Players in County Match; Winchester win Robertson Plate

In his weekly round-up, Malcolm Clarke reports on club players’ participation in the Hampshire v Yorkshire match, plus Winchester win the Robertson Plate.

Chandlers Ford’s Sam Murphy and Keven Lamb were both in the Hampshire team for players graded under 140 that lost 10.5-5.5 to Yorkshire at Birmingham and both drew their games against opponents more than 20 points higher graded than themselves.  Both Murphy and Lamb are stalwarts of the Chandlers Ford chess club having played for the club at five different headquarters and last season although no individual player represented a Chandlers Ford team in every match Murphy only missed one A team league match and one B team league match.  A stalwart of the Winchester club Bob Cleave also played against Yorkshire, but he lost his game on board 2.

A full strength Winchester team won the Robertson Plate beating Hamble on board count in the final after the match finished all square at 2,5-2.5 with Jose Alfonso Jimenez Capilla winning on top board for Winchester in a match in which three of the boards saw drawn games.

Summer Tournament starts

Malcolm Clarke reports on the start of the 2019 Chandlers Ford Chess Club Summer Tournament, and the progress so far.

The Chandlers Ford chess summer tournament has now begun in earnest and 6 of the 9 first round matches have been played.

The number of entrants has increased from 16 last year to 19 this time round with Peter Przybycin, Rob Bird and James Lesniak are entering the competition for the first time and the first two named were amongst the first round winners,  Returning to the competition are Keven Lamb and former winner David Culliford.  Last season’s joint winner Sam Murphy who surprisingly lost his opening game last year made no mistake this time around, but fellow joint winner Manoj Chandar will not be playing this time around.

Trophy presented at end of season curry

The Chandlers Ford chess club had an end of season curry which was attended by 19 people writes Malcolm Clarke.  At the event the summer tournament trophy was presented by John Kooner who donated the trophy to joint winners Sam Murphy and Manoj Chandar who will each hold the trophy for six months.  A presentation was also made to David Culliford who organised the evening.

Chandler’s Chandars through to next stage of Delancey

Malcolm Clarke reports on our young players’ success in the Delancey Schools UK Chess Challenge, the world’s largest children’s chess tournament, plus his weekly roundup.

The Delancey Schools UK Chess Challenge saw the brother and sister combination of Manoj and Mansa Chandar both of whom play for Chandlers Ford qualify for the next stage.  Manoj scored five points of in his section which combined players in the under 13, under 14, under 15 and under 16 boys, while Mansa obtained five points out of six in the combined under 11, under 12, under 13 and under 14 girls.

Manoj’s best game in the Chess Challenge was his round 2 success when he got into a king and pawn ending a pawn up, but with both players having a passed pawn, with Manoj making sure that his passed pawn was protected and would be clear of the opponents king if it tried to attack his other king side pawns.  Mansa’s only defeat was at the hands of Melissa Hamilton from Portsmouth who is the eighth highest graded female player in the country for her age group.

Another Chandlers Ford player Keven Lamb won a prize for finishing second equal in the under 120 graded section at the Southend chess congress which was an excellent achievement as he was the 16th highest graded player out of the 22 in the section.  He went into the seventh and final round as the tournament leader, but was beaten by Nathan Weersing from Linton in Cambridgeshire.

Winchester C drew 2-2 with unbeaten champions Salisbury C in division 4 with Mike White and Graham Payne on the top two boards being their winners.  The result means they finish fourth in the final table being behind third placed Chandlers Ford B on game points.  Winchester D‘s match with Ringwood C was a bottom versus top encounter which they lost 2.5-1.5 with a win for Andrew Habbitts and a draw for Winchester.