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Team Chess Challenge (10th May)
Report from John Swain
Nottingham High School qualified again as one of thirteen secondary schools in the second Team Chess Challenge at Imperial College, London, on Wednesday 22 April, where they came eighth on 10.5 points (out of a possible 20) but only 1.5 points behind the second-placed team. They defeated Bangor GS and Westminster Under School both by a 3-1 margin, Hampton School 2.5-1.5, drew with Mill Hill CHS 2-2 and lost to a strong Millfield team 0-4. The highlight of the day was probably their victory over GM Jonathan Mestel, ex-British Champion, in a clock simultaneous. View game
NCA Rules Revision Meeting (10th May)
The Rules Revision meeting will take place at West Bridgford Chess Club on Wednesday 20th May commencing at 7:30pm. An agenda and associated paperwork can be downloaded for the meeting.
The Hope Valley 5-Minute Tournament (26th Apr)
A 5-minute chess tournament is being held on Tuesday 5th May 7:15 for 7:30pm start at The Red Lion, 653 London Road, Heeley, Sheffield S2 4HT. If you have participated previously, there is no need to book a place; just turn up and enjoy this end of season fun evening! If this is to be your first participation in this annual event then please contact John Fryer on tel: 0114 230 1697 / mob: 07763 938623
Nottingham Congress (25th Apr)
Jonah Willow (West Notts), aged 12, drew with Russian Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev in the final round to secure outright 3rd place in the Open, and the British Championship qualifying place. Cherniaev was first, ahead of Mark Hebden. Full Results
There were local winners in the other sections:
Major - Mark Kenyon (West Notts) 4/5 =1st
Intermediate - Andrew Thompson (Gambit) 4½/5 =1st
Minor - Ross Mackay (Nottinghamshire) 4/5 =1st
Best Game Prize (25th Apr)
Entries are invited for this season’s best game prize. In fact, this year there are two prizes (£15 each). One is open to all, while there is a new Under 140 prize (July 2014 grading list).
Any game played in an NCA event (League, County Championship, Rapidplay, Congress or County Match) since May 2014 is eligible.
Games don’t have to be perfect to win! A mistake or two, doesn’t necessarily rule a game out. So why not enter your most enjoyable game of the season? Not everyone can win, but it would be good to share more of the highlights of our season with our fellow players.
Please send entries to Steve Burke by the end of May.
Derby Furnace Evening Rapidplay (3rd Apr)
A rapidplay will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month at the Furnace Inn, 9 Duke Street, Derby DE1 3BX. Players need to arrive at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. Please contact James Collis on 07972 489528 or James.Collis@atkinsglobal.com for further details.
MCCU Congress (29th Mar)
The MCCU Congress took place in Walsall from 14th Mar to 15th Mar. Mike Barnes (Gambit) came 2nd in the open section with a score of 4/5 and won £200 in prize money. Jonah Willow (West Notts) shared 3rd place with a score of 3½/5 and won £33.33 in prize money. Jonah had a 191 grading performance for the tournament which is much higher than his actual grade of 168. Drag Sudar finished equal 3rd in the Major section with a score of 3½/5 and won £50 in prize money. Here are the results for all the Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Mike Barnes (Gambit) 4 2nd, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 3½ =3rd, Michael Naylor (Gambit) 2
- Major: Drag Sudar (Gambit) 3½ =3rd, Adam Bennett (West Notts) 2
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 2½
Blackpool Congress (29th Mar)
The Blackpool Congress took place at The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool from 6th Mar to 8th Mar. David Dunne (Mansfield) won a grading prize of £100 for a score of 4/5 in the intermediate section. Here are the results for all the Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 2½
- Major: David Williams (Long Eaton) 2½, Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 1½
- Medium: Robert Taylor (Ashfield) 2½
- Intermediate: David Dunne (Mansfield) 4, Chris Budd (West Bridgford) 3½, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 3, Chris Bonnello (Radcliffe & Bingham) 2
Doncaster Congress (29th Mar)
The Doncaster Congress took place at Hall Cross School, Doncaster from 27th Feb to 1st Mar. Peter Mercs (Gambit) came equal 1st in the open section with a score of 4/5 and won £125 in prize money. Simon Scott (West Notts) shared first place in the minor section with a score of 4/5 and won £100 in prize money. Here are the results for all the Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Peter Mercs (Gambit) 4 =1st, Richard Truman (West Bridgford) 2½, Tim Kendall (Gambit) 2
- Major: Richard Webster (Ashfield) 3½, Drag Sudar (Gambit) 3, Jonah Willow (West Notts) 2½
- Intermediate: Chris Bonnello (Radcliffe & Bingham) 2½, Terry Lavelle (West Bridgford) 2½, Andrew Thompson (Gambit) 2½, James Thomson (West Notts) 2, David Woodhouse (Ashfield) 1
- Minor: Simon Scott (West Notts) 4 =1st, Graham Neil (Nomad) 3½, Michael Harper (Gambit) 3½, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 3
Nottinghamshire Chess on the BBC (22nd Mar)
Nottinghamshire Chess on the BBC - chess, brain power, and expansion in schools and colleges. There was an article on the BBC Radio Nottingham morning show (about 2 hours 15 minutes in) featuring well known officers. Some of the subjects they discuss are the benefits of chess, the rules of chess, the time to play a game of chess, the use of computers in chess and getting children involved in chess. It is available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer.
