Knockout Round 2 Draw

Round 1 of the 2022 Knockout Tournament saw 8 of the remaining 16 players eliminated. Eight now remain. The Knockout Round 2 Draw has now been made. The Knockout is organised by Steve Dunleavy.

The Chandlers Ford Knock Out Trophy
The Chandlers Ford Knockout Trophy

The Knockout 2022 so far

26 players entered this year’s Knockout. The Preliminaries, 10 games and 6 byes, saw that field reduced to 16 to compete in Round 1. Eight of the Round 1 players have been eliminated. Eight players have made it to the second round.

Round 2 Draw

  • Graham Stuart vs Joe Henbury
  • David Culliford vs Keith Gregory
  • Dick Meredith  vs John Kooner
  • Rob Sims vs Nobby George


Pairings and results for each Round can be seen on the Knockout 2022 Page:

Rules recap


1) the player drawn first plays with white(in the event of a draw colours
are reversed in the replay)
2) both players have their clocks set at 90 minutes
3) all games to be played by the 24th August; please let me know if for any reason you need a time extension to that deadline
4) if possible all games to be played over the board at club nights(2/8,
9/8,16/8,23/8) or at an agreed alternative venue
5) if necessary games may be played on the internet but please check with me first that this is okay
6) enjoy your games and please email me your result asap + when you have agreed to play the game to enable me to monitor progress

Steve Dunleavy

C Team Captain Steve Dunleavy at home match against Basingstoke C 1st March 2022
Knockout 2022 organiser Steve Dunleavy

Ladder Numbers Climb

The club’s popular Ladder Tournament has seen its numbers climb recently, and there are now 25 players in the contest. Tournament organiser Rob Sims reports on the latest games on Tuesday 26th July. The current, 2021-22 Ladder, ends on 13th September.

Peter Przybycin v Lee Mundy in the 2021-22 Ladder
Peter Przybycin plays Lee Mundy in the 2021-22 Ladder

Three games were played at club on Tuesday night:-

  • Peter Przybycin beat Lee Mundy  ( no change needed in Ladder positions)
  • Nobby  George beat Daniel Phillips
  • Cary Xie beat Pablo Vidal

The last two games have resulted in Cary and Nobby moving up while Daniel and Pablo drop down.

Only 7 more club nights before the current ladder finishes on 13th September and the mini tournament to decide the winner takes place.

A new ladder will start at the end of September.

Best wishes to all,

Rob Sims

For full Ladder player positions (latest is from 28th July), see the Ladder 2021-22 Page:

Ladder rules recap

  • All games to be played on the clock, which will be set at ninety minutes and then played to a finish.
  • Players may challenge up to four places above their own step.
  •  If the challenger wins, he will exchange places with the loser, all other results then the positions remain the same.
  • The same players may not play each other again without first playing another player.   
  • Once a challenge is accepted neither the challenger nor the player being challenged may make or accept another challenge.
  • A challenge cannot be made more than seven days ahead of the game to be played.
  • The challenger will have the white pieces.
  • All games to be played over the board, other than games for Mike Henbury, which can be played online.
  • Please notify Rob Sims with the results of all games played.

The current Ladder will end on 13th September 2022. In previous years, after the ladder ends the two players in second and third place play each other and the winner of that game plays a final match against the player who is top, so we’ll go through that process when the final ladder positions are revealed on September 13th.

Summer Tournament 2022 Round 2

Summer Tournament 2022 Round 2 player pairings are announced by organiser Malcolm Clarke.

The Summer Tournament runs during the summer, and is a 5-round Swiss format event is played between May and September. Usually in the Summer Tournaments, the winner’s name is engraved on the Kooner Cup and receives a replica of the Cup. The organiser is Malcolm Clarke.

