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Greater Manchester County under 160 team lost 9-7 to Suffolk in a match that could have gone either way in Syston Leicester yesterday.

Posted by ian on May 13, 2019 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Greater Manchester County under 160 team sadly lost 9-7 to Suffolk in a match that could have gone either way in Syston Leicester yesterday . A big thanks to  Dave Pardoe for captaining the team. And also to the players and car drivers who made the trip down to Leicester yesterday. Results from the game can be found here

Congratulations to the Greater Manchester county Open team who beat Sussex 7-5 in Birmingham last Saturday.

Posted by ian on May 13, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A Special thanks to team manager John Reyes for getting the Greater Manchester county open team out. Also to Alan Walton for captaning   the team on the day. Also a big thank you to all the players and car drivers.In the end Sussex had to default  two boards but at least they told us before the game took place.

All the Results can be found here.

2019 Grand Chess Tour starts today in Côte d Ivoire Rapid & Blitz in Abidjan.

Posted by ian on May 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

2019 Grand Chess Tour kicks off with Côte d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz that starts today 6:00pm GMT  in Abidjan: players below

Magnus Carlsen

 Hikaru Nakamura

 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

 Ding Liren

 Wesley So

 Ian Nepomniachtchi

Sergey Karjakin

Wei Yi (1 Junior In the world, wildcard)

 Veselin Topalov (wildcard)

Amin Bassem (African Champion, wildcard)

Live games:

Live commentary: ; with GM Yannick Pelletier and GM Alejandro Ramirez and IM Tania Sachdev

Bolton Easter 2019 Cross tables from all events now available.

Posted by ian on May 7, 2019 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A big thanks to Congress director Rod Middleton for the cross tables from all the events. which can be found on the downloads page of the MCF website.

Bolton Easter 2019 Congress Report.

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Bolton Easter 2019 Congress Report.

The 2019 Bolton ester congress was held at the Bolton Ukrainian Club from April 19th to 21st.

The event attracted 79 competitors.

The FIDE Open section was won with a maximum score of 5 pts by IM Joseph McPhillips. Joseph was a full point clear of the field entering the final round and was paired with white against Mike Surtees. This was an identical pairing to the 2018 final round. Joseph triumphed on this occasion so finished a full 1.5 points clear of the field.

There were outright winners in both other sections, Martin Burns with 5pts in the Major and Arpad Busznyak with 4.5pts in the Knights.

In the Busy Persons Blitz there was an on the day entry by IGM Stephen Gordon. Joseph beat Stephen with white in their encounter but dropped a point in an early round, so both finished joint winners on 7/8 pts.

Bolton Championship (FIDE rated)

1st Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) 5pts

2nd= Martin Goodger (Ely), Tim Hilton (Blue Club), Don Mason (Shirley & Wythall),

Joao Rita (Wallasey) & Simeon Sakic (Bolton) 3.5pts

24 competitors, £600 prize fund.

Bolton Major (u170)

1st Martin Burns (Stockport) 4.5pts

2nd= Michael Fisher (Blue Club, Oldham) & Dean Hartley (Amber Valley) 4pts

U150 Grading prize: Michael Barooah (Formby), Ian Lamb (Bolton), Anna Szasz (Yorkshire Juniors)

Bill Tait (East Cheshire) 2.5pts

23 competitors, £480 prize fund.

 Bolton Knights (u130)

1st Arpad Busznyak (Bolton) 4.5pts

2nd= Paul Gelder (Alwoodley), PD Patel (Bolton) & Andrew Swales (Burnley) 4pts

U100 Grading prize: Nethuli Saram (Chester) 3pts

34 competitors, £480 prize fund.

Busy Person Blitz

1st= IGM Stephen Gordon (Wood Green & 3Cs ), IM Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) 7pts/8

Grading prizes

165-185 Martyn Goodger (Ely) 6.5pts

146-165 Adam Scoular (Worsley) 5.5pts

126-145 Michael Barooah (Formby) & David Teague (Harrogate) 5pts

106-125 Michael Norris (Bury) 5.5pts

85-105 Lee Baron(Bury), Thisumi Jayawarna (Heywood)

& Charles Palmer (Manchester area) 3pts

U85 Brian Davies (Great Lever) & Nethuli Saram (Chester) 4pts

59 competitors, £300 prize fund.

