Book Prize Tournament Final Round

Book Prize Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin announces the pairings for Round 11 – the final Round. He also lists the Round 10 results. And reveals what the Book Prize is.

Hi All,

The remaining two round ten games were played this week, and the final round is about to commence.

The top three players again recorded wins, so Mike Henbury continues to hold a half point lead over Rob Sims. It’s now between just the two of them, and it hinges on the results of their round 11 games!

Unfortunately for John Kooner he’s now out of the running despite his win, as he had earlier lost against Mike (the tie break if scores are equal) in round seven.

This is the prize that will go to either Mike or Rob:

The Book Prize

 

See the Book prize Tournament Page for results to date.

Round 10 Results:

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

Scores to date:

  • Mike Henbury 9
  • Rob Sims 8½
  • John Kooner 8
  • Keven Lamb 6½
  • Rob Strachan 6
  • Rose Saunders 5
  • Don Creasey 4½
  • Geoffrey Parish 4
  • Steve Dunleavy 3
  • Nobby George 3
  • Steve Saunders 2½
  • Suzan Dunleavy 0

Round 11 Pairings:

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

As ever, the player named first has the white pieces.

Deadline for finishing round 11 is Saturday 1st May 2021.

All the best,

Peter.

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.

A good week for the Henburys

This week: a good week for the Henburys – father and son Mike and Joseph – as Joseph wins Thursday’s online tournament, and Mike leads in the club’s Book Prize Tournament. Plus, the latest in the Lichess Ladder tournament.

Results of club tournaments

The Club’s players keep in touch during lockdown with regular online chess tournaments played on lichess.org.

Tuesday Arena: 14 of us participated in this week’s Arena on 6th April, won by john Zastapilo. Well done too Ian Partridge 2nd, and Rob Sims, 3rd.

Thursday 5-round Swiss: 12 of us played in the Chandler’s Ford Swiss on 8th April. Congratulations to Joseph Henbury who took top slot with 4.5 points. Just half a point behind Joseph was David Culliford (‘djc202’ on lichess), coming 2nd, whilst Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) came third with 3.5 points.

The Book Prize Tournament: Mike in the lead

In a good week for the Henbury family, as well as son Joseph winning Thursday’s tournament, his father Mike Henbury leads in the club’s Book Prize Tournament. The Book Prize has one more Round to go, and Mike has a half-point lead over nearest rival Rob Sims.

The remaining 2 games of Round 10 were played last week:

  • Don Creasey 0 v 1 Geoffrey Parish
  • Keven Lamb 1 v 0 Rob Strachan
Joseph Henbury (centre) and Michael Henbury (right) analysing a chess game at Dudley 2013
Joseph Henbury (centre) and Michael Henbury (right) analysing a chess game (old photo)

Lichess Ladder Latest

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Lichess Ladder organiser Nobby George reports 3 results this week:

  • John Kooner 0 Nobby George 1
  • Andrew Vagg 0 Maha Chandar 1
  • Patrick Pavey 1 Nobby George 0

See the Ladder Page for the latest standings.

Easter 2021

Happy Easter everyone. This week’s online tournament results on 30th March and 1st April, plus the latest in the Book Prize Tournament.

Chocolate chess set
Chocolate chess set

Results of club tournaments

Tuesday Arena: 14 of us participated in this week’s Arena on 30th March, won by Ted Black (‘MagnusPolgar’) who won all 4 of his games. Well done too David Culliford (‘djc202’) 2nd, and Rob Sims, 3rd.

Thursday 5-round Swiss: 13 of us played in the Chandler’s Ford Swiss on 1st April. Congratulations to Mike Henbury (‘Ewokmike’) who took top slot only after the last Round – a well-contested tournament in which the virtual podium was occupied by various players during the tournament, including new player Ian Partridge who led for a while. Ian still had a podium position at the end, coming 3rd, whilst Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’) came second.

The Book Prize Tournament: Ewok marches on

A good week for Mike Henbury (‘Ewokmike’ on lichess.org): as well as winning Thursday’s rapid-play tournament, he continues his march towards victory in the ongoing Book Prize Tournament. Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin reports.

