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Greater Manchester Summer Chess Congress report 2019.

Posted by Ian on August 20, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Greater Manchester Summer Chess Congress report 2019


160 competitors attended the Manchester Summer Chess Congress held at Manchester University 18-20 August 2019. It was one of the strongest Summer Opens in many years, including two Grand Masters and two International Masters. Many strong England juniors also took part.


Manchester Summer Open


The Open attracted 37 competitors.


The winner was Bolton’s IM Joseph McPhillips with 4.5/5, winning £600. Joseph won his first 3 games then drew with IM Brandon Clarke (Wood Green). In the final round Joseph beat Ran Song from China, who had a shock win over GM Stephen Gordon (3Cs) in round 4. Second equal were IM Brandon Clarke (Wood Green) GM Nigel Davies (Tiger Chess) and Yichen Han (Forest Hall) with 4/5, all winning £150.


Joe’s round 3 game against Forest Hall Chess Club’s Yichen Han can be viewed at…/8/20/Game464820437.html


The under 185 Grading prize was won by Ray Ilett (New England) with 3.5/5, winning £70.


Entrants 37; Prize Fund £1,120


Manchester Summer Major


The Major Section attracted 69 players and was won jointly by Vladimirs Bovtramovics (Woking) Michael Fisher (Oldham) and Robert Dean (Pudsey) with 4.5/5, winning £350 each.


The under 145 grading Prize was won by Dean Hartley (Amber Valley) with 4/5, winning £70.


Entrants 69; Prize Fund £1,120


Manchester Summer Knights


The Knights section attracted 54 players and was won outright by Aisha Benhamida (Tameside) with 4.5/5, winning £600.


Second equal were Tomas Adamski (Rolls Royce Derby), Ariana Escobar (Congleton) and Carl Stephens (Darlington) with 4/5, all winning £150.


The under 110 Grading Prize was shared between Tim Allen (Battersea), John Kelly (Stockport) and Ben Imrye (Northenden) with 3.5/5, all winning £34.


All the chess results from the event can be found at the links below.








Ian Lamb


20 August 2019

Saturday 14th September UK Open Blitz Championship 2019 held at Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, Bolton.

Posted by Ian on August 12, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (1)

UK Open Blitz Championship 2019

The UK Blitz 2019 will be staged as a series of qualifiers over two weekends in September followed by an all play all final in November. The Finals and Qualifiers combined will have a total prize fund in excess of £7,000. This will be an Open Championship and there is no geographic or citizenship restriction on entry.


There will be eight 15-round qualifying Swiss tournaments played over the weekends of 7th and 14th September as below. Eligible players will be able to enter one qualifying tournament of their choice.

7th September

Birmingham – Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TW

Newcastle – The Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4DX

Cardiff – The Cardiff North Hotel by AccorHotels, Circle Way East, Llanederyn, Cardiff CF23 9XF

Edinburgh – Broughton High School, 29 East Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh EH4 1EG

Belfast – Ormeau Bowling Club, Ormeau Park, Park Road,Belfast BT7 4NA

8th September

Bristol – Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR

14th September

London – The Rugby Portobello, 221 Walmer Road, London W11 4EY

Manchester – Ukrainian Social Club, 99 Castle Street, Bolton BL2 1JP

Time limit: will be all moves in 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

Website to enter on line.…/

British Chess Championship Commentary starts on Saturday 27th July 2:30pm BST details below.

Posted by Ian on July 26, 2019 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Brtish Chess Championship Commentary from GM Danny Gormally and IM Adam Hunt starting Saturday daily 14:30 BST while the British Chess Championships on. or @ginger_gm Twitch channel Live games:

IM Joe Mcphillips is playing in the IM Glorney- Gilbert. In Ireland. More details below.

Posted by Ian on July 21, 2019 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

IM Joe Mcphillips is playing in the IM Glorney Gilbert.

Live games in play now

Chess results

The Glorney Gilbert - IM is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 20-24 July 2019 in Ireland. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Official website:

Happy International Chess Day.

Posted by Ian on July 20, 2019 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Chess Federation Summer Chess Congress. Just under one month to go.

Posted by Ian on July 17, 2019 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Chess Federation  Summer Chess Congress now just under a month to the start of the event.

Friday 16 Aug. - Sunday 18 Aug. 2019

Email Entries to [email protected]

Entry Form download here,

Tournaments: Open. Major Under 165. Knights Under 125.

Free parking ECF Graded University Accommodation

Prizes all Sections First £600 Second £300 Third £150

Grading Prizes Open £70 Under 185 Major £70 Under 145 Knights £70 Under 110

ENTRY FEE £42. £34 For ECF Silver & higher members

£5 reduction for players born after 31-Aug-2001

Closing date The last date for entering is Wednesday 14 Aug. You cannot enter later.

Late entry fees. Payable if postmarked or emailed after Friday 9 Aug £5.

Withdrawal. If you tell us by Wednesday 14 Aug we will refund your entry fee.

Entry Rules Phone entries are not accepted. Email entries are accepted and can pay on arrival.

ENTRANTS. A list will be available from July 17 at

TIMETABLE Rd 1 Friday 6.45. Rd 2 & 3 Sat 9.45 & 2.30. Rd 4 & 5 Sun 9.45 & 2.30

Prizegiving Sun 6.30 There is a £3 admin charge on all prizes not collected at the prizegiving..

RATINGS We use long play grades current at the start of the event. If you have no current grade we use your last ECF grade. Players who have never had a grade must send us information on their playing ability at least seven days before the event starts. Players not submitting information must play in the open

MOVE RATE. 80 minutes on the clock. Every time you press your clock you gain 30 seconds.

DEFAULT TIME 30 minutes after the round starts Players with no opponent will be re-paired.

TOURNAMENT CONDITIONS. The organisers decision is final in all disputes. We reserve the right to refuse entries without stating a reason.

VENUE. Owens Park, 293 Wilmslow Road M14 6HD. Owens Park is a large University complex three miles south of the City centre. Car parking is in Richmond Park, entrance on Whitworth Lane M14 6HF.

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