Malcolm Clarke reports on the Southampton Chess League latest, including a match in which the Chandlers Ford D team winners were all called Rob…
Both Winchester C and D teams lost matches by a 3 – 1 margin last week, with the C team losing to Ringwood and the D team losing to Chandlers Ford D. However Winchester D team captain Alan Weaver was Winchester’s sole winner in both matches, although Sammy Rebdi won a game counting for grading purposes only in the Chandlers Ford match. The Chandlers Ford winners in the match against Winchester were coincidentally all forenamed Rob namely Rob Bird, Rob Sims and Rob Strachan.
The Winchester A team achieved a good draw in division 2 against Hamble B who won this division last season with Jon Barnes on board 2 and Robin Atkins on board 5 winning their games, while on top board Jose Alfonso Jimenez Capilla drew his game.
Chandlers Ford stalwart Sam Murphy celebrated his 65th birthday at Eastleigh’s Concorde club and this was attended by some of his chess colleagues, his wife Mary and sons Sam Junior and Luke, as well as former work colleagues, former class mates, past and present neighbours and other relatives and the event was enjoyed by all who attended it.
The Rapid-play tournament will be at the Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Highfield Road, Southampton SO17 1BF on Saturday 30th November 2019. The first Round begins at 10:00. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible
Entry fees are £12 for adults, £8 for Juniors, with a £3 surcharge for entries received on the day.
The tournament will be divided into 3 Sections by ECF grade.
Time Control for Sections A and B will be 25 minutes per player with an additional 5 seconds per move; Section C 30 minutes each for all moves.
In the first 19 games of Malcolm Clarke’s captaincy of the Chandlers Ford A team not a single match finished all square, but now the team have drawn their last three matches. The latest draw was against Winchester where some of the visiting players were playing at the William Walker club in Winchester for the first time, even if three of the Chandlers Ford players had previously played for Winchester. On board 2 David Holmes’s opponent forced a draw by perpetual check early in proceedings, but winners were Graham Stuart and Peter Przybycin for Chandlers Ford and Doug Beer and Mike White for Winchester.
Chandlers Ford’s poor recent record against University teams ended when their B team beat the University C team 3-1 thanks to wins from Dick Meredith and John Kooner and draws from Peter Przybycin and Sam Murphy.
Chandlers Ford players Dave Holmes and Keven Lamb entered the Hampshire Individual tournament and Holmes finished second equal in the major section, while the Chandlers Ford tournament which begun in May has resulted in a four way playoff between Phil Overton, Peter Przybycin, Sam Murphy and James Daas all of whom got four points from five rounds with the first playoff matches being played later this month.