Updated: Saturday, 15th August 2020
ECF Events: North v South - The Oldest Challenge
In 1893 & 1894 the historic counties of England contested a match to determine where chess was the strongest. The South won both encounters the 2nd comfortably due to the existence of the first and oldest chess Union the SCCU who were able to aid in the co-ordination and communication of the southern counties.
After a 126 years a much delayed 3rd match is to take place on Saturday 5th September on chess.com. The match is open to all ECF members or supporters see link for more details. https://www.englishchess.org.uk/online-north-v-south-challenge-2020/
In the tradition of the first two encounters it is hoped that match will be contested over a minimum of 100 boards if possible more.
If you are interested in playing what will be an historic events register at https://www.chess.com/club/ecf-south
The South Team Captain
ECF Online English Counties Championships
The 2019/2020 season commenced on 6th June with the Semi-Finals and Finals scheduled 8th August and 22nd August, respectively.
Matches are played on Saturday evenings starting at 6.30pm with a move rate of 60 minutes plus 15 seconds per move (G60/15).
Fixtures and results are posted on the ECF League Management System website:
- Open Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60384/efixtures
- Open Challengers Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60386/efixtures
- Major Open Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60385/efixtures
- Minor Open Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60387/efixtures
- U1825 Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60388/efixtures
- U1825 Challengers Championship - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/60389/efixtures
- Match Rules on ECF website - https://www.englishchess.org.uk/online-english-counties-championships-2020/
- Live Games on Chess.com - https://www.chess.com/club/ecf-online-english-county-championships
ECF National 100 Online Competition - Appeal For Players
The ECF has successfully launched the Online Counties Championship (allowing for one or two teething problems!) and the group stages are about to come to a close (1st August).
Although Championship has been a success the Controller recognised that players graded u100 were poorly served consequently a regional u100 competition has been devised. I write to ask that you inform clubs in your areas of the event so that those graded u100 can sign up for the event. I know that it is relatively short notice however in this digital age if we use all avenues available, webpages, social media and email, we should be able to spread the word to every outpost in the country to get maximum exposure.
As the name suggests there are 4 regional teams (East, Midlands, North and South) who will participate in an All-Play-All competition over 3 consecutive Saturdays (8th August, 15th August and 22nd August).
The South comprises of the following counties:
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
Brief details are:
Matches will be played on chess.com with a time control of 1hr + 15s per move (60/15) and start at 6:30pm. Players ideally would have a grade of u100 on January 2020 either standard or rapidplay if no standard grade. July 2020 grade will only be considered if there is no other grade available
The following link will allow any interested part to get more details about the competition, rules, etc.:
For those interested they should either register directly via https://www.chess.com/club/the-south
The South Team Captain
League Tables 2019-20
To view County Championship league tables, click on one of these buttons. Then click on the scores in the table to display a match score card.
Code of Conduct for all players in Online Chess
SCCU adopts Safeguarding Policy for playing chess online
Following the updating of the ECF's safeguarding policy on the 18th June to include chess online (see today's ECF announcement), there is now a Code of Conduct applicable to all players taking part in ECF or SCCU online events. This is part of the online safeguarding policy the ECF has introduced. The policy can be found at new section 11 of the ECF Safeguarding Policy and the code at Appendix 10.
Please note that it is a condition of the current ECF block insurance policy that insured chess organisations adopt and follow the ECF Safeguarding Policy.
SCCU County Championships 2019-20
The winners of the SCCU County Team Championship are:
|David Smith||u100||no contest|
Provisional nominations for the ECF County Championship are shown below. While the current COVID-19 alert remains in effect, there is great uncertainty as to whether it will be possible to run the ECF County Championships.
|ECF Division||Team 1||Team 2||Team 3|
SCCU County Championship 2019/20
This is the 'first-cut' for the fixtures (published 23 August 2019). Where captains have difficulty in booking venues on the specified dates, it is permissible to change dates with the agreement of the opposing captain.
In the u180 section, two matches (Kent vs Essex, Surrey vs Middlesex) unfortunately clash with the first weekend of the London Chess Classic. The controller hasn't been able to identify another date without playing on two consecutive weekends, and has left to the captains to agree a more suitable date.
Please, keep the County Match Controller informed of any changes.
