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The organising committee is busy planning for the return of the Southend Easter Chess Congress, this year; last held in 2019. Venue will be, as before, the Southend Adult Community College in Ambleside Drive, near Southend East station (c2c line). Dates will be 14-18 April, 2022, starting with the 2nd Southend FIDE Rapid on ThursdayContinue reading “Planning for Southend 2022”
Back on 13 March 2020 we were forced to cancel the 2020 Southend Easter Chess Congress due to the impending situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. At that time, we earnestly hoped to resume the series of Southend Easter Chess Congresses in 2021. However, as feared might be the case, a new wave is upon usContinue reading “No Congress in 2021”
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Congress, which would have been the 64th Southend Easter Chess Congress, was cancelled on 13th March 2020 and all Entry Fees from those who had entered, have been returned. Not long after cancellation, the venue, Southend Adult Community College, was closed until further notice, so theContinue reading “The 2020 Congress”
What the future holds, we can only wait to see. The organisers, Giant Chess, are committed to resuming the series of great Southend Chess Congresses as soon as this is possible. So long as social-distancing is in force, over-the-board chess is not practical. Of course, if the virus returns next year, we may find ourselvesContinue reading “When will the Congress return?”
The Southend Easter Chess Congress was established in 1957 by Southend on Sea Chess Club, who ran the event for 58 years, finishing with the 2014 Congress. When the Club withdrew from organising the 2015 Congress, Gavin Hughes stepped in to organise an independent Congress, at the same venue and with the same sponsor, callingContinue reading “Congress History”
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