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BREAKING NEWS 22/4/20

Tributes have been pouring in to acknowledge Barbara’s handling of the online Tournaments held 7.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Last nights tournament was a great success with many chess players participating. However there were problems experienced by Peter McCann again! Peter was unable to join the Tournament and someone in the club needs to help him.


BREAKING NEWS 20/4/20

Barbara Farrar has issued a full apology to Peter McCann and all fellow chess players over her handling of the chess.com Tournament which resulted in ” The Peter McCann incident.”

Barbara Farrar

The Peter McCann incident” was a mix up online when Peter, whilst trying to join Eccles Chess Club, started playing a series of games, and winning. He was under the impression that these games were part of the Eccles Tournament when in fact they were not.

It turns out that Peter was not included in the Tournament and was in all likelihood playing people outside the Eccles membership online.

Here is Barbara’s apology in full:

“Peter and all fellow chess players, I would like to share my sincere apologies with regards to the results of last nights tourney.  

Last night was a complete shambles,  I put the wrong link on the text message, forgot to put a link on notes. People were unable to log in, members were playing games all over the place and I got third place. Anyway, I think I’ve found a better way to organised these events and will ask Nigel Holland if he would like a rematch over the weekend. Here is the link to last nights unusual Tourney results and let’s keep keeping chess live♟”

Quote from Barbara Farrar

     

Next Tournament on chess.com Tuesday 7.30 pm then Wednesday and Friday also 7.30 pm


BREAKING NEWS 16/4/20

The Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening tournaments on chess.com are becoming very popular they start at 7.30pm and are enjoyed by many players. Oliver Lawrence has said he prefers 15 minutes to 10 minutes but he will give 10 minute games ago.

Oliver Lawrence

Steve Roberts has been beating IMs for fun. He is even looking for Totti during the Tournament when many other players are scared of him.

Steve Roberts studies the game well and researches openings.

Once this virus is over maybe Steve could help us organize the match against the USA on chess.com

Click here to find out more up to date news.


BREAKING NEWS 16/4/20

An interesting development has been proposed by Leon Cox regarding the structure of the Tuesday and Wednesday evening Tournaments. Leon has recently been frustrated at the long wait between games and has suggested that we change the time of games to 10 minute games with 5 second increments. He hopes that the shorter game will encourage more people to join.

Leon Cox

Peter Cornelia and Totti concur with Leon as does Barbara. Daniel Ipale has remained silent on the issue and refuses to comment without a lawyer present.


BREAKING NEWS 15/4/20

There have been rumours passed around Eccles Chess Club about one of our members. At the moment these rumours are unsubstantiated they but are rife in the Eccles community. They concern Daniel Ipale from Prestwich. Apparently they center around the fact that Daniel Ipale may possibly be a cyborg. He looks human and acts human although no one has ever seen him eat or drink. This has led to the suggestion that food and drink may interfere with his circuit boards.

Daniel

Daniel Ipale has not commented on the allegations up to date. He announced “I’m in” on our regular What’s app/ Chess.com tournament this Tuesday but then mysteriously disappeared.

A representation of what Daniel Ipale may look like without his clothes and his skin.


BREAKING NEWS 14/4/20

Jody Heaton died on Wednesday 8th April 2020. He was from West Didsbury. There will be a post mortem but it is suspected that he died from a brain hemorrhage after a seizure. There will only be a small funeral and probably a remembrance party in September. Jody was 37 years old and an Evertonian. Barbara has suggested holding a Jody Heaton memorial match on the day of his funeral as a sign of respect. We don’t know if it will be shown online.

Jody was a popular member of Eccles Chess Club and had been a member for around 12 months having joined from the Crown & Anchor in Manchester. Jody is survived by his mother.

Jody Heaton

BREAKING NEWS 9/4/20

The history of chess goes back 1,500 years and covers some of the greatest minds in the world, Bobby Fischer, Capablanca, Gary Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen who all devoted their entire lives to studying the game. However in just 4 hours a computer program called Alpha Zero has self learnt the game from scratch and can now beat every human that ever existed on the planet and any other computer software.

Learn here about Alpha Zero.


BREAKING NEWS 8/4/20

Chagdarsuren Batbileg from Outer Mongolia has just become a father for the first time. Congratulations!!

A son named Lundaa (meaning luck and good fortune) has been born.

Chagdarsuren was taught how to play chess by his Grandfather (Tsendorj) at 5 years of age.

Chagdarsuren Batbileg

“I will love teaching Lundaa how to play chess and Lundaa will definitely be joining the club”

Quote from Chagdarsuren

News by courtesy of Barbara Farrar.

Barbara Farrar

BREAKING NEWS 7/4/20

A sensational chess match is on the cards between the 2 greatest chess players on our what’s app group. One of the players will be Marcial Flores and the other will be Aidan Rawlinson from the Crown & Anchor in Manchester. Steve Roberts will be the Arbiter and it will be held chess.com the best of 5 games. We will all have access and be able to watch the games. These 2 players have never faced each other before and it’s likely to be a fantastic competition.

