Hampshire Juniors Win Online Team Battle

Congratulations to the Hampshire Junior Chess team on winning a 10-team online Team Battle! Convincingly: they finished well ahead of their nearest rivals.

Hampshire Juniors Win Team Battle

Hampshire Junior Chess Association team won a big Juniors tournament on Monday 5th July 2021.

Ten teams from across the country registered for the online event on lichess.org, and the Hampshire Junior Chess Association is one of them. 68 players participated.

19th Inter-County Division 2 Team Battle

The event was online on lichess.org, and the format a Team Battle. Basically, the individuals’ scores count towards their respective teams in an online tournament. The time control is in the blitz category: quick games of 5+3 (5minutes per player per game, plus a 3-second increment for each move made). With a tournament length of an hour and a half, quite an intense event requiring a lot of concentration and quick decisions in every game.

Hampshire Juniors win Team Battle: the 19th Inter-County Division 2.
The event, online on lichess.org, was a Team Battle Arena of Blitz games.
Team Battle 5th July: Tournament statistics

Hampshire Juniors in online events

The Hampshire Junior Chess Association team have had a series of events on lichess.org. These were various Team Battles, including the regular Saturday Afternoon Event Team Battles, plus 3-County Team Battles (for example, Hampshire v Dorset v Berkshire).

Their next event is a Saturday Afternoon Event Team Battle, on Saturday 17th July 2021. Hampshire is currently one of 4 Counties signed up for the event, the others being Devon, Berkshire, and Dorset. The time control for the 2-hour event is 10+5 (ten minutes per player per game, plus 5 seconds per move).

Good luck Hampshire Juniors!

Knock-Out Tournament Round 2

The Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Knock-out Tournament is one of two club tournaments currently running, the other one being the Summer Tournament. The First Round of the Knock-Out Tournament has been completed, and 8 players remain. The draw for Round 2 has been made. The Knock-Out Tournament is organised by Steve Dunleavy.

The Chandlers Ford Knock Out Trophy
The Chandlers Ford Knock-Out Tournament Trophy

Round 1 Results: Fur Flies as Ewok Slaughters Lamb

In their 39-move game in the second round, it was Mike Henbury (‘Ewokmike‘ on lichess.org) who was on form against Keven Lamb. Once Mike had gained a material advantage from good play – pinning and capturing a Bishop 24 moves in, he proceeded to widen the gap rapidly and went on to win the game.

See below for the first Round’s full results.

Knock-out Round 1

WhiteBlackResult
Rob StrachanGeoffrey Parish1 – 0
Mike WhitfordDick Meredith0 – 1
Peter PrzybycinNobby George1 – 0
Dean ShawRob Sims1 – 0
Steve SaundersSam Murphy0 – 1
Keven LambMike Henbury0 – 1
Graham StuartAndrew Vagg1 – 0
Steve DunleavyMaha Chandar0 – 1
2021 Knock-out Round 1

Knock-out Round 2 Pairings

The draw for the second Round has been made. All games should be completed by 11th July.

  1.                Dick Meredith vs Sam Murphy
  2.                Peter Przybycin vs Graham Stuart
  3.                Rob Strachan vs Maha Chandar
  4.                Dean Shaw vs Mike Henbury        

Knock-out Tournament Rules / guidelines recap

Tournament organiser Steve Dunleavy’s guidelines for the Knock-out:

a) The player named first plays with white

b) All games to be played on lichess.org with both players’ clocks set at 90 minutes

c) All games to be played within the next 3 weeks (on or before Sunday 11th July)

 d) In the event of a draw players can either a) agree to play a rapid play      game on the same night duration to be agreed between/by both players or b) play another 90-minute game before the 11th July deadline. In the event of a draw colours are reversed

e) The rules of chess must be adhered to i.e. no move retake requests and none to be granted

f) Can you please email me the result of your game immediately after it has been completed to allow me time to prepare and organise the Round 3 draw.

g) Enjoy your games and please let me know if you are struggling to             complete your game before the 11th July deadline: in fact please let me know when you have arranged to play your games so that I can easily keep track of events.

h) In Round 1 Rob Strachan beat Geoffrey Parish, Dick Meredith beat Mick Whitford, Peter Przybycin beat Nobby George, Sam Murphy beat Steve Saunders, Dean Shaw beat Rob Sims, Mike Henbury beat Kev Lamb, Graham Stuart beat Andrew Vagg, and Maha Chandar beat Steve Dunleavy.

i) Enjoy your games and the competition. Please let me know if you are having difficulty contacting your opponent and I will try my best to find a contact number for them.

