HCA Congress 2019

HCA Congress Trophies
HCA Congress Trophies

The Hampshire Chess Association Congress will be held Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November 2019, and the tournament is open to all players.

The event is a six-round tournament, and a half-point bye is available if you want (except the last Round). The first Round will be on the Friday evening, with the next 3 rounds on the Saturday, and the last two on the Sunday. The rate of play is 40 moves in 100 minutes followed by 20 minutes quickplay finish.

The event will take place at the Lysses House Hotel, 51 High Street, Fareham PO16 7BQ.

For more information and Congress Entry form, see the HCA website page: Hampshire Chess Congress 2019.

Entry fees range from £35 to enter the Open, through to £30 for the Major (Under 160 grade), to £27 for the Minor (Under 125). See the HCA website for the various discounts available.

HCA Congress Trophies
HCA Congress Trophies

James Daas shows promise

In his latest report Malcolm Clarke highlights the rise of promising young player James Daas following his impressive Summer Tournament results.

James Daas has been confirming his promise in the Chandlers Ford chess tournament by beating former champion David Culliford.  After being given a half point bye in the first round he has won all three games since then and in the final round will play the only other player with 3.5 points or over who will be either Phil Overton or Peter Przybycin.  Also in the tournament Dick Meredith moved on to 3 points with victory against Keven Lamb.

The AGM of the Chandlers Ford Chess club is expected to be held on the 17th September and the club’s first match of the new season is expected to be played in the following week.

Overton takes the lead

Summer Tournament organiser Malcolm Clarke gives an update on this year’s contest.

Phil Overton is the only player with 3 points after 3 rounds of the Chandlers Ford chess tournament.  In the next round he plays Peter Przybycin who has 2.5 points after agreeing a quick draw with David Culliford who also has 2.5  points.

Phil Overton vs Peter Przybycin in Ladder Final
Phil Overton (left) vs Peter Przybycin (right) in a previous match when they competed in the Ladder Final on 18th June 2019

One round 3 game has yet to be completed, but six of the nine round 4 pairings have been made, with the other three depending on the result of the remaining games.

It is expected that the Southampton Chess League fixture list for season 2019/20 will be compiled in a couple of weeks time.

Bird’s Grade Soars

The English Chess Federation six-monthly Chess Grades for July 2019 were published recently. Regular contributor Malcolm Clarke has been crunching the numbers.

Rob Bird (Chandlers Ford) and Graham Payne (Winchester) have both seen their gradings go up by 10 or more points.  Bird’s has gone up from 93 to 103, while Winchester secretary Graham Payne has seen his grading go up from 101 to 112.  However the top graded Winchester player is Jose Jimenez-Capilla who has gone up from 182 to 186.  David Holmes remains the highest graded Chandlers Ford player, but his grade has gone down from 157 to 153.  Steve Saunders (Chandlers Ford) up from 56 to 64 after achieving good results in the Southampton Chess League and David Green (Winchester) up from 68 to 75 are other increases of note.

However all of these local players have a long way to go if they want to compete with Giuildford’s team in the National Chess League which has seven players graded 250 and above and twelve players graded 230 and above in it’s squad.

Steve visits Brisbane Chess Club in Australia

Steve from Chandler’s Ford Chess Club visited Australia recently on a 3-week family visit, and made time to visit Brisbane Chess Club.

Steve from Chandlers Ford vs Chris in Brisbane, Australia, 2019
Steve from Chandlers Ford vs Chris in Brisbane, Australia, 2019

Steve played two of the club’s members, Chris and youngster Austin (ten years old). Steve says that Austin was “tactically brilliant and wiped the floor with me – twice!”

Steve plays Brisbane youngster Austin
Steve ponders his next move against Brisbane youngster Austin

News Roundup

Malcolm Clarke’s latest chess news roundup that appeared in this week’s print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle. He mentions this website -which is most welcome!

Chandlers Ford chess club during the course of last season set up a new website and the webmaster for this is Keven Lamb who has given excellent service to the club over a number of years.  The website address is chandlersfordchess.org.uk and it has several photographs with a picture of the players shaking hands at the match between the Chandlers Ford B and C teams.

