Southend 2017: Prizewinners

:: FOR YOUR DIARY - we can confirm that Southend Easter Congress 2018 will be held from Fri 30th March to Monday 2 April 2018 ::

Southend 2017 FIDE Open

1st GM Timur Gareyev 6½/7 £800.00

=2nd CM Rob Willmoth and IM Alan Merry, 5½/7 and £350.00 each

U2050 Rating Prize to Omowale Nelson (2046, JAM) with 4/7 winning £50.00

U1800 Rating Prize shared by Aravamudhan Balaji, Mohammed Islam and Jacob Watson with 3½/7 and £17.00 each

Here is the last round game in the Open, Gareyev-Hebden:

Leigh on Sea U170

1st Philip Neatherway 5½/7 and £150.00

2nd Jason Covey 5/7 and £75.00

3rd Edwin Kalerwa 4/7 and £40.00

Westcliff U145

1st David Gilbert 5/7 and £150.00

=2nd Richard Desmedt and Viktor Jamroz 4½/7 and £57.50 each

Southchurch U120

1st Tarsem Dhillon 7/7 and £150.00

2nd Stephen Simpson 5/7 and £75.00

3rd Adam Jorna 4.5/7 and £40.00

Thorpe Bay U95

=1st Purba Audhora and Urbi Modhura 5½/7 and £112.50 each

=3rd Nina Pert, Jeremy Burrows and Levi Weston 4½/7 sharing £40.00

Thanks to the players, to YElena for the food, Ian for the live boards, Norman for patience and washing up, John for liaising with the excellent venue, Michael for his arbiting and wise counsel, Kevin and his team of caretakers for looking after us, and Gavin - I think.

The Southend Easter Chess Congress is taking place from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017. You can still take part and receive two half point byes for the games you missed today!

Head to the online entry form using this link -

Here is the list of entrants on Any errors or omissions please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The Southend Congress offers more rounds than most weekend chess tournaments and more opportunities to play chess, with longer time controls!
  • TWO half point byes are available if you can't make one of the days;
  • Fischer timings with thirty seconds added every time you make a move;
  • later start times;
Friday 14th April - Rounds 1 and 2 at 11am and 4pm
Saturday 15th April - Rounds 3 and 4 at 11am and 4pm
Sunday 16th April - Rounds 5 and 6 at 11am and 4pm
Monday 17th April - Final Round 7 at 11am
  • two rounds a day;
  • shorter breaks between games;
  • earlier finish times so you can take advantage of the free membership of the social club over the road!
  • plenty of alternatives for travel including plentiful free parking and easy railway links;
  • lots of reasonably priced local accommodation;
  • light refreshments will be on sale during the congress kindly provided by yElena Went;
  • lunchtime talks from top players;
  • live coverage of the top games on the Internet;
  • pairings and results available on Chess overnight and live;

PS - The Congress currently lacks a sponsor. If you would be interested in sponsoring this Tournament please get in touch with Adam: 100% of your sponsorship will go towards the Prize fund for 2018.

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Chess Simultaneous Display – Robert Brown Memorial Charity Fundraiser

Robert Brown was a longstanding chess player for Chingford and London Deaf. Despite massive health problems he got on with life without complaining and was much admired for his positive attitude. He recently died of pulmonary fibrosis aged 57 and Chingford Chess Club is organising a simultaneous chess display for up to 50 players by top ranking chess experts, Grand Master Simon Williams and International Master Richard Bates. Simon and Richard are regular participants in the Southend Congress.

This event is to raise money for Robert’s chosen charity, the British Lung Foundation. All proceeds from entry will go to the charity.

Date – Friday 10th March 2017 – 19.15 for 19.30 start.

Venue – Wanstead House Community Centre, 21The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT – just by Wanstead Central Line Station. The large hall in the back garden. There will be a cash bar and cafe available in the hall.

Cost – £12 adults  £8 Juniors.

Contact Chingford Chess Club asap – first come first served for tickets:

Brian Spear: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Robin Oakley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Form

The official Entry Form for the 61st Southend Easter Chess Congress has been published and can be downloaded from the link below.

You can, of course, enter online

Download: 2017 Entry Form (pdf)

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Congress features

You can find these features on the 2017 Congress menu, or simply click the links below!

Pairings & Results

Live Games


We have access to a small number of sensory boards and plan to broadcast the top three games in the FIDE Open each round.

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