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


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

Club Championship – Round 7, 14 March 2017

Update post – 01 March 2017 00:57

The partial draw previously posted for Round 7 of the Club Championship has now been replaced by the full draw for all boards.

Round 7 games will be played on 14 March 2017 except where dispensation to play on another date has been granted.

You can find the full draw in the usual place, just follow the link:

Championship R7 draw

Club Championship Round 6 – 14 February


Reminder Round 6 of the Club Championship is this Tuesday, Valentine’s Day (unless you or your opponent have been granted dispensation). Full draw via link below.

Round 6 Draw

Club Championship Round 6 – 14 February 2017

valentineA partial draw for Round 6 of the Club Championship is now available, 16 players await the result of the last round 5 game between Philip Staniland and Istvan Lengyel as they attempt to reach 4/5 to join Larry Marden, Terry Whitton and Andy Lu in the pursuit of David Spearman still on a maximum score. Whitton v Spearman is the Valentine’s top board pairing in any event.

Just half a point separates Kyan Bui (3) and Alex Collyer (2½), the leading contenders in the Junior Championship. It is also the leading margin in all of the grading sections (for which there are 1st and 2nd place prizes).  The respective leaders are:
126 to 160 (4) Andy Lu
106 to 125 (3) Ben Harte, Kevin Sweeney and Victor Fuller
80 to 105 (3) Kyan Bui
U80 (2) Sid Burns

All games will be played on Tuesday 14th February save for those granted dispensation to play on an alternative date. Dispensations have been granted to Messrs Harte, Keehner, Jestico, Rix and Sharman. Access the draw from the link below.

Round 6 draw (partial)

There have been plenty of results against the grain so there must be some moments worthy of the champagne cash prize.  I invite your submissions. Your Committee will judge the entries to chose the Champagne Moment for 2016/17.
The Champagne Moment is intended to reward the best or most entertaining one-off individual performance which may present it itself in any number of ways. Examples by way of illustration could be the biggest upset, the best game, the best finish to a game (sacrifice, combination), the best swindle. This is not intended to be an inclusive list, but you should get the idea.

Mark Murrell
Tournament Secretary