Club Championship 2017-18

Round 4 of the Club Championship takes place on 19th December. Any further dispensation requests should be made to the Tournament Secretary now with availability dates to play before the scheduled date. All games commenced on or before 19th December should fall within the cut-off date of 31st December for inclusion in the new January Grading list. Those affected so far by the six granted dispensations have already been contacted by the controller and dates arranged. We have a busy start to the New Year before Round 5 of the Championship on 9th January with the Blitz Championship on 2nd January and three teams in action on 4th January. Please bear this in mind as this may also affect your choice of time control.  Remember the single session options will need the agreement of your opponent, so think ahead now. The full draw for Round 4 will be published on Thursday 7th December following Matthews v Whitton which will be played to a finish on the night. This result will determine the pairings on the top four boards.

I have now published the prize list for this year’s Championship which can be viewed HERE (pdf)

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary

Club Championship Round 3 – 21 November

The DRAW for Club Championship Round 3 is published. Make your way to:

Club Championship page

…and scroll to the bottom of that page.

Games to be played on 21 November, unless dispensation to play on another date is granted by the Tournament Secretary. Five dispensations have been granted to date.

Remember, you can find the Championship games and all other statistics, etc., from the Stats index.

Stats index

News roundup…

Lightning Championship – 3 October: Congratulations to Mark Murrell on his first success in this event, scoring 6/7 with a grading performance of 189. Mark’s five wins included success against first teamers Ian Hunnable and Vladimir Parols and a draw with Club Champion, David Spearman and with Philip Staniland. David Spearman came second with 5½, followed by Ian Hunnable, Terry Whitton, Philip Staniland, 4½. 18 entries. Full details link below.

Lightning tournament pages

Fixture changes… Planner update: There are a couple of fixture changes: i) Essex League 4th team, v Loughton 2, originally 26 October has been rearranged, at Loughton’s request and will now be played 11 January. ii) North Circular League, 3rd team v Barnet Eliz. 2, originally 2 November, is postponed, new date to be confirmed (29 March offered). Both changes are charted in the online Planner, and the Loughton 2 change, (but not yet the NC2 change, as it is not yet confirmed) in the downloadable “Murrell” (link below).

Statistics menu Planner | “Murrell” download (pdf)

Club Championship, Round 2 – 24 October: A semi-upset for defending Champion, David Spearman, held to a draw by Laurie Burtt and a good result for Jean Mara with a win against Mark Le Gassicke, otherwise no upsets, but there are four games still to be played, so still some scope… Find latest results in the Club Championship page or from the Planner.

Club Championship page (access via Stats menu any time) | Statistics menu Planner

Recent match results: i) 23 October – NCL2 1½-4½ loss to Barnet Eliz. 1; ii) LL1 loss 2½-5½ to Wimbledon 1, two games adjourned; iii) LL3 loss to Newham (we believe the score was 2-6, but details to be confirmed).

Statistics menu Planner

Handicap Blitz Grand Prix 1: The first of the 2017-18 Handicap Blitz Grand Prix takes place on 7 November in the Clubroom. This is the event with a time handicap: each game has a total of 16 minutes, with the stronger player getting less time, the weaker player more time. Five events over the season, with points aggregated over the series to find the Grand Prix winner, but each event can be taken separately and has its own prize fund, so members need not play in every event. Rules via the link below. Entries for 7 November to Mark Murrell (click this email link). Please register your intent to play so that the pairing software can be populated with player records.

Handicap Grand Prix Rules | Entry link: Mark Murrell

U120 Training: Next session, Tuesday 31 October, in Roding room using the Smart board. Looking further ahead, the two sessions after that, in November are planned for Thurs 16 Nov and Thurs 30 Nov. Keep up with planned dates, using the Planner; all the U120 Training dates are shown in the extreme right column of the Planner, highlighted in yellow – can’t miss ’em!

Statistics menu Planner | Download: Training reports (pdf) t

Current season Club data: Remember: as circulated to all members, the main menu system above, is now in archive as we no longer have Administrator access to the website. The exception to this is the Statistics area linked from the ‘About’ menu (or link below). All current data is disseminated through front page posts like this one, with the main information of activities accessible from the Statistics menu. Use the Planner for an overview and looking ahead, use the stats pages for match information – results of past fixtures and dates for future fixtures for each team, with separate pages for standard games and rapid games. The plan is that we will be starting up a new website where we have full control when this site will remain as archive.

Statistics menu

Club Championship – Round 2, 24 October 2017

The Draw has been published for Round 2 of the Club Championship. Follow the link:

Club Championship R2 Draw

The draw can also be viewed as a popup from the Planner – when you get there, click on the Round 2 entry listed under 24 October.

Games to be played 24 October 2017 – unless dispensations granted for another date. Two dispensations were granted, one of those games is now being played early.

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

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