Sacha wins!

A nail-biting last round in the Open with no fewer than five players on the leading score of 4½/6 at start of play, ended with 14-year-old Sacha Brozel taking 1st place with a win over Viktor Stoyanov. IM Richard Pert and Rhys Cumming drew, while the fifth, John Merriman, lost to FM Bob Eames. =2nd, Rhys Cumming, IM Richard Pert, FM Bob Eames, Alan Punnett.

The top games are available from the Live Games link (right side panel). Click the game board header to navigate between rounds/games.

FOR YOUR DIARY: The 63rd Southend Congress will take place 19-22 April 2019.

Southend 2018 Full Prize List


1st Sacha Brozel 5½/7; £800.00

=2nd Rhys Cumming, IM Richard Pert, FM Robert Eames, Alan Punnett, 5/7; £175.00 each

Under 2000 Rating Prize Stephen Prior, 4/7; £50.00


1st Martin Fogg, 4½/7; £150.00

2nd Alexander Tsiapouris, 3/7; £75.00

3rd Michael Tsiapouris, 2½/7; £40.00


=1st David Smith, David Newell, 5½/7; £112.50 each

3rd Jeremy Brockes, 5/7; £40.00

Under 130 Grading Prize Urbi Modhura, 4/7; £50.00


=1st Timothy Allen, Purba Audhora, 5½/7; £112.50 each

3rd Levi Weston, 5; £40.00

U100 Grading Prize Madison Bowden, 5/7; £50.00


1st Christopher Willoughby, 6/7; £150.00

2nd Olga Latypova, 5½/7; £75.00

3rd Ethan Yau, 5/7; £40.00

Hotting up!

The battle for honours in Southend 2018 is hotting up, even if the weather isn't!

In the Open, at the end of Round 5, there were four players in the lead on 4 points. After Round 6, there are five leaders on 4½ and another five on 4 points; just one round to go. The top pairings are (4½ unless stated), Pert-Cumming,Stoyanov-Brozel, and Eames (4)-Merriman Follow these games live (11.00 am).

The U170, with only four entries, was rescued by convening a double round all-play-all event over six rounds. As there were already multiple requests for a bye in Round 4, the loss of one round was not noticed. Martin Fogg has won this section with a round to spare, having secured 4/5, while his nearest rival,  Alex Tsiapouris has 2½/5; they meet in the last round.

In the U145, David Newell leads with 5/6, followed by David Smith and Jeremy Brockes on 4½. The latter are a point clear of five players on 3½. The last round pairings match David Newell v Jeremy Brockes and David Smith v Stuart Ross (3½).

The U120 also has a keen finish in prospect. Essex Junior, Purba Audhora leads on 5½/6, closely followed by Tim Allen on 5 and Jenny Goldsmith on 4½. However, Jenny Goldsmith is "not paired" ín the last round, leaving Purba, playing Black v Levi Weston (4) and Tim with White against Graham White (4) to fight it out.

A quartet of Essex Juniors head the U95 section, led by Christopher Willoughby, 5/6, Olga Latypova, 4½ and Max Pert (Dad is joint lead the Open) and local lad Ethan Yau both on 4. However, with two "not paired" in the last round, in this small section there are only four pairings, giving rise to uneven match-ups. Without wishing to provoke "commentator's curse", we note that the final round pairings favour Christopher.

Final entry 111

The final entry in this year's Congress is 111 - in cricketing circles this number is known as Nelson: "one eye, one arm, one aim". This is a reduction on the 123 of each of the last two years and is put down to a clash with the Jersey Congress with a number of Southend "regulars" playing in there. Jersey does not normally conflict with Southend and if they take a liking for holding their event at Easter in future years, this could have serious implications for Southend.

The first day's experience with the Live Games boards went well with DGT's new version of the controlling software, LiveChess 2. The system lived up to DGT's claims of an improved interface and easier publication. The new publishing environment, LiveChess Cloud was certainly easy to use and the screen display has been received with popular acclaim. One advantage is that all completed rounds of an event remain available in addition to the current round, which was not the case with LiveChess 1, unless the webmaster provided downloadable pgn files for the earlier games. To access previous rounds, go to the Quick Links panel in the right sidebar and click on one of the Live Games links, then click on the header above the game board and select the round number. This panel also gives an alternative way of selecting the game to view, in addition to the navigation buttons below the board.

Ton up!

Entries have now sailed past the ton, with the Open also hitting a half century. A little way to go to match 138 in the previous two years, but perhaps we will get close.

The U170 section is the least well-supported, with, as we write, just four takers. This looks odds on to get merged with the Open, but we shall see how things look in the morning.

We have now added the Pairings & Results page, ready for the morning's Kick Off. The Quick Links menu in the right side bar is the easiest way to keep up with the action over the weekend.

Going Live!

During the Congress, we will be broadcasting Live Games from the top three boards in the FIDE Open each round.

The Live Games from the 2018 Congress menu will offer two options: either the game board within the site template, or game board without template, i.e. on a plain screen full-width. Select the 2018 Congress from the left menu bar, then select again and choose either 'Live Games' or 'Live Games no template'. Or use the links below! Games begin daily at 11.00 am and 4.00 pm Fri-Sun and 11.00 am on Monday.

When you get to the game board, you can navigate between games by clicking on the title bar, or by using the navigation buttons below the board. You can even flip the board!

This feature uses the new LiveChess software from DGT, broadcast through DGT's LiveChess Cloud. However, it is browser sensitive: DGT have tested it with Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. It also works well with Opera. However, it doesn't work so well with IE11, which is being phased out anyway.

Live Games | Live Games no template

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Quick links

You can find these features on the 2018 Congress menu, or simply click the links below!

Linked features are available now. Non-linked features will be available in due course.

We have access to a small number of sensory boards and are broadcasting the top three games in the FIDE Open each round. This new DGT LiveChess Cloud format is best viewed with Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera, but it doesn't work so well with IE11. To select the games for each round, click on one of the above links, then click on the header above the board view.

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 The Southend Congress

 by Citymapper