Hi All,

There are four results to report this week:

  • Mike Henbury 1 – Steve Saunders 0
  • Suzan Dunleavy 0 – Rob Sims 1
  • Nobby George 1 – Steve Dunleavy 0
  • John Kooner 1 – Rose Saunders 0

Wins for Mike Henbury and Rob Sims maintain the status quo, with Mike half a point ahead of Rob (and one hand on the prize?) with just one round to go.

Mike Henbury poses with trophy
One hand on the prize? Mike Henbury brandishes a trophy…

Games remaining in this round:

  • Don Creasey v Geoffrey Parish
  • Keven Lamb v Rob Strachan

Best regards,

Peter.

Book Prize Tournament Round 10

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s Book Prize Tournament Round 9 has been completed. Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin gives an update and results from Round 9, and he announces the pairings for Round 10.

Round 9 is now complete.

With the top three all winning their games, Mike Henbury continues to hold a half point lead over Rob Sims, and a full point lead over John Kooner.

The book prize will be won by one of these top three, as with only two rounds to play nobody else can overtake the leader. Rob Strachan could equal Mike’s score but he would be eliminated on tie break, having lost his individual game with him.

Mike Henbury at Southend Easter Chess Congress 2018
Mike Henbury, pictured at Southend Easter Chess Congress 2018, currently leads the Book Prize Tournament.

Round 9 Results:

  • Keven Lamb ½ – Steve Saunders ½
  • John Kooner 1- Geoffrey Parish 0
  • Rose Saunders 1 – Suzan Dunleavy 0
  • Steve Dunleavy 0 – Rob Strachan 1
  • Rob Sims 1 – Don Creasey 0
  • Mike Henbury 1 – Nobby George 0

Scores to date:

  • Mike Henbury 8
  • Rob Sims 7½
  • John Kooner 7
  • Rob Strachan 6
  • Keven Lamb 5½
  • Rose Saunders 5
  • Don Creasey 4½
  • Geoffrey Parish 3
  • Steve Dunleavy 3
  • Steve Saunders 2½
  • Nobby George 2
  • Suzan Dunleavy 0

Round 10 pairings:

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

As ever, the player named first has the white pieces.

Deadline for finishing round 10 is Saturday 17th April 2021.

All the best,

Peter.

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 of online Tournaments, 23rd, 25th March

This week, results of our regular online tournaments, on 23 and 25 March, and the latest standings of the Lichess Ladder. But first, Malcolm Clarke, chess columnist for the Hampshire Chronicle, with his chess news summary.

Malcolm Clarke’s Chess News Summary

Having drawn the first match between the clubs last match Chandlers Ford lost a return match to Wimborne 5-2.  However whereas in the previous encounter the teams were evenly matched in terms of grading, on this occasion Wimborne were on average 20 points higher graded than Chandlers Ford over the seven boards, so the defeat was no disgrace.

Graham Stuart and Rob Sims who respectively won and drew on the first occasion, did not play this time, but Sam Murphy and Mike Henbury were victorious for the second successive occasion and both won their matches with good tactical combinations.

Henbury who really seems to be taking to online chess won the exchange and two pawns in a game that was even to that point and that was sufficient to win the game, while Murphy was able to launch a discovered attack on his opponent’s queen which he could not move to a safe square and keep his knight protected at the same time and Murphy was able to win the knight and gain a decisive advantage.

All of the other games were lost, although the majority of the games were closely contested.

Malcolm Clarke

Waterloo Chess Set

Results of regular club tournaments

Two regular club tournaments online at lichess.org.

Tuesday Arena: 15 of us participated in this week’s Arena on 23rd March, a great turnout. Congratulations to this week’s winner Ted Black (‘MagnusPolgar’ on lichess.org). Well done too Sam Murphy , who came second, and Rob Sims who came 3rd. A closely-fought tournament, the top 3 on the ‘podium’ scoring 10, 9, and 8 points respectively.

Thursday 5-round Swiss: 12 of us played in the Chandler’s Ford Swiss on 25th March. Congratulations to David Culliford (‘djc202’ on lichess.org) who won this week. Well done too Rob Sims 2nd, and Graham Stuart (‘WillHeSac’ on lichess.org) 3rd. A closely-fought tournament, the top 3 having 4.5, 4, and 3.5 points respectively.

