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Monday, 23 April 2018

Club Championship 2018

Results and a cross-table for the 2018 event are available here.



Following the success of last year's event, we are again running the Club Championship over the summer. Apologies for the late publication of dates.

Format
It will be organised as a 5-round Swiss event, using Fischer Timing (70 mins + 15 sec / move). The event will run in one or two grading sections depending on entries.

Rounds
We have set aside the following club nights for the five rounds:
Round 1:   10th May
Round 2:   7th June (or before the next round by prior agreement)
Round 3:   21st June (or before the next round by prior agreement)
Round 4:   19th July (or before the next round by prior agreement)
Round 5:   16th August (or at or before the next club night, 30th August, by prior agreement)
Entry
The event is open to all club members holding ECF membership. Pairings for round 1 will be finalised "on the day" allowing you to simply turn up to enter. If you want to enter but would like to take a bye in the first round, please notify the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Byes
Entrants may nominate one round as a half-point-bye, and must do so before that round is paired. A second bye will be permitted, but this will be a zero-point bye. For the purpose of pairing, a player in the top half of the draw who has received a zero-point bye will treated as having scored a half-point.
Failure to play in three rounds will result in automatic withdrawal from the competition.

Members may also express an interest in playing as a "filler" if they know in advance they will not be available for sufficient rounds to fully participate.

Pairings and Flexible Dates of Play
Pairings for rounds 2 to 5 will be made available in advance as soon as the organiser can manage. Games for rounds 2 to 5 need not be played on the listed dates. However, if they are not to be played on the listed dates, the date of play must (a) be agreed by both parties before the date listed for the round and (b) be before the date listed for the following round (or for the final round, on or before the following club night).

Where not playing on the listed date, the agreed date of play should be communicated to the organiser, Steve Lovell, before the listed date. This allows a player present on the listed date to claim a default should their opponent be absent, though we will repair if possible. Players will be responsible for sourcing the necessary equipment (board, set, clocks, score sheets), though the organiser may be able to assist if help is required.

To prevent delay in producing pairings for subsequent rounds, where a game has not yet been played, it will be assumed to have been won by any player graded 20 or more points higher than their opponent, and otherwise to have been drawn. The players scores will be corrected retrospectively if required.

Notification of Results
Both players in any game must notify the result to the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Tie-Breaks
(1) Direct encounter
(2) Rapid or Blitz Playoff, playing once with each colour
(3) Step (2) will be repeated until a winner is determined

The first tie break is the result between the players involved in the tie. If this is not decisive or not all the players involved in the tie have played each other, then those involved will play an all-play-all mini-tournament to decide the winner, with each pairing occurring twice to ensure a fair colour distribution. Those involved in the tie-break will decide between time controls of 25m+10s or 3m+2s (because these are easily set on a DGT 2010). If agreement cannot be reached, the time control will be decided by the toss of a coin. These games will take place at the earliest opportunity which is convenient for the players (and not necessarily all in one evening).

Friday, 30 March 2018

Match vs Hammersmith Chess Club - 7th April (at our venue)

Hammersmith will be bringing 12 players, with a wide range of grades. In addition to meeting us over the chess board, they are keen to meet us off the board, and plan to visit the Old Cannon Brewery when we're finished.

As Hammersmith are paying their travel fees and for accommodation, we'll be paying the venue hire. We may be able to get this reduced, but it looks like it'll work out at £7 per player (but you'll get free tea and coffee).

Programme:

10:30 am: Arrival and Welcome

11:00 am: Standard play match (graded)
  • Time control: 36 moves in 80 minutes, plus 15 mins + 15 sec / move (from move 1).

3:30 pm: Optional Blitz (not graded, as ECF only grade Rapidplay)
  • Those not interested in Blitz may want to go home / to the pub at this stage.
  • 5 round Swiss-ish. Paired BSE vs Hammers as far as possible.
  • 5 min + 2 sec

5:00 pm: Tidy

5:30 pm: Close / Pub / Home

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

January Grades are Out

As you may have seen elsewhere, the mid-season grades were published yesterday. You can find them via the ECF Grading Database at ecfgrading.org.uk, I hope you're pleased with what you find there!