Inter-County U160 Championship: Greater Manchester 4-12 Nottinghamshire (22nd Feb)
The U160 team beat Greater Manchester 12-4 and are the Midlands U160 Champions. Their next match will be in the National Quarter Finals on May 16th. Full Results
Inter-County U180 Championship: Nottinghamshire 6½-9½ Warwickshire (6th Feb)
Only two teams entered the U180 championship this season. After failing to get out of the group stage in the Minor Championship, Nottinghamshire decided to try their luck in the U180 Championship. They lost 9½-6½ to Warwickshire but still qualify for the National stages. Full Results
Inter-County U140 Championship: Staffordshire 4½-11½ Nottinghamshire (6th Feb)
Nottinghamshire are the Midlands U140 Champions after a 11½-4½ win over Staffordshire. They now go through to the National Quarter Finals which will be played on May 16th. Full Results
Nottingham Rapidplay (25th Jan)
The winner of the Open section was GM Mark Hebden (Guildford 4NCL) with a score of 6/6. The major section was won by Nathanael Paul (Newport) with a score of 5/6. The intermediate section was won by Matthew Wilson (Wigston) with a score of 5½/6. The minor section was won by Stephen Crockett (Redditch) with a score of 6/6. Full Results
London Junior Chess Championships (13th Jan)
Aditya Munshi (West Notts) came equal 4th in the Under 12 Major section with a score of 6½/9.
Hastings Congress (13th Jan)
Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came 2nd in the Christmas Afternoon C event with a score of 4/5 and won £80 prize money.
Nottingham Central and Bridgford Christmas tournament (23rd Dec)
Report from Tim Walker
Robert Richmond won the time-handicap Nottingham Central and Bridgford Christmas tournament on December 15th with a score of 4½/5. Second equal were Tim Walker and last year's winner Harry Croasdale, both on 4/5.
The top standings in the tournament (out of the 24 that played) were:
1 R. Richmond (West Bridgford) 4½/5
2= T Walker, H. Croasdale 4
3= H. Solomonides, R. Truman 3½
Robert Richmond's victory was impressive in that he only had 3 or 4 minutes on the clock out of a combined 20 minutes, for three of his matches. Of some festive interest also may be, that he may also have broken a new record in winning a tournament in which he had the black pieces in every round.
Inter-County U100 Championship: Warwickshire 8½-3½ Nottinghamshire (22nd Dec)
The U100 team lost 8½-3½ to Warwickshire in their second match of the season. Having defaulted their bottom 3 boards it was always going to be difficult for the Notts team to recover. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 8-4 Worcestershire (20th Dec)
Another convincing win for the U120 team, this time beating Worcestershire by a score of 8-4, sees them top the table with one match left to play. Full Results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 5½-10½ Leicestershire (20th Dec)
The minor team suffered a heavy defeat to Leicestershire by a score of 10½-5½. This result means they are eliminated at the group stage and do not progress any further in the Minor Championship. Full Results