Steve Dunleavy

Summer Tournament 2021 Round 2

The Summer Tournament is one of two tournaments currently running in the Chandler’s Ford Chess Club (the Summer Tournament and the Knock-out Tournament). Round 1 of the Summer Tournament has now been completed, and event organiser Malcolm Clarke has announced the pairings for Round 2 of the Summer Tournament. Round 1 results in full, Round 2 Pairings list, and a quick recap of the rules.

Round 1 Results

WhitevBlack
Keith Gregory1-0Nobby George
John Kooner0-1Graham Stuart
Peter Przybycin1-0Mike Henbury
Maha Chandar0-1David Culliford
Sam Murphy0-1Rob Strachan
Steve Dunleavy1-0Dick Meredith
Rob Sims1-0Steve Saunders
Rose Saunders0-1Kev Lamb
Patrick Pavey0-1Dean Shaw
Geoffrey Parish0.5–bye
Summer Tournament 2021 Round 1

Full details of each Round’s results can be seen on the table on the Summer Tournament Page which will be updated as the tournament progresses.

Summer Tournament Round 2 Pairings

  • Keven Lamb v Keith Gregory
  • Graham Stuart v Rob Sims
  • David Culliford v Steve Dunleavy
  • Dean Shaw v Peter Przybycin
  • Rob Strachan v Geoffrey Parish
  • Dick Meredith v Sam Murphy
  • Mike Henbury v Maha Chandar
  • Steve Saunders v John Kooner
  • Rose Saunders v Patrick Pavey
  • Nobby George – Bye

Tournament Rules and outline

The Summer Tournament is organised and run by Malcolm Clarke. The Summer Tournament is usually 5, but sometimes 6 Rounds over the summer months. Each Round is usually completed within a few weeks. The winner receives the Kooner Cup for a year and usually gets to keep a replica.

  • The Games are 90 minutes all moves per player.
  • When the Round Pairings are announced, the first-named plays as white.
  • The games can be played online at lichess.org.
  • Notify Malcolm Clarke of the results.
Summer Tournament prize: the Kooner Cup
Summer Tournament prize: the Kooner Cup and replica.

Maha Chandar Plays for England

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club member Maha Chandar has played for England in International games online! She played in an individual capacity in the ECU Girls’ and Women‘s Chess Weekend Finals under 1300, coming 5th, and as part of the England Women team in the International Girls and Women Team Battle on 16th May. The Team came 6th in an international line-up of 15 teams.

Maha Chandar, Chandlers Ford Junior Chess Club Organiser
Maha Chandar, Chandlers Ford player, plays for the England Women online chess Team on lichess.org.
Screen shot (Twitch) of online commentary of Euro Girls and Women's U1300 Finals
Screen shot (Twitch) of online commentary of Euro Girls and Women’s U1300 Finals

Two WFM (Women FIDE Master) commentators from the Austrian Chess Federation provided live online analysis on Twitch of the Euro Girls and Women’s U1300 Finals: AustrianChessFederation – Twitch

The ECU Girl’s and Women’s Chess Weekend Finals Under 1300 were held online on lichess.org. The games were rapid-play, and had a time control of 7+3. That is, 7 minutes per player per game plus 3 seconds for each move.

The International Girls and Women Team Battle on 16th May featured 15 female-player teams in the European Chess Union member federations. It was a huge event with 323 players. This was an even faster pace: a blitz time control of 3+2: three minutes per player per game plus 2 seconds per move. The England Women team came 6th in the online tournament, and Maha contributed 10 points to the team’s score.

Maha Chandar runs the Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club and is a Hampshire county Junior team Leader and organiser.

Another Chandler’s Ford Chess Club member, Rose Saunders, has played for England as well. See our previous Post about Rose Saunders and Maha Chandar: England Women’s Chess Team.

