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Retraction and apology

The Organisers have considered comments made by Gert de Block on a previous blog article headed “Rating Prizes”. We thank Gert for having expressed these views and agree to reinstate the Rating Prize for the U1750 section. We apologise for having withdrawn the prize in contradiction to the prizes as published in the Entry Form.Continue reading “Retraction and apology”

Congress Prize Fund

The Guaranteed Minimum Prize Fund of £3,000 has now been replaced by the Congess Prize Fund and is increased to £4,170 with both enhanced and new Prizes. The new prizes are Third Prize in each section of the Rapid and a second Rating Prize in the Open. However, the Rating Prize in the U1750 sectionContinue reading “Congress Prize Fund”

Rating Prizes

The Rating Prizes in this year’s Congress will be as below. The second Rating Prize in the Open is additional to those advertised in the Entry Form. However, no Rating Prize is being awarded in the U1750 which had only six players, playing for three prizes. Update 20 April 2022: The U1750 Rating Prize hasContinue reading “Rating Prizes”

Live games online

We hope you are enjoying the live games broadcast round-by-round – the top three boards in the FIDE Open. We have added a couple more buttons to link to those games from the Home page, a button on the Congress page and there’s another link below. A few tips for finding your way around theContinue reading “Live games online”

More games…

All the games from R1 of the FIDE Open have now been uploaded to together with two games from R2. More to follow… To find these games follow the link below and scroll down until you see the links for each round. Now you know where to find them; further games will be addedContinue reading “More games…”

Games online

Thanks to the industry of Assistant Arbiter Lance Leslie-Smith, there are now 39 games from the Rapid, played yesterday (14 April) available for download. Thanks also to players who recorded their games (optional in Rapid chess) for handing in their score sheets. These games are available from the website, via the links below. WhenContinue reading “Games online”

2nd Southend Rapid

Fifty-nine players contested the 2nd Southend Rapid, played 14 April 2022, divided among Open, Major U1700 and Minor U1400 sections. In each event, there was an outright winner, but a tie for second. Open1st FM David Haydon, 5½/6;=2nd FM Joakim Nilsson, John Potter, Mohammaed Aayan Ismail, 4½.22 entries.Full results: 2SR_Open Major U17001st Luoke Wang, 6/6;=2ndContinue reading “2nd Southend Rapid”

Closing dates for entries

CLOSING DATE for entries to the 2nd Southend Rapid (Open/Major/Minor, playing 14 April 2022) is 10.00 pm on Wednesday, 13 April 2022. CLOSING DATE for entries to all sections in the 64th Southend Easter Chess Congress (Open, U1900, U1750, U1600, U1450, playing 15-18 April 2022) is midnight (or, to be clear, 23:59) on Wednesday 14Continue reading “Closing dates for entries”

SCCU Individual Championship 2022 to be awarded at Southend

We are delighted to announce that the SCCU Individual Championship 2022 shall be awarded at this year’s Southend Easter Chess Congress. The SCCU Championship comes with a British Championship Qualifying place. SCCU Championship 2022The highest place finisher(s) in the Open eligible to play for a county with affiliation to the SCCU or other association withContinue reading “SCCU Individual Championship 2022 to be awarded at Southend”

Chessable onboard

We are pleased to announce that Chessable, the science-based chess learning group, have confirmed their support of the Southend Easter Chess Congress with a three year deal, worth £1,500. While the congress is finding its feet again after the two year covid lay-off, this is a valuable contribution to help us cover costs and buildContinue reading “Chessable onboard”


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