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.
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.
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.