Bye

There was also a fascinating example of the 2 types of byes you can get in the Swiss tournaments in the first round on Thursday, as one player had a full-point bye being the player left over from an odd number of players – at that moment. But another player joined just one minute too late for the Round, was given a half-point bye. The difference is, like in over-the-board tournaments, a bye imposed upon the player (odd number of players) is given a full point, whilst a bye from the player’s ‘choice’ (such as being late or choosing to miss a Round) is awarded half a point.

Lichess Ladder Latest

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Lichess Ladder organiser Nobby George reports 3 results this week:

  • Steve Dunleavy  1  Steve Saunders  0
  • Andrew Vagg  ½  John Kooner  ½
  • Peter Przybycin  1  Nobby George  0.

See the Ladder Page for the latest standings.

Team match against Wimborne.

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club had recently played Wimborne Chess Club online on lichess.org, and the return match was played on Friday 19th March. Graham Stuart reports.

Online match Wimborne v Chandler’s Ford

The return match against Wimborne Chess Club was held Friday 19th March. Going into the return fixture we were always the underdogs, as we were out graded on every board.

After having my Covid Vaccine I was pleased to be just watching and there were some very interesting games being played.

All games were played as 45 minutes + 15 seconds per move, although Mike Henbury was playing at 30 minutes plus 20 seconds, as his opponent had selected a different time control. Something for me to make sure I correct for future matches to make clear you can just reject the game and contact your opponent. This was still classical chess and I don’t think it made any difference in the match.

First to finish was Steve Saunders. Both he and his opponent played extremely quickly. Steve slipped into a worse position and never recovered and his opponent check mated him on move 44. As mentioned the moves were being played at a rapid pace and Steve ended up with 49 minutes left on his clock and his opponent 46 minutes!

Next to finish was Rose, who was playing the quickly improving junior GW60, who beat Steve Dunleavy in our previous match. This was a well balanced game from the opening, but Rose’s opponent pawns suddenly sprung to life, advancing in a very dangerous way. These distracted Rose it seems as there was a quick check mate from the Queen on g2.

Mike’s game was even until Mike found a really great tactical combination.

Mike found a really great tactical combination

Nxd4, ed, bxd4+, Be3 and Qxc5 won two pawns and the exchange. From here it was plain sailing for Mike and brought us our first win of the night.

Nobby’s game was even, but he fell to a combination from his opponent and despite causing some issues, could not stop the break through which was going to lead to mate.

On top board Sam showed his experience and also keen eye for a tactic as he managed to take advantage of his opponent leaving his queen on a5 too long from the Scandinavian open. Maybe black should have played the Qd6 line as David Culliford does to great effect! From the position below Sam played Nd5, Qd8, Nxe7+, Qxe7, allowing the errant Knight on e5 to be taken. Soon after Sam won the Queen for Rook and Bishop and soon brought our second point.

Sam soon brought our second point

This left the score at 3 – 2 to Wimborne with two matches still in play. We were therefore in with a shout, but unfortunately it was not to be.

Steve Dunleavy was holding his own against their almost 40 points higher graded opponent. All was looking even, but his opponent seemed to really know how to play endings and slowly outplayed Steve to win. But this was valuable experience for Steve and certainly held his own for 90% of the game.

The last game to finish was Pat’s. This was a real humdinger of a match, with both players standing better at different times in the game. Near the end this was Rook, Bishop and 6 pawns against Rook, Knight and 6 pawns. This can often favour the player with the Bishop, but Pat managed to win a pawn whilst also swapping off the rooks. But with pawns on both sides and an active Black King this was not over. Unfortunately time was short for both players and Pat miscalculated a Knight sacrifice. Despite being 2 pawns for a Bishop down there were still some drawing chances, but incredibly difficult with four minutes on the clock! His opponent managed to win the pawns one by one, whilst keeping his own two pawns, and Pat finally lost on move 70 after almost 2 hours after the start. An extra 15 seconds per move can soon mount up in long games, so not as much free time for Pat on Friday night that would normally be the case!

A 5 – 2 loss at the end, but well done to Wimborne for their win, but a huge thanks to our players for their great effort.

Cheers

Graham

Hampshire Juniors in huge online Team Battle Event

This week, updates on various online tournaments and matches, plus the Hampshire Juniors in a huge online event.

