons, though it well might have been. It was a professional honour earned much earlier, in 1975, for work in HM Customs & Excise on the design of computer systems. This was an expertise he carried into his International Grading work.
     George's funeral is at 2.15 pm on Tuesday 26th June at St Barnabas Church, Woodfield Road, Leigh on Sea. No flowers, by the family's request.


KENT FINALS DAY 2000-1 at Sevenoaks, 20th May 2001
County Cup Maidstone I* 3 3 Beckenham & Bromley
Lewis Cup (mean grade <= 160) Dartford & Swanley II* 3 3 Beckenham & Bromley II
Stevenson Cup (<= 140) Thanet I 4 2 Hastings & St Leonards
En Passant Cup (<= 120) Charlton III 3 2 Chislehurst III
Harvey Cup (<=100) Kilndown II 3 2 Tonbridge & Hadlow III (after pt penalty for T/H overgrading)
Tom Fuller Cup (<= 80) Tonbridge & Hadlow IV 3 1 Kilndown III
Intro Cup (<= 60) Petts Wood & Orpington VI 2 1 Sidcup V (after pt penalty for PW overgrading)


CHILTERN RESULTS 2000-2001
With update 27.4.01
We give the full league tables, courtesy Nigel Dennis.

U170

 O

 H

Br

Bu

 

 O

 H

Br

Bu

GP  

MP 

1  Oxon

 

20

10

17

   

11

  7

10

76   

5   

2  Hants

  0

 

11

  6

 

  9

 

11

11

48

3   

3  Berks

  9

  9

 

  9

 

13

  9

 

12

61

2   

4  Bucks

  9

  3

11

   

  9

  8

  8

 

54   

2   

 

U125

 H

 O

Br

Bu

 

 H

 O

Br

Bu

GP  

MP 

1  Hants

 

  6

12

  8

   

10

10

11

57

4

2  Oxon

  9

 

  8

10

 

  6

 

  7

12

52

3

3  Berks

  4

  8

 

  7

 

  6

  9

 

  8

42

2

4  Bucks

  8

  6

  9

   

  5

  4

  7

 

39

1

 

Junior

 H

Bu

Br

   

 H

Bu

Br

 

GP  

MP 

1  Hants

 

20

12

     

  8

17

 

57

3   

2  Bucks

  0

 

10

   

11

 

10

 

32   

2

3  Berks

  8

  9

     

  3

10

   

30

We guess, but don't know, that the twenty-nothings were defaults. The finishing order was not given, and the positions are our own invention. For all we know it's done on Game Points. Match Points were on the right-hand end.

Chiltern Under 9 Jamboree Sunday 14th January 2001 at St Edwards School, Reading
12 boards, 4 teams all-play-all. (Is that a jamboree?)
1 Hants 28/36; 2 Sussex 21; 3 Bucks 19; 4 Berks 4
Chiltern Under 11 Jamboree Sunday 11th February 2001 at St Edwards School, Reading
1 Hants 36/60; 2 Sussex 35; 3 Bucks 33; 4 Berks 15
Chiltern Jamboree 21st April 2001 at Wargrave
1 Bucks 10/20; 2 Hants 10; 3 Oxon 9; 4 Berks 8


FRIENDLY MATCH 7th April 2001
Hastings & St Leonards 5 6 Insurance CC
Info John Philpott. We're sure you'll find details on the ICC website.