Rod Middleton

Bolton League Chess Team Jamboree 18th May 2019.

Posted by ian on April 23, 2019 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Bolton League Chess Team Jamboree

Organised by the Bolton and District Chess League

Date Saturday 18 May 2019

Venue Little Lever Working Men’s Club Victory Road Little Lever Bolton BL3 1HZ

Format A five round event for teams of four players. Each round is 30 minutes rapidplay. Score is by game points. For example if a result is 3-1 the winning team scores three points and the losing team scores one point.

Entry fee £12 for a first team and £7 for each subsequent team. ECF membership is

not required.

Late fees £1 extra if posted after the Monday before the event. £2 on the day.

Timetable 10.00 Hand in team list 10.15 Round 1 11.30 Round 2

1.00 Round 3 2.10 Round 4 3.20 Round 5

Prizes Overall Champion Chess Clock

Best Bolton League team Chess Clock

Best team with at least 3 players under 140 Chess Set & Board

Best team with at least 3 players under 110 Chess Set & Board

Best team with at least 3 juniors under 16 Chess Set & Board

ECF Rapidplay ratings will be used.

A team cannot win more than one prize.

Directions Take the M60 into Bolton and continue along the A666. Take the Raikes Lane exit. This is the first exit on the A666 proper. Do not take the Farnworth exit on the M61 just before the A666 starts. Turn left after the slip road then left at Manchester Road. At the second set of lights turn left on the A6053 to Little Lever. Take care not to go back onto the A666. Follow the A6053 for a mile then as it takes a right turn into Market St. Keep going straight on into Ainsworth Lane. Victory Rd is second on the right and the working men’s club is towards the end on the right hand side.

FA Cup Final The event is played on Cup Final day. There is time to get home to watch it after the event finishes. Or you can stay in the Club bar and watch it on the big screen

Email team entries to John Webster Email adresss:

Upcoming County Chess matches, OPEN team, Saturday May 11th 2019 at Tyseley,and U160 team Sunday May 12th at Syston.

Posted by ian on April 15, 2019 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Both captains are keen to hear from any eligible Manchester players who can play on these dates (above).

Greater Manchester U160 team won the Midlands Counties and have a match in the ECF National Quarter finals v SUFFOLK on SUNDAY 12th MAY starting at 1.30 pm., and it would be great if you could play

This will be on Sunday 12th May, starting at 1:30 pm. The venue is :- Syston Social Club, High Street, Syston, Leics LE7 1GP.

There are 16 players in a team, and obviously, you don’t normally get a chance to play someone from as far away as Suffolk, and a chance to represent your County in a National quarter final doesn’t come around very often, let alone a decent chance of making the semi final

Please let - David Pardoe; know ASAP if you could play, or if you know of others who might, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions

We will operate our usual `shared transport` arrangements to keep costs, etc, to a minimum.

Also, john reyes; is looking for players for the OPEN team, who play Sussex on Saturday 11th MAY at Tyseley, South Birmingham.

They have been paired to play Sussex and we have agreed a venue

Tyseley & District Working Mens Club

573 Warwick Road



B11 2EX

Start Time 1:30pm and right near train and massive car park

Bolton Easter Chess Congress 2019 Friday 19th-Sunday 21st April, and busy persons.

Posted by ian on April 12, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Not long to go now. Still time to enter the Bolton Easter Chess Congress 2019 and busy persons.Entry form download can be found here Email entries to

Reykjavik Open 2019 starts today.

Posted by ian on April 8, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

3Cs Players FM Daniel Abbas, CM Alan Walton, and Ahmed Abbas. All taking part in the event, pairings for Round 1

Live games:

Live commentary from round 1 with FM Ingvar Thor Johannesson and WIM Fiona Steli-Antoni Round

ECF Arbiter Course Registration

Posted by ian on April 6, 2019 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Next course …

Course dates – 13th – 14th April 2019

Course venue – Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6JT [MAP]

Course schedule – 9.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00 on both days

Course fee: £30

Course Lecturer – Adrian Elwin; Assistant Lecturer – Alex Holowczak