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Summary of Progress to Date (since October 2018)
  1. I had intended to provide statistics similar to those for my Bridge activities, but will wait to see what comes “free” with The ECF Grading Database ( There are plans to update this monthly from the beginning of 2020 - see ECF Monthly Grading Proposal (
  2. Enough for now to say that in 18Q4 I played 7 gradable games – 2 in the Southend League Division 1, 1 in the NECL Division 3, and 4 in the Billericay Club Championship, winning 4 and drawing 3 for an average rating of 151 which was confirmed by the ECF by the end of January 2019.
  3. These results are viewable by following the link above and searching on my name. Then click on the Ref and then - at the bottom of the page - on the pink-coloured bar8.
  4. Since then, results have nose-dived somewhat, and my rating is trending towards 132. In 19Q1 I played 12 gradable games – 5 in the Southend League Division 1, 4 in the NECL Division 3, 2 in the NECL Division 3, and 1 in the Billericay Club Championship, winning 3, drawing 5 and losing 4.

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Footnote 2: Footnote 3:
  • Though not sufficiently recently to appear on the ECF database (unless he should be the Colin Scott who played for Thurrock between 1994 and 2002, rated 124 dropping to 106, which isn’t what he told me!).
Footnote 4:
  • I visited Billericay Chess Club on 6th April 2011. There was a club match, so I couldn’t play any of the better players, but played a rather sad young man who hadn’t make the cut. It was interesting to see how rusty I was, though I won all four games. I had a chat with one of the committee-members afterwards, and left my email address. I didn’t hear back. However, I’ve recently (July 2018) made contact again and am now a fully signed-up and enthusiastic member.
  • The Billericay Club has an excellent website: see Billericay Chess Club ( It went into a hiatus November 2017 as its webmaster was busy, but now seems to have revived.
  • The club meets on Wednesdays at 19:30, now at Anisha Grange, though not in the summer months.
  • The website describes the club as having 11 active members with teams in the North Essex and Southend & District Leagues.
  • The club is not very strong: see the link on the NECL site (NECL: Billericay - 2017 (
  • At one time there was an IM (Richard Pert – BCF: Richard Pert (, FIDE: Richard Pert (; twin brother of GM Nick Pert (Wikipedia: Nick Pert (; main club Wood Green) rather loosely connected to the club by the look of things – but he’s no longer listed. The NECL site for 2017/8 listed a couple of Junior Perts; a family connection – as is confirmed by the BCF link above. However, they’ve shift allegiance to get more games.
Footnote 5:
  • But I don’t intend to get obsessed with gradings, but just want to play well and enjoy the game.
Footnote 8:
  • There appears to be a bug, as it currently (3rd April 2019) says 'No result details this year'. But if you then click on the previous year (for which there really are no results) and THEN on the current year, they will pop up.
  • I've raised this with the ECF! They hope to fix this along with the next revision, sometime later in April 2019.

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29

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