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Alan Groves (1942 - 2021) (11th Apr)
Alan Groves sadly died on 22nd March. He was a regular player for the Gambit chess club and played for the 5th team in the league. An article has been posted on the Gambit website.
General Meetings (11th Apr)
EGM: 23rd April 2021
I am writing primarily to officially announce an EGM on the 23rd April 2021 to be held by zoom at 7:30pm.
The reason for the EGM is, as many of you are aware, following Robert Richmond’s death it transpired he had left a bequest for the purposes of furthering chess in Nottinghamshire.
A Working Group was set up by the EC to consider the best way to approach this issue. The Working Group has been hard at work on this and has put together the proposals and associated documents to be considered formally at the EGM. These have been sent to club secretaries.
As it is a general meeting the rules re delegates apply as per the AGM. I have used the 2019 club lists to give people notice. If anyone knows there are different Officers at their club, and I have not emailed them, please let me know. In any event, it would be helpful to know if there are any recent changes to Officers.
We will send out the zoom details at a later stage. It would help if clubs can inform me of those wishing to attend and their email addresses.
AGM: 7th July 2021
The 7th July has been pencilled in as the 2020/21 AGM (in reality for the 2019/20 season as well). It is hoped this may be in person, but seems more likely to be by zoom. If anyone has an opinion on this please let me know.
It is intended that the RRM will be incorporated into this meeting. I am happy to receive any proposals now but would ask if people could consider carefully whether to do so. It is not yet known how the next season will be organised as we cannot be certain what the government or virus is going to do at that time. We do not know numbers of players or even clubs.
The new Website will be up and running in the coming weeks. I will forward details of this separately then.
Steve Burke has had only a few entries for the 19/20 best game and swindle prizes. We have therefore extended the entry period up to the EGM in case anyone else wants to send one to him.
Steve Swanwick (23/2/47 - 15/3/21) (24th Mar)
Steve Swanwick (Nomads) passed away as a result of cancer that he had been living with for many years. An obituary will follow shortly.
5th 4NCL Online Congress (24th Mar)
This congress was held on 19-21 Feb. There were 5 sections and 5 rounds were played in all sections. The congress was run online using the lichess platform. The time control was all moves in 45 minutes plus 15 second increment per move from move 1. The Notts players who took part in the event and their results are as follows:
- U2000: Stephen Wootton (West Bridgford) 3, Nick London (Radcliffe & Bingham) 2½, Robert P Taylor (Ashfield) 1½
- U1700: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 3, Leslie Fancourt (West Bridgford) 3
- U1400: Shambavi Hariharan (West Notts) 2½, Daniel Pitts (Grantham) 2½
4th 4NCL Online Congress (24th Mar)
This congress was held on 15-17th Jan. There were 4 sections and 5 rounds were played in all sections. The congress was run online using the lichess platform. The time control was all moves in 45 minutes plus 15 second increment per move from move 1. The Notts players who took part in the event and their results are as follows:
- Open: Richard Truman (West Bridgford) 2
- U2000: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 3, Nick London (Radcliffe & Bingham) 2½, Stephen Wootton (West Bridgford) 2½
- U1700: Leslie Fancourt (West Bridgford) 3, Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 2½
- U1400: Shambavi Hariharan (West Notts) 2½
Online Chess (24th Jan)
Message from Steve Burke
Further to Phil Morgan’s article below, I have a few additional comments here...
Since the first lockdown, there have been a couple of surveys about possible online chess in Notts, which have met with limited enthusiasm. However there were some who said that they prefer to simply play in the chess websites’ own competitions. These are generally blitz and bullet games, as many fear possible cheating in longer games.
Locally, Dylan Meyer of Rolls Royce Chess Club has been running a couple of weekly RapidPlay events (both Arena and Swiss formats) at 19:00 on Mondays and Thursdays using the Lichess website. These gradually expanded to include other Derbyshire League players and friends from elsewhere. These are private events, usually about half a dozen games in 1.5 to 2 hours per evening, with players of varying standards, and make a nice change of pace while being free from cheating worries.
With the local crossover of players in the Derbys and Notts leagues, this is now being extended to invite players from both leagues. If you are interested in playing, whether or not you already use the free Lichess site to play games, please contact me for further details by email to me at email@example.com
Apart from this, I have another idea to introduce a different experience for those who do want to play online. That would be to hold some sort of (probably knockout) competition based on individual blitz matches. These might be a dozen 5 minute games, say, depending what people prefer. Again, please contact me if you would be interested in something like this.
2019-20 Best Games and Swindles (24th Jan)
Message from Steve Burke
Following the announcement before Christmas that the LMC has concluded the 2019-20 season, it is now possible to proceed with the 2019-20 Best Games and Swindles competitions.
As before there will be an Open and an U140 Best Game Prize, while the Swindle Prize is open to all. As usual, there will be a £15 prize for each. Any game by a Notts player in an NCA organised event between May 2019 and May 2020 can be entered. These events include the Notts League, County Championships, Rapidplay and Notts County Team matches.
I would prefer if you could send these as pgn files, but if you can’t do that, then a typed entry (or picture of a legible score sheet) would be fine. Please email these to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by, let’s say, Valentine's Day, 14th February.
North East Midlands On-Line Chess Club (10th Jan)
Phil Morgan has written a short article on the North East Midlands club on lichess and the opportunities available to players who join the club. Full Article
Hull 4NCL Online Congress (2nd Jan)
This congress was held on 30 Oct - 1 Nov. There were 4 sections and 5 rounds were played in all sections. The congress was run online using the lichess platform. The Notts players who took part in the event and their results are as follows:
- Open: Haroon Majeed (Nomads) 3½, Richard Truman (Beeston) 3½
- U2000: Andrew Stevens (Nomads) 3½, Stephen Wootton (West Bridgford) 2½, Robert P Taylor (Ashfield) ½
- U1700: Chris Fraser (Radcliffe & Bingham) 3, Leslie Fancourt (West Bridgford) 2
- U1400: Shambavi Hariharan (West Notts) 3