Malcolm Clarke’s latest chess news roundup that appeared in this week’s print editionof 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malcolm Clarke reports on the Chandler’s Ford Ladder, the Hampshire Individual tournament, The Robertson Draw at the Southampton Chess League AGM, plus the likelihood of our C team being relegated, in an article that appears in the current print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle.
The laddercompetition at Chandlers Ford chess club has been won by Peter Przybycin. He drew his playoff match with Phil Overton, but as he had beaten Phil in their game in the ladder Phil sportingly agreed to allow him to take the title.
In the Southampton Individual Championship Chandlers Ford’s Rob Strachan obtained one point from four games, but he gave a good account of himself against higher graded players.
Roger Marsh who captained the Eastleigh Rail first team before their relocation to Chandlers Ford obtained two points in the same competition.
At the AGM of the Southampton Chess League the draw for next season’s Robertson Cup was made with Chandlers Ford being drawn to play away at Andover, while their B team will play away to Winchester.
The composition of the divisions for next season has not been completely determined, but it is likely that the Chandlers Ford C team will be relegated to division 5 with all Chandlers Ford and Winchester teams remaining in the same divisions as last season.