This week, the Summer Tournament progresses, with just one more match to go; results of last Tuesday’s online Arena Tournament and Thursday’s 5-Round Swiss; details of this week’s online tournaments. Plus, club history project. And The Queen’s Gambit.
Summer Tournament update
The 5th and final round of the 2020 Summer Tournament progresses well, with just one game to go. Peter Przybycin currently leads on 4.5 points. Here’s the 5th Round table:
2020 Round 5 Pairings (last Round)
Bye – Don Creasey
Summer Tournament Round 5 Pairings
Tuesday Arena, 20th October
Twelve of us participated this week in the online tournament on 20th October. Congratulations to Sam Murphy on coming first. Well done too David Culliford (djc202) 2nd, and me- Kev Lamb– 3rd.
5-Round Swiss tournament 22nd October
Eleven of us played in the Thursday evening tournament on 22nd October. Congratulations to Graham Stuart (WillHeSac) who won this week. Well done too Keith Gregory 2nd, and Mike Henbury (Ewokmike) 3rd.
On Thursday 29th the club has its regular 5-round Swiss tournament. This starts at 8pm on lichess.org. Players have an initial 7 minutes each per game plus a 3-second increment per move (that is, about ten minutes each).
Following on from queries by club regular Steve Dunleavy, examining the history of our chess club has captured the imaginations of many in the club. Current players come from a variety of chess clubs before joining together in our club. We’d like to put together members’ recollections and piece together the history of the chess club. Seeing contributions of players’ experiences already, this obviously strikes a chord with members. Please send in your thoughts to Rob Sims who is leading the project or me, Kev Lamb.
“Just a quick note, that if you have Netflix the series they have based on Walter Tevis’s book (which for my shame I have not read) is now available. Have watched the first three episodes and have enjoyed it so far. The chess is accurate, although they play a bit quickly and think the acting is very good. “
This week: the Daily Echo publishes an online gallery of chess photos – with some familiar faces… Also, results of the Online Tournaments on 13th and 15th October; links to join forthcoming tournaments; and we mention another newspaper article – in the Guardian.
Photos on Daily Echo website
The Daily Echo have published a gallery on their website of 65 photos of pictures of people playing chess. There are a few of an Individual Championship at the Unity Club, a former venue of our own chess club. There is one of Southampton Chess Club players, many familiar faces still current in the chess league.
But there are some great pictures of current and former members of our own club: Gunther Burkert, Mike and Joseph Henbury. I remember the occasion, an Echo photographer came to our club to take photos of our then oldest and youngest players Gunther Burkert and Joseph Henbury. This was on 31st March 2009. Gunther was 83 and Joseph was 8 years old.
Here’s one of our own photos of Gunther and Joseph (and Mike) that year:
Online tournament results 13th October
Fourteen of us took part in this week’s weekly online ‘ Tuesday Arena’ online tournament on 13th October on lichess.org. Congratulations toJoseph Henbury who won this week’s Tournament. Well done too Maha Chandar 2nd and Sam Murphy 3rd. Sam had connection problems during the tournament but still got a good number of games in.
5-round Swiss online tournament results 15th October
Eight of us played in this online tournament on 15th October on lichess.org. Congratulations to Joseph Henbury on winning the 5-round Swiss. A good week for him, winning both of our online tournaments and being featured in the Echo photos… Well done too Patrick Pavey who came 2nd, and Graham Stuart 3rd.
Forthcoming Online Tournaments
This week our regular Tuesday Arena tournament, and a 5-round Swiss on Thursday 22nd .
On Thursday 22nd the club has its regular 5-round Swiss tournament. This starts at 8pm on lichess.org. Players have an initial 7 minutes each per game plus a 3-second increment per move (that is, about ten minutes each).
The previous Post on this website announced the ECF Under 18 County Championship. The technical requirements – of having to be on Zoom, to have webcams, microphones and so on – may seem very cautious – but when you see the Guardian’s story on ‘Chess’s cheating crisis‘ you’ll see why the championship has its fair play rules.
Once a month there is Southampton Chess League‘s online rapid play Tournament on lichess.org. The next one, already set up on lichess.org, is on Thursday 5th November (‘SCL Rapid – Tournament No2 Arena‘). It starts at 7.30pm, and is a one and a half hour Arena in which players have an initial 7 minutes per game then a 3-second increment per move (same time control as the Chandler’s Ford Swiss tournaments) . These don’t clash with our own Thursday Swiss tournaments – we don’t run our club tournaments on those particular Thursdays so that we can play in the SCL tournaments.
Hampshire Juniors Team Manager Maha Chandar is looking for more Under-18s to play in the County Championship on Saturday 21st November 2020.
