The Friends in 2010/11


Meri Grigoryan

Meri was supported in respect of a series of events played over the Summer of 2010 in advance of the Olympiad.

Matthew Webb

Matthew was supported in respect of the European Individual Championships from 22 March 2011 to 2 April 2011, where he finished with a respectable 5/11.  Matthew’s blog, which includes a report and his games from the event, can be found here.

SUPPORT FOR EVENTS (Events marked * were supported out of the Golombek fund)

3rd Jessie Gilbert Celebration International*

This was organised by Coulsdon Chess Fellowship from 21 to 29 August 2010.  The event was won by Colin McNab: for the cross-table and games click here.

Women’s Invitational Event at the 3rd London Chess Classic

This was a 10 player all play all, held from 8 to 15 December 2010 alongside the main Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington.  The event was won by Arlette Van Weersel of the Netherlands with 8/9: the highest placed English was Sarah Hegarty who scored 6.  For details and PGN downloads click here.


ICSC Deaf Chess Olympiad

A grant was made to support the England team (Christopher Kreuzer, Phillip Gardner, Alasdair MacLeod, Ilan Dwek, Neil Dunlop and Richard Dunn ) at the ICSC Deaf Chess Olympiad held at Estroil, Portugal from 3 to 13 June 2010.  The team finished in a tie for 11th to 13th in line with its seeding with 4 wins, 1 tie and 4 losses.   For a report click here and scroll down the page.

World University Chess Championships

A grant was made to the British Universities Chess Association (BUCA) to support the British team comprising Peter Poobalasingam, Vedantha Kumar, Sarah Hegarty and Hannah Dale that played at the 11th World University Chess Championships in Zurich from 5 to 11 September 2010.  Peter Poobalasingam achieved his second IM norm with a score of 4½/9.  The report by GB Team Manager Lorin D’Costa and other links for the event can be found here.

European Club Cup

Grants were made both to White Rose and to Betsson in respect of the European Club Cup which took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 16 to 24 October 2010 (a seven round event for teams of six slected from a squad of eight).  For the Official website of the event, click here.

Betsson (Adam Hunt, Andrew Ledger, Richard Bates, Laurence Webb, Chris Duncan, Jonathan Nelson, Dave Ledger and Steve Ledger) scored 6 match points and 19 game points to finish 32nd (out of 49 teams).  Dave Ledger (2234) scord 5/7 for a 2430 rating performance and an IM norm.

White Rose (Richard Palliser, Stephen Barrett, Paul Townsend, Peter Gayson, Jonathan Arnott, Kieran O’Driscoll, Matthew Webb and Ihor Lewyk) scored 5 match points and 15½ game points to finish 40th.


The AGM was held on 1 August 2010, during the middle weekend of the British Chess Championships at the University of Kent, Canterbury.  Chris Majer, who would be stepping down as ECF Chief Executive in October, was elected to fill the vacancy on the Committee.


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