Bill D'Costa

It is very sad to report that Bill D'Costa passed away on 18th July. He was 84. Although long retired from chess activities Bill was once a vibrant part of the Hertfordshire chess community - and a Herts junior team captain in the 1990's. He had four children including IM Lorin D'Costa. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The funeral was held on Friday 3rd August at 11am at St Mary's Church, 6 Melbourn Road, Royston SG8 7DB.


The AGM takes place from 7.30 pm on Tuesday 24th July in the first floor committee room at the Salisbury Arms Hotel, Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1BZ.

John Leake

It is sad to advise that John Leake passed away on Friday 5th July in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. He had been ill for some time but his condition deteriorated and he withdrew from all chess activities two years ago. John was an extremely able administrator and supported chess activity in and beyond the county for over 30 years.
His funeral is at 3.15 pm Friday 20th July at Vale Crematorium, Luton.

County Championships

The message below is published here on behalf of Alex Holowczak.

Thank you to those who responded to the original questionnaire.

After consulting with the ECF Board, players, captains, counties and unions, the first stage of this process generated results that have enabled us to come up with proposals contained in this consultation.


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HCA Meetings
League Fixtures
ECF Game Fee
Herts & District League
County Teams
Herts Closed Championships