Summer Tournament 2021

Chandler’s Ford Chess Club’s Summer Tournament has run for many years, and this year’s event has started. Tournament organiser Malcolm Clarke has made the draw for the First Round of the Summer Tournament 2021.

The Summer Tournament sees players compete for the Kooner Cup trophy over a series of Rounds over the Summer months, at about a Round each month. The winner is presented with the trophy to hold for a year, and a Replica to keep.

The Kooner Cup and replica 2008
The Kooner Cup and replica

In normal times the games are played over the board at the Club or mutually agreed venue. The Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped the Summer Tournament from running – players can simply play their games online on lichess.org. The time control for each game remains the same: 90 minutes per player for all moves.

Pairings for Round 1 of the 2021 Summer Tournament

  • Keith Gregory v Nobby George
  • John Kooner v Graham Stuart
  • Peter Przybycin v Mike Henbury
  • Maha Chandar v David Culliford
  • Sam Murphy v Rob Strachan
  • Steve Dunleavy v Dick Meredith
  • Rob Sims v Steve Saunders
  • Rose Saunders v Keven Lamb
  • Patrick Pavey v Dean Shaw
  • Geoffrey Parish currently has a bye

This website’s Summer Tournament page is set up to include the 2021 event, and you can follow the results and pairings there. Currently Round 1 details are shown: the 2nd and subsequent Round pairings will be known after the results of each round enable Malcolm Clarke to announce the pairings.

Hampshire Junior Wins SCCU Prize

A Hampshire Junior chess player, Iwan Cave, has won a prize in the SCCU Jamboree online Tournament for junior chess players! The Hampshire Juniors Leader is Maha Chandar. Maha is also organiser of the Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club.

Iwan Cave, ‘Twickenham 2014’ on lichess.org, was joint winner of the Under 18s Board 3 Arena.

The SCCU Jamboree, 5th June 2021

The online event was the Southern Counties Chess Union Junior Jamboree, held online at lichess.org on 5th June, 11:00 – 13:30. It was open to juniors teams across England. SCCU membership wasn’t a requirement, and the SCCU invited Counties, schools, and Clubs across England. The Jamboree was organised into 4 categories: Reserves, Under 14 Minor, Under 14 Open, and Under 18. The categories were divided into Arenas by county team player Board numbers. It a massive 19-Arena Jamboree which had 279 players in all.

Teams of 6 participated in the Jamboree, from clubs across England. The Arenas were 5 round swiss tournaments. The games had a time control of 10+5: ten minutes per player per game plus 5 seconds per move.

Iwan played in the Under 18 category, Board 3 Arena. He was one of 10 players in this Arena, and scored 3.5 points. Another player, ‘I_am_17_LangF’ (lichess name) from the Merseyside Team, also scored 3.5. Controversially, a player who scored 4.5 was disqualified for cheating. Iwan of Hampshire and the Merseyside player were then awarded joint winners of that Arena, and so they will both receive medals.

See link button to the Jamboree Results below. The link takes you to a spreadsheet of results, with various tabs (Teams, Under 18, Under 14 Minor, Under 14 Open). Remember, a lot of results are detailed because it was a huge event.

Iwan has been a chess tournament prize winner before. He won a prize in the Southampton Rapid-Play Tournament at Southampton University organised by the University and Southampton Chess clubs, on 30th November 2019. He won a prize in the Under-90 graded event.

New Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club Facebook Page

Maha Chandar has set up a Facebook Page for the Junior Chess Club. See the Button below.

Knock-out Tournament Round 1

The pairings for the First Round of the Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Knock-out Tournament have been announced. The tournament is run by Steve Dunleavy.

Steve Dunleavy in New York, October 2019
Steve Dunleavy in New York, 2019 (photo by Suzan Dunleavy)

Preliminary Round Results

The preliminary Round saw 4 players eliminated. See the results below. 16 players remain in the event.

