Essex is taking part in the Southern Counties Chess Union zone along with Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex.
Our first match was at home to Middlesex on 8 November 2014. The teams were quite evenly matched on grades but Essex led after the first round by 8-4. However, the visitors put in a strong effort in the second round to reverse the scoreline and the match ended in a 12-12 draw.
There was also an encouraging turnout of extra players willing to play graded reserve games.