Round 3 of the Chandlers Ford summer tournament is now  underway, but many local players will be looking forward to seeing the new July grading list which will be coming out shortly.  Some local players will also be attending the English Chess championships at Torquay International Riviera Centre which will be held from 26th July to 4th August.

Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy

The Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy event was held at Salisbury, and was a handicap blitz chess tournament (see Highcliffe Chess Club’s report on last year’s inaugural event). Six teams of 4 players competed. Chandler’s Ford captain David Culliford reports.

On Thursday 25th July, Chandler’s Ford accepted an invitation to compete in a handicap blitz tournament hosted by Salisbury Chess Club. The event comprised six teams of four players, drawn from four local clubs (Salisbury, Ringwood, Highcliffe and Chandler’s Ford), playing in an all-play-all format. Handicap blitz is a style of chess with a fast and furious time control in which players are handicapped based on the difference between their playing strengths. For example, opposing players with a similar grading would have ten minutes each on their clock for the entire game, whereas a strong county player meeting a novice might have 4 and 16 minutes available respectively.

The organisers and arbiters for the evening (Pete Donaldson of Ringwood and Michael Pope of Salisbury) began by welcoming the assembled players and then briefly summarised the tournament rules for those unfamiliar with the playing format. Some exciting chess was played over the five rounds, and occasionally one could hear the clatter of pieces hitting the floor as over eager players got carried away in their urgency to meet the time control – who says chess is boring?! There was an interval after the 3rd round during which refreshments were served, which provided much needed relief from the intensity of the chess on what was a hot and humid night.

At the end of the evening, the Chandler’s Ford team (Graham Stuart, David Culliford, Sam Murphy and Matthew Coldwell) emerged victorious, winning the first four rounds and drawing the last, although it must be said that a quarter of the Chandler’s Ford team (Coldwell) is actually a Salisbury club member. Matthew’s performance was particularly noteworthy, with wins in all five of his games. The evening concluded with Pete Donaldson presenting the trophy to David Culliford, the captain of Chandler’s Ford. All in all, a great evening of fun competitive chess among friends.

Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy being presented to Chandlers Ford July 2019
The presentation of the Keith Bateman Memorial Trophy to members of the winning team from Chandler’s Ford Chess Club. Pictured from left: Matthew Coldwell, David Culliford (captain), Pete Donaldson (tournament organiser), Sam Murphy. Graham Stuart (absent from the photograph) played on top board for the Chandler’s Ford team.

Summer and Knock-out update

Malcolm Clarke in his regular article for the Hampshire Chronicle gives a round-up of the Summer Tournament and the Knock-Out.

At  the end of round 2 of the Chandlers Ford summer chess tournament four players have two points Phil Overton, Rob Sims, Peter Przybycin and David Culliford and they will play each other in round 3 with Overton playing Sims and Culliford playing Przybycin.  James Lesniak who had a bye in round 1 and won his round 2 game is half a point behind, Przybycin and Overton are also amongst the semi finalists for the knockout competition which also includes Rob Bird and John Kooner.

Summer Tournament: Round 3 draw

The 2019 Summer Tournament began in April and is now in its third Round. It is organised and run by Malcolm Clarke, and is a 5-round Swiss in its format. It is one of three of the Club’s Tournaments. When the pairings for each round are announced, the first-named player has the white pieces. The odd number of players means byes are inevitable, but no player will receive more than one bye. The winner will have their name engraved on the Tournament’s trophy, the Kooner Cup.

The Summer Tournament trophy - the Kooner Cup
The Summer Tournament trophy – the Kooner Cup

Round 3 pairings

Phil OvertonRob Sims
David CullifordPeter Przybycin
Don CreaseyJames Lesniak
John KoonerRob Bird
Dick MeredithMaha Chandar
Rob StrachanKeven Lamb
Sam MurphyMansa Chandar
Steve SaundersIan Parker
Steve DunleavyRose Saunders
Nobby Georgebye