Round 2 Pairings (and player scores so far)

  • Geoffrey Parish (1) v Iwan Cave(1),
  • Sam Murphy (1) v Keith Gregory (1).
  • Keven Lamb (1) v Graham Stuart (1),
  • Mike Henbury (1) v David Culliford (1),
  • Peter Przybycin (0.5) v Nobby George (1),
  • Pablo Vidal (0.5) v Rob Strachan (0,5),
  • Rob Sims (0) v Peter Eales (0.5),
  • Steve Dunleavy (0) v Lee Mundy (0),
  • John Kooner (0) v John Pellegrini (0),
  • Alan Weaver (0) v Steve Saunders (0),
  • Rose Saunders (0) v Ian Parker (0)

First named players white.

Summer Tournament 2022 Rules recap

  • The Games are 90 minutes all moves per player.
  • When the Round Pairings are announced, the first-named plays as white.
  • Notify Malcolm Clarke of the results.

Click on the button below to see the Summer Tournament 2022 Page:

Book Prize Tournament 2021-22 Concludes

The 2021-22 Book Prize Tournament concluded this week, organiser Peter Przybycin announced. Keith Gregory is the winner of the Major, Nobby George the winner of the Minor. Both received their prizes from Peter at the end of season curry night. Congratulations Keith and Nobby!

Peter Przybycin announces the full results:

Hi All,

The Book Prize Tournament 2021-22 has now concluded.

We have known who the victors are for a few weeks now, with Keith Gregory winning the Major Section, and Nobby George winning the Minor Section. They were both presented with their prizes at the Club’s recent curry night.

Congratulations again to you both.

Runner up in the Major was Graham Stuart.

Well done Graham.

Third place in the Major was taken by Mike Henbury.

Well done Mike.

This section did have a slightly unsatisfactory ending, as Eric Jones was unable to play his final two games; defaulting against Rob Sims and Dick Meredith. This means that we will never know who would have finished in last place, possibly saving my blushes!

There are a couple of significant results to report in the Minor Section.

In round 8, Maha Chandar beat John Kooner, locking in the runner-up position.

Congratulations Maha.

In their round 9 game, Maha lost to Rob Strachan, meaning that three players finished the Minor section on six points; Steve Saunders, Rob Strachan, and John Kooner.

Steve Saunders takes the third slot on tiebreak, having the lowest ECF grade of the three.

Well done Steve.

Book Prize Tournament 2021-22 Final scores:

Major section:

  • Keith Gregory 7.5
  • Graham Stuart 6
  • Mike Henbury 5
  • Sam Murphy 4.5
  • Manoj Chandar 4
  • Eric Jones 4
  • Keven Lamb 3.5
  • Rob Sims 3 (+1 default)
  • Dick Meredith 2 (+1 default)
  • Peter Przybycin 2.5

Minor Section:

  • Nobby George 9
  • Maha Chandar 7
  • Steve Saunders 6
  • Rob Strachan 6
  • John Kooner 6
  • Geoff Parish 3
  • Lee Mundy 2.5
  • Ian Parker 2.5
  • Rose Saunders 2
  • Steve Dunleavy 1

I have thoroughly enjoyed running this tournament and I look forward to the next one. I expect to be asking for entries in a couple of months, once the Kooner Cup (AKA Summer Tournament) and Dunleavy Knockout have finished.

All the best,

Peter.

Book Prize Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin with the Prizes, 26 May 2022
Book Prize Tournament organiser Peter Przybycin with the Prizes 2022

For full results of Major and Minor, all rounds, see the Book Prize Tournament Page:

Knockout Round 1 Draw

The 2022 Knockout Round 1 draw has been made, now that the Preliminary Round’s record 26 entrants have been whittled down to the 16 players who begin Round 1.

