East Anglian Chess Union


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These can be accessed via the following links:

The EACU also complies with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations.
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News

 
Great Yarmouth 2022

Report on the Great Yarmouth Congress 2022

Prize Winners at the Great Yarmouth Congress 2022

 
EACU Vacancies- Secretary and Treasurer required URGENTLY

Richard Freeman, our Current Secretary and Treasurer, will be moving to the West Country before the end of the season and we urgently require replacements for both posts. While Richard has successfully and efficiently managed to combine both roles we are thinking of splitting the roles, and any interested applicants can apply for either or both roles.

The reason filling the posts is urgent is so that Richard can brief the incumbent(s) but also so that we can ensure that the new Treasurer is set up to run our Bank account.

Both roles are vital to the running of EACU and can you please pass this email round your Clubs, Members, Officers, Colleagues or anyone you feel may wish to be considered. If anyone wishes to discuss what is entailed they can contact me (see below) or Richard Freeman, richard@fcasolutions.co.uk 07691 121010.

John Wickham

j.r.wickham@btinternet.com

Tel: 07808876785
9th March 2022
 
EACU FIDE Congress 2022

Entries are now being accepted for the EACU FIDE-Rated Congress in Newmarket. To avoid a clash with the Jubilee weekend, it will be held 27th-29th May. For more details, see the entry on the Fixtures page or the website.
1st March 2022
 
On behalf of the ECF:

BCET Awards 2022

We are inviting nominations for the BCET Awards 2022. With over the board chess resuming in 2021 after a break of nearly 18 months we will be interested to hear in the citation as to how successful the return to OTB chess has been for the Club/School in addition to the usual details of the school/club's achievements, activities, and actions taken to develop and improve the standards of the Juniors of the school/club.

The award is an engraved board, set of wooden pieces and a digital clock. This is a valuable award and it acts as encouragement and incentive to the schools or junior clubs. The ECF website (Awards – Resource (ecfresource.co.uk) lists the schools/clubs that have received the award in the past, with some citations, and please note that a school/club can apply again for an award if the last award was not recent and where a further award is justified. The item below is from the ECF website, suitably adjusted to reflect a revised closing date for nominations:

"With funds provided by the generosity of the late Sir George Thomas (now administered by The Chess Trust) the British Chess Educational Trust annually makes awards to schools and Junior Chess Clubs, which have shown outstanding achievements or enthusiasm in chess. Commencing 1982 inscribed chess boards have been substituted for shields. Recommendations for awards should be forwarded (directly or via the appropriate Union if in England, or via the national organisations for Scotland or Wales) to: John Wickham, 55 Shakespeare Way, Taverham, Norwich, NR8 6SL Email:j.r.wickham@btinternet.com by 31st May"
4th February 2022
 
The entry list for the Norfolk Rapidplay is now full. Please contact John Wickham if you wish to be added to the reserve list. (See Fixtures page) 25th January 2022
 

EACU Closed Championship Results

 
The EACU 2021-22 Individual Championships were held over the weekend of 8-9 January 2022 at the Turner Hall in Newmarket. This was the first Over The Board Union congress since the COVID pandemic started in March 2020, and attracted a total of 47 players in 3 sections. The results can be found at https://www.c4results.org.uk/chess/php/DisplayEvents.php?EventId=37, and all the games in the Open section are included in the pgn file here. Understandably, not all players were fully match fit, but you will still find some interesting and entertaining games.

I’d like to thank all players and spectators for abiding by the stricter mask-wearing restrictions than were originally anticipated, and for being so polite when you had questions or concerns. You all made the arbiters’ job a lot easier than it might have been in the circumstances.

All sections were closely fought, with an outright winner in each section with 4 out of 5, and two or more players in each section on 3.5/5. The winners were Matthew Payne in the Open section, Oliver Lenton in the U-1950 section, and Gert De Block in the U-1650 section. The Open junior champion was Toby Cox on tie-break, and his brother Lucian won the U-1650 junior championship. Congratulations to all these worthy champions.

Richard Freeman, Chief Controller

The results are also on chess-results.com and can be found at:
Open section
Under 1950 section
Under 1650 section
 

EACU Closed Championship Update 4th Jan 2022

 
The EACU Closed Championship will still be held at The Turner Hall in Newmarket on 8th-9th January 2022. However, in accordance with current Government restrictions and ECF guidance, all attendees will have to wear a mask or face covering at all times when inside the Hall, including when playing, unless exempt for medical or other reasons. There will be 3 sections, Open, Under 1950 and Under 1650. It incorporates the EACU Junior Championships and is part of the EACU Marcus Misson Memorial Grand Prix.
 
A report on the EACU Patrick Ribbands Team Championship can be found here.

Detailed results can be found here.
 

EACU Closed Championship

 
The EACU Closed Championship will be held at The Turner Hall in Newmarket on 8th-9th January 2022. There will be 3 sections, Open, Under 1950 and Under 1650. It incorporates the EACU Junior Championships and is part of the EACU Marcus Misson Memorial Grand Prix.
Entry form in Word format - here
Entry form in pdf format - here
Enter online - here
 

PATRICK RIBBANDS


Patrick Ribbands, who died suddenly at the end of January, was a stalwart of Cambridgeshire chess for as long as anyone can remember. He played and captained teams for Linton in the Bury League for the past decade, and played a similar role for Royston in the Cambs and Herts Leagues. Before that he played for Cambridge City and was club president. He was a regular at local Congresses and also in the supporting events at the British Championships.

