Club Championship 2017-18 – Round 1

The DRAW is published for Round 1 of the Club Championship 2017-18. Link below.

There have been a few changes to the Club Championship Rules, which are linked below.

Remember, all points scored in the Club Championship count towards the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield. Current standings can be found from the Statistics menu – link to stats below.

Club Championship R1 Draw | Club Championship Rules (pdf) | Stats menu

2018 Ladder published

Entries for the 2018 Ladder competition are closed and can be found at the link below.

An innovation this year, to spice up the competition, is that the starting position places the entrants in reverse grading order, with the lowest graded at the top and the highest at the bottom. No resting on laurels here!

Don’t forget that Ladder points count towards the Match score component of the Roy Wagstaff Memorial Shield. The games included for the purposes of the RWMS can be found in the Stats menu (link in the ‘About’ menu selection above).

On game has already been played:

(3) Fleming 1 – 0 O’ Regan (1).
Michael moves to the top of the ladder.

For the latest Ladder and Games List follow these links – each will open in a new window, so this page will remain open for you to come back to.

2018 Ladder as at 17 Sep 2017 | Ladder games 2018

Junior Championships Play-Off and supporting acts live

Commentary and analysis in the Club Room, Tuesday 23rd May

This year it is the first of the play-offs in the Junior Championship providing the entertainment for peer review live on the Club Room smart board this Tuesday, 23rd May. Philip Staniland will be chairing the commentary in Roding with up to the minute analysis from his special guests of this and the two supporting acts, being played over the live boards.

Live: Bui v Collyer (colours to be determined), Sweeney v Harte, Marden v Bancroft

Last Tuesday Kyan Bui held his Knight and pawns ending resumption against Joe Rosenberg whilst Alex could only muster the draw against Nigel White; finishing on 4½ points each and triggering the double round play-off competition. Round 2 with colours reversed is scheduled for the 6th June.

It’s London v Essex in the 106 to 125 grading section as our respective third team captains, Kevin and Ben, battle it out in their postponed Round 9 encounter, which may well determine the destination of the two grading prizes on offer.

It should be fireworks too as two of our best tacticians, Larry Marden and Paul Bancroft, complete the last of the Round 9 top boards pairings and the evening’s live broadcast.

All games are being played to a finish using the incremental time control option.

In the absence of the Tournament Secretary (the little matter of the Division 4 London League Title taking precedence), Ian Hunnable will be deputising as Controller whilst providing the technical support during the broadcast.

The games will be accessible via this LINK

Nine on the Ninth

David Spearman wins Club Championship with a round to spare
Kyan Bui and Alex Collyer neck-and-neck in Junior Championship

Round 9 draw posted for 9 May with cross-table – Go there now

Congratulations to David Spearman on his third Championship in nine years (his second outright, the first of which was in 2008/2009 at his first attempt! David, having dropped just ½ a point in eight rounds, has amassed an unassailable 1½ point lead from his nearest challenger, Controller Mark Murrell (6). They meet in the final round.

Also in contention for the placement prizes are Laurie Burtt, Ian Hunnable, Andy Lu and Steven Rix ½ a point behind. Ian has played them all bar Andy and this determined the pairings for the consolation prizes. It will take a lot of results going the right way, but any of the chasing pack of seven (ranging from Kevin Sweeney [118] to second seed Paul Bancroft [175]) could still achieve a placement prize.

David and Steve are the only players who have yet to be beaten in this year’s competition.

In the Junior Championship Alex closed the gap in Round 8 setting up some interesting pairings for our junior contenders. With a head-to-head avoided (for now at least) will one of them be able to pull clear or will they face a play-off double round if they remain inseparable?

Final call for those Champagne Moments – get you entries in asap. This year Round 9 is early enough to be included so plenty of incentive for inspirational chess – or blunders!

Dispensations are discouraged in the final round unless unavoidable. All games bar four will be played on the 9 May.

It is all very tight too in each of the grading sections, where first and second place prizes are up for grabs. Each has a clear leader but only just. The front runners going into Round 9 are:

126 to 160 Mark Murrell (6) with Laurie Burtt and Andy Lu (5½); all having challenging higher-graded opponents in the final round;

106 to 125   Kevin Sweeney (5) with Ben Harte, Graham Hillman and Terry Skippen (4½). Kevin and Ben have been drawn together – will they square up for ping pong chess?

80 to 105   Mark Le Gassicke (4½) with Kyan Bui, Nic Charles, Alex Collier, John Jestico and Nigel White (4). Only Alex and Nigel go head to head;

 U80            Paul Read (3½) with Sid Burns and Sebastian Monzon (3).

Sebastian has set the target of 4 following his early encounter against Michael Fleming, securing a prize. Paul and Sid are paired together, one of whom will be disappointed.

