Results 12th, 14th January: Sam on top form

Sam was on top form this week: he won this week’s Tuesday Arena tournament. He retains his lead at the top of the Ladder too. Results of the week’s online chess tournaments on 12th and 14th January; the Ladder latest; and links to the next two online tournaments on 19th and 21st January.

Online rapid-play tournament results this week 12th, 14th January 2021

Our two regular weekly tournaments online at lichess.org: the Tuesday Arena on 12th January, and the 5-round Swiss on the 14th.

Results of Tuesday Arena 12th January 2021: Sam 100%

14 of us participated in this week’s Arena Tournament on Tuesday 12th January 2021, online at lichess.org. Congratulations to Sam Murphy, this week’s winner who came first by an extremely narrow margin, closely followed by David Culliford (‘djc202’) 2nd. Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) came 3rd. Sam and David both had 12 points, but Sam had a higher tournament performance rating and had a 100% win ratio. David did squeeze in an impressive nine games during the hour though! Graham also did well to get 7 games in!

5-round Swiss results 14th January

11 of us played in Thursday’s 5-round Swiss. A good week for 2 of our club members who now live overseas. Congratulations to New Zealand-based Kev Byard on winning with a formidable five out of five wins. Well done too Keith Gregory (‘KeithDFG’) 2nd, and Belgium-based John Zastapilo 3rd.

Forthcoming online tournaments

Details of the next two online tournaments for club members at lichess.org.

Tuesday Arena, 19th January 2021, 8pm

This is our regular weekly rapid play online tournament in which players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. 8pm start. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

5-round Swiss, 21st January 2021 at 8pm

Our next 5-round online Swiss Tournament is on Thursday 21st January 2021. This starts at 8pm at lichess.org. Players have an initial 7 minutes each per game plus a 3-second increment per move (that is, about ten minutes each). Click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

The Lichess Ladder Latest: 10th January 2021: Sam still in the lead

Tournament organiser Nobby George reports on results of the week’s games: see below, and the updated Ladder is on our Ladder Tournament Page.

  • Joseph Henbury:  1  Patrick Pavey:  0
  • Rob Strachan:  1  Don Creasey:  0
  • Manoj Chandar:  1  Maha Chandar:  0
  • John Kooner:  1  Nobby George:  0
  • Peter Przybycin 1  Steve Dunleavy  0.

Book Prize Tournament Round 5

Book Prize Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin announces the pairings for the 5th Round of the club tournament.

Round four of the Book Prize Tournament is now complete.

Round 4 Results

WhiteBlack
Rob Strachan1-0Suzan Dunleavy
Don Creasey1-0Steve Saunders
John Kooner1-0Nobby George
Mike Henbury1-0Geoffrey Parish
Keven Lamb1-0Rob Sims
Rose Saunders1-0Steve Dunleavy
The Book Prize Tournament, Round 4

Scores to date:

  • John Kooner 4
  • Rob Strachan 4
  • Mike Henbury 3
  • Keven Lamb 3
  • Rob Sims 2½
  • Rose Saunders 2½
  • Don Creasey 2
  • Steve Dunleavy 1
  • Nobby George 1
  • Steve Saunders 1
  • Suzan Dunleavy 0
  • Geoffrey Parish 0

To see the individual results for the tournament round by round, see the Book Prize Tournament Page.

Round 5 Pairings

  • Nobby George v Rose Saunders
  • Mike Henbury v Suzan Dunleavy
  • Don Creasey v Steve Dunleavy
  • John Kooner v Keven Lamb
  • Steve Saunders v Geoffrey Parish
  • Rob Sims v Rob Strachan

Deadline for finishing round five is Saturday 6th February 2021.

Rob Strachan and John Kooner still have perfect scores. Will this change in round five?

All the best,

Peter.