Hampshire Juniors in huge online Team Battle Event

News from Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club organiser Maha Chandar that the Hampshire Juniors took part in the Under 11 Association Zone Team Battle yesterday 20th March, scoring 62 points. The event was massive: an astonishing 304 players in 15 teams participated in the online event on lichess.org. 1,956 games were played in the 2 hour rapid-play tournament. The games had a time control of 10 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move. The event ran for two hours, 14:00 – 16:00. The Barnet Under 11 Team won the event, with 428 points, whilst Hampshire were 15th.

Statistics for the Under 11 Team Battle on 20th March 2021

Results of regular club tournaments

Tuesday Arena: 16 of us participated in this week’s Arena on 16th March, a great turnout. Congratulations to this week’s winner John Zastpilo. Well done too Sam Murphy , who came second, and Ted Black (‘MagnusPolgar’ on lichess) who came 3rd.

Thursday 5-round Swiss: 9 of us played in the Chandler’s Ford Swiss on 18th March. Congratulations to Kev Byard who won this week. Well done too Don Creasey (‘carouselman’ on lichess.org) 2nd, and David Culliford (‘djc202’ on lichess) 3rd.

Lichess Ladder Latest

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Lichess Ladder organiser Nobby George reports 3 results this week:

  • Michael Duffy  0 – Rob Strachan 
  • Patrick Pavey  1 –  Andrew Vagg  0
  • John Kooner  0  –  Manoj Chandar  1

See the Ladder Page for the latest standings.

Book Prize Tournament

Book Prize Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin reports three Round 9 results this week:

Rose Saunders 1 – Suzan Dunleavy 0

Keven Lamb ½ – Steve Saunders ½

Steve had Keven on the ropes in this game, but let him off the hook by allowing a perpetual check situation to develop.

John Kooner 1- Geoffrey Parish 0

Geoff gave John a hard time in this game and was a clear piece ahead at one stage, but John dug in and fought back, managing to win a rook and ultimately the game.

All the best,

Peter

Second online match against Wimborne

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club played the return match against Wimborne Chess Club on Friday 19th March, online on lichess.org. Wimborne won the match 5-2, our two points being from Sam Murphy and Mike Henbury. A match report will follow soon.

Chandler’s Ford Central Club Membership Renewals and Fees 2021

Chandlers Ford Central Club
Our venue is the Chandler’s Ford Central Club, membership subscriptions January to December

A reminder to renew our membership subscriptions for 2021 for our venue, the Chandler’s Ford Central Club. Central Club Membership Renewals subscriptions run January to December each year.

Whilst it is not currently open, we all look forward to the time when we can return to our venue: to be able to meet again to see chess friends over the board for games in a sociable setting.

To renew your Membership, see the Central Club’s website Chandler’s Ford Central Club which gives details on how to pay online.

Chandler’s Ford Central Club Membership Renewals 2021

Fees for 2021 will be kept at 2020 levels – see Subscriptions Page of the Central Club website, and the table below. Membership fees are an important part of the Central Club’s income.

The cost of renewal will be:

MEMBERWithout Pass Card *With Pass Card *
MALE/FEMALE£20.00£23.50
OAP£ 8.50£12.00
LIFENot available£ 3.50
Chandler’s Ford Central Club Membership renewal 2021

* Note: Pass card enables entry to all other Club and Institute Union (CIU)

Fees can now be paid electronically to the venue’s Bank Account – see Website Chandler’s Ford Central Club for account details.

membership card example

When sending the money please ensure you put your Member Number which can be seen on your Yellow Membership Card and Surname into the Payment Reference, to enable the details to be matched on the system to enable 2021 Cards to be available when the Club opens.

If you want a CIU Pass card, please remember to add £3.50 for each Card. All Membership Cards will be prepared and will then be available for collection on re-opening.

For those who do not have Online Banking capability, Fees will need to be paid within one month of re-opening.

Annual subscriptions for the venue is one of three financial costs if you want to fully engage with playing chess and the chess club, the other two outlays being annual subs to the Chess Club itself, and the other, annual membership of the English Chess Federation – so that you can participate in ECF-graded League matches and chess tournaments. See our What does it cost Page.

Weekly roundup 14th March

This week: Malcolm Clarke’s chess news round-up; Juniors in Under 9 Team Battle; tournament results and the Ladder latest.

Malcolm Clarke writes a chess column for the Hampshire Chronicle, and the article below was written just before the Creasey v Henbury game of the Book Prize Tournament.