Key: B= Berkshire, E= Essex, H=Hertfordshire, K=Kent, M=Middlesex, Sx=Sussex, Sy=Surrey
|28 Sep 2019||Sy.SX, K.M||K.Sy, M.E|
|05 Oct 2019||J4NCL wk1 & Surrey Congress||M.E|
|12 Oct 2019||ECF AGM (London)|
|19 Oct 2019||M.E, K.Sy||E.M, K.Sy||E.B|
|26 Oct 2019|
|02 Nov 2019||M.Sy, Sx.E||E.Sy, K.M||M.H, E.K|
|09 Nov 2019||4NCL wk1a (div 3 & 4)||Sx.E|
|16 Nov 2019||E.Sy, M.K||Sy.E, M.H|
|23 Nov 2019||E.M, Sy.K||Sy.M, E.K||H.E, Sy.M|
|30 Nov 2019||London Chess Classic||K.E, Sy.M|
|07 Dec 2019||London Chess Classic||Sy.M|
|14 Dec 2019|
|21 Dec 2019|
|28 Dec 2019||Caplin Hastings International|
|04 Jan 2020||Caplin Hastings International|
|11 Jan 2020||4NCL wk2||Sy.M, H.E|
|18 Jan 2020||J4NCL wk2||M.K, Sy.E|
|25 Jan 2020||E.M, Sy.K||K.H, Sy.M||B.E|
|01 Feb 2020||K.E, M.Sx||Sy.E, M.K||Sy.K, M.E|
|08 Feb 2020||4NCL wk3|
|15 Feb 2020||J4NCL wk3||Sx.K, E.Sy||Sy.K, E.M||E.Sy, K.H|
|22 Feb 2020||Sy.E, K.M||M.K, H.E|
|29 Feb 2020||4NCL wk1b (div 1 & 2)||M.Sy, K.E||K.M, H.Sy|
|07 Mar 2020||M.Sy||H.Sy|
|14 Mar 2020||E.K, M.Sy||H.Sy, E.K|
|21 Mar 2020||SCCU nominations to ECF|
|28 Mar 2020||4NCL wk4|
1. 30-08-2019. u120 Sy.M moved to 11-01-2020 (was 23-11-2019).
2. 31-08-2019. u160 M.E moved to 05-10-2019 (was 28-09-2019).
3. 10-09-2019. u160 M.K moved to 18-01-2020 (was 01-02-2020).
4. 10-09-2019. u160 M.Sy moved to 07-02-2020 (was 29-01-2020).
5. 14-09-2019. u160 Sy.M moved to 07-12-2019 (was 23-11-2019)
u160 Sy.E moved to 18-01-2020 (was 01-02-2020)
6. 14-09-2019. u120 H.Sy moved to 07-03-2020 (was 29-02-2020) - confirmed 30-09-219
7. 30-09-2019. u120 H.E moved to 11-01-2020 (was 23-11-2020)
8. 01.10.2019. Open Sx.E moved to 09.11.2019 (was 02.11.2019 - venue became unavailable)
SCCU County Championship 2019/20
Closing Date for Entries
The closing date for entry to the County Championship is 15th August. Fixtures are expected to be released soon after 18th August.
Provisional Match Dates
Provisional match dates are shown below:
- Dates have been selected to avoid clashing with 4NCL, J4NCL (except 15th Feb), Surrey Congress, London Chess Classic, and Caplin Hastings International Congress,
- Open and u180 play on different days.
|Division||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6|
|Open, u160, u120||28th Sep||2nd Nov||23rd Nov||1st Feb||15th Feb||29th Feb|
|u180, u140, u100||19th Oct||16th Nov||30th Nov||25th Jan||22nd Feb||14th Mar|
Yes - confirmed
? - expected, based on last season.
tba - to be advised
 30 Jul 19. Open - dates revised. (28th Sept, 15th Feb added; 5th Oct, 7th Dec deletedl).
 31 Jul 19. Teams Entered - table updated
 06 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated
 08 Aug 19. Closing date of 15th August and links to rules added.
 08 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated.
 10 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated. Fixtures expected to be released soon after 18th August.
 17 Aug 19. Date corrected 29th Feb (Sat) was 2nd Mar (Mon).
Addition to Online Archive: SCCU News Bulletin
First published in October 1958, the Bulletin provides a digest of chess related activities occurring in the Union over a span of 41 years. Averaging 6 issues each season, it ran to a total of 248 issues, plus annual grading lists and occasional supplements.
The late Richard Haddrell was the Bulletin's editor for its final 21 years and he developed and operated the website which took over from it.
He had wanted to digitise the Bulletin and make it available online, but the demands of his many other duties (SCCU Secretary, ECF Grading Administrator, Kent Juniors) contributed to the project not being completed.
The digitisation has now been accomplished, thanks to Anthony Fulton, SCCU Archivist, who arranged for the cache of paper copies left by Richard to be catalogued and digitised by the British Library.
The collection can be found on the following pages:
The digitisation project was funded from Richard Haddrell's bequest to the SCCU.
ECF County Championship Centenary Finals Day
This year's County Championship held its 100th event on Saturday, 13th July at Kettering Conference Centre.
All seven matches being played fitted comfortably into a single playing room on the first floor. There would have been space for Minor competition had that been played too. There was a separate analysis room and refreshments (drinks, sanwiches and snacks) were available from a kiosk in the foyer.
Proceedings began with an introduction by Adrian Elwin, Director of Home Chess, and Sean Hewitt, Chief Arbiter.
Play began following the one minute silence to remember Marcus Mission (Cambridgeshire) and Bryan Fewell (Hertfordshire), two well known players who had past away earlier this year. In his time as BCF Home Director Bryan did much to support and enhance the County Championships, including the creation of the separate grade limited sections in 1992.
