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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Summer Programme 2017

Due to a colossal admin error on my part, I've had to make some amendments to the dates for the Summer Programme. You can see the latest version of the programme here.

While the events may be subject to change, the dates we're together are fixed. This time they really are fixed! Sorry if this means crossing thngs out on an otherwise very tidy calendar.

Club Championship 2017

The club championship with this year take place as part of the Summer Programme. Standings, Pairings and Results can be found here.

It will be organised as a 5-round Swiss event, using Fischer Timing (70 mins + 15 sec / move). The event will run in one or two grading sections depending on entries.

We have set aside the following club nights for the five rounds:
Round 1:   6th July
Round 2:   20th July
Round 3:   3rd August
Round 4:   17th August
Round 5:   31st August
The event is open to all club members holding ECF membership. Pairings for round 1 will be finalised "on the day" allowing you to simply turn up to enter. If you want to enter but would like to take a bye in the first round, please notify the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Entrants may nominate one round as a half-point-bye, but must do so before the completion of previous rounds. A second bye will be permitted, but this will be a zero-point bye. Failure to play in three rounds will result in automatic withdrawal from the competition.

Pairings and Flexible Dates of Play
Pairings for rounds 2 to 5 will be made available in advance as soon as the organiser can manage. Games may be played either at the club on the nominated date in the schedule or ahead of that date at the players' own convenience.

Notification of Results
Both players in any game must notify the result to the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Jaden selected to play for England

From Bob's Email to Club Members:

I guess most of you will know Jaden Jermy. He’s one of our most promising youngsters and has a new ECF grade of 123.  He attends the Bury Knights Junior Club, as well as being a full and active member of the adult Bury St Edmunds club.

Jaden “lives and breathes chess” and has ambitions to have a career as a top GM. His progress in recent months has been remarkable; he is unbeaten in the leagues since early November.

As you may have read or seen elsewhere (local papers/TV) he was invited last weekend to the English Closed Championships, which is effectively a selection process for the England Squad. Seeded 13 out of 16 competitors, he finished unbeaten in 4th place. He has now been selected to play for England!

Jaden lives in Thetford with his single Mum Michelle, who realises that the costs involved with travel, accommodation, etc will be prohibitive. She has set up a crowdfunding page for Jaden.  The aim is to secure £5,000 of sponsorship to enable Jaden to obtain high-level coaching (probably with Mike Harris) and to cover their travel costs.

If you feel able to support Jaden, please go to his sponsorship page.  Every small amount donated will help him achieve his goal.

Mid-Season Grades are Out

I've been a little tardy announcing this, so you're likely to already be aware, but the Mid-Season ECF grades were published on 30th January.

You can find them on the ECF grading site: or indeed on the Suffolk grading website:

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Back to Meeting Weekly at Chess Club

We’re together again at chess club this Thursday (1st September), which is now back to meeting weekly.

If you’ve been taking a break from chess over the summer this is a perfect chance to blow away the cobwebs with a few friendly games. You’ll also get to see the team sheets and fixture lists, and perhaps meet and talk with your captain or team mates.

See you there!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

ECF Summer Grades are Out

With the British Chess Championship underway, the ECF released the summer grades at the weekend. I'll get those of our club members onto the relevant page of the club website soon, but in the meantime you can look up your grade on the ECF Grading Website here.

I hope you're pleased with what you find there

A few of our number are involved at the British, if you want to see how they are doing or keep an eye on the event as a whole, you can do that on the event website here. We have at least three Johns / Jons involved. John Feavyour is in the over 65s (thats an age boundary not a grade boundary), John Peters and Jon Collins compete with one another twice in the Major Open and u180 events. Let me know if I missed anyone!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

BACL Rapidplay Event (Sunday 19th June)

The organiser of the BACL Rapidplay, Patrick Ribbands, has confirmed the arrangements for the event …

Bury Area Chess League Rapidplay
Sunday 19th June – Moreton Hall Community Centre (our venue)

Entries can be taken on the day (arrive and register no later than 9:50 am), but Patrick would appreciate hearing in advance.
Please email him: ribbs[at] (replacing "[at]" with "@").

ECF Members
(Bronze or Above)
ECF Non-Members
Adults (18+)
£ 5.00
£ 11.00
£ 2.50
£ 8.50

You must be associated with a club competing in the BACL league in order to take part in this event.

Round Times:
Round 1: 10:00 am
Round 2: 11:20 am
Round 3:  1:20 pm
Round 4:  2:40 pm
Round 5:  4:00 pm

Other Time controls:
Fischer time control 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move (if sufficient digital clocks are available).

Other information:
There will be a trophy for the winner and a grading prize. Cash Prizes may be awarded depending on entries.

All games results will be submitted to the ECF for Rapidplay grading.