HERTS RESULTS 1999-2000
Leagues:
Division 1 (7 teams) 1 Hertford I 18/24 (GP 39); 2 Royston I 18 (35); 3 Hemel Hempstead I 13...
Division 2 (7 teams) 1 Hertford II 17; 2 St Albans II 16; 3 Letchworth I 14...
Division 3 (7 teams) 1 Watford II 18; 2 Hertford III 15; 3 Barnet II 12...
Division 4 (7 teams) 1 St Albans IV 18; 2 Royston II 17; 3 Mid Herts II 16...
Division 5 (7 teams) 1 Watford IV 15 (32); 2 Hertford IV 15 (31); 3 Stevenage III 13...
Division 6 (7 teams) 1 Barnet III 18; 2 Barnet IV 16; 3 Hemel Hempstead III 14...
Division 7 (7 teams) 1 Mid Herts III 20; 2 St Albans VII 17; 3 Letchworth IV 15...
Club Knockouts:
Russell Trophy Final: "Royston no result Watford". 9 entries.
Sharp Trophy Final: Watford 2 4 Hoddesdon. 10 entries.
U125 KO Final: Hoddesdon 3 1 Hertford. 12 entries.
Individual Competitions (APA):
Capel Cup (5 entries) 1 S Law 2/4...
Burn Cup (5 entries) 1-3 S Collins, I Hall, I Mutton 3/4...
"Despite each competition only having 5 players (and in years past, an entry of 20 has been described as 'disappointing'), the Capel Cup was not finished until after the AGM... In the Burn, the competition did finish by the AGM, but in a three-way tie, and there was insufficient time to organise a play-off. Hopefully the new format for this year (a weekend Swiss on the 7th/8th October) will revitalise the competitions."
"Old" Puller Cup 21st May 2000 (a four-round accelerated Swiss for teams of four): 1 Royston I 1216; 2 St Albans I 11... The Grading Prize went to St Albans II whose grading performance exceeded their average grade by 42.25 points.
Secondary Schools League: U19 (6 teams) Queen Elizabeth Boys; U16 (6 teams) Queen Elizabeth Boys; U14 (6 teams) Queen Elizabeth Boys. There is also a cup (?KO) competition, won by Queen Elizabeth Boys. We don't know where Queen Elizabeth Boys School is.
Junior Grand Prix is new this year. The U18 group attracted 99 players and the U11 317. It appears that you can count your scores in practically anything, though HCA and Herts Schools CA events score double. Primary winner: Adam Preston. The U18 winner, Matthew Dignam, counted results from the Herts league, the Chiltern megafinal, the HSCA secondary competition, the Hitchin Congress, and a British Junior Squad event. He also played in the Irish U16 Championship but his 4/6 "was not enough to be included in his Grand Prix score". (It was enough to secure him the Irish U16 Championship, at the age of 12.)


SUSSEX RESULTS 1999-2000
McArthur Cup
Western (4 teams) 1 Worthing 6/6; Northern (2 teams) 1 The Holt 2/4; 2 The Args 2 (they drew both matches, and Worthing qualified "on the toss of a metaphorical coin"); Central-Eastern "Hastings were unopposed YET AGAIN!". Semi-finals Hastings 5 1 Worthing; The Holt 2 3 Brighton; Final Brighton 2 3 Hastings. This seems to be the first time in umpteen years that Brighton have not won. Does it mean they have to play in a qualifying group next year? Hastings getting a bye to the semi-finals, if that's what Champions get, won't make a lot of difference. On second thoughts, it means there won't be a Central-Eastern qualifier.
Sussex Jamboree 8th July 2000
Eight teams competed. 1-2 Brighton, President's Select 5/6; 3 The Holt 3; 4-5 Bognor & Arun, Knoll Knights 2; 6-8 Chichester, Lewes Irregulars, St Francis Hospital 2
County Championship (9 entries)
Final PA Batchelor 1 IG Kelly
East Sussex Queen (3 pl)
1 G Scamardella 3/4...
West Sussex Queen (8 pl)
1-2 WH Partridge, TJ Woods 6/7... (title shared?)
Veterans (3 pl) 1 RD Hirsch 3/4...
Mid Sussex League and South West Sussex League have already been reported (see 1999-2000 Archive, and your quickest way back here is the "back" button). We never noticed, at the time, that the Mid-Sussex League has dropped its old scoring system whereby Match Points and Game Points were combined in a single final score. We worked the formula out once.
Results Sussex Chess 2000
For junior results, see the Sussex Junior site.


KENT SUMMER QUICKPLAY 2000
1.9.00
Winners of the Engraved Clock are Ashford, who beat Dartford & Swanley on board count in the Final 31.8.00. Original entry 16 teams. Ashford were quite heavily outgraded, but it's a handicap competition. (Time handicap, not points.)


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