Leyland Rapidplay – Sunday 20th February

It is still not too late to enter the Leyland Rapidplay, which takes place on Sunday 20th February.

Leyland Rapidplay – Sunday 20th February 2022 at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland.

Six rounds, two tournaments, Major for those rated under 1900 and Minor for those rated under 1500.

Start at 10am, finish approx. 4.30pm.

For more information and how to enter, go to – Leyland Rapidplay 2022

45th Blackpool Chess Conference – It’s Back!

After the interuptions of the last couple of years, the Blackpool Chess Conference is back and will take place as usual at the Blackpool Imperial Hotel on Friday 11th March through to Sunday 13th March.

Five sections to enter, and with £6700 of prizes on offer, it remains one of the most prestigious chess congress events on the calendar.

Note that entries are limited to 400 players, so don’t delay, get your entry in now, you can enter online here.

The Imperial Hotel in Blackpool is situated on the resort’s quieter North Promenade, this traditional Victorian hotel offers spectacular views over the beaches to the Irish Sea, yet is only minutes from all the local attractions. The Imperial Hotel is Blackpool’s most prestigious, historic and well known hotel and regularly hosts celebrities from the stage & screen and hosts one of the largest weekend chess competitions in Britain.

David Welch – RIP (1945 – 2019)

It is with regret that we report the death of David Welch, former Chief Arbiter for the ECF. Many of us in the North West will have grown up playing our chess congresses and junior events with the every present David Welch and his fellow arbiter Peter Purland.

David was the Chief Arbiter at many of the Lancashire Congresses over many years. The Three Arbiters, as I called them, ever presents at Blackpool and Chorley were David, Peter and Geoff Jones.

Whilst I remember David for many of the events he was arbiting, adult and junior congresses; David was also the person who quizzed me for my Arbiter exam and alongside Peter provided the necessary tution for succesfully becoming an arbiter in my own right. I recall having to do three congresses, and then get David and Peter to sign off on my competence! A scary moment, as I recall!

Alas, we do not have a photo of David to hand, I am sure we will find one in the archives. Hopefully, Zeljka does not mind us reusing the photo from the ECF pages.

2009 Gibraltar Chess Festival – photo by Zeljka Malobabic