Chess News – Malcolm Clarke

In the Chandlers Ford chess club tournament former Star Wars actor Mike Henbury ended John Kooner’s 100% record by beating him in round 7 of this 11 round tournament, and Kooner suffered  a second successive reverse when he lost to Rob Sims.  Sims now leads the tournament being half a point ahead of Kooner and Mike Henbury with 6.5 points from 8 matches, however Henbury has a match in hand in which he faces Don Creasey who is currently 5th in this 12 player tournament.

Photo of D Team 2009
Mike Henbury (centre front) ended John Kooner’s (front right) 100% record. (Old photo from 2009).

A former member of the club Mark Brooke-Smith was married to Julie Styles-Cooper last week.  Mark was a very enthusiastic member of the  club when it met at the Eastleigh Railway Institute…

Chandlers Ford chess club took part in a seven team on line chess tournament organised by Ringwood chess club and came in fifth place overall despite having the lowest average grade of all the teams taking part.  The other teams were Southbourne, West Dorset, Ringwood. Poole, Highcliffe and New Milton with Southbourne comfortably winning the competition.  Chandlers Ford’s team consisted of Keith Gregory, Graham Stuart, Patrick Pavey, Keven Lamb and the husband and wife team of Steve and Rose Saunders.  Gregory who plays in the National Chess League was Chandlers Ford’s best performer at  the event followed by captain Graham Stuart, but all of their players played an important part in ensuring an enjoyable evening, and no doubt as over chess not likely to return for a while yet online matches are likely to play a more prominent part in proceedings.

Malcolm Clarke

Hampshire Juniors in online Team Battle

News from Junior Club organiser Maha Chandar that the Juniors took part in the Under 9 Association Team Battle yesterday 13th March. 14 teams participated in the online event on lichess.org. The games had a time control of 10 minutes per player plus 5 seconds per move. The Barnet Under 9 Team won the event, whilst Hampshire were 13th.

Results of regular club tournaments

Tuesday Arena: 14 of us participated in this week’s Arena on 9th March. Congratulations to this week’s winner Graham Stuart. Well done too Ted Black, who came second, and John Zastpilo who came 3rd.

Thursday 5-round Swiss: 9 of us played in the Chandler’s Ford Swiss on 11th March. Congratulations to Don Creasey (‘carouselman’ on lichess.org) who won top place on a well-contested podium this week – in the last round. It was Don’s birthday this week too, so a good week for him. Well done too John Zastapilo 2nd, and Rob Sims 3rd.

Ladder Latest

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Lichess Ladder organiser Nobby George reports 5 results this week:

  • Andrew Vagg  0  Joseph Henbury  1
  • John Kooner  0  Maha  Chandar  1
  • Peter Pryzbycin  1  Manoj Chandar  0
  • Steve Dunleavy  0  Patrick Pavey  1
  • Steve Saunders  0  Patrick Pavey  1

The Lichess Ladder Rules summary

All games to be played online at lichess.org. The Time control is 90 minutes per player. Players may challenge up to four places above their own step. If the challenger wins he will exchange places with the loser, for all other results then the positions remain the same. The Challenger has the white Pieces.

The Lichess Ladder will be updated every Sunday.

Book Prize Tournament Round 9

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s Book Prize Tournament Round 8 has been completed. Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin gives an update and results from Round 8, and he announces the pairings for Round 9.

Book Prize Tournament Round 8

Round 8 is now complete.

Mike Henbury wins again!

Mike Henbury at St Albans Chess Congress 2018
Mike Henbury at St Albans Chess Congress 2018

With John Kooner losing his round 8 game, it puts Mike into a half point lead over Rob Sims with just three rounds to go.

Round 8 Results

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

Scores to date:

  • Mike Henbury 7
  • Rob Sims 6½
  • John Kooner 6
  • Rob Strachan 5
  • Keven Lamb 5
  • Don Creasey 4½
  • Rose Saunders 4
  • Geoffrey Parish 3
  • Steve Dunleavy 3
  • Nobby George 2
  • Steve Saunders 2
  • Suzan Dunleavy 0

Round 9 Pairings:

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

As ever, the player named first has the white pieces.

Deadline for finishing round 9 is Saturday 3rd April 2021.

All the best,

Peter.

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.