About johnu175

I am John Philpott, a keen chess player, belonging to Wanstead & Woodford and Insurance Chess Clubs, and a former long-standing match captain of the Essex U175/U180 team and the Wanstead National Club team. I also hold many administrative posts, including ECF Company Secretary and Financial Controller, although I am looking to wind these down following my retirement to Mersea Island.

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