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Chess for Charity

Chess player Christopher Tombolis’s school year has been given a challenge by their head of year to make money for Retinitis Pigmentosa Fighting Blindness. The boys have until 23rd February to increase the £3 they were given.

The website of the charity is http://www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk/newsevent.php?newseventid=481

Christopher thought that it would be a good idea to use chess to make money for the charity, so on Sunday 7th February between 2pm and 5pm he will play as many blitz games as possible in the 3 hours he has been allocated at Waterstones Bookshop on Chiswick High Street – https://www.waterstones.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-10-year-old-at-chess/london-chiswick

Christopher is using his money for printing certificates for everyone who plays a chess game on Sunday as well as producing flyers to publicise the event in our local area. He will be there for 3 hours, and people can make any donations to the chosen charity, as well as £1 per game with Christopher. If there is enough demand he will try to play more than 1 game at a time.

Christopher has also set up a Just Giving page for people who want to support him and the charity but cannot be there on the day – https://www.justgiving.com/christophertombolis

South of England Junior Championships

— Andrew Martin, via the EC Forum

Full results can be found at http://results.tournamentdirector.co.uk/index.asp

288 played, a new record and a fitting tribute to Joe French. The event ran like clockwork and I could not have wished for a better team —

Amy Grieve (Secretary); Chris Howell, Sue Howell, Mike Forster (Closed Championship controllers); Peter Purland (Closed Championships selector); Catherine and Peter Finn (U15/U13 controllers, grading and results); Victor Cross (U11 controller); Chris Archer-Lock, Helen Archer Lock (U10/U9 controllers)
Ken Coates, Christine Coates (U7/U8 controllers); Tristan Morris, Julie Callan (Yateley Manor facilities staff); the Yateley Manor maintenance and kitchen staff.

Thanks to all who came along for making this such a memorable weekend.


ECF Junior International Selections – the Expression of Interest form for coaches who wish to be considered for international Junior Events is now available from the menus above – Play for England > Junior Selection Policy > Coaches Expression of Interest Form

World Schools event – cancellation

Please note that the World Schools Individual Chess Championships, which was to have taken place in Tunisia, has been cancelled by FIDE. This event now shows as TBC pending any further news.

National Schools – Girls’ Southern Semi-Final

— from Andrew Martin

We have now reached 60 entered teams for the Southern Semi-Final, which is fantastic, and it’s still growing, with 180 girls so far. If you have not entered and intend to, please do so without delay. This helps us plan the catering arrangements. Remember that all players, team managers and members of staff lunch with us free on the day.
If you have entered, but find you cannot make it, let me know as soon as possible please by email to a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk

Enter online at http://englishchess.org.uk/NSCC/
Please note – registration is at 9.30 am and play starts at 10.00am | Download the flyer here