Happy New Year!

Back from holiday, but there’s not a lot of chess news for you.   One of the few Suffolk players who has remained active over the festive period is Silas Peck.   He played in the CCF (Coulsdon) Christmas Tournament, winning the u1950 section with a perfect 5/5.

Then, last weekend, he travelled to Hastings to play in the Weekend Major.   He only played in three of the five rounds but, aided with a bye, scored 3½/5.

If anyone else has played in any tournaments recently, please let me know.

Some dates to note:

This coming weekend (11/12 January) sees the regular treks to Hinckley and Daventry for Suffolk players in the 4NCL.

On Sunday 19 January, the EACU Team Championships take place at Whittlesford.   Teams of four (usually from a club, but not necessarily) can play in the Open, u600 and u500 sections.   For more details, contact Patrick Ribbands.

The Under 160s play at Newmarket on Sunday 26 January, whilst the First Team and the Under 100s play a week later on Sunday 2 February.

The following Sunday, 9 February, sees the Norfolk Rapidplay, at Oulton.   Contact John Charman for details.

On Sunday 16 February, there’s a Training Day for Under 11s, at Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds and on the following Sunday, 23 February, the Bury St Edmunds Junior Congress takes place at the same venue.

Finally, on Sunday 2 March, the First Team and Under 100s play at Newmarket, whilst the Suffolk Junior Open Championships take place on the same day at Woodbridge School.

So, it’s a busy period for the next couple of months, mainly on Sundays.

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