Aidan Rawlinson

If you want to watch the match join chess.com


BREAKING NEWS 6/4/20

Revealed at last!!!! The four reasons why Marcial Flores is an excellent chess player….. For years chess players have wondered in amazement why Marcial Flores wins so many games, now it has finally been made public exactly how he does it. The four ways he has been able to beat every body he plays are intrinsically simple and yet pure common sense:

Marcel Flores aka Totti
  1. A passionate love for the game. From an early age Totti has studied the game he has spent many hours on it.
  2. Cognitive abilities Given that chess is an intellectual game, it would be surprising if highly intelligent people didn’t excel in chess more than less intelligent people.
  3. Confidence It is always impressive to see a great player like Totti bouncing back after a poor performance. This is a demonstration of self-confidence and absolute belief in himself and his quality of play. This aspect is very important in high-level competitions. Players with low self-esteem are more inclined to not recover easily from a loss in a tournament.
  4. Decision-making skills In a single game of chess, each player makes around 40 observable decisions (i.e., chess moves) and numerous covert decisions, such as those about strategy. So it’s possible that people who are generally good at making decisions have an advantage at chess such as Totti.

BREAKING NEWS 3/4/20

The Truth behind the sale of the Malaga Drift in Eccles!!

Gordon owner of the Malaga Drift

Yesterday the chess world was up in arms after news broke that the Malaga Drift in Eccles was up for sale or rent. Sasha had announced to the world that he had seen a for sale sign or to let sign on the Malaga Drift building as he cycled past on his way to buy some fruit cider from Morrisons yesterday afternoon.

Sasha

Sasha went on to say that he thinks that Gordon, the proprietor of the Malaga Drift, realizes the magnitude of the covid-19 problem on his income and decided to go. Sasha also said a”dickhead” might buy the Malaga Drift and kick the chess team out!

It actually turns out that the Malaga Drift is not up for sale. The sign Sasha saw has been there for 2.5 years and is for upstairs. Gordon has a 12 year lease. He asks Sasha to stop making up gossip.

Barbara was due to have a chat with Gordon and Peter blames it all on Chinese viruses.

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BREAKING NEWS 2/4/20

He has joined Eccles Chess Club only a few weeks ago and has completely transformed the Club with online competitions. His name is Steve Roberts! People are starting to ask…who exactly is Steve Roberts? Where is Steve Roberts from? What makes Steve Roberts tick? Will the real Steve Roberts please stand up? He has done a fantastic job for Eccles with his Tuesday and Wednesday night competitions on chess.com Thanks Steve for organizing it.

Steve Roberts

BREAKING NEWS 1/4/20

David Stuttard from Warrington, has been told to stay indoors by his wife, who is a vegan. He was then told to stay indoors by Boris Johnson. As far as we can see he is still indoors. David, who supports Leicester City FC and Bury FC is a train spotter and also a foot lover. He is not a member of chess.com and has been very quiet recently.

David is a socialist and is currently not working. He is an excellent chess player and almost always wins. He has a degree in Maths.

David Stuttard

BREAKING NEWS 31/3/20

It took some time but he has made it!! Congratulations to Daz Lindsay he has joined chess.com Daz is from the Bronx in New York and is a very cunning chess player. He thinks before every move and plays with purpose, gumption and attitude. Daz is a well liked member of Eccles Chess Club. He was signed up from the Crown & Anchor Social Chess Club in Hilton St Manchester.


BREAKING NEWS 30/3/20

Chess online games go through the roof on chess.com lots of Eccles players and others are flocking online. Daniel Ipale would join if he could work out how to do it. He has been asking Barbara how to add photographs.


BREAKING NEWS 27/3/20

Have you seen this man? His name is Daniel Ipale. He has not been seen for some time. His last known where about was the Malaga in Eccles on a Wednesday evening 11th March 2020. He was carrying a bag with a hand gel.

He lives in Prestwich.

If you see him do not approach him. Give him a warm cup of milk.

Daniel

BREAKING NEWS 26/3/20

Only 13 chess players have joined our online Eccles Chess Club we need more to join via chess.com. Last night Steve Roberts arranged a tournament and there was interest shown. Chess.com is a very comprehensive platform but is not easy to follow. Thank you Steve for organizing it.


BREAKING NEWS 25/3/20

12 chess players have now joined chess.com online. We need more please try to encourage more to join. There was also chaos last night as chess players tried to join the tournament which was set up by Steve Roberts who is going to try to set up another one today. The link yesterday did not work but Steve is going to try another one today.


BREAKING NEWS 24/3/20

Chess.com is now being used by many of our members. Please encourage more to join. Eccles chess club is an online group which is part of chess.com please join our club. We need more tournaments to be set up please help. Steve Roberts has set up a tournament starts 6.30.p.m. today 20 minute game with 15 second increment.


BREAKING NEWS 23/3/20

There has been a club set up on chess.com everyone is encouraged to join. Simply log onto chess.com and then join Eccles chess club online. Add friends such as todopsa22, Straven23, p1nFork, Winwick, NotJudit, The_Vicar_1 who are all existing members we need people to organize tournaments online through chess.com please.


BREAKING NEWS 20/3/20

The woman who saved Eccles Chess Club!! Barbara Farrar is the woman who saved Eccles Chess Club. She did this almost single handed.

Barbara Farrar who saved Eccles Chess Club.

