Women’s Invitational Event at the London Chess Classic

The Friends will again be supporting in 2012 the Women’s Invitational Event which Lawrence Cooper is organising as one of the Festival Events at the London Chess Classic. This will be a 10 player all play all taking place between 1 and 9 December.  The entrants are: Continue reading


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

e2e4 London Diamond Jubilee Congress, 2 – 6 June 2012

The Friends supported the one off event organised by e2e4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Gatwick Airport over the double bank holiday weekend at the beginning of June to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  The event encompassed a 9 round FIDE-rated Premier at which GM and IM norms were available, a 7 round FIDE-rated Challengers restricted to players rated below 2050 and a 7 round FIDE-rated Major restricted to players rated below 1800. Continue reading

Jessie Gilbert Celebration International

The 4th Jessie Gilbert Celebration International Chess Festival is being organised by Coulsdon Chess Fellowship from 20 to 28 August 2011.  This is being supported by the Friends, as have the first three Internationals.

The key event from the Friends perspective in the 9 round GM Open Swiss.  However, several FIDE-rated sections for all are being organised, as is a junior training challenge event on 24 August.

Further information can be found by clicking on the following link to the Coulsdon website.

Sarah Hegarty

Sarah is a Chemistry undergraduate at Bristol University currently rated 2065 who was a member of the England women’s team at the 2010 Olympiad, finishing unbeaten with a score of 7½/9.  For the second time, the Friends are supporting her summer programme, in which she is seeking WIM norms and the retention of her place in the England team.  The programme includes:

Gatwick Open (17th-19th June)
Big Slick (25th June – 3rd July)
Scottish Championships (9th-17th July)
British Championships (24th July – 5th August)
Uxbridge (10th-14th August)
Harlaam BDO Championships (20th-28th August)
Paington Chess Congress (4th-10th September)