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 26/09/18

Round 2 7/11/18

Round 3 5/12/18

Round 4 30/01/19

Round 5 27/02/19

Round 6 27/03/19

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 2018-19 Tables, Fixtures and Results

Current Club Champions (2017/18 season winners)

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

Ranking after Round 3 - 05/12/2018
1Ken Neat33003.0
2Thomas Eggleston22002.5
3Robin Nandi22002.5
4Szymon Palucha32012.0
5Tony Shires*32012.0
6Steve Jefferies*32012.0
7Edwin Smith*31202.0
8Dave Renton21011.5
9Philip Brooks*21011.5
10Joe Barr21011.5
11Charlie Hazlerigg31111.5
12Maurice Bell30211.0
13Alan McNamee*31021.0
14Zhenya Tumarkin*31021.0
15James Cant*21011.0
16Sebastian Palucha*31021.0
17Vadim Eggert31021.0
18Geoff Raw*30120.5
19Bhuvan Jumani*00000.5
20Max Rippon10010.5
21Derek Crabbe*30030.0

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

Games in Round 4

1Thomas Eggleston-Ken Neat.....
2Tony Shires*-Szymon Palucha.....
3Edwin Smith*-Steve Jefferies*.....
4Dave Renton-Charlie Hazlerigg.....
5Joe Barr-Philip Brooks*.....
6Sebastian Palucha*-Bhuvan Jumani*.....
7Max Rippon-Zhenya Tumarkin*.....
8Vadim Eggert-Geoff Raw*.....


Alan McNamee*-Abs with msgMaurice Bell-Abs with msg
James Cant*-Abs with msgRobin Nandi-Abs with msg
Ian Dobbs-Abs with msgDerek Crabbe*-Pairing alloc bye

Games in Round 3 - 05/12/2018

1Ken Neat-Szymon Palucha1-0
2Philip Brooks*-Thomas Eggleston0-1
3Robin Nandi-Joe Barr1-0
4James Cant*-Tony Shires*0-1 (Default)
5Steve Jefferies*-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
6Edwin Smith*-Alan McNamee*1-0
7Charlie Hazlerigg-Maurice Bell½-½
8Zhenya Tumarkin*-Geoff Raw*1-0
9Derek Crabbe*-Vadim Eggert0-1


Bhuvan Jumani*-Abs with msgDave Renton-Abs with msg
Max Rippon-Abs with msg

Games in Round 2 - 07/11/2018

1Ken Neat-Dave Renton1-0
2Szymon Palucha-Steve Jefferies*1-0
3Vadim Eggert-Charlie Hazlerigg0-1
4Thomas Eggleston-Tony Shires*1-0
5Maurice Bell-Philip Brooks*0-1
6Geoff Raw*-Edwin Smith*½-½
7Alan McNamee*-Zhenya Tumarkin*1-0
8Sebastian Palucha*-Derek Crabbe*1-0
9Joe Barr-Max Rippon1-0


Bhuvan Jumani*-Abs with msgRobin Nandi-Abs with msg
James Cant-Default

Games in Round 1 - 26/09/2018

1Zhenya Tumarkin*-Ken Neat0-1
2Szymon Palucha-Geoff Raw*1-0
3Charlie Hazlerigg-Robin Nandi0-1
4Dave Renton-Sebastian Palucha*1-0
5Tony Shires*-Alan McNamee*1-0
6Steve Jefferies*-Vadim Eggert1-0
7Edwin Smith*-Maurice Bell½-½
8Derek Crabbe*-James Cant*0-1


Philip Brooks*-Abs with msgThomas Eggleston-Abs with msg
Bhuvan Jumani*-Abs with msg

Previous Club Champions


  • 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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