Eccles Chess Club at the end of last season was down to its last handful of members when Barbara Farrar decided enough was enough. She went on a recruitment campaign and encouraged, enticed and cajoled anyone and everyone who showed the slightest interest in chess to join Eccles Chess Club.

She ventured into the Crown & Anchor and signed up players such as Jules Irenge, Jody Heaton and Jason Cruz who were all going no where fast.

She even acquired chess players from Outer Mongolia such as Chagdarsuren Batbileg and she signed up other players from elsewhere.

Even now Eccles Chess Club is attracting new members such as Daniel Ipale from Prestwich.

Thank you Barbara for saving Eccles Chess Club.


BREAKING NEWS 19/3/20

Uproar broke out last night in Eccles as chess players argued over the rules. Almost everyone connected with chess knows the rule “touch and move”. This means once a piece has been touched it must be moved. That is what the rules say. It’s very clear. It does not mean it’s an illegal move. It does not mean the game is forfeited.

However last night turned into absolute turmoil as Andy Biscuit touched a piece then changed his mind. The rule “touch and move” was invoked by his opponent and then Andy resigned.

Barbara Farrar, the Arbiter then said it was an illegal move. She then changed her mind and the game was awarded against Andy.

Furthermore please note when a game is in progress no one should distract either of the players. Last night a game was in progress and Barbara, although trying to be helpful, said to the players that” it can’t be a rated game if there is it not timed by a clock.” The game was actually timed, but this intervention by Barbara alerted Jody Heaton that he had not pressed his clock after his move. He then pressed his clock after Barbara’s intervention.

On a further occasion Daniel Ipale interrupted a match by pointing to a knight. Fortunately his suggestion was of no value because it would have been a bad move if his suggestion was taken.


BREAKING NEWS 18/3/20

Daniel Ipale has sorted out the bags of chess pieces yesterday. Some were missing a rook, some were missing a bishop and some were missing a knight. Daniel found the missing pieces in other bags which had 3 rooks, bishops or knights. Thanks Daniel.

Daniel is visiting Eccles tonight.

Daniel
Daniel Ipale who sorted out the chess pieces and got them in a semblance of order.

BREAKING NEWS 17/3/20

Jules Irenge has been identified as the chess player who is fancied by one of our new members.

Jules who is also known as Octave is one of our stronger players and does not conform to orthodox openings when he plays.

He often does not castle early in the game. Jules is a popular member and attends on Tuesdays in Manchester and Wednesdays in Eccles. He is widely accepted as the second best looking chess player in the squad.


BREAKING NEWS 16/3/2020

Sandra Kelly has joined our group. Welcome Sandra! Sandra used to play chess with her brother many years ago. She is coming to our chess night for the first time on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Malaga in Eccles. Jody Heaton has offered to help her. Sandra is a nurse and has been for many years. She enjoys Salsa and Kizomba and has visited Africa.

” I have had the pleasure of knowing Sandra for a long time. She is a very kind and generous person and often puts other people before herself. She has a lovely personality and I can understand why she qualified as a nurse because she is so thoughtful.”

Quote from Nigel Holland

BREAKING NEWS 13/3/20

One of our chess friends on what’s app has taken a shine to another chess friend who is also on What’s app. It’s lovely to see it when 2 adult chess players get on so well.


BREAKING NEWS 10/3/20

Jody Heaton who recently went into self – isolation says he is coming out of self – isolation early. When asked about he just said ” Your just gonna have to hope for some luck!”


BREAKING NEWS 9/3/20

A decision on whether or not the match will go ahead will be released shortly. The terms of the match are close to agreement with the USA and they are as follows:

  • 6 players per side.
  • FIDE ratings 1450 – 1825 UK ratings 100-150
  • Date of Match Sunday 12 April
  • time control say 1 hour
  • format chess.com

BREAKING NEWS 6/3/20

Andy Biscuit has also self-isolated. This news follows from the news yesterday that Jody Heaton has gone into isolation. It hopefully will be nothing serious and we all wish Biscuit all the best and hope he comes out of the other side fine.


BREAKING NEWS 5/3/20

Jody Heaton has self-isolated. According to Barbara Farrar, one of our chess members, Jody Heaton has decided to self-isolate. If you see Jody do not approach him. Stay well back. If he sneazes run for it! There is no definitive evidence that Jody has caught the corona virus but he is just taking sensible precautions at this stage.


BREAKING NEWS 4/3/20

Daniel Ipale has been chosen to join us at our regular chess events. He has accepted the offer. Daniel has been playing chess at the Crown and Anchor in Hilton St in Manchester on Tuesdays. He plays with both white and black pieces and will be a great addition to the squad. Daniel has a multi-coloured hat.

Daniel
Daniel Ipale

BREAKING NEWS 3/3/20

A very famous celebrity is penciled in to formally open the chess match between USA v GB. The day of the match is getting closer and a senior member of the royal family may be asked to open proceedings. No definite decision has been made yet but Barbara and Jody are having a meeting on Wednesday and may decide what to do.


