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.


Open the attached newsletter to keep up to date with HCA activity. There's news on:

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

Herts AGM 2016-17

The Annual AGM was held at the Salisbury Arms Hotel in Hertford on Friday 14th July. The main points of the meeting are as follows:

1. Mike Price reported that the finances are in decline due to a drop in Vice Presidents and losses from the county teams. As a result VP frees were increased to £10 (from £7.50) and the club affilliation fee from £10 to £20.

2. Two motions were passed - AGM proposals now need a seconder, and the proposal deadline has been extended from May 1st to June 1st.

Several Officers Retired:


ECF county Quarter-Finals - u120s the only survivors

The county quarter-finals are now completed, and sadly despite fielding 3 teams thanks to successful qualifying campaigns, 2 fell at the first hurdle. The u160s lost by the narrowest of margins 7.5 - 8.5 to Yorkshire in a nail-biting contest, while the u140s went to Derby and lost 6-10 to Lancashire. However the u120s made a trip to Northampton where they recorded a fine 8-4 win over Nottinghamshire, and now face Essex at home in the semi-finals on June 10th.