C Team Captain Steve Dunleavy at home match against Basingstoke C 1st March 2022
Knockout Tournament 2022 organiser Steve Dunleavy

Knockout 2022 Round 1

WhitevBlack
Steve SaundersNobby George
Graham StuartMike Henbury
Steve DunleavyJohn Kooner
Ewan CaveKeith Gregory
Dick MeredithLee Mundy
Joseph HenburyPeter Przybycin
Keven LambDavid Culliford
John PellegriniRob Sims
Knockout Round 1

Knockout Rules recap

  1. The name drawn first plays with white
  2. In the event of a draw the players must play again (within the stipulated time period-13/7 if possible) with the colours reversed
  3. Clocks to be set at 90 minutes for both players
  4. All games to be played over the board at the club other than mike Henbury who can play his games on line (e.g. lichess.org)
  5. All results will be sent for grading
  6. The deadline date to play your games is the 13th July 2022 (club nights 21/6,28/6,5/7,12/7 + 1 day)
  7. All results to be emailed to me Steve Dunleavy as soon as your game has been played
  8. Please let me know if for any reason an extension of time to complete the game is required (as with Sam murphy and Mike Henbury in the preliminary round).

Steve Dunleavy

League AGM will be on Tuesday 14th June

The Southampton Chess League will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th June 2022 – at our club’s venue, the Chandler’s Ford Central Club. The SCL AGM will start at 7:30pm.

SCL AGM Agenda

SCL AGM 14th June. Southampton Chess League EGM, Tuesday 14 June 2022, 7.30pm, Chandlers Ford Central Club (2 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2FZ)


Agenda

  1. Welcome Thanks to Chandlers Ford club for hosting us.
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of previous EGM (13 October 2021) and matters arising
  4. Secretary / Fixture Secretary reports
  5. Treasurer Report and League Subs See statement below to be done, prepared by Fraser McLeod who is acting as interim treasurer as no one else has offered to take on the role since Robin Williams stood down.
  6. Website Robin Williams wishes to stand down from the webmaster role. He advises that now the website is set up it requires minimal effort to maintain.
  7. Grading
  8. Election of officers – The roles of treasurer and webmaster are vacant. We will likely need a new Chairperson as we understand that Chris Priest has been in poor health. Matthew Coldwell (Vice-chair) may wish to take this role (to be confirmed). Malcolm Clarke and Fraser McLeod are willing to continue as Fixtures Sec and League Sec, respectively. Roger Marsh (Grading Officer) is willing to continue in this role despite no longer living in the area.
  9. Proposals
  10. Planning for the next season
    a) Do we want a full season, i.e. from October to May?
    b) Do we want 5-board matches instead of 4 in top divisions?
    c) How many teams does each club want to field?
    1. League structure – tentatively place teams into five divisions. The SCL committee hope that we will have more teams than this season and that this may avoid relegations this season.
  1. Trophy presentations
    Note: Robertson Cup, Individual and Rapidplay competitions were not held this season. See League winners table below for 2018-9 and 2022:
Division2018-9 winner2022 winner
1Ringwood AFareham A
2Hamble BSalisbury A
3Ringwood BBasingstoke A
4Salisbury CFareham B
5Ringwood CBasingstoke C
Trophy winners 20218-9 and 2022

12. Any other business
How the 2022 (half)-season ended: see table above for Division winners. Click the button below to go to the SCL Website to see the Division Tables for full fixtures and results:

Chandler’s Ford Secretary Honoured at Previous SCL Meeting

Our Club Secretary Malcolm Clarke was awarded League and Club Trophies for his long service at last year’s meeting, which was in October 2021.

Malcolm Clarke receives League and Club Awards at SCL EGM 13 October 2021
Photo from last year’s SCL EGM. Malcolm Clarke with his League and Club Awards 13 October 2021, presented by SCL President Gillian Moore. Photo: Mansa Chandar.

2022 Chandler’s Ford Season Review

Graham Stuart has compiled an excellent review of Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s 2022 season, and analyses the performances of each of our club’s League teams. Click below to see his Review.

Summer Tournament 2022 Begins

The Summer Tournament 2022 begins as its organiser Malcolm Clarke announces the player pairings for the first Round.

The Summer Tournament runs during the summer, and is a 5-round Swiss format between May and September. Usually in the Summer Tournaments, the winner’s name is engraved on the Kooner Cup and receives a replica of the Cup. The organiser is Malcolm Clarke.

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

The Summer Tournament is usually 5, but sometimes 6 Rounds over the summer months – about a month per Round. The winner receives the Kooner Cup for a year and usually gets to keep a replica. The games are standard play in terms of time control, 90 minutes each player.

