One of our chess club players, Dave Holmes, has participated in the Devon County Chess Association Spring Grand Prix on chess.com: https://www.chess.com/club/dcca-online-club-devon-england – and has made it all the way to the event’s Graded Final. The Final will be held online tomorrow, Friday 3rd July.
And you can watch him live!
The event will be shown live on twitch (Chesster1883 twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/chesster1883 – with commentary – 7:30 pm (you can connect from 7:20). The evening continues with the the other half of the event, the Championship Final, from 8pm. Dave Holmes is in the Graded Final part of the night, and goes by the username of ‘Gashead4‘. He is up against Nicky Bacon (‘MateInMinusThree‘).
Grand Master Keith Arkell to commentate
The twitch channel is run by Tom Thorpe. He is a top Arbiter, and trained our own club’s David Culliford to be an official Arbiter. Tom Thorpe and Tim Paulden will be joined in the Commentary team by GM Keith Arkell.
The event is contested over 4 games. The first 2 have a time control of 9 minutes overall +3 seconds per move for each player. The next 2 games are shorter at 5 minutes plus 2 second increment. If tied, another pair of the 5 + 3 type games will be played.
Full details from the DCCA:
Watch our Spring Grand-Prix Finals this Friday, with live commentary from GM Keith Arkell!
To tune in, simply go to https://www.twitch.tv/chesster1883 from 7:20pm on Friday 3 July!
We are delighted to announce that GM Keith Arkell will be joining Tom Thorpe and Tim Paulden for our live broadcast of the DCCA Spring Grand-Prix Finals this Friday evening (3 July). To tune in to the commentary, simply go to Tom Thorpe’s Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/chesster1883 from 7:20pm on Friday!
Each match in the Final will consist of four games – two at a time control of 9min+3sec increment, followed by two at 5min+2sec increment. If one player is leading after these four games, that player is immediately declared the winner. In the event of a 2-2 tie, an extra pair of 5min+2sec games will be played as a tiebreaker – repeating as needed until the match is decided!
The players battling it out for the trophies this Friday evening are:
Graded final [starts 7:30pm]: MateInMinusThree (Nicky Bacon) vs gashead4 (David Holmes)
Championship final [starts 8pm]: JackRudd (Jack Rudd) vs JUDevon (Jon Underwood)
We really hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an exciting conclusion to our Grand-Prix season!
Lastly, if you have any fun / interesting questions you’d like us to ask GM Keith Arkell, please drop a quick chess.com message to “ExeterPrez“) before 4pm on Friday, and during any breaks in play we will read out some of the best ones!
P.S. If you missed Tom Thorpe’s excellent commentary on last week’s four semi-finals, the video is still available on Twitch for the next few days, at the following link: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/658348185