It will be as an indefatigable administrator that he will be best remembered and most missed. Among many other roles he captained the Cambridgeshire county second team for 30 years and was grading officer for 22 years. For the East Anglian Chess Union he was County Match Controller for 22 years and grading officer for 15 years. He initiated and ran the East Anglian Club Championship from 2008. At the time of his death he had just completed this season’s event online and had planned an East Anglian online League for this spring. He had been Match Secretary in the Bury League.

Patrick was a kindly and gentle soul, who always made sure that there were plenty of opportunities for the lower-graded and junior players in events that he organised. He had a long history of coaching juniors, who have themselves paid tribute to the influence he had on them when they were starting out. He was always full of ideas, as evidenced by the Ribbands pairing system which he devised as an alternative to Swiss pairings, organising rapidplay tournaments to try it out! He will be greatly missed: as a club member always willing to fill a gap in the team sheet, as an organiser prepared to take most things on, and as a friend.

Paul Kemp

 
The 2020 Bury St Edmunds Congress has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Read More Online
 
This year's 3rd EACU FIDE Congress has been cancelled following the Coronavirus outbreak.
 
This year's Great Yarmouth Congress has been cancelled following the Coronavirus outbreak.
 
EACU Closed Congress 2020 games - click here and save.
 

Entries to the EACU FIDE-rated Tournament, 5th-7th June, are now being accepted by Richard Freeman. See Fixtures and Events page for details.

 

Entries to the Norfolk Blitz Tournament on 31st May are now being accepted by John Wickham. See Fixtures and Events page for details.

 
Newmarket 2019 games - click here and save.
 
Entries to the EACU Team Championships 2020 are now being accepted by Patrick Ribbands. See Fixtures page for details.
 
Entry forms for the Cambridgeshire Rapidplay, on the 29th September, Bury St Edmunds Congress, 26-27 October, and the Lowestoft Rapidplay, 24th November, can be found on the Fixtures page.
 
Dates for Open and Under 160 County matches for the 2019-20 season can be found on the Fixtures page.
 

Sad news about Marcus Misson

Received from Pete Wells of Warboys Chess Club:

Really sorry and saddened to have to convey the terrible news that Marcus died of a heart attack on Wednesday night.
As you may know he had been unwell and was in hospital in Sheffield having treatment for his condition when it happened and that they could not rescusitate him. He was 52 years old.

He leaves his partner Helen and two young sons, William and Matthew

The funeral will be at 12:00 on Friday 12th July in The Free Church, St Ives, followed by a private burial for the family. Everyone welcome to attend the wake after the burial but the location for that is not finalised yet.

The wake is to be held at the Dolphin Hotel, London Road, St Ives, PE27 5EP, in the Terrace Suite. Further details here. This includes details of how to get there.

The family has asked for donations rather than flowers. Donations, if desired, made payable to SR.UK (Scleroderma & Raynaud's) or The Mountain Bothies Association, may be sent to Easton and Cook Independent Funeral Service, 2b Harding Way, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 3WR.

For those not familiar with St Ives, The Free Church is in the town centre, Market Hill,  St Ives, PE27 5AL

Friday is a market day so the town centre will be closed to vehicles.

Depending on where you are coming from best parking is probably the Cattle Market car park, off Meadow Lane (near Waitrose)   

The map at this link shows other car parks in St Ives
Anybody requiring further information should contact Pete Wells of Warboys Chess Club at pete.wells1@gmail.com

For tributes to Marcus, click here.

At the EACU AGM, it was decided that the EACU Grand Prix would be renamed the EACU Marcus Misson Memorial Grand Prix.

EACU Closed Championships

For a report on the 2019 EACU Closed Chess Championships, click here.
For the results of the 2019 EACU Closed Chess Championships, click here.
For the games of the 2019 EACU Closed Open Chess Championship, click here.


ITTER PARK GIANT CHESS EVENT

On Sunday 12th August 2018, in Itter Park, Peterborough, Cambs, there will be a giant chess set and GM Keith Arkell will be on hand to play. Full details on the ECF Calendar


EACU FIDE-rated Chess Congress 2018

Open Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'
Open games in pgn format here and select 'Save Target as'
Under 170 Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'
Under 130 Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'


Cambridgeshire County Closed Chess Championships 2018
For Details and Entry Form click here 


Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress 2016
All results are available on the congress website - http://www.bsecongress.org.uk/


EACU Chess Congress 2016
Open Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'
Open games in pgn format here and select 'Save Target as'
Under 170 Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'
Under 130 Crosstable in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'

EACU Chess Congress 2015

Congress Winners in pdf format here and select 'Save Target as'
Congress Winners in Excel format here and select 'Save Target as'
Results in pgn format here and select 'Save Target as'

EACU Grand Prix 2014
Top Players - right click here and save.
All Players results - right click here and save.

Newmarket 2014
 
Newmarket 2013 games - right click here and save.
 
East Anglian Championship crosstable - click here.
 
Grand Prix scores - click here.
 
 

Page last updated 9 March 2022
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