SCCU County Championship 2019/20

Preliminary Fixtures

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

Date Other Events Open u180 u160 u140 u120 u100
28 Sep 2019   Sy.SX, K.M    K.Sy, M.E      
05 Oct 2019  J4NCL wk1 & Surrey Congress      M.E[2]      
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)            
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[5]      
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[1]  
18 Jan 2020  J4NCL wk2      M.K[3], Sy.E[5]      
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[3]    H.Sy[6]  
14 Mar 2020     E.K, M.Sy    H.Sy, E.K     
21 Mar 2020  SCCU submits nominations to ECF            
28 Mar 2020  4NCL wk4            

Amendments

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 possible move, subject to Herts agreement, to 07-03-2020 (was 29-02-2020)

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.

Please, send all entries and related equiries to The County Match Controller (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that fixtures can be made.

The SCCU competition rules can be found at County Match Rules. Rules and information on the ECF national stages are available at ECF National Stages (2019).

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[1] 2nd Nov 23rd Nov 1st Feb 15th Feb[1] 29th Feb[7]
u180, u140, u100 19th Oct 16th Nov 30th Nov 25th Jan 22nd Feb 14th Mar

Teams Entered

  Key:
  Yes - confirmed
  ? - expected, based on last season.
  tba - to be advised

County Open u180 u160 u140 u120 u100
Berkshire           Yes
Essex Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hertfordshire       Yes Yes  
Kent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Middlesex Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Surrey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sussex Yes          


Revisions

[1] 30 Jul 19. Open - dates revised.  (28th Sept, 15th Feb added; 5th Oct, 7th Dec deletedl).
[2] 31 Jul 19. Teams Entered - table updated
[3] 06 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated
[4] 08 Aug 19. Closing date of 15th August and links to rules added.
[5] 08 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated.
[6] 10 Aug 19. Teams Entered - table updated. Fixtures expected to be released soon after 18th August.
[7] 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.

ECF County Open Champions: Yorkshire

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 ECF website hosted Live Boards (Open section), which were managed by Matt Carr. Mark Murrell also posted a Blog commenting on the matches.

The match results given below contain hyperlinks to the match cards maintained on the ECF League Management Results website.

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.

SCCU Division Grade Winner
Shannon Open Surrey
Montague Jones u180 Middlesex
(on tie-break with Essex)
Amboyna u160 Middlesex
Ebony u140 Kent
Harry Woolverton u120 Essex
David Smith u100 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
Open Surrey Middlesex  Sussex
Minor Counties Essex -  -
u180 Middlesex Essex  -
u160 Middlesex Essex  -
u140 Kent Hertfordshire  Essex
u120 Essex Kent  Hertfordshire
u100 Essex Berkshire  -
       

 Note:  Teams that have accepted ECF nomination are shown in BOLD.

SCCU Junior Jamboree 2019

Stop Press. See Junior Jamboree Results
 
The Southern Counties Chess Union Junior Jamboree will take place on 17 March 2019, 10.30am - 5.30pm, at Bishop Douglass School, Hamilton Road, East Finchley, London N2 0SQ.
 
It is open to teams of 6 players from Counties, Clubs and Schools and comprises four sections:
  • Under 18 Major
  • Under 18 Minor (restricted to ECF grade u130)
  • Under 14 Major
  • Under 14 Minor (restricted to ECF grade u110)
Entry fee is £40 per team from SCCU county and non-county members (£45 per team from Non members)
 
Individual organisations may enter two teams per section and 4 teams in total.
Additional teams may be permitted, provided there is sufficient space.
 
For further details, please, download: Entry Form
 
Please, direct any enquiries to Angela Eyton (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
 
This event is being organised by Middlesex County Chess Association in association with the SCCU.

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)

Full Results

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.

Essex Retains SCCU Under-14 Fleming Board in 2018

updated: 3rd October 2018

Essex's Winning under-14 Team with Fleming Board

There were three Finalists in the under-14 Championship comprising Essex, Richmond and Oxford each of whom had qualified from the East, South and West Leagues, respectively.

The outstanding match between Essex and Oxford, which had been postponed from last season, was contested yesterday (30th September). Essex won 15-9, which enabled them to claim the Fleming Trophy, for the second year running, by vitue of having the greatest total of game points.

Individual match results and final standings are available via the link: Fleming Trophy Final

An excellent report on the Final from the Essex Match Captain is available via the link: Report on the Final

Essex Juniors website: www.ejca.co.uk/

SCCU Individual Championship 2018/19

Posted: 15th September 2018

The SCCU Championship will be hosted by the 38th Surrey Congress, which takes place at Kingston University from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018.

The SCCU Champion is presented with Glenroy Trophy, which is held for one year, awarded a prize of £100 and qualified to enter the British Chess Championships 2019.

The Entry Form for Surrey Congress can be downloaded from: Surrey Congress website: Entry Form

Online Entry is available at: Surrey Congress website: Online Entry

The British Championships 2019 will be held at Riviera International Centre, Torquay, from Friday 26th July to 4th August.

Special General Meeting: 28th September 2018

Posted: 8 September 2018

The discussion and proposed amendments to SCCU County Match Rules arose from concerns that the Rules and Appeals sub-committee had regarding what they considered the large number and the nature of the disputes that went to appeal last season (2017-18).

It is normal practice that there is no arbiter present at matches between SCCU counties and any dispute that cannot be resolved by the two captains acting together is referred to the County Match Controller (CMC).

