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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 treasurer@nottschess.org

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 treasurer@nottschess.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:

Correspondence Chess (26th Dec)

This year the Nottinghamshire team were playing in Division 1 of the County & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C & DCCC). As it was the top division they faced tough opposition on all boards. The team are currently in last place on 5 points with two games left to finish. Full Results

4NCL Online Season 2 (24th Dec)

Ashfield entered four teams into the 4NCL online league for season 2.

Team A started with two wins in the early rounds but could only manage a draw after that. They finished 6th out of 8 in division 2 group C. Full Results

Team B had an average start but finished strongly in the later rounds. They ended up mid table 4th out of 8 in division 3 group C. Full Results

Team C played well overall but a couple of disappointing losses saw them slip down to 17th out of 68 in division 6. Full Results

Team D had the most success, winning 6 out of 7 matches and finished 2nd out of 68 in division 6. Full Results

Chess In The Rule Of Six (23rd Sep)

Phil Morgan looks at online chess and the options available for players. Previously he viewed online chess as a good way to practice for over the board matches but now he realises there is a lot more it offers. Full Article

The National 100 (5th Aug)

The National 100 is a 4 region slow play national mini-league for U100 players played across the 3 middle Saturdays in August at 6:30pm. The first match starts on Saturday 8th August. Midlands U100 players wanting to play for the region will need to be ECF members and should fill in the form on the Midlands club home page

Robert Richmond (1956-2020) (21st Jul)

Following the sad loss of Robert in January, a collection of obituary contributions can be seen here