For those interested, the current cross-table can be downloaded here: Championship cross table

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary


Spearman and Bui pull clear in the Championships

Draw for Round 8 of the Club Championship is now posted.

David Spearman’s stroll towards the Championship continued in Round 7 overcoming Istvan Lengyel.  David (6½/7) is now 1½ points clear with 2 rounds to go. He next faces the enigma of new member Jay Sharman (5/7) who has come up on the rails. In the Junior Championship Kyan Bui (4/7) leads Alex Collyer (3/7) taking advantage of  Alex’s misfortune in the last round. John Keehner stands in Kyan’s path whilst Alex takes on Voldi Gailans.

Six players (5/7) vie for the placement prizes in the chasing pack of 6: Laurie Burtt, Ian Hunnable, Larry Marden, Mark Murrell, Jay Sharman and Terry Whitton.

There is plenty of competition too in the grading sections:

126 to 160 (5) – Laurie Burtt, Mark Murrell and Jay Sharman with just a ½ point behind Istvan Lengyel and Andy Lu
106 to 125 (4) – Ben Harte, Joe Rosenberg, Terry Skippen and Kevin Sweeney with just a ½ point behind Victor Fuller and Graham Hillman
80 to 105 (4) – Kyan Bui, Mark Le Gassicke, John Jestico and Nigel White
U80 (3) – Sid Burns with his closest contenders (2½) having already played their round 8 clash, with Paul Read’s victory over Michael Fleming setting the target of 3½ /8).

All games will be played on Tuesday 11th April save for those granted dispensation to play on an alternative date. Dispensations have been granted to Messrs Nickals, Rosenberg and Siddo. Access the draw from the link below.

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary

Click for Draw for Round 8

John Hodgson Rapidplay Champ

Burtt-Marden from R4

There were 14 entries for the Rapidplay Championship, which represents the lowest level of the series. However, there was no lack of quality with our two strongest players, John Hodgson and David Spearman both present and a selection of other first team players.

But it was Mark Murrell who made the early running and was the only player on 2/2, at which point he jokingly suggest that the tournament should be terminated! But the contest continued, with close running the order of the day. After three rounds, there were three players on 2½ – John Hodgson, David Spearman and Steve Rix, and another three on 2 points, Mark Murrell Larry Marden and Laurie Burtt.

The top two games, Hodgson-Spearman and Murrell-Rix were drawn and Larry Marden made it a leading quartet, by beating Laurie (see picture).

Murrell-Rix from R4

So the start of Round five of six saw four leaders on 3/4: David Spearman, Steve Rix, Larry Marden and John Hodgson. Murrell-Whitton (each on 2½/4) was the next pairing with Nigel White also on 2½ having a fine tournament. But this is where the close-order drill ceased. John Hogson defeated Larry Marden while Spearman-Rix shared the point.

So at the start of the last round, after three rounds of a shared lead, John Hodgson had edged ahead. Here he defeated Mark to secure an unchallenged first place. John’s winning margin was accentuated by both players who started the round =2nd on 3½ losing and falling out of the prize list, Steve Rix to Larry Marden and David Spearman to Paul Haddock, the shock result of the day – no fluke, well played Paul!

Congratulations to John, Rapidplay Champion on debut! As a result of the last round carnage, there was a triple tie for 2nd on 4 points between Larry Marden, Terry Whitton and Paul Haddock, a fine result.

Prize List: 1st John Hodgson, 5/6; =2nd Larry Marden, Terry Whitton, Paul Haddock, 4.

Grading Performance prizes were awarded to Nigel White (+31) and Kyan Bui (+16).

Link to Tournament pages

Handicap Blitz Grand Prix – Event 4, 7 March 2017

FreeVector-22The 4th of 5 events in this season’s Handicap Blitz Grand Prix takes place this Tuesday, 7 March 2017 in the Clubroom. Registration from 7.15 pm, Round 1 starts 7.30 pm.

This is a stand alone event but which forms Round 4 of the Grand Prix accumulator. Members do not have to play in all events, you can treat each as a one-off with its own separate prize fund (entry fee £1). Core time for each game is 8 minutes +/- according to strength of opposition. Members intending to play are asked to register in advance which will save time on the night; registration email link below, together with link to the tournament pages which will update with new entries ongoing. As with previous events, pairings and results will update as the evening progresses, viewable online, via the Tournament pages link below, or from the Handicap Blitz item on the Winter Events menu above.

After the first three events, Steve Rix (15/21) maintains a half-point lead over Terry Whitton (14½) with David Spearman, Philip Staniland and Charlton Siddo (14) not far adrift. After a barn-storming perfect 7 in Round 3 John Hodgson (who missed round 2) is closing fast.

Links: HBGP Index and Rules HBGP 2016-17 Home | HBGP4 Tournament pages | Registration link (email)

Link for Tournament page without template (plain screen): HBGP4wt