WhiteBlackResult
Joseph HenburyPeter Przybycin0 – 1
Rose SaundersMaha Chandar0 – 1
John KoonerSam Murphy0 – 1
Nobby GeorgePatrick Pavey1 – 0
2021 Knock-out Preliminary Round

Knock-out Round 1 Pairings

  1.                 Rob Strachan vs Geoffrey Parish
  2.                 Mike Whitford vs Dick Meredith
  3.                 Peter Przybycin vs Nobby George
  4.                 Dean Shaw vs Rob Sims
  5.                 Steve Saunders vs Sam Murphy
  6.                 Kev Lamb vs Mike Henbury
  7.                 Graham Stuart vs Andrew Vagg
  8.            Steve Dunleavy vs Maha Chandar

Rules / guidelines recap

Tournament organiser Steve Dunleavy’s guidelines for the Knock-out:

a) the player named first plays with white

b) all games to be played on lichess.org with both players’ clocks set at 90 minutes

c) all games to be played within the next 3 weeks (on or before Sunday 13th June)

 d) in the event of a draw players can either a) agree to play a rapid play      game on the same night duration to be agreed between/by both players or b) play another 90-minute game before the 13th June deadline. In the event of a draw colours are reversed

e) the rules of chess must be adhered to i.e. no move retake requests and none to be granted

f) can you please email me the result of your game immediately after it has been completed to allow me time to prepare and organise the Round 2 draw Sunday 13th June

g) enjoy your games and please let me know if you are struggling to             complete your game before the 13th June deadline: in fact please let me know when you have arranged to play your games so that I can easily keep track of events

h) in the preliminary round Peter Przybycin beat Joe Henbury; Maha Chandar beat Rose Saunders; Sam Murphy beat John Kooner, and Nobby George beat Patrick Pavey

i) enjoy your games and the competition. Please let me know if you are having difficulty contacting your opponent and I will try my best to find a contact number for them.

Charity Chess Marathon 5pm 5th- 5pm 6th June

A 24 hour chess marathon raising funds to support the global coronavirus response.

There is an English Chess Federation charity event this weekend: the ECF Checkmate COVID – The Rematch. It is a chess marathon over 24 hours, from 5pm tomorrow Saturday 5th June 2021 to 5pm on Sunday 6th June. It is in aid of the British Red Cross Global Coronavirus Appeal. You can enter the event on chess.com, play as many or as few of the 5 minute games as you like – and return to the tournament to continue playing some more (so you aren’t committing to playing 24 hours in one go…)

How to join

To play in the tournament, join the ECF Club on chess.com. If not on chess.com, then sign up to that. Free.

  • Sign up to chess.com if you haven’t already joined them so you have a chess.com username. Free.
  • Join the English Chess Federation Club on chess.com. Free.
  • Join the tournament. Free, but you are encouraged to donate. Although there is no charge to enter the tournament, reigstering helps gauge numbers. Note: you will only be able to join the tournament one hour before the event starts at 5pm Saturday 5th June, and at any time thereafter during the tournament: it doesn’t matter if you miss the start, join any when during the event that suits you. Donating is easily done via the ECF registration form.

More information, taken from the ECF website:

The ECF’s Checkmate Covid – The Rematch chess marathon will be played from 5.00pm on Saturday June 5th to 5.00pm on Sunday June 6th (BST). Last year’s event proved a great success, raising £12,000.00 for the British Red Cross and having a great deal of fun in the process. The whole event will be played on Chess.com, and will be open to members of the English Chess Federation Open Club.

The event, once more in aid of the British Red Cross, is a 24 hour Arena tournament where you can play as many or as few 5 minute games as you want. You can join, leave and come back to the tournament at any point. Please join the club here (free of charge) if you are not already a member in order to play in the event — https://www.chess.com/club/english-chess-federation

All members of the above Club can then join the tournament at https://www.chess.com/live#r=1187013 from 4.00pm on Saturday 5th June. Chess.com only add the ‘join’ button from one hour before the start time. You can join from that point right up to the end of the tournament – it does not matter if you miss the start.

There is no charge for entry, but registration is encouraged to help gauge numbers. Entries will be accepted on the day, with the tournament open to joining for ECF Open Club members whether or not they have registered. However, only those who have registered and donated at least £5.00 will be eligible for prizes.