Click on the button below to see the Summer Tournament 2022 Page:

Round 1 Pairings

WhitevBlack
Keith GregoryJohn Kooner
Lee MundyIwan Cave
Graham StuartIan Parker
Rob StrachanPeter Przybycin
David CullifordAlan Weaver
Steve SaundersSam Murphy
Mike HenburySteve Dunleavy
Geoff ParishRob Sims
Nobby GeorgeRose Saunders
John PellegriniKeven Lamb
Round 1

Summer Tournament 2022 Rules

  • The Games are 90 minutes all moves per player.
  • When the Round Pairings are announced, the first-named plays as white.
  • Notify Malcolm Clarke of the results.
Summer Tournament prize: the Kooner Cup
Summer Tournament prize: the Kooner Cup

Book Prize last Round

The ninth and last Round of the Book Prize Tournament 2021-22 has been announced by organiser Peter Przybycin. The tournament ends on 28th June.

Chess set metal pieces on marble board

Current scores:

Major section:

  • Keith Gregory 7/7
  • Graham Stuart 5/7
  • Sam Murphy 4.5/8
  • Mike Henbury 4/7
  • Eric Jones 4/6
  • Manoj Chandar 3/7
  • Keven Lamb 2.5/7
  • Rob Sims 2/7
  • Dick Meredith 2/8
  • Peter Przybycin 2/8
Eric Jones, left, vs Keven Lamb, Round 7 of the Book Prize Tournament, 18 May 2022
Eric Jones, left, vs Keven Lamb, Round 7 of the Book Prize Tournament, 18 May 2022

Minor Section:

  • Nobby George 7/7
  • Maha Chandar 6/7
  • John Kooner 5/7
  • Steve Saunders 5/7
  • Rob Strachan 4/6
  • Ian Parker 2.5/7
  • Geoff Parish 2/7
  • Lee Mundy 1.5/6
  • Rose Saunders 1/7
  • Steve Dunleavy 0/7

Book Prize Round 9 Pairings

The pairings for this round include husband and wife club players Steve and Rose Saunders. They were inevitably going to play each other in an all-against-all tournament. Rose and Steve often play against each other, and online they have currently played over 2,300 games together! See our article when they reached the 2,000 milestone here.

Steve and Rose Saunders
Steve and Rose Saunders

Minor:

  • Rose Saunders v Steve Saunders
  • Lee Mundy v Steve Dunleavy
  • Geoff Parish v John Kooner
  • Ian Parker v Nobby George
  • Maha Chandar v Rob Strachan

Major:

  • Rob Sims v Keven Lamb
  • Dick Meredith v Eric Jones
  • Manoj Chandar v Peter Przybycin
  • Keith Gregory v Graham Stuart
  • Sam Murphy v Mike Henbury

Please note: the Book Prize Tournament will end on Tuesday 28th June. No result will be recorded after that date.

All the best,

Peter.

Rules Reminder

(for full list see the Tournament’s Page) :

  • Rate of play – 90 minutes each for the whole game.
  • The first named player has the white pieces.
  • Games will (preferably) be played over-the-board at chess club, or at the home of the player with the white pieces. Score sheets and clocks should be used.
  • Games may alternatively be played online, using Lichess, by mutual consent. Score sheets are not needed for online games.
  • Online games will not be sent for grading.
  • The Book Prize Tournament will end on Tuesday 28th June. No result will be recorded after that date.

New Knockout Tournament Announced

The Knockout Tournament 2022 , organised by Steve Dunleavy, has seen a record 26 entrants. It has a Preliminary Round plus six byes to establish the Round 1 players.

The Chandlers Ford Knock Out Trophy
The Chandlers Ford Knockout Trophy

With a record 26 entrants this year we have 6 byes into the first round and 10 preliminary round games to qualify for the first round. If you are defeated in your preliminary round game you are eliminated from the competition. This system will reduce us from 26 to 16, and then 8,4,2 thereafter(for both the major and minor competitions- winners and losers from round 1).