Steve Dunleavy (left) presents the Knockout Trophy to Peter Przybycin
Peter Przybycin (right) is the Book Prize Tournament organiser

Rules Recap

  • The Book Prize Tournament is an all-play-all contest, so with 12 players that makes 11 Rounds.
  • Although players will sometimes play consecutive games with the same colour, each player will end up having played at least 4 games as white.
  • Each Round should be completed within 3 weeks, but there can be some flexibility.
  • The games are to be played online – on lichess.org.
  • The time control is 90 minutes each per game.
  • The winner (or white if drawn) should notify Peter of the result.

Results 5th, 7th January 2021

Results of the week’s online chess tournaments on 5th and 7th January; Sam takes the lead in the Ladder; and links to the next two online tournaments on 12th and 14th January.

Online rapid-play tournament results this week 5th, 7th January 2021

Our two regular weekly tournaments online at lichess.org resumed, with the Tuesday Arena on 5th January, and the 5-round Swiss on the 7th.

Results of Tuesday Arena 5th January 2021

13 of us participated in this week’s Arena Tournament on Tuesday 5th January 2021, online at lichess.org. Congratulations to Joe Henbury, this week’s winner who came first by an extremely narrow 1 point margin, closely followed by Sam Murphy 2nd, and David Culliford (‘djc202’) 3rd.

5-round Swiss results 7th January

11 of us played in Thursday’s 5-round Swiss. Congratulations to Keith Gregory (‘KeithDFG’) on winning with a formidable five out of five wins. Well done too New Zealand-based Kev Byard on 2nd, and Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) 3rd.

Forthcoming online tournaments

Details of the new year’s first two online tournaments at lichess.org.

Tuesday Arena, 12th January 2021, 8pm

This is our regular weekly rapid play online tournament in which players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. 8pm start. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

5-round Swiss, 14th January 2021 at 8pm

Our next 5-round online Swiss Tournament is on Thursday 14th January 2021. This starts at 8pm at lichess.org. Players have an initial 7 minutes each per game plus a 3-second increment per move (that is, about ten minutes each). Click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

The Lichess Ladder Latest: 10th January 2021: Sam takes the lead

Tournament organiser Nobby George reports on results of the week’s games: see below, and the updated Ladder is on our Ladder Tournament Page.

  • Rob Sims:  1  Andrew Vagg:  0
  • Sam Murphy:  1  Patrick Pavey:  0
  • Joseph Henbury:  1  Don Creasey  0
  • Keven Lamb:  0  Peter Przybycin:  1.
  • John Kooner:  1  Maha Chandar: 0 

England Womens Chess Team

Chandler’s Ford players in the official English Chess Federation England online women’s team! Also in this article, the Queen’s Gambit TV series, and the film Queen of Katwe.

The England Women team on Lichess

The England Women ECF team on lichess.org

There is an online lichess.org team exclusively for women, open to women and girls of all abilities. It is well subscribed, and there are currently 253 members. Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s own Rose Saunders and Maha Chandar are two of them.

See the English Chess Federation article about the team: England Women’s Team – English Chess Online

The captain of the English Women club on lichess.org is Jovanka Houska (‘ButterflyQueen’). The club is the official English Chess Federation women’s team on lichess.org. The team is open to women and girls of all abilities. Click on the button below to go to the team on lichess.org.

Jovanka Houska at the London Chess Classic 2012
Jovanka Houska is the captain of the England Women Club on lichess.org. Pictured at the London Chess Classic 2012 (Kev Lamb)

English Rose takes on Libya

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club player Rose Saunders plays for the England Women ECF team on lichess.org. And she’s won games for the England team! Rose tells her story:

Now I have joined the women’s team, I’m getting more out of playing chess. I have played  two matches. The first against Libya. There were five teams on our side and we played nine games. We won all our games. I played two and won both. Another day I played against Seventy one players from different women’s teams from all over the world. I played thirteen games. Won two and drew two. I was placed Forty first. The games were each three minutes. So fast, but I liked it and enjoyed the experience. I will certainly play again with the women’s team.