There will be live commentary for most of the event by a variety of streamers as well as on the ECF’s Twitch channel, which will feature a number of notable guests, including top GMs, throughout the night. You can go to https://www.twitch.tv/ecf_commentary now and click on the heart shape to follow the channel in order to get notifications of when we go on air.

Links

SCCU Junior Jamboree 5th June

Chandler’s Ford Junior Chess Club organiser and Juniors tournament Team Leader Maha Chandar has news of a big Juniors event online this Saturday 5th June.

The event is the Southern Counties Chess Union – SCCU- Junior Jamboree. The Jamboree will be played online at 11:00 on Saturday 5th June on lichess.org.

See Maha Chandar’s message below for parents who may be interested in entering their children in the Hampshire teams:

Dear Hampshire Chess Parent

The Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU) are sponsoring the events below on lichess this Saturday.

All we need are 6 players to make a team.  There are two age groups with the younger age group split by grade:

🔴  Under 18 Open

🔴  Under 14 Open

🔴  Under 14 Minor (U1800 Lichess rating)

The tournament details are:

Date :  Saturday 5th June 2021

Time :  11.00 am start time – 1.30 pm approx.

5 round Board Swiss with time control of 10 mins + 5 seconds.

(Each board will have its own swiss tournament.)

🏆 Prizes will be sent for the winners of each section 🏆

ECF membership required.  Results will be sent for ECF Online rating.
(Free Junior Silver membership is available for all new members and will last until August 2022)

Reserves are welcome to join a reserve tournament.

If you have a child who wants to play and is available for all 5 rounds, please email me by return so I can submit teams if we have enough players.  If you haven’t already provided me registration details and lichess username please use the form below so I can supply the organizers with the details they need.  I’ll make a decision on Thursday end of the day.

Don’t be put off by the high age limits.  The UNder 14 Minor section is likely to be a good fit for a strong Under 9 player. I will send you the link on Friday by end of the day.

——– Online Chess Registration lichess for SCCU events

Child Details
First Name:         ………………………………….
Last  Name:         ………………………………….
Gender:             Female / Male
Date of Birth:      ../../….     (Dd/Mm/Yyyy)

lichess name:       ………………………………….
ECF Membership #:   ………………………………….

School Year:        ………………………………….
School:             ………………………………….
(Include Postcode): ………………………………….

Home Address:       ………………………………….
                    ………………………………….
(Include Postcode): ………………………………….

Parent / Guardian contact details
Phone Number:       ………………………………….
Contact Email:      ………………………………….

Thanks

Kind Regards

Maha Chandar

Hampshire Junior chess Association

M:07858464846

Email: Kidschess@hotmail.com

Links

Lichess Ladder Winner Announced

The Chandler’s Ford Chess Club online Lichess Ladder Tournament winner has been announced. Tournament director Nobby George declares Sam Murphy the winner of the online tournament.

The Chandlers Ford Ladder Trophy
The Chandlers Ford Chess Club Ladder Trophy

Lichess Ladder Winner Announced

Hi Ladder People.

I believe the Ladder has run its course as it was only intended to fill in whilst we were in Lockdown, I would like to Congratulate SAM MURPHY for being the overall Winner. Thanks to all those that took part, See you all at the Club, shortly I Hope.

Nobby.

Sam Murphy wins the 2020-21 Lichess Ladder

Sam Murphy ascended the ‘Ladder’ by challenging opponents above him on the Ladder – and beating them. He has been at the top of the Ladder for many weeks now, and has just been declared the winner. Congratulations Sam!

The Lichess Ladder

Nobby George has run the Ladder as an over-the-board event at the Chandler’s Ford Chess Club since 2017. The Covid Pandemic made over the board chess impossible, so he set up the Lichess Ladder Tournament, so named because it is played online at lichess.org. The games were still of standard length, 90 minutes per player for all moves, and the other tournament rules applied. These include a player being able to challenge an opponent up to 4 rungs above them on the Ladder. A successful challenge saw the players swap places on the Ladder; a draw or defeat for the challenger would leave the players as they were.

There were 17 players in the Chandler’s Ford Chess Club lichess Ladder.

Sam was the first Ladder winner, in 2017-18. Pictured below: event organiser Nobby George presents the Ladder Trophy to Sam Murphy at the presentation in May 2018.