The match results given below contain hyperlinks to the match cards maintained on the ECF League Management Results website.
- Open: Yorkshire 11 v 5 Surrey
- Minor Countes: Lincolnshire 16 - 0 Devon
- u180: Essex 8½ - 7½ Lancashire
- u160: Middlesex 8½ - 7½ Suffolk
- u140: Yorkshire 9½ - 6½ Worcestershire
- u120: Yorkshire 4 - 8 Essex
- u100: Staffordshire 7 - 5 Nottinghamshire
Congratulations to the four SCCU teams that made the Final:
- Surrey Open - Runners up
- Essex u180 - Winners
- Middlesex u160 - Winners
- Essex u120 - Winners
Trophies were awarded by Adrian Elwin, ECF Director of Home Chess. All players that took part on the day received individual trophies.
SCCU / London Club Championships
The inaugural SCCU/London Club Championships took place on Saturday, 29 June 2019 at St Lukes Church, Kidderpore Avenue, London NW3 7SU.
- Major (180 ECF) - 7 teams entered
- Intermediate (150 ECF) - 9 teams entered
- Minor (120 ECF) - 10 teams entered
Although it had been intended to run all sections as Swiss tournaments, on the day some adjustments were made to the pairing of Major and Intermediate.
- In the Major a seventh round was squeezed in so that it ran as an all-play-all.
- In the Intermediate teams were grouped together in one of three triangular matches (played over two rounds with jamboree pairings) to avoid giving a bye to any team in the conventional Swiss. An unfortunate weakness of the hybrid pairing was that the two highest scoring teams (Hatch End and Pimlico) never got to play each other. The two teams finished equal on match points (11/12) with Hatch End prevailing on tiebreak by a single game point.
The winning teams (left to right) are:
Clicking on names of the winning teams will link to the respective tournament results.
SCCU County Championships
With all matches, apart from u120 Hertfordshire v Kent (to be played Saturday 23rd March), the winners of each division can now be announced.
(on tie-break with Essex)
The provisional nominations, subject to completion of the u120 division, and confirmation of acceptance by county secretaries are given below; these nominations need to be confirmed by the SCCU to the ECF National Controller by Sunday 24th March.
|ECF Division||Team 1||Team 2||Team 3|
Note: Teams that have accepted ECF nomination are shown in BOLD.
SCCU Junior Jamboree 2019
- Under 18 Major
- Under 18 Minor (restricted to ECF grade u130)
- Under 14 Major
- Under 14 Minor (restricted to ECF grade u110)
FM Steve Berry - An Appreciation
posted: 19th January 2019
At today's county championship encounter between Surrey and Essex Open teams, the Surrey match captain reports:
"The Match started with fine words said by Russell (Granat) about our recently deceased friend, FM Steve Berry. The much appreciated Words were followed by a well observed minute of silence. Steve will be much missed by all who knew him."
Surrey Congress, Incorporating SCCU Individual Championship
updated: 2nd December 2018
Surrey Congress took place at Kingston University on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.
The Surrey Prizes were sponsored by Kingston Chess Club.
Frank Winter FIDE OPEN (42 players)
1st= IM Richard Bates, FM Adam Taylor, Ben Ogunshola (4/5)
Grading prize (U1980): Nasir Rizvi (3.5/5)
Surrey Prize: Jovica Radovanovic (3.5/5)
SCCU Individual Championship
SCCU Champion (joint): IM Richard Bates, FM Adam Taylor, Ben Ogunshola
Congratulations to all three winners, each of whom has qualified for the British Championships to be held at the International Centre in Torquay, 26th July to the 4th August 2019. This is Richard's record-breaking fourth consecutive SCCU title!
Eric Weimann FIDE Major (35 players)
1st= Nick Grey, Oliver Finnegan (4.5/5); 3rd Alexandros Pappas (4/5)
Grading Prize (U1600): Boris Stoyanov (3/5)
Surrey Prize: Graham Alcock (3.5/5)
Bill Waterton Minor (19 players)
1st Soham Kumar (4.5/5); 2nd James McKenna (4/5); Tim Cutter (3.5/5)
Grading Prize (U100): Diego Cordova (3/5)
Surrey Prize: Tom Usharovsky (3/5)
These are available on chess-results.com through the following links:
ECF County Team Championship
updated: 31st October 2018
This is the 100th contest for the title of National County Champions, providing good cause for celebration.
Please, note the following dates in your diary:
|Saturday, 27th April 2019||Preliminary Round|
|Saturday, 11th May 2019||Quarter Finals (Open, Minor, Under 160, Under 120)|
|Saturday, 18th May 2019||Quarter Finals (Under 180, Under 140, Under 100)|
|Saturday, 8th June 2019||Semi-Finals|
|Saturday, 13th July 2019||Finals|
Nominations by the Unions need to be submitted to the National Controller by 24th March so that the draw can be published on or before 1st April.