ECF online Under 18 County Championship
The English Chess Federation Online Under 18 County Championship will be on Saturday 21st November 2020. Our own chess club member Maha Chandar is Hampshire’s Team Manager. Hampshire are looking for Juniors to play in the Under 18 County Championship, and entries must be in by 9pm on Wednesday 18th November. See The ECF website’s Online Entry Form
‘Where’ and when
The English Chess Federation Online Under-18 County Championship will be on Saturday, 21st November 2020, starting at 11:00. It is a team Swiss format.
The event will be online at chess.com. Before the scheduled start time for each round, players should be logged in to chess.com/live
See below for further information, as given on the ECF web Page for the event:
The time limit is all moves in 10 minutes, plus 5 seconds per move. The expected maximum duration of each game is 30 minutes, but they may take longer in the case of a long game. A player whose game is not started within 10 minutes of the actual start time for their round will lose their game by default.
Each team will be represented by 6 players in total, from four categories –
Category A Under 18 – Born 01/09/2002 or later, 2 players + up to 2 reserves
Category B Under 18 Girls – Born 01/09/2002 or later, 2 players + up to 2 reserves
Category C Under 11 – Born 01/09/2009 or later, 1 player + up to 1 reserve
Category D Under 11 Girls – Born 01/09/2009 or later, 1 player + up to 1 reserve
If your child fits into one of these categories and would like to represent Hampshire then please contact our Team Manager who is Maha Chandar.
This week: online tournament results for 6th and 8th October; forthcoming online tournaments Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th October. Plus, the ECF Under 18s County Championship.
Online tournament results 6th October
Twelve of us took part in this week’s weekly online ‘Arena’ online tournament on 6th October on lichess.org. Congratulations to David Culliford (djc202) who won this week’s Tournament. Well done too Don Creasey 2nd and Joseph Henbury 3rd.
Looking at the standings above, Joe and John had the same number of points – and in the same order. The lichess system does show a Performance statistic though, and can tie-break from that.
5-round Swiss 8th October results
Eight of us played in this tournament. Congratulations to Joseph Henbury who won this week, and well done Graham Stuart who came second and Rose Saunders who was third. Rose is a regular tournament player but this was her first time on the ‘podium’: well done Rose!
More details to follow in a separate Post, but here’s an early mention of this event (see Hampshire Junior website article) , which will be on Saturday 21st November 2020. Our own chess club member Maha Chandar is Hampshire’s Team Manager. Hampshire are looking for Juniors to play in the Under 18 County Championship, and entries must be in by 9pm on Wednesday 18th November.
This week: online tournament results for 29th September and 1st October; this week’s tournaments; plus: a new club Tournament of standard-length (90 minutes) being set up by Peter Przybycin.
Online tournament 29th September
Twelve of us took part, another good turnout for our weekly online ‘Arena’ online tournament on 29th September on lichess.org. Congratulations to David Culliford (djc202) who won this week’s Tournament. Well done too Sam Murphy 2nd and Steve Saunders 3rd. Steve is a regular player in these tournaments, but this was his first podium standing. Well done Steve!
Southampton Chess League Tournament 1st October
17 of us took part in the monthly SCL Southampton Chess League online tournament on lichess.org. The monthly tournament is organised by Graham Stuart. Congratulations to Keith Gregory who won this month’s tournament, and well done Diogo Ramos who was second, and Michael Singleton 3rd.
The time control of the SCL tournaments is the same as we use on our club’s 5-round Swiss tournaments. Taking part is easy, join the Southampton Chess League club on lichess.org, and when the events are organised you can easily join them.
Peter Przybycin will be setting up a new tournament for club members. It will be online at lichess.org, and the time control will be Standard length, in this case 90 minutes. Please see Peter’s message below.
I am planning to run a tournament for Chandlers Ford members with an ECF grade of 1450 or less. 1450 equates to 100 in the old system.
This will be either a Swiss tournament or an all-play-all, depending on number of entries. All games to be played online using Lichess, unless by some miracle Covid disappears. Rate of play, 90 minutes each for all the moves.
There will be no trophy but the winner will receive a copy of the excellent book “Bronstein, Move By Move” by Steve Giddins.
All those who wish to enter please contact me. Closing date for entries will be Saturday 31st October.
Forthcoming online rapid play tournaments
There are two Chandler’s Ford Chess Club online tournaments coming up, both on lichess.org, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Firstly the regular Tuesday evening Arena(ten minutes per player per game in a one-hour tournament) on 6th October 2020. 8pm start.
And on Thursday, 8th October, we return to our weekly 5-round Swiss tournaments. Players have an initial 7 minutes each game plus a 3-secoond increment per move (roughly ten minutes each per player). 8pm start.
This week’s round-up: the regular club online tournaments on lichess.org: Tuesday evening ‘Arena‘ club tournament, the Thursday club 5-Round Swiss, and the conclusion of this year’s Knockout. Plus details of the coming week’s tournaments (the club’s Tuesday Arena and on Thursday the Southampton Chess League – SCL -monthly rapid play Tournament). And we mark two years of this website chandlersfordchess.org.uk.
