Club Championship

The Club Championship will be a 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 25/10/23

Round 2 22/11/23

Round 3 13/12/23

Round 4 17/01/24

Round 5 20/03/24

Round 6 17/04/24

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 unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  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 1750 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 2023-24 Tables, Fixtures and Results

Current Club Champions (2023/24 season winners)

  • Club Champion: George Gazis
  • Minor Championship (U-1750) Winner: Philip Brooks

Ranking after Round 6 - 17/04/2024
1George Gazis44006.0
2Ken Neat65015.0
M1Philip Brooks*53024.0
M2Thomas Finn*42024.0
3Fedir Dyshliuk52123.0
M3Sebastian Palucha*52033.0
M4Steve Jefferies*31112.5
M5=Sam Brain*21012.0
M5=Keegan Hope*21012.0
M5=Marco Balocco*30032.0
M8Geoff Raw*51041.5
M9Oliver Belcher*10011.0

Players marked * are graded under 1750 so are eligible for the Minor Championship.

Minor Championship Playoff - 24/04/2024

1Thomas Finn*-Philip Brooks*0-1
2Philip Brooks*-Thomas Finn*½-½

Games in Round 6 - 17/04/2024

1Fedir Dyshliuk-Ken Neat0-1
2Philip Brooks*-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
3Keegan Hope*-Geoff Raw*1-0


Steve Jefferies*-Abs with msgHari Kumar-Disqualified
George Gazis-Pairing alloc byeOliver Belcher*-Abs with msg
Marco Balocco*-Pairing alloc byeSam Brain*-Abs with msg
Thomas Finn*-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 5 - 20/03/2024

1Ken Neat-Hari Kumar1-0 (Default)
2Geoff Raw*-Philip Brooks*0-1
3Thomas Finn*-Marco Balocco*1-0
4Sam Brain*-Keegan Hope*1-0


Oliver Belcher*-Abs with msgSteve Jefferies*-Abs with msg
Fedir Dyshliuk-Abs with msgSebastian Palucha*-Pairing alloc bye
George Gazis-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 4 - 17/01/2024

1Steve Jefferies*-George Gazis0-1
2Ken Neat-Hari Kumar1-0 (Default)
3Sebastian Palucha*-Fedir Dyshliuk0-1
4Thomas Finn*-Sam Brain*1-0 (Default)
5Marco Balocco*-Geoff Raw*0-1


Philip Brooks*-Pairing alloc byeOliver Belcher*-Abs with msg
Keegan Hope-Abs with msg

Games in Round 3 - 13/12/2023

1George Gazis-Ken Neat1-0
2Oliver Belcher*-Steve Jefferies*0-1
3Hari Kumar-Philip Brooks*1-0
4Sebastian Palucha*-Marco Balocco1-0
5Fedir Dyshliuk-Geoff Raw*1-0


Thomas Finn*-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 2 - 22/11/2023

1Ken Neat-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
2Fedir Dyshliuk-George Gazis0-1
3Philip Brooks*-Thomas Finn*1-0


Oliver Belcher*-Abs with msgGeoff Raw*-Abs with msg
Steve Jefferies*-Abs with msgMarco Balocco-Abs with msg
Hari Kumar-Abs with msg

Games in Round 1 - 25/10/2023

1Geoff Raw*-Ken Neat0-1
2George Gazis-Philip Brooks*1-0
3Steve Jefferies*-Fedir Dyshliuk½-½
4Sebastian Palucha*-Thomas Finn*1-0


Oliver Belcher*-Abs with msgMarco Balocco-Abs with msg
Hari Kumar-Abs with msg

Previous Club Champions


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-1750) Winner: Philip Brooks


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Edwin Smith


  • Club Champion: Ken Neat
  • Minor Championship (U-140) Winner: Charlie Hazlerigg


  • 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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