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 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.