A good evening for the Henburys
Last Tuesday 22nd September was a good week for the Henbury father and son duo as they both achieved podium positions in the 11-player Arena event on lichess.org. Both won all their games. Joseph won the tournament whilst his dad Mike came second. Joseph won by quite a margin, as his winning streak points, plus ‘Berserk’ win bonus point widened the gap – and he’d squeezed in a game more than Mike during the hour. Well done too Rob Sims who was third.
Knockout Final Wednesday 23rd September
As reported in the previous Post, the 2020 Knockout reached its conclusion this week with the Final between Patrick Pavey and Peter Przybycin. Congratulations to Peter who retains the title from last year.
And a thank you to the event’s organiser Steve Dunleavy. See detail of his closing remarks on this year’s Knockout:
“I must admit that I was not certain whether to run the competition this year due to the current problems we are all experiencing and I was unsure if I would have sufficient support to make it a worthwhile event. In the end I was prodded into action, got the numbers to validate running it and it went quite smoothly (albeit with the odd hiccup) and I am glad that I organised it.
5-round Swiss 24th September
Ten of us played in this tournament. Congratulations to Keith Gregory who won this week, and well done Graham Stuart who came second and Joseph Henbury who was third.
In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen father play against son – but it sometimes happens that husband and wife also play against each other. I see that Steve and Rose have also been paired in the full standard-length game of the Summer Tournament‘s 5th Round…
Graham Stuart has kindly set up another of the monthly Southampton Chess League (SCL) rapid-play tournaments: ‘SCL Rapid -Tournament No 1′ Arena, Thursday 1st October at 7.30pm. The tournament lasts an hour and a half. Players have an initial 7 minutes per game, plus a 3-second increment per move (i.e. roughly ten-minutes each per game, the same time control we use for our club’s Thursday tournaments).
Peter Przybycin won his Semi final against Rob Bird, and Patrick Pavey beat Rose Saunders. The Final was therefore between Patrick Pavey (white) and Peter Przybycin (black). The game was played on Wednesday 22nd September online at lichess.org. See the game here.
The 23-move game was a win for Peter Przybycin. Congratulations Peter!
See event organiser Steve Dunleavy’s message to the Finalists below.
Hi Peter and Patrick well done for reaching the final the guidance notes are as follows;
Please complete this game by the 18th October(4 weeks time)-please let me know if a time extension is required
This game can be played on lichess, chess.com, email, telephone, text or over the board or whatever medium/format is agreeable to both players
Patrick is playing with white, in the event of a draw colours will be reversed
All games played on lichess or chess.com will have a 90 minute time control for both players, games played in any other format can dispense with any time control unless both players can agree on an acceptable solution
Please let me know when the game has been arranged to play so that I can monitor progress and email me the result asap thereafter
Enjoy the game and thanks for entering/supporting this competition in such difficult times
This week’s online tournaments on lichess.org: the Tuesday Arena Tournament (in which a player won against his own Dad – again!) and the Thursday 5-round Swiss. Plus details of next week’s tournaments – our own online tournaments, and a reminder about the Castle Chess Fareham tournament next weekend.
Tuesday Arena, 15th September 2020
Eleven of us participated in the tournamentthis time. It was a one-hour Arena event in which players had ten minutes each per game.
Congratulations to Joseph Henbury – JoeHenbury- who won the event. Well done too Don Creasey – ‘Carouselman’- 2nd, and Sam Murphy 3rd. Joseph triumphed with 16 points from his unbeaten run of games, whilst his closest rivals had 10 points each. Joseph’s performance was calculated by the system as 2161, well above the others. One of his victories was another win against his own dad, ‘Ewokmike’!
5-Round Swiss, Thursday 17th September
Nine of us played in the 5-round Swiss on Thursday 17th September on lichess.org. Each Round comprised games in which players had an initial 7 minutes then 3 second increment per move.
Congratulations to Keith Gregory who won this week’s Swiss. Well done too Joseph Henbury who came 2nd, and Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) 3rd.
Forthcoming Tournaments (two online, one over-the-board)
There are two online tournaments coming up, both on lichess.org, on Tuesday and Thursday. Then there is the Castle Chess Fareham Congress tournament over next weekend, from Friday evening, 25th September.
Firstly the regular Tuesday evening Arena(ten minutes per player per game in a one-hour tournament) on 22nd September2020.
The Castle Chess Fareham Congress – their 17th- will run over the weekend 25-27th September 2020. The venue is the Lysses House Hotel, Fareham. The 6-round swiss is comprised of 3 Sections according to playing strength. Grades Under 115 ECF play in the Minor. Those Under 155 play in the Major, and grades above that in the Open Section. See their website online Entry Form for full details.