Rose Saunders
Rose Saunders in chess match
Rose Saunders plays Rob Strachan in the Chandlers Ford C vs D team match 1st October 2019

Chandler’s Ford’s Maha Chandar regularly plays for the England Women team , most recently on 3rd January.

3rd January 2021: Maha Chandar of Chandler’s Ford Chess Club plays in the England Women team

The Queen’s Gambit

The media sensation of 2020 on Netflix – The Queen’s Gambit – tells the story of a fictional female chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, as she becomes a chess champion. The 7-episode series is based on the novel by Walter Tevis, The title refers to the Queen’s Gambit chess opening. See the official series trailer on YouTube: The Queen’s Gambit | Official Trailer | Netflix – YouTube.


The Queen of Katwe

This 2016 film of a female chess player is based on a real story – that of Ugandan girl Phiona Mutesi, who triumphs from adversity in the Kampala slum area Katwe. See IMDb website article about the film, and also the Disney Official Trailer on YouTube


Female chess players are heavily outnumbered by their male counterparts in chess. Female players number about 15% in FIDE (see: statistics – Is it true that Chess is generally more played by men? – Chess Stack Exchange). Hopefully the increased interest in chess due to The Queen’s Gambit and the depiction of female leads in TV and film media about chess, as well as the experiences of our own club’s Maha and Rose, will encourage more girls and women to play chess.

Lichess Ladder 3rd January 2021

In our first post of 2021, the latest Lichess Ladder Tournament standings.

The chess games of the club’s Lichess Ladder Tournament are played online on lichess.org.

The Lichess Ladder started on 27th November 2020, and will be updated each Sunday.

The time control is 90 minutes per player in each game. A player may challenge up to 4 places above, and if the challenger wins the two players swap places on the Ladder (otherwise they stay perched on their current rungs). The Challenger has the White pieces.

Lichess Ladder 3rd January 2021

Ladder organiser Nobby George reports a busy week in the tournament, with 5 games played:

  • Manoj Chandar: 1  Rose Saunders: O
  • Sam Murphy: 1  Steve Saunders: 0
  • John Kooner: 1  Maha Chandar: 0
  • Joseph Henbury: 1  Keven Lamb: 0
  • Steve Dunleavy: 0  Don Creasey: 1

See the Ladder Page for full current standings list of the 17 players as of 3rd January. Patrick Pavey retains top slot as we go into 2021. The Ladder Page is updated weekly.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone. Results from Tuesday’s Arena tournament online at lichess.org, plus a look back at a highlight from 2020 (there weren’t many…). And looking ahead, to next week’s online tournaments.

Results of tournament Tuesday 29th December 2020

10 of us participated in this week’s Arena Tournament on Tuesday 29th December, online at lichess.org. Congratulations to Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’), who came first with an awesome score of 20. Graham made good use of the Arena format’s ‘Berserk‘ function (in which you trade in half your time in a game for the chance of a bonus point –IF you win). Well done too Mike Henbury (‘Ewokmike’) 2nd, and John Kooner 3rd.

Forthcoming online tournaments

Details of the new year’s first two online tournaments at lichess.org.

Tuesday Arena, 5th January 2021, 8pm

This is our regular weekly rapid play online tournament in which players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. 8pm start. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

5-round Swiss, 7th January 2021 at 8pm

Our next 5-round online Swiss Tournament is on Thursday 7th January 2021. This starts at 8pm at lichess.org. Players have an initial 7 minutes each per game plus a 3-second increment per move (that is, about ten minutes each). Click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

2020 Highlights

What was the best bit of 2020? It seems like a strange question given that the year is generally viewed as not having been a good one… Selecting a highlight from this year shouldn’t be difficult though, the bar being set quite low… I’ve actually selected two highlights – and one of them is since the pandemic restrictions.