Byes to Knockout 2022 First Round

The six byes into the first round are: Keith Gregory, Lee Mundy, Rob Sims, Steve Dunleavy, John Kooner, and Nobby George.

The Preliminary Round

The 10 preliminary games to qualify for the first round are as follows:

  • Ewan Cave vs Geoff Parish
  • Graham Stuart vs Ian Parker
  • David Culliford vs Rob Strachan
  • Alan Weaver vs Kev Lamb
  • Steve Saunders vs Andrew Chivers
  • Rose Saunders vs Peter Przybycin
  • Patrick Pavey vs John Pellegrini
  • Mike Henbury vs Sam Murphy
  • Daniel Phillips vs Dick Meredith
  • Peter Eales vs Joseph Henbury

Tournament Rules

The basic rules relating to this competition are as follows;

  1. The player named first plays with white
  2. The clock to be set at 90 minutes for both players
  3. In the event of a draw the replay must be played asap after the deadline date with colours being reversed
  4. All games to be played at club other than Mike Henbury who can play his game online
  5. All results will be sent for grading
  6. The deadline date to play the preliminary round is the 8th June (i.e. 3 club nights 24/5,31/5 and 7/6, + 1 day)
  7. All results to be emailed to me Steve Dunleavy as soon as the game has been played. – Steve Dunleavy
Steve Dunleavy, organiser of the Knockout Tournament
Steve Dunleavy, organiser of the Knockout Tournament

Book Prize Tournament Round 8 Starts

Round 8 of the Book Prize Tournament 2021-2 starts, as organiser Peter Przybycin announces the player pairings for the Round.

Small Indian marble chess set

Just one Book Prize Tournament game was played this week:

Mike Henbury 1 Dick Meredith 0

Current scores:

Major section:

  • Keith Gregory 6/6
  • Graham Stuart 4.5/6
  • Mike Henbury 4/7
  • Sam Murphy 3.5/7
  • Eric Jones 3/5
  • Manoj Chandar 3/7
  • Keven Lamb 2.5/6
  • Peter Przybycin 2/6
  • Rob Sims 2/7
  • Dick Meredith 1.5/7

Minor Section:

  • Nobby George 7/7
  • Maha Chandar 6/7
  • John Kooner 5/7
  • Steve Saunders 5/7
  • Rob Strachan 4/6
  • Ian Parker 2.5/7
  • Geoff Parish 2/7
  • Lee Mundy 1.5/6
  • Rose Saunders 1/7
  • Steve Dunleavy 0/7
Nobby George v Maha Chandar in the Book Prize Tournament 2021-2, Round 7.
Nobby George v Maha Chandar in their key match in Round 7.

Nobby beat Maha (who ran out of time in a winning position) to take control of the Minor section. He now needs just one more point to clinch the book prize.

Book Prize Round 8 Pairings

Minor:

  • Rose Saunders v Steve Dunleavy
  • Geoff Parish v Ian Parker
  • Steve Saunders v Rob Strachan
  • Nobby George v Lee Mundy
  • Maha Chandar v John Kooner

Major:

  • Rob Sims v Eric Jones
  • Manoj Chandar v Keith Gregory
  • Keven Lamb v Mike Henbury
  • Graham Stuart v Dick Meredith
  • Sam Murphy v Peter Przybycin

All the above games need to be completed by May 22nd if possible, when the final round pairings will be announced.

Please note: the Book Prize Tournament will end on Tuesday 28th June. No result will be recorded after that date.

All the best,

Peter.

Rules Reminder

(for full list see the Tournament’s Page) :

  • Rate of play – 90 minutes each for the whole game.
  • The first named player has the white pieces.
  • Games will (preferably) be played over-the-board at chess club, or at the home of the player with the white pieces. Score sheets and clocks should be used.
  • Games may alternatively be played online, using Lichess, by mutual consent. Score sheets are not needed for online games.
  • Online games will not be sent for grading.
  • The Book Prize Tournament will end on Tuesday 28th June. No result will be recorded after that date.