BREAKING NEWS 2/3/20

There is a very real and serious danger that the proposed match between USA and GB could be scuppered because of the Corona Virus threat. Billions of pounds have been written off the stock market and many lives have been lost in recent weeks. Discussions are still underway with our American friends regarding the match but it could be cancelled if the Corona Virus outbreak gets any worse. The match will be online so any contamination is unlikely but Leon Cox from GB has met face to face. Nevertheless the USA is not an area which is effected by a large extent. A meeting will be held on Wednesday between Leon Cox, Barbara Farrar and Jody Heaton to come to a decision.

Corona Virus
Corona virus threat

BREAKING NEWS 28/2/20

A robust reply has been received from the USA in regards to the arrangement of the forthcoming match. Negotiations are still in the infancy as regards time controls, rules, format ratings, conversion of ratings, date of match, how many players etc Help is needed at tonight’s meeting. Please attend. 1 Winwick Park Avenue, Winwick WA2 8XB 5.30pm to 8.30pm


BREAKING NEWS 28/2/20

There is going to be a committee meeting to be held for anyone interested in helping with the organising of the match USA v GB starting on Friday 28 February 2020. Location is my house 1 Winwick Park Avenue, Winwick WA2 8XB. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. We shall also be playing social chess during the evening. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. We have also been in touch with our counterparts in the USA and the response is disappointing. More information will be provided at our meeting.


BREAKING NEWS 27/2/20

We have had a response from the very high rated British chess player who we asked if he would play for us and we are delighted with his response.

He has agreed to turn out for the Great British team in their match against the USA. He will take one of the wild card places which are available.

We are now able to announce his name. This player is well known in Manchester chess circles and helped set up a weekly social chess group in the Crown and Anchor in Hilton St, Manchester every Tuesday. He is marathon runner and his name is Aidan Rawlinson.


The Marathon Runner – Aidan Rawlinson

This is a photograph of Aidan Rawlinson. If you carefully peer into his eyes you notice that Aidan does not even flinch as the American, known as the Hulk, violently smashes his fist through Aidan’s wall, with unprovoked aggressive tendencies.

Aidan is the kind of player we are looking for.

“Glad to be on board. Really impressed with the energy of Eccles chess and pleased to support where I am able.”

Aidan Rawlinson.

BREAKING NEWS 26/2/20

The Great British team have approached a very high rated British chess player in an attempt to improve their chances of victory. If this Manchester based player agrees to play he could take one of the 5 wild card places which are available. There is also a squad of 24 from which the team will be chosen from.

The team is hopeful of signing him up. As soon as information is available it will appear on this website so keep checking on here for further updates.

“If we are successful with this initiative our chances of winning the match will be much better. I hope it comes off.”

Nigel Holland

Marshalls Chess Club in New York have been sent the following letter. We await their response. See link below to their facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/marshallchessclub/posts/?ref=page_internal

Union Flag v Stars and Stripes

The chess match of the century GB v USA

Dear Sirs,

We are a group of chess players from Great Britain. We currently play for Winwick Chess Club, Eccles Chess Club and a social chess group who meet in The Crown & Anchor in Manchester.

We, collectively are challenging you, Marshalls chess Club in New York USA to a team chess match USA v GB.

We propose a match of 10 boards. Gradings to be agreed, played over the internet on the chess time app.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Holland

Bryan Quick is in charge of Tournaments at the Marshall Chess Club and he has written back to us in reply to our enquiry.

This is his response:

Hi Nigel,

Thank you for your inquiry. We are able to sometimes arrange matches between our members and other clubs.

Can you provide some more details about your club and what you’re hoping to do? (How many players, approximate FIDE ratings of the players, match format, date, time controls, etc?)

Regards,

Bryan

On receiving this we have replied immediately:

Thanks Bryan,

Great to hear from you please see our website which holds all that information:

Best wishes,

Nigel

The team against the USA will be picked from the squad of 24 below . However their are 5 additional wild card positions still up for grabs.

The Facilitator – Leon Cox

Leon Cox who is a member of both Winwick and Eccles chess clubs has jetted off to New York to open negotiations with the Yanks on the format of the match. He is planning to meet them on Wednesday 20th February 2020

Since writing the above Leon has visited Marshall Chess Club on 10th St and said the Americans are picking their team.

Leon is doing a great job helping to organise the match.

Leon said when he was in New York, he watched a player record his game using an app on his phone, Leon asked is this allowed?

The President – Stephen Farrar

A chess match Great Britain v USA is really needed.

The Proprietor – Gordon

The Hungarian – Peter Cornelia

Peter Cornelia from Warrington and a member of Winwick and Eccles Chess Club has suggested we use a chess website such as Lichess, chess.com or chess 24 etc.

Peter, above has suggested that you can work out a rough FIDE/ Elo grade by taking your ECF grade multiplying it by 7.5 and then adding 700.

He went on to explain that Grandmaster Grade is above 2450 FIDE he thinks.

Super GM like Carlsen are over 2700 minimum.

The Treasurer – Barbara Farrar

Barbara Farrar goes there.

When she heard what was proposed she just said ” Wow”

The Foot Lover – David Stuttard

Dave Stuttard is keen to play. Dave is from Warrington,

He plays for 4 teams. Chester, Liverpool, Eccles and Winwick.

The Biscuit – Andrew Malkowski

Andy Malkowski from Eccles may be considered to play.