The ‘Super-Match’: 16 Chandler’s Ford players in one match

There was one event that was a real chess highlight though: when Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s C and D teams played each other in their Southampton Chess League Division 5 match in January. Each team was double-size, so it was an 8 v 8 players match. A great 16-players involvement from the same club in an event on one night. Boards 1-4 counted towards the Match result, whilst the remaining boards were still graded for English Chess Federation grading purposes. See Southampton Chess League match result screen for individual results – and our own match article D Team Beats C Team in Super-match. The super-match would be a highlight in any year, a great chess club night. And I say that as the captain of the losing side – it was such an enjoyable event.

Incidentally, the COVID-19 crisis came along late in the chess League 2019-20 season, so the C team only missed out playing one match, but the D team’s last 2 fixtures were cancelled due to the pandemic. See the Southampton Chess League Division 5 table. Obviously the 2020-21 season hasn’t started – and will probably simply not happen now.

The A and B teams also did very well in the Southampton League: the A team managed to play 7 games in Division 3 before the pandemic ended the season, and came 2nd. The B team did even better in Division 4: playing 8 games, they came top of Division 4!

Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020 (photo by Suzan Dunleavy)
Chandlers Ford C (left) v D team (right) Tuesday 14th January 2020 (photo by Suzan Dunleavy)

Chandler’s Ford players represent England

Since the COVID crisis began, over-the-board chess came to a halt – but now games are played remotely online, at such websites as lichess.org and chess.com. The English Chess Federation has an official lichess Women’s team – England Women and Chandler’s Ford’s own Rose Saunders and Maha Chandar have played in the team! This is a brief mention here, but there will be a fuller post on this soon.

Those were just 2 of the year’s highlights. A mention also that Dave Holmes got to the Final of the Devon Chess Grand Prix, for example.

Kev Lamb

Happy New Year!

Lichess Ladder Latest

The current Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s Lichess Ladder standings; also, details and link for this week’s Tuesday Arena club tournament.

Lichess Ladder Latest

Tournament organiser Nobby George reports two results in the last week in the Lichess Ladder:

  • Peter Przybycin  1  Joe Henbury  0
  • Sam Murphy  1  Steve  Dunleavy  0

See our Ladder Page for the current standings table. Patrick Pavey, who was top over Christmas, retains the number one slot over the New Year. Well done Patrick!

Group photo at the 2008 Summer Tournament Dinner
An old photo of Patrick Pavey (right of picture, smiling) taken in 2008

Club online tournaments

See our previous Post (Christmas) for results of last week’s online tournaments on lichess.org on 22nd and 24th December.

The next Tournament is Tuesday 29th December.

This is our regular weekly rapid play online tournament in which players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. 8pm start. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

Merry Christmas

The Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Christmas Swiss on Christmas Eve Thursday 24th. Also, the results of Tuesday’s regular Arena online tournament on 22nd December. Next tournament details. And of course, seasons greetings to you!

Tuesday Arena, 22nd December 2020

13 of us participated in this week’s Arena Tournament on Tuesday 22nd December, online at lichess.org. Congratulations to Rob Sims, who came first. Well done too John Kooner 2nd, and Sam Murphy 3rd.

Christmas Swiss

Thursday’s 5-round Swiss online rapid play tournament was on Christmas Eve. Five of us played, so each had a bye in one of the rounds, and was an all-play-all. Congratulations to winner John Zastapilo (John-zed’). Well done too Kev Lamb 2nd and Steve Saunders third. Whilst fewer players could make playing in the tournament, several chess friends who couldn’t play were able to pop in virtually to wish us all a happy Christmas.

Chandlers Ford Christmas Swiss

Next online Tournament: Tuesday Arena, 8pm on 29th December 2020

This is our regular weekly rapid play online tournament in which players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. 8pm start. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

Merry Christmas!

A different one this year – like most of this year. December is usually the time we like to meet up for our Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Christmas Curry (the ‘CFCCCC’) social gathering, which of course was not possible this year due to the COVID-19 situation. The photos in the picture gallery below are from last year, at the Christmas Curry 2019. Click on a picture for full images.

