Club Championship

The Club Championship will be a 5 or 6 round Swiss tournament, with each round to be played on the dates specified below. Results and rankings are displayed on the right.

Round 1 25/09/19

Round 2 06/11/19

Round 3 27/11/19

Round 4 29/01/20

Round 5 04/03/20

Round 6 25/03/20 Cancelled due to COVID-19

Club Championship Rules

Click here to download the full rules as a pdf. The main points are summarised below.
  1. All club members are eligible to enter the Club Championship but, as for league matches, it is also necessary to be an ECF member as the games are graded.
  2. The draw for each round is made using the standard Swiss system with 1 point for a win, ½ point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
  3. All games must be played on the specified date. Exceptions are allowed at the discretion of the tournament controller. However the last round can only be played on the specified date.
  4. Players unable to play on the date specified for a given round must inform the tournament controller before the draw is made (usually by 5pm on the Tuesday 8 days before the round). In such cases the player will receive a ½ point bye, subject to a maximum of two such byes.
  5. Games should normally be played at the club, starting at 7pm, but players are allowed to arrange to play outside the club, subject to the agreement in advance of the tournament controller.
  6. The time control is 75 minutes for the game but with an extra 10 seconds per move, as in the Durham County and Northumberland Leagues.
  7. Players are responsible for sending results to the tournament controller and/or writing the result on the list of fixtures if a printed copy is at the club that night.
  8. The Championships are played as a combined tournament until the final two rounds. Then players with a grade under 140 enter the Minor Championship section (carrying forward their points) while the other players compete in the Club Championship section. Ungraded players are not automatically eligible for the Minor Championship. The tournament controller will decide on eligibility based on estimate or previous grades.
  9. After the final round the player in the club championship section with the most points is declared the Club Champion. Similarly the highest ranked player in the Minor championship section becomes the Minor Championship Winner.

Club Championship 2019-20 Tables, Fixtures and Results

Current Club Champions (2019/20 season winners)

  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Edwin Smith

Ranking after Round 5 - 04/03/2020 - Final Round
1Thomas Eggleston55005.0
2Robin Nandi43014.0
3Ken Neat54014.0
4Edwin Smith*54014.0
5Tony Shires*42113.0
6Dave Renton53023.0
7Ian Dobbs42113.0
8Dave Bedworth*31112.5
9Charlie Hazlerigg*42022.5
10Jake Walker52032.0
11Andy Proudfoot*52032.0
12Sean Gardiner*52032.0
13Sebastian Palucha*41032.0
14Geoff Raw*52032.0
15Sam Neil*10101.5
16Zhenya Tumarkin*51131.5
17Philip Brooks*51131.5
18Alan McNamee*30031.0
19Steve Jefferies*51041.0

Players marked * are graded under 140 so are eligible for the Minor Championship.

Games in Round 5 - 04/03/2020

1Dave Renton-Thomas Eggleston0-1
2Jake Walker-Ken Neat0-1
3Geoff Raw*-Edwin Smith*0-1
4Tony Shires*-Andy Proudfoot*1-0
5Zhenya Tumarkin*-Charlie Hazlerigg*0-1
6Philip Brooks*-Sebastian Palucha*0-1
7Sean Gardiner*-Steve Jefferies*1-0


Alan McNamee*-Abs with msgIan Dobbs-Abs with msg
Dave Bedworth*-Abs with msgSam Neil*-Abs with msg
Robin Nandi-Win bye

Games in Round 4 - 29/01/2020

1Thomas Eggleston-Robin Nandi1-0
2Dave Renton-Jake Walker*1-0
3Edwin Smith*-Tony Shires*1-0
4Philip Brooks*-Ken Neat0-1
5Charlie Hazlerigg*-Ian Dobbs0-1
6Andy Proudfoot*-Sean Gardiner*1-0
7Geoff Raw*-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
8Zhenya Tumarkin*-Steve Jefferies*1-0 (Default)


Alan McNamee*-Abs with msgDave Bedworth*-Abs with msg
Sam Neil*-Abs with msg

Games in Round 3 - 27/11/2019

1Ken Neat-Thomas Eggleston0-1
2Robin Nandi-Dave Renton1-0
3Tony Shires*-Dave Bedworth*½-½
4Andy Proudfoot*-Jake Walker*0-1 (Default)
5Sean Gardiner*-Edwin Smith*0-1
6Steve Jefferies*-Philip Brooks*0-1
7Ian Dobbs-Zhenya Tumarkin*1-0
8Alan McNamee*-Geoff Raw*0-1


Charlie Hazlerigg*-Abs with msgSam Neil*-Abs with msg
Sebastian Palucha*-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 2 - 06/11/2019

1Edwin Smith*-Ken Neat0-1
2Charlie Hazlerigg*-Robin Nandi0-1
3Dave Renton-Steve Jefferies*1-0
4Thomas Eggleston-Zhenya Tumarkin*1-0
5Philip Brooks*-Tony Shires*0-1
6Jake Walker*-Ian Dobbs1-0
7Dave Bedworth*-Alan McNamee*1-0
8Sebastian Palucha*-Andy Proudfoot*0-1
9Geoff Raw*-Sean Gardiner*0-1


Sam Neil*-Abs with msg

Games in Round 1 - 25/09/2019

1Alan McNamee*-Thomas Eggleston0-1
2Robin Nandi-Jake Walker*1-0
3Sebastian Palucha*-Dave Renton0-1
4Ian Dobbs-Sam Neil*½-½
5Sean Gardiner*-Charlie Hazlerigg*0-1
6Steve Jefferies*-Geoff Raw*1-0
7Zhenya Tumarkin*-Philip Brooks*½-½
8Andy Proudfoot*-Edwin Smith*0-1
9Ken Neat-Dave Bedworth*1-0


Tony Shires*-Abs with msg

Previous Club Champions


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Edwin Smith


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Steve Jefferies


  • Club Champion: Thomas Eggleston
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Steve Jefferies & Geoff Raw


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Geoff Raw


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winners: Maurice Bell & Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Maurice Bell


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Szymon Palucha


  • Club Champion: Dave Renton
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Tony Shires


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Peter Turner

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