The Outer Mongolian -Chagdarsuren Batbileg

Chagdarsuren Batbileg has emigrated from Outer Mongolia and works at Cheetham Hill and sells noodles. He is a member of Eccles Chess Club.

The Accountant – Nigel Holland

I have been looking forward to this competition for years and have been trying to arrange it without success. At last it looks like it will go ahead.

Nigel Holland

If I played chess for any country I would be prepared to break every bone in my body to do so. If I played for Great Britain I would be prepared to die.

Nigel Holland

The Soldier – Chris Lysons

Chris Lysons is a member at Eccles.

The Bronx Electrician – Daz Lindsay

Daz is from the Bronx but is playing for Great Britain now. He lives in Manchester.

The Gunslinger – Gerry Whitehead

Cool under pressure. Does not take prisoners. Mean and moody.

The Maverick – Jason Cruz

The Evertonian – Jody Heaton

Everton fan – a good reader of the game.

The Kid – Tom Maddox

The Wiley, Old Fox – Laurence Harold

If there is a chess match Great Britain v USA it is clear GB need the help of Harold Laurence.

The Keyboard Player – Oliver Lawrence

A prolific key board player.

The Smiler – Pauline Knott

She is known to smile during a chess match.

The Russian – Sasha Sosnowski

The Secretary – Michael J Fox

Ex Lawyer Michael J Fox

A chess match between Great Britain v USA is long overdue.

There have been some fantastic Chess Players from both Countries in the past such as Bobby Fischer from the United States and Enrique Flores from Great Britain.

On this side of the pond everyone is excited at the prospect of a games against the USA.

“Sounds cool, looking forward for it.”

Quote from Jules Irenge

The Philippinean – Marcial Flores

Toti Flores said: “Hopefully the 3rd attempt (at arranging the match) will be a success.”

The Mexican – Enrique Flores


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BREAKING NEWS 9/4/20

The history of chess goes back 1,500 years and covers some of the greatest minds in the world, Bobby Fischer, Capablanca, Gary Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen. Who devoted their entire lives to studying the game. However in just 4 hours chess software called Alpha Zero has self learnt the game from scratch and can now beat every human that ever existed on the planet and any other computer software.

Learn here about Alpha Zero.

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BREAKING NEWS 8/4/20

Chagdarsuren Batbileg from Outer Mongolia has just become a father for the first time. Congratulations!!

A son named Lundaa (meaning luck and good fortune) has been born.

Chagdarsuren was taught how to play chess by his Grandfather (Tsendorj) at 5 years of age.

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Chagdarsuren Batbileg

“I will love teaching Lundaa how to play chess and Lundaa will definitely be joining the club”Quote from Chagdarsuren

News by courtesy of Barbara Farrar.

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Barbara Farrar

BREAKING NEWS 7/4/20

A sensational chess match is on the cards between the 2 greatest chess players on our what’s app group. One of the players will be Marcial Flores and the other will be Aidan Rawlinson from the Crown & Anchor in Manchester. Steve Roberts will be the Arbiter and it will be held chess.com the best of 5 games. We will all have access and be able to watch the games. These 2 players have never faced each other before and it’s likely to be a fantastic competition.

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Aidan Rawlinson

If you want to watch the match join chess.com

BREAKING NEWS 6/4/20

Revealed at last!!!! The four reasons why Marcial Flores is an excellent chess player….. For years chess players have wondered in amazement why Marcial Flores wins so many games, now it has finally been made public exactly how he does it. The four ways he has been able to beat every body he plays are intrinsically simple and yet pure common sense:

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Marcel Flores aka Totti
  1. A passionate love for the game. From an early age Totti has studied the game he has spent many hours on it.
  2. Cognitive abilities Given that chess is an intellectual game, it would be surprising if highly intelligent people didn’t excel in chess more than less intelligent people.
  3. Confidence It is always impressive to see a great player like Totti bouncing back after a poor performance. This is a demonstration of self-confidence and absolute belief in himself and his quality of play. This aspect is very important in high-level competitions. Players with low self-esteem are more inclined to not recover easily from a loss in a tournament.
  4. Decision-making skills In a single game of chess, each player makes around 40 observable decisions (i.e., chess moves) and numerous covert decisions, such as those about strategy. So it’s possible that people who are generally good at making decisions have an advantage at chess such as Totti.

BREAKING NEWS 3/4/20

The Truth behind the sale of the Malaga Drift in Eccles!!

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Gordon owner of the Malaga Drift

Yesterday the chess world was up in arms after news broke that the Malaga Drift in Eccles was up for sale or rent. Sasha had announced to the world that he had seen a for sale sign or to let sign on the Malaga Drift building as he cycled past on his way to buy some fruit cider from Morrisons yesterday afternoon.

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Sasha

Sasha went on to say that he thinks that Gordon, the proprietor of the Malaga Drift, realizes the magnitude of the covid-19 problem on his income and decided to go. Sasha also said a”dickhead” might buy the Malaga Drift and kick the chess team out!

It actually turns out that the Malaga Drift is not up for sale. The sign Sasha saw has been there for 2.5 years and is for upstairs. Gordon has a 12 year lease. He asks Sasha to stop making up gossip.

Barbara was due to have a chat with Gordon and Peter blames it all on Chinese viruses.