Looking forward to when we can meet in person again. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tournament Results 15th, 17th December and Ladder Latest

Results of the week’s online club tournaments on 15th and 17th December, and links to join the forthcoming tournament on 22nd December. Plus the latest Lichess Ladder standings.

Online Tournament results 15th ,17th December

Tuesday Arena, 15th December 2020

15 of us participated in this week’s Arena Tournament on Tuesday 15th December, online at lichess.org, a great turnout. Congratulations to Keith Gregory (‘KeithDFG’), who came first – with a wide margin. Well done too David Culliford (‘djc202’) 2nd, and Mike Henbury (‘Ewokmike’) 3rd.

5-Round Swiss, 17th December: tight at the top

Eleven of us played in the 5-round Swiss on 17th December. Congratulations to Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) for winning a tightly-contested tournament. Patrick Pavey who was second, had won as many games as Graham, and so had the same number of points – and the same ‘Tie Break’ scores . The system had to delve deeper to distinguish their podium positions: Graham had a tournament grade performance of 1978 compared to Patrick’s 1950. Close at the top! Well done too Joe Henbury who came third.

Forthcoming online club tournament: 22nd December

Our regular weekly online Tuesday Arena is at 8pm on 22nd December 2020. Players have ten minutes each per game in the one-hour tournament. It’s already set up, click on the button below to go to the Tournament.

No tournament yet for Thursday 24th – but if enough players are available and keen to play one can be set up quickly.

The Lichess Ladder: Patrick top at Christmas

The club’s Lichess Ladder organiser, Nobby George, reports three results this week:

  • Maha Chandar  1  Steve Dunleavy  0
  • John Kooner 1  Andrew Vagg  0
  • Manoj Chandar  1  Keven Lamb  0

The club’s Lichess Ladder Tournament is updated each week on Sunday. This means we can tell who is top of the Ladder this Christmas: well done Patrick Pavey!

Dave Holmes in Devon Autumn Grand Prix Finals

David Culliford reports on victory for Dave Holmes in the semi-finals of the Devon Chess Autumn Grand Prix. He also gives details of the Finals, which can be seen live on Friday 18th December at 7.30pm.

Dave Holmes wins U140 at Fareham February 2016
Dave Holmes (left) won the U140 at Fareham February 2016, and is in the Devon Grand Prix Finals December 2020

Dave beat Charlie Keen 3-1 in the semis, and all four of his games feature in an analysis by Tom Thorpe and Paul Hampton (both graded in the 180s). Excellent to see these games played through and discussed.

I see that Dave had two Smith-Morra Gambits and also a couple of Nimsowitsch Defences, with both the pairs being in no way similar. I admired Dave’s excellent swashbuckling style, and the tactical nuances associated with the Nimsowitsch in Dave’s two games were totally unexpected, for me at least!

Just a quick heads-up about the date for Dave Holmes’ final in the graded section of the Devon Chess Autumn Grand-Prix. As you know, Dave triumphed in last week’s semi-finals which were replayed on Tom Thorpe’s twitch TV channel, and some spectacular games they were. The final will be on Friday 18th December, from 19:30 GMT. See details from Tim Paulden, DCCA President, below:

Autumn Grand-Prix Finals – 7:30pm this Friday (18 Dec)


After nearly two months of competition, the Finals of our Autumn Grand-Prix will be taking place this Friday (18 Dec) starting at 7:30pm, with JackRudd (IM Jack Rudd) and JUDevon (Jon Underwood) playing off for the Championship, and gashead4 (David Holmes) and cash-only (Steve Dean) battling it out for the Graded title. As always, we’ll be running live commentary on the event via Tom Thorpe’s Twitch channel, which can be accessed free of charge by going to https://www.twitch.tv/chesster1883 in your web browser. It promises to be another great evening of chess – hope you are able to join us!

Links

The Semi Finals coverage video can also be seen on YouTube: DCCA Autumn Grand Prix Semi-Finals – YouTube

See David’s previous recent article Dave Holmes in Devon Chess Autumn Grand Prix.