English Chess Federation announces English Championships in May, the British Championship in August, and the relaunched ECF Grand Prix from July 2022 to June 2023, all supported by Chessable.
The first in the series of Chessable supported events will be the English Championships which are scheduled to take place in May, with the English Seniors on 4th-8th May and the English and English Women’s Championships on 19th-22th May 2022.
All of the English Championship events will take place at the Holiday Inn in Kenilworth, with what is looking like a very strong field competing for the various English titles.
The English Seniors is back as the first of the Championship events with the first Seniors Championship since 2019, including separate sections for players aged 50+ and 65+.
IM Paul Littlewood and Kevin Bowmer (above, left and right) will be defending their titles in the two sections. GMs Hebden and Arkell are amongst the others competing. There will also be a trophy and title award for the top performing female player in each section. The congress will be ECF and FIDE rated with a total of seven rounds over the five days.
The seniors’ events will be followed two weeks later by the Chessable English Championships and Chessable English Women’s Championships which will take place on 19th-22nd May 2022 at the same venue in Kenilworth.
The Open Championship will be first English Championships since Duncan Lawrie sponsored the first and, so far only, English Chess Championship competition in December 1991 in Hammersmith. The first English Championship was an eight-player knockout won by GM Nigel Short.
The Women’s Championship will be the next in the series of highly successful events from the first event in 2016 to the previous Championships in 2019 in Hull, won on tie-break by WGM Katarzyna Toma, with Louise Head coming second. Katarzyna Toma (below right), Louise Head (below left), WIM Lan Yao (below middle). (starting ranking lists for both Open and Women’s events can be found below)
Chessable English Chess Championship 2022 – Starting rankings:
|1||GM||Hebden Mark L||ENG||2533|
|2||IM||Harvey Marcus R||ENG||2530|
|3||IM||Pert Richard G||ENG||2517|
|4||IM||Wadsworth Matthew J||ENG||2493|
|5||IM||Roberson Peter T||ENG||2484|
|6||FM||Willow Jonah B||ENG||2462|
|7||IM||Jackson James P||ENG||2439|
|9||GM||Arkell Keith C||ENG||2437|
|10||FM||Ashton Adam G||ENG||2427|
|11||Hackner Oskar A||ENG||2425|
|12||GM||Wells Peter K||ENG||2414|
|14||FM||Haydon David L||ENG||2373|
|17||Boswell Jacob Connor||ENG||2234|
|18||FM||Thompson Ian D||ENG||2201|
|20||Duncan Patrick C M||ENG||2125|
|21||Ireland David J||ENG||2124|
|24||Wells Daniel J||ENG||2057|
|27||Zheng Harry Z||ENG||1971|
Chessable Women’s English Chess Championship 2022:
|2||Dicen Elis Denele||ENG||1957|
|6||Catabay Mae Katelyn Rose||ENG||1768|