This site went live in July 2011 to replace the rather limited Friends’ online presence that was previously incorporated into my general chess freeserve website, and to provide information about the Friends that should be of interest both to those who might be prepared to give, and to those considering seeking, support.  Friends’ activities for the period since 1 May 2011, are reported below as blog posts: the buttons above enable information to be accessed about the organisation, the present Committee, how to join and who to contact in respect of membership enquiries or grant applications.  Over time, a full year by year summary of activities will become available via the “past support” button.

John Philpott, Webmaster, The Friends of Chess

2016 AGM

Arora Hotel CrawleyThe 2016 AGM will take place at the Arora Hotel, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6LW starting at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday 28th August.

This is the venue for the e2e4 Crawley Late Summer Congress which is taking place from 26th to 29th AUgust.

New Chairman of the Friends

Stewart Reuben stood down as the Chairman of the Friends of Chess at the conclusion of the 2014 AGM on 12 October, following the completion of his second four year term of office.  He will remain on the Committee.

ChrisMajerStewart is succeeded by Chris Majer, who has had a distinguished career in chess administration, including a period as ECF Chief Executive.  Chris is currently Chairman of the ECF Governance Committee.  One of his main priorities for the coming year will be making progress on the charitable status initiative.

All other members of the Committee were re-elected.  Following the death of Geoff Steele earlier this year, Goatcher Chandler have been appointed as auditors

2013 AGM

The 2013 AGM will be held at the Riviera Centre Torquay (where the British Chess Championships are taking place) in the Burdett Room on Sunday 4 August 2013, starting at 14.00.  Click here for a link to the British Championships website.

Norms achieved at Big Slick

The Friends would like to congratulate the players who achieved norms at the Big Slick International.

In the GM event, Yang-Fan Zhou won the event and achieved his first GM norm by drawing as Black with Samuel Franklin in the last round to achieve a score of 7/9.

In the IM event, Alan Merry who was the winner of the event with 7½/9 achieved an IM norm with a round to spare.

Alex Longson qualified for his FM title in the GM event, and was just ½ point short of an IM norm.

3rd Big Slick International, 22-30 June 2013

The Friends have provided a grant to support the 3rd Big Slick International event which Lawrence Cooper and Simon Williams are organising at Big Slick, Unit 10, Royal Oak Centre, Brighton Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2BQ between 22 and 30 June.  There will be two separate 10 player nine round  events with one game a day, with one event offering GM norms and the other IM norms. Continue reading

Stephen Gordon

stephen gordonStephen Gordon, the sole England participant at the 2013 European Individual Chess Championships which is taking place in Legnica, Poland between 4 and 17 May 2013, is being supported at this event by the Friends.

The official tournament website can be found here.

Stephen’s results to date have been as follows.

Round 1 (5 May) – W v Dimitrios Pappelis (GRE) 2055 – win
Round 2 (6 May) – B v GM Illya Nyzhnyk (UKR) 2635 – win
Round 3 (7 May) – W v GM Dmitry Jacovenko (RUS) 2731 – draw
Round 4 (8 May) – B v GM Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA) 2632 – loss
Round 5 (9 May) – W v GM Arman Pashikian (ARM) 2603 – loss
Round 6 (10 May) – B v WGM Jolanta Zawadzka (POL) 2383 – draw
Round 7 (11 May) – W v FM Alan Tate (SCO) 2264 – win
Round 8 (13 May) – B v GM  Daniel Fridman (GER) 2648 – win
Round 9 (14 May) – B v GM Mateusz Bartel (POL) 2619 – loss
Round 10 (15 May) – W v GM Bartosz Socko (POL) 2647 – draw
Round 11 (16 May) B v GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROU) 2679 – loss

The Friends have a new Secretary

At the 2012 AGM held at Rotary District HQ in York Gate, London on 28 October, John Philpott stood down as Secretary of the Friends after 14 years and was replaced by David Smith, a long standing Committee member and a winner of the the ECF President’s award for services to chess.

Going forward, all membership enquiries and requests for support should be directed to David, whose contact details can be found here.

ICSC World Individual Deaf Chess Championship, 27 September – 7 October 2012

The Friends provided support to the English Deaf Chess Association towards the participation of Lewis Martin in the 15th ISCS World Individual Deaf Chess Championships which took place in Kazakhstan from 27 September to 7 October 2012.  Making his debut in this event, Lewis had an excellent start in drawing with GM Gruenfeld, and won in the last round to finish 12th= (16th on tie break) on 5½/11. Continue reading