Details of Government financial aid to businesses hit by the effects of the virus can be found here.


BREAKING NEWS 2/4/20

He has joined Eccles Chess Club only a few weeks ago and has completely transformed the Club with online competitions. His name is Steve Roberts! People are starting to ask…who exactly is Steve Roberts? Where is Steve Roberts from? What makes Steve Roberts tick? Will the real Steve Roberts please stand up? He has done a fantastic job for Eccles with his Tuesday and Wednesday night competitions on chess.com Thanks Steve for organizing it.

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Steve Roberts

BREAKING NEWS 1/4/20

David Stuttard from Warrington, has been told to stay indoors by his wife, who is a vegan. He was then told to stay indoors by Boris Johnson. As far as we can see he is still indoors. David, who supports Leicester City FC and Bury FC is a train spotter and also a foot lover. He is not a member of chess.com and has been very quiet recently.

David is a socialist and is currently not working. He is an excellent chess player and almost always wins. He has a degree in Maths.

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David Stuttard

BREAKING NEWS 31/3/20

It took some time but he has made it!! Congratulations to Daz Lindsay he has joined chess.com Daz is from the Bronx in New York and is a very cunning chess player. He thinks before every move and plays with purpose, gumption and attitude. Daz is a well liked member of Eccles Chess Club. He was signed up from the Crown & Anchor Social Chess Club in Hilton St Manchester.

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BREAKING NEWS 30/3/20

Chess online games go through the roof on chess.com lots of Eccles players and others are flocking online. Daniel Ipale would join if he could work out how to do it. He has been asking Barbara how to add photographs.


BREAKING NEWS 27/3/20

Have you seen this man? His name is Daniel Ipale. He has not been seen for some time. His last known where about was the Malaga in Eccles on a Wednesday evening 11th March 2020. He was carrying a bag with a hand gel.

He lives in Prestwich.

If you see him do not approach him. Give him a warm cup of milk.

Daniel

BREAKING NEWS 26/3/20

Only 13 chess players have joined our online Eccles Chess Club we need more to join via chess.com. Last night Steve Roberts arranged a tournament and there was interest shown. Chess.com is a very comprehensive platform but is not easy to follow. Thank you Steve for organizing it.

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BREAKING NEWS 25/3/20

12 chess players have now joined chess.com online. We need more please try to encourage more to join. There was also chaos last night as chess players tried to join the tournament which was set up by Steve Roberts who is going to try to set up another one today. The link yesterday did not work but Steve is going to try another one today.

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BREAKING NEWS 24/3/20

Chess.com is now being used by many of our members. Please encourage more to join. Eccles chess club is an online group which is part of chess.com please join our club. We need more tournaments to be set up please help. Steve Roberts has set up a tournament starts 6.30.p.m. today 20 minute game with 15 second increment.

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BREAKING NEWS 23/3/20

There has been a club set up on chess.com everyone is encouraged to join. Simply log onto chess.com and then join Eccles chess club online. Add friends such as todopsa22, Straven23, p1nFork, Winwick, NotJudit, The_Vicar_1 who are all existing members we need people to organize tournaments online through chess.com please.

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BREAKING NEWS 20/3/20

The woman who saved Eccles Chess Club!! Barbara Farrar is the woman who saved Eccles Chess Club. She did this almost single handed.

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Barbara Farrar who saved Eccles Chess Club.

Eccles Chess Club at the end of last season was down to its last handful of members when Barbara Farrar decided enough was enough. She went on a recruitment campaign and encouraged, enticed and cajoled anyone and everyone who showed the slightest interest in chess to join Eccles Chess Club.

She ventured into the Crown & Anchor and signed up players such as Jules Irenge, Jody Heaton and Jason Cruz who were all going no where fast.

She even acquired chess players from Outer Mongolia such as Chagdarsuren Batbileg and she signed up other players from elsewhere.

Even now Eccles Chess Club is attracting new members such as Daniel Ipale from Prestwich.

Thank you Barbara for saving Eccles Chess Club.


BREAKING NEWS 19/3/20

Uproar broke out last night in Eccles as chess players argued over the rules. Almost everyone connected with chess knows the rule “touch and move”. This means once a piece has been touched it must be moved. That is what the rules say. It’s very clear. It does not mean it’s an illegal move. It does not mean the game is forfeited.

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However last night turned into absolute turmoil as Andy Biscuit touched a piece then changed his mind. The rule “touch and move” was invoked by his opponent and then Andy resigned.

Barbara Farrar, the Arbiter then said it was an illegal move. She then changed her mind and the game was awarded against Andy.

Furthermore please note when a game is in progress no one should distract either of the players. Last night a game was in progress and Barbara, although trying to be helpful, said to the players that” it can’t be a rated game if there is it not timed by a clock.” The game was actually timed, but this intervention by Barbara alerted Jody Heaton that he had not pressed his clock after his move. He then pressed his clock after Barbara’s intervention.

On a further occasion Daniel Ipale interrupted a match by pointing to a knight. Fortunately his suggestion was of no value because it would have been a bad move if his suggestion was taken.


BREAKING NEWS 18/3/20

Daniel Ipale has sorted out the bags of chess pieces yesterday. Some were missing a rook, some were missing a bishop and some were missing a knight. Daniel found the missing pieces in other bags which had 3 rooks, bishops or knights. Thanks Daniel.

