15th May 2015
4th Hastings and St Leonards Weekend Chess Tournament 2016
See here for information
10th May 2015
SCCU and ECF Report
Julie Denning has written a report on the SCCU Executive Committee and ECF Finance Council Meetings held in April 2016. It may be found in the Downloads section
The MSCL AGM will be held at Lewes Chess Club on:Tuesday the 21st of June 2016 at 7.45pm
atSt Mary's Supporters Club, Christie Road, Lewes, Sussex BN7 1PL
As usual the Committee welcome proposals for rule changes and they need to be received by Saturday 21 May in order to provide time for the committee to review and clarify, if necessary, in advance of the AGM. Please ensure that any proposals take full account of the existing rules and clearly identify the changes, additions and removals which are required to effect. Please also provide a clear rationale which can be published with the proposal.
Note that Rule Change Proposals should be approved by your club's committee.
The draft minutes of the 2015 AGM and the rules of the League and KO cup can be found under Downloads and Rules respectively.
ECF Game fees
A reminder that players who are not ECF members and have played more than 6 times this season can save money either individually or for their Club by becoming ECF bronze members by the 30th of June.
9th May 2015
Congratulations to Worthing 2 on winning the Second Division
Hastings & St Leonards 3 narrowly defeated Woodpushers 1 in the last league match to be played, thus remaining in the second division.
6th May 2015
Congratulations to Sussex University 1 winning the Fourth Division
3rd May 2015
Leicester City Brighton & Hove 1 wins First Division
All the first division matches have now been completed and Brighton & Hove 1 have become the Division 1 Champions. Congratulations to themThe last match to be posted saw Horsham 1 beating Crowborough 1, giving them second place on game point difference, Crowborough themselves avoiding a relegation position, also only on game points.
1st May 2015
The third division matches have been completed
Uckfield 1 is the winning team
Congratulations to all their players
27th Feb 2015
Ian Comley has set up a new chess blog. There is a link to it on the External Sites page
18th December 2015
91st Hastings International Chess Congress 28th December 2015 - 5th January 2016
Details of the Hastings Congress may be found here: Hastings Chess
28th October 2015
The Results Form has been updated and improved. It my be found in the Downloads section. It is now functions as a template
Please also note the change in contact email for Worthing
23rd October 2015
The first set of results for the new season have been uploaded. They may be found in the Tables section
Details for Crowborough and Sussex have been updated in the Clubs section
19th October 2015
Team captains may be interested to know that there is a new results form available, together with a guide on how to use it. Please visit the download section
14th October 2015
The rules for the new season are now available for download from the Rules section. Note in particular the introduction of a new time control as agreed at the AGM.
The Download section is now functional and the latest version of the draft AGM minutes can also be downloaded.
13th October 2015
The nominations for the new season are now available. The table is designed to be displayed on a variety of screen types. Please let me know if you have difficulty viewing it. The new rules will follow shortly
30th September 2015
There has been a number of changes to the website recently. It has been re-located to a new host, Orion Arts and has been made more mobile friendly, so now you should be able to view it comfortably on any device.
The fixtures for the new season have been posted, and some updates to the club pages.
There will be more changes in the coming weeks as old pages are updated. Please contact the Web Editor if you have any comments
2nd September 2015
They have relocated to a new venue. See the club's page for details
2nd Hastings and St Leonards Weekend Chess Tournament 2015
This annual event will be held at the weekend of 31th October and 1st November
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Entry is available for any chess player graded under 160 ECF
An entry form can be obtained from the Hastings and St Leonards website
26th August 2015
Visit the SCCA page to download their new pamphlet
13th August 2015
The Bloomsbury Group and the ancient history of Lewes Chess Club
29th July 2015
Please note the draft minutes of the AGM may not be complete and are under review until further notice. An updated version will be posted in due course
25th July 2015
The draft minutes of the AGM have been posted. Visit the Past Seasons link under ARCHIVES in the main menu where you will be able to download it in pdf format. You can also find the results etc for the past season
7th July 2015
The list of winners of tankards for best performances for the season has been posted. They were presented by Don Grant at the AGM. The table may be viewed here.
12th June 2015
The 30th Crowborough Chess Congress will take place on Saturday 12th September 2015 at The Crowborough Community Centre.
Visit the website for more information
11th June 2015
Please take note of the ECF membership deadline for 2014/15.
Click here for more information
9th June 2015
The agenda for the forthcoming AGM has been published. It may be found in the Downloads section in .doc format
The First Team captain and Main contact have changed at Haywards Heath. Please view their page for details.
15th May 2015
Knock Out Competition
The final of the Handicap Knock Out was held yesterday which was dramatically won by grading advantage, the game scores being equal. See Results for the full table.
Congratulations to Brighton & Hove
The AGM will be held on 23rd June.
The venue is Lewes Chess Club, as in previous years.
Refer to the Club pages for access details, and please note in particular that the club does not open until 7.30pm
14th May 2015
The Division 1 table is now complete. Congratulations to Worthing First Team - the 2015 champion
6th May 2015
The missing result from Division 4 has now been posted, which leaves only one match remaining. Brighton and Hove 4 cannot be overtaken so has effectively won
2nd May 2015
AGM Notice for Rule Changes Reminder
Please note that any proposed rule changes must be submitted by 11th May
30th April 2015
Please check the crosstable for division 3 in particular for up to date scores, as some errors crept in a month or so ago. My apologies, it has now been corrected.
