The chess match of the century
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:
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.
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:
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?)
Great to hear from you please see our website which holds all that information:
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
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.
The Treasurer – Barbara Farrar
When she heard what was proposed she just said ” Wow”
Dave Stuttard is keen to play. Dave is from Warrington,
He plays for 4 teams. Chester, Liverpool, Eccles and Winwick.
Andy Malkowski from Eccles may be considered to play.
Chagdarsuren Batbileg has emigrated from Outer Mongolia and works at Cheetham Hill and sells noodles. He is a member of Eccles Chess Club.
“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.“
Chris Lysons is a member at Eccles.
Daz is from the Bronx but is playing for Great Britain now. He lives in Manchester.
Cool under pressure. Does not take prisoners. Mean and moody.
Everton fan – a good reader of the game.
If there is a chess match Great Britain v USA it is clear GB need the help of Harold Laurence.
A prolific key board player.
She is known to smile during a chess match.
Ex Lawyer Michael J Fox
A chess match between Great Britain v USA is long overdue.
“Sounds cool, looking forward for it.”
Quote from Jules Irenge
Toti Flores said: “Hopefully the 3rd attempt (at arranging the match) will be a success.”