I'd normally also have them listed on our membership page, but the lower half of that is currently broken. I hope to fix it soon!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Club Championship Results

In a change from recent years, we ran our Club Championship over the summer break rather than our usual programme of events. The only unbeaten player over the five round event was up-and-coming junior Jaden Jermy, who finished a full point clear of his nearest challenger.

The full cross-table of results is available here.

Over the coming weeks I hope to add some of the games to the club website here.



The tournament began before the summer grades were published, so seeding was based on older grades from January 2017. As a result, Jaden was paired against top seed Steve Ruthen in the first round. Jaden surprised Steve with the quality of his play, and after winning a piece in a complex middle-game, quickly went on to win with some very elegant moves.

In the second round, he comfortably beat yours truly (Steve Lovell), and then in the third he took down Bob Jones. These games contained few fireworks. Jaden played calmly, reaching materially equal endgames ... but he judged the transition into those endgames better than his opponents and with this king and pawns better placed went on to win each with relative ease. I was impressed by Jaden's calm and mature approach and his ability to determine which exchanges would work in his favour.

After a taking a bye in round four, Jaden was paired against Jon Collins in the fifth and final round. On paper it was still possible for any of four players to win the event, and I'd had to devise a system of tie-breaks to cater for the possibility of a three-way tie. But Jaden made all of that unnecessary, extracting himself like a magician from the opening difficulties which Jon appeared to have created for him and then going on to win.

A close look at the cross-table shows that Jaden had comfortably the most difficult draw of anyone in the event. He played and beat the top four seeds, all graded over 140 ECF.

Many congratulations Jaden. It was a thoroughly deserved result. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

ECF Summer Grades are Out

The British Chess Championship are underway, which is the customary time for the ECF to publish the summer grades. You can find them on the ECF Grading Website. I've added those to our membership page too. If I've missed you, please let me know (either by email or comments here).

In case you didn't know, you can follow the top boards of the British Chess Championships live online (often with commentary).

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Summer Programme 2017

Due to a colossal admin error on my part, I've had to make some amendments to the dates for the Summer Programme. You can see the latest version of the programme here.

While the events may be subject to change, the dates we're together are fixed. This time they really are fixed! Sorry if this means crossing thngs out on an otherwise very tidy calendar.

Club Championship 2017

The club championship took place as part of the Summer Programme. Standings, Pairings and Results can be found here.

Format
It will be organised as a 5-round Swiss event, using Fischer Timing (70 mins + 15 sec / move). The event will run in one or two grading sections depending on entries.

Rounds
We have set aside the following club nights for the five rounds:
Round 1:   6th July
Round 2:   20th July
Round 3:   3rd August
Round 4:   17th August
Round 5:   31st August
Entry
The event is open to all club members holding ECF membership. Pairings for round 1 will be finalised "on the day" allowing you to simply turn up to enter. If you want to enter but would like to take a bye in the first round, please notify the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Byes
Entrants may nominate one round as a half-point-bye, but must do so before the completion of previous rounds. A second bye will be permitted, but this will be a zero-point bye. Failure to play in three rounds will result in automatic withdrawal from the competition.

Pairings and Flexible Dates of Play
Pairings for rounds 2 to 5 will be made available in advance as soon as the organiser can manage. Games may be played either at the club on the nominated date in the schedule or ahead of that date at the players' own convenience.

Notification of Results
Both players in any game must notify the result to the organiser, Steve Lovell.

Tie-Breaks
(1) Direct encounter
(2) Rapid or Blitz Playoff, playing once with each colour
(3) Step (2) will be repeated until a winner is determined

The first tie break is the result between the players involved in the tie. If this is not decisive or not all the players involved in the tie have played each other, then those involved will play an all-play-all mini-tournament to decide the winner, with each pairing occurring twice to ensure a fair colour distribution. Those involved in the tie-break will decide between time controls of 25m+10s or 3m+2s (because these are easily set on a DGT 2010). If agreement cannot be reached, the time control will be decided by the toss of a coin. These games will take place at the earliest opportunity which is convenient for the players (and not necessarily all in one evening).