Daniel is visiting Eccles tonight.

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Daniel Ipale who sorted out the chess pieces and got them in a semblance of order.

BREAKING NEWS 17/3/20

Jules Irenge has been identified as the chess player who is fancied by one of our new members.

Jules who is also known as Octave is one of our stronger players and does not conform to orthodox openings when he plays.

He often does not castle early in the game. Jules is a popular member and attends on Tuesdays in Manchester and Wednesdays in Eccles. He is widely accepted as the second best looking chess player in the squad.


BREAKING NEWS 16/3/2020

Sandra Kelly has joined our group. Welcome Sandra! Sandra used to play chess with her brother many years ago. She is coming to our chess night for the first time on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Malaga in Eccles. Jody Heaton has offered to help her. Sandra is a nurse and has been for many years. She enjoys Salsa and Kizomba and has visited Africa.

” I have had the pleasure of knowing Sandra for a long time. She is a very kind and generous person and often puts other people before herself. She has a lovely personality and I can understand why she qualified as a nurse because she is so thoughtful.”Quote from Nigel Holland

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BREAKING NEWS 13/3/20

One of our chess friends on what’s app has taken a shine to another chess friend who is also on What’s app. It’s lovely to see it when 2 adult chess players get on so well.

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BREAKING NEWS 10/3/20

Jody Heaton who recently went into self – isolation says he is coming out of self – isolation early. When asked about he just said ” Your just gonna have to hope for some luck!”

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BREAKING NEWS 9/3/20

A decision on whether or not the match will go ahead will be released shortly. The terms of the match are close to agreement with the USA and they are as follows:

  • 6 players per side.
  • FIDE ratings 1450 – 1825 UK ratings 100-150
  • Date of Match Sunday 12 April
  • time control say 1 hour
  • format chess.com

BREAKING NEWS 6/3/20

Andy Biscuit has also self-isolated. This news follows from the news yesterday that Jody Heaton has gone into isolation. It hopefully will be nothing serious and we all wish Biscuit all the best and hope he comes out of the other side fine.

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BREAKING NEWS 5/3/20

Jody Heaton has self-isolated. According to Barbara Farrar, one of our chess members, Jody Heaton has decided to self-isolate. If you see Jody do not approach him. Stay well back. If he sneazes run for it! There is no definitive evidence that Jody has caught the corona virus but he is just taking sensible precautions at this stage.

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BREAKING NEWS 4/3/20

Daniel Ipale has been chosen to join us at our regular chess events. He has accepted the offer. Daniel has been playing chess at the Crown and Anchor in Hilton St in Manchester on Tuesdays. He plays with both white and black pieces and will be a great addition to the squad. Daniel has a multi-coloured hat.

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Daniel Ipale

BREAKING NEWS 3/3/20

A very famous celebrity is penciled in to formally open the chess match between USA v GB. The day of the match is getting closer and a senior member of the royal family may be asked to open proceedings. No definite decision has been made yet but Barbara and Jody are having a meeting on Wednesday and may decide what to do.


BREAKING NEWS 2/3/20

There is a very real and serious danger that the proposed match between USA and GB could be scuppered because of the Corona Virus threat. Billions of pounds have been written off the stock market and many lives have been lost in recent weeks. Discussions are still underway with our American friends regarding the match but it could be cancelled if the Corona Virus outbreak gets any worse. The match will be online so any contamination is unlikely but Leon Cox from GB has met face to face. Nevertheless the USA is not an area which is effected by a large extent. A meeting will be held on Wednesday between Leon Cox, Barbara Farrar and Jody Heaton to come to a decision.

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Corona virus threat


BREAKING NEWS 28/2/20

A robust reply has been received from the USA in regards to the arrangement of the forthcoming match. Negotiations are still in the infancy as regards time controls, rules, format ratings, conversion of ratings, date of match, how many players etc Help is needed at tonight’s meeting. Please attend. 1 Winwick Park Avenue, Winwick WA2 8XB 5.30pm to 8.30pm


BREAKING NEWS 28/2/20

There is going to be a committee meeting to be held for anyone interested in helping with the organising of the match USA v GB starting on Friday 28 February 2020. Location is my house 1 Winwick Park Avenue, Winwick WA2 8XB. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. We shall also be playing social chess during the evening. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. We have also been in touch with our counterparts in the USA and the response is disappointing. More information will be provided at our meeting.


BREAKING NEWS 27/2/20

We have had a response from the very high rated British chess player who we asked if he would play for us and we are delighted with his response.

He has agreed to turn out for the Great British team in their match against the USA. He will take one of the wild card places which are available.

We are now able to announce his name. This player is well known in Manchester chess circles and helped set up a weekly social chess group in the Crown and Anchor in Hilton St, Manchester every Tuesday. He is marathon runner and his name is Aidan Rawlinson.


The Marathon Runner – Aidan Rawlinson

This is a photograph of Aidan Rawlinson. If you carefully peer into his eyes you notice that Aidan does not even flinch as the American, known as the Hulk, violently smashes his fist through Aidan’s wall, with unprovoked aggressive tendencies.