Last season three such disputes arose and on each occasion the ruling made by the CMC was appealed. These cases relate to:
(i) registration of an ungraded player
(ii) conclusion of a quick play finish
(iii) the use of a mobile phone

The decision regarding whether the proposed amendments will be adopted and whether they will apply for the new season will be determined at the Special General Meeting to be held on 28th September 2018.

Any player who wish to express a view should contact their SCCU representative. See: SCCU Who's Who

Stop Press (30th Sept): All the proposed rule changes were adopted and will come into force on 1st September 2019.

SCCU County Championship 2019: Fixture List

Updated: 13 October 2018

The table below gives a summary of county match fixtures for the new season. Fixture dates have been updated to accommodate captain's requests, as follows:

  1. Open: Essex vs Kent moved to 16th Feb (was 2nd Feb)
  2. Open: Kent vs Surrey moved to 29th Sep (was 6th Oct)
  3. Surrey Congress added on 27th October. Dates of Surrey's rescheduled matches (Open, U160, U120) are still to be determined.
  4. U160: M.Sy moved to 8th Dec (was 27th Oct)
    U120: M.Sy moved to 8th Dec (was 27th Oct)
  5. Open: Sy.M moved to 8th Dec (was 27th Oct)
  6. U120: H.M moved to 13th Oct (was 6th Oct)
  7. Open: Sx.Sy moved to 23rd Feb (was 24th Nov)
  8. U140: E.Sy moved to 2nd Mar (was 3rd Nov)
  9. U160: Sy.K moved to 9th Mar (was 24th Nov)
    U120: Sy.E moved to 9th Mar (was 24th Nov)
  10. U120: Sy.H moved to 9th Feb (was 2nd Feb)
    U100: E.Sy moved to 3rd Nov (was 26th Jan)
    U100: Sy.E moved to 16th Feb (was 3rd Nov)
  11. U120: H.K moved to 23rd Mar (was 24th Nov)
  12. Open: Sx.Sy moved to 2nd Mar (was 23rd Frb)

The official list of fixtures (from which the summary is taken) is given by the link: SCCU Fixture List

Please, contact County Match Controller (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to request changes to fixture dates or report errors. 

Stop Press (30th Sept): All the proposed rule changes were adopted, and will apply from 1st September 2019.

Preliminary County Match Fixtures
Date   Event Open U180 U160 U140 U120 U100
Sep '18 1              
  8              
  15              
  22              
  29   K.Syb          
Oct '18 6   M.E  (K.Sy)   Sy.E  M.K   (H.M)  K.E  
  13 ECF AGM         H.Mf  
  20     Sy.E   M.E  Sy.K    
  27 Surreyc (Sy.M)  E.Sx   (M.Sy)  K.E   E.H  (M.Sy)  
Nov '18 3     M.Sy   (E.Sy)  H.M   (Sy.E)  E.Syj
  10 4NCL 1a            
  17 4NCL 1b            
  24   (Sx.Sy)  M.K   (Sy.K)  E.M   (Sy.E)  (H.K)  
Dec '18 1     E.M   Sy.H  K.E    
  8   Sy.Me   M.Syd   M.Syd  
  15 Classic            
  22              
  29 Hastings            
Jan '18 5 Hastings            
  12 4NCL 2            
  19   K.Sx  Sy.E   E.Sy  K.M   K.Sy  E.M  
  26     E.Sy   H.K  M.Sy   (E.Sy)
Feb '19 2   (E.K)  Sx.M   Sy.M  E.K   M.K  (Sy.H)  
  9 4NCL 3          Sy.Hj  
  16   E.Ka Sy.M   K.M  E.H   Sy.Ej
  23   (Sx.Syg)   K.Sy      
Mar '19 2    Sx.Syl M.E   E.Syh    
  9       M.E  Sy.Ki   Sy.Ei  
  16 4NCL 4a            
  23           H.Kk  
  30              

 

SCCU County Championship 2019: Entry Deadline Extended

Posted: 15 August 2018

In preparing SCCU county match fixtures for next season it has become apparent that some counties who have entered teams in previous years are experiencing difficulties in finding volunteers to take over from those captains that have retired or are temporarily unavailable.

Although today is supposed to be the last day on which the County Match Controller can accept entries I will extend the deadline by one week to Wednesday 22nd August so that the initial fixtures can be published on the SCCU website the next day (Thursday 23rd).

As in previous years, Open and U180 fixtures will not occur on the same date and clashes with the 4NCL, London Chess Classic and Hastings International congress will be avoided, where dates are known.

Provisionally, I propose to make use of the following dates:
Open, U160, U120:- 6th Oct, 27th Oct, 24th Nov, 19th Jan, 2nd Feb, 23rd Feb
U180, U140, U100:- 20th Oct, 3rd Nov, 1st Dec, 26th Jan, 16th Feb, 2nd Mar

SCCU County Championship 2019

Updated: 21 August 2018

Counties are invited to submit their entry to next season's County Championship. Please submit details of all teams to the County Match Controller, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 22nd August (deadline extended by one week).

It is intended that the fixtures will be finalised by 31st August.

SCCU Championship 2019 - Confirmed Entries
County Open U180 U160 U140 U120 U100
Buckinghamshire            
Essex  ✓  ✓
Hertfordshire        ✓  ✓  
Kent    ✓  ✓  
Middlesex  ✓  
Surrey  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
Sussex          

Rules Relating to Entry into SCCU Competitions

Posted: 9 August 2018

Acting on the resolution agreed by Council at the AGM held on 1st July 2018, the Executive Committee has adopted the following documents:

  1. Conditions of Entry to SCCU Competitions
  2. Note on Processing of ECF Data