29th April 2015
It looks like Worthing cannot now be caught for the Division 1 championship
26th April 2015
AGM Notice for Rule Changes
Please note that any proposed rule changes must be submitted by 11th May
Can clubs make suitable arrangements to ensure that the trophies are available at the AGM for presentation Nominations
Belatedly a new table has been generated which details nominations throughout the season under Rule 4.2.2. Click on Nominations in the main menu and select it from the sidebar
7th April 2015
Click here for an announcement about the AGM
16th March 2015
Ian Comley has announced he will be standing down as League Secretary at the next AGM. His contribution to the smooth running the League over the last 5 years or so will be greatly missed. Click here to read his statement
31st January 2015
See the Results and Fixtures pages for the most recent match results in the MSCL. The crosstables have been modified so that the teams appear in order of current standing instead of alphabetically
27th January 2015
The ECF January grading list has been published. The Results form and notes have been updated and are available from the link in the menu above and the following link:
24th January 2015
The 4th Bexhill Weekend Chess Tournament will be held on the weekend of 28th February / 1st March. Information about it may be found here
13th January 2015
The first result of the year has been posted in Division 1
12th January 2015
Haywards Heath Chess Club Update
Please check the club's page as the directions for finding the club room have been revised.
28th December 2014
Haywards Heath Chess Club Moves
Haywards Heath have now left the United Services Club and will reconvene at HH Methodist Church on Perrymount Road from Wed 7th Jan 2015.
Visit the club’s page for the updated details.
Unless notified otherwise matches will be in the Sussex Room. The best way to access this is via the side road on the North side of the church that leads to the car park behind the church. There is a side door with a doorbell marked Sussex Room. Once through the door, turn first left into the Boltro Room and go through to the Sussex Room.
The car park at the rear of the church is free. No alcohol is allowed on the premises, but the bright lights of the Broadway are a short stroll away if people fancy a pint to celebrate/ recover from their games.
21st December 2014The Download section has been updated showing all files created over the years. They are in one or more of the following formats: pdf, doc, xls, xlsx
19th December 2014
The Knock-out Cup result table has been extended to show the total grading difference between the teams and the score required to win the match. The fixture table has also been updated.
18th December 2014
The results of all league matches for 2014 have been uploaded. The fixture tables now summarise the results for the first half of the season.
The notes on grading have been updated and the link has been added to the Menu under Externals
24th November 2014
Contact details for Lewes 1st team and East Grinstead 2nd team captains have been updated. Please check the club pages.
The cross-tables of early results are now in place. Check the Results pages.
18th November 2014
The results pages have been updated.
Knock Out competition Rule ClarificationThe committee has made a ruling about the grading of players who only have rapidplay grades. It can be read here
28th October 2014
There is a new results form which may be downloaded via the link in the menu above. Instructions on how to use it may be found here
26th October 2014
The first results for the 2014 / 15 season can be found here
17th October 2014
The fixtures for the 2014 / 15 season can be found here
Mind Sports International World Chess Championship
MSI World Chess Championships are being held in London ExCel.
To sign up for this event click here Mind Sports International - World Championship
We would love for you to post this event on your page(s) (Facebook, Twitter, Website), invite your chess comrades, and attend this World Class Chess competition!
For more information on this event please go to our home page to find out more. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you at this amazing Chess Championship!
Information supplied by Christopher Roush
ECF Council Meeting
The AGM of the English Chess Federation was held on 11th October. Our Fixtures Secretary Julie Denning chaired the meeting and her unofficial write-up can be found here: (to follow)
The main points concerning the Mid Sussex League were:
Dominic Lawson was elected president of the ECF.
The motion "competitions where adjudication is possible will not be ECF-graded from 1st July 2015" was lost by 85 votes for and 138 against in the final card vote.
McArthur Cup and Paul Watson Trophy
Events organised by the Sussex County Chess Association
ENTRIES CLOSE ON MONDAY 20 OCTOBER for the McArthur Cup and Paul Watson Trophy The McArthur Cup is the Sussex County Chess Association's premier event, a 6-board K.O.
The Paul Watson Trophy is a 4-board K.O. for teams with average ECF grade less than or equal to 150
Further details from
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Knoll Knights have not entered a team this year, but they remain members of the league.
Crowborough have reduced their team entries from 4 to 2.
Sussex University have entered a new team in division 4, after many years of absence in the MSCL. They have nominated Thursday for their home matches.
Another new Sussex club has formed in Henfield. They are casual players and will not enter a team in the MSCL this season. See this article
Three of our clubs now have websites, leaving only four that don't, out of thirteen. Here are links to them. Contact details of all the MSCL clubs can be found on the Club pages on this site.
We retain 4 divisions this season. Normally there is a 2-up / 2-down scenario between divisions, but Lewes 1 remain in Division 1 to compensate for the loss of Knoll Knights. This gives us a spread of 10, 9, 9 and 8 teams in Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
The AGM of the English Chess Federation will be held on 11th October. Our Fixtures Secretary Julie Denning will attend on behalf of the Mid Sussex League, Sussex County Chess Association and Crowborough Congress and she has voting rights for all of these. Dominic Lawson of Lewes is standing for president. Please make Julie aware of your opinions concerning the ECF.