Aidan is the kind of player we are looking for.

“Glad to be on board. Really impressed with the energy of Eccles chess and pleased to support where I am able.”Aidan Rawlinson.


BREAKING NEWS 26/2/20

The Great British team have approached a very high rated British chess player in an attempt to improve their chances of victory. If this Manchester based player agrees to play he could take one of the 5 wild card places which are available. There is also a squad of 24 from which the team will be chosen from.

The team is hopeful of signing him up. As soon as information is available it will appear on this website so keep checking on here for further updates.

“If we are successful with this initiative our chances of winning the match will be much better. I hope it comes off.” Nigel Holland

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Marshalls Chess Club in New York have been sent the following letter. We await their response. See link below to their facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/marshallchessclub/posts/?ref=page_internal
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The chess match of the century GB v USA

Dear Sirs,

We are a group of chess players from Great Britain. We currently play for Winwick Chess Club, Eccles Chess Club and a social chess group who meet in The Crown & Anchor in Manchester.

We, collectively are challenging you, Marshalls chess Club in New York USA to a team chess match USA v GB.

We propose a match of 10 boards. Gradings to be agreed, played over the internet on the chess time app.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Holland

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Bryan Quick is in charge of Tournaments at the Marshall Chess Club and he has written back to us in reply to our enquiry.

This is his response:

Hi Nigel,

Thank you for your inquiry. We are able to sometimes arrange matches between our members and other clubs.

Can you provide some more details about your club and what you’re hoping to do? (How many players, approximate FIDE ratings of the players, match format, date, time controls, etc?)

Regards,

Bryan

On receiving this we have replied immediately:

Thanks Bryan,

Great to hear from you please see our website which holds all that information:

Eccles Chess Home

Best wishes,

Nigel

The team against the USA will be picked from the squad of 24 below . However their are 5 additional wild card positions still up for grabs.

The Facilitator – Leon Cox

Leon Cox who is a member of both Winwick and Eccles chess clubs has jetted off to New York to open negotiations with the Yanks on the format of the match. He is planning to meet them on Wednesday 20th February 2020

Since writing the above Leon has visited Marshall Chess Club on 10th St and said the Americans are picking their team.

Leon is doing a great job helping to organise the match.

Leon said when he was in New York, he watched a player record his game using an app on his phone, Leon asked is this allowed?

The President – Stephen Farrar



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A chess match Great Britain v USA is really needed.

The Proprietor – Gordon

Gordon runs the Malaga Drift where we play from in Eccles.

The Hungarian – Peter Cornelia

Peter Cornelia from Warrington and a member of Winwick and Eccles Chess Club has suggested we use a chess website such as Lichess, chess.com or chess 24 etc.

Peter, above has suggested that you can work out a rough FIDE/ Elo grade by taking your ECF grade multiplying it by 7.5 and then adding 700.

He went on to explain that Grandmaster Grade is above 2450 FIDE he thinks.

Super GM like Carlsen are over 2700 minimum.

The Treasurer – Barbara Farrar

Barbara Farrar goes there.

When she heard what was proposed she just said ” Wow”

The Foot Lover – David Stuttard

Dave Stuttard is keen to play. Dave is from Warrington,

He plays for 4 teams. Chester, Liverpool, Eccles and Winwick.

The Biscuit – Andrew Malkowski

Andy Malkowski from Eccles may be considered to play.

The Outer Mongolian -Chagdarsuren Batbileg

Chagdarsuren Batbileg has emigrated from Outer Mongolia and works at Cheetham Hill and sells noodles. He is a member of Eccles Chess Club.

The Accountant – Nigel Holland

I have been looking forward to this competition for years and have been trying to arrange it without success. At last it looks like it will go ahead.

Nigel Holland

If I played chess for any country I would be prepared to break every bone in my body to do so. If I played for Great Britain I would be prepared to die.Nigel Holland

The Soldier – Chris Lysons

Chris Lysons is a member at Eccles.

The Bronx Electrician – Daz Lindsay

Daz is from the Bronx but is playing for Great Britain now. He lives in Manchester.

The Gunslinger – Gerry Whitehead

Cool under pressure. Does not take prisoners. Mean and moody.

The Maverick – Jason Cruz

The Evertonian – Jody Heaton

Everton fan – a good reader of the game.

The Kid – Tom Maddox

The Wiley, Old Fox – Laurence Harold

If there is a chess match Great Britain v USA it is clear GB need the help of Harold Laurence.

The Keyboard Player – Oliver Lawrence

A prolific key board player.

The Smiler – Pauline Knott

She is known to smile during a chess match.

The Russian – Sasha Sosnowski

The Secretary – Michael J Fox

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A chess match between Great Britain v USA is long overdue.

There have been some fantastic Chess Players from both Countries in the past such as Bobby Fischer from the United States and Enrique Flores from Great Britain.

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On this side of the pond everyone is excited at the prospect of a games against the USA.

“Sounds cool, looking forward for it.”

Quote from Jules Irenge

The Philippinean – Marcial Flores

Toti Flores said: “Hopefully the 3rd attempt (at arranging the match) will be a success.”

The Mexican – Enrique Flores

Enrique was born in Mexico, married a Scottish girl and lives in England. He has swum the channel.

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