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Four Counties Junior U130 Tournament (20th Nov)
Notts were invited to take part in this round robin team event organised by the Lincolnshire Schools Chess Association. Simon Scott and John Swain volunteered to organise our team, with Simon doing most of the pre-match arranging and John being there on the day. They were so successful that we even provided a couple of players to help out the opposition. Thanks to both of them, the parents who provided transport and, of course, to those who played!
John reports that we came a very close second to Yorkshire, only losing 5.5-6.5, and ahead of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. All the matches were very competitive, played in a very good spirit, and everyone gained a lot of useful experience of playing standard play games with a Fischer increment (50 minutes and 10 seconds per move) which many had not previously experienced.
League Secretary's Statement re Withdrawal of University 1 (20th Nov)
Following the withdrawal of University 1, several issues arose. The full statement is available on the lmc page. The main items affecting clubs in general were:
- The Records Secretary has amended the fixtures and table appropriately.
- For simplicity, the lower University teams won’t be renumbered for this season.
- Only one other team will be relegated from Division 1.
- For the time being, promotion and relegation in other divisions remains as before, i.e. notionally two up two down, as set out on Page 3 of the League Handbook.
British Rapidplay (8th Nov)
There were many good performances from Notts players at the British Rapidplay this year but only one player won prize money. Adam Bennett (West Notts) won a grading prize of £8.33 in the intermediate section. Here are a list of Notts players who took part in the competition (all scores out of 11 unless stated otherwise):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 6, Richard Webster (Ashfield) 6, Alexander Combie (Newark) 5
- Major: Jonah Willow (West Notts) 7
- Intermediate: Adam Bennett (West Notts) 6½
- Minor: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 7, David Dunne (Mansfield) 6½, Abhishek Thakar (West Notts) 6½
- U11 Trial: Armaan Gogia (West Notts) 3/5, Lavanya Maladkar (West Notts) 2/5, Ben Maddison (Notts Juniors) 1/5
Scarborough Congress (8th Nov)
Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) came equal 2nd in the Foundation section with a score of 4/5 and won £56. Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) finished equal 3rd in the Major section with a score of 4/5 and won £84. Hambel Willow (West Notts) received £125 in prize money for finishing equal 4th in the minor section with a score of 4/5 and for winning a junior prize and best female prize. Here are a list of all Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Michael Barnes (Gambit) 3½, Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 3, Pablo Padilla (Ashfield) 2½, Alex Combie (Newark) 1½, Michael Naylor (Gambit) 1
- Major: Daniel Broughton (West Bridgford) 4 =3rd, Maurice Hill (Nomads) 2½, Drag Sudar (Gambit) 2
- Intermediate: Kevin Simpson (Mansfield) 3½, Tim Kendall (Gambit) 3, James Thomson (West Notts) 1½
- Minor: Hambel Willow (West Notts) 4 =4th, David Dunne (Mansfield) 3, David Woodhouse (Ashfield) 2
- Foundation: Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 4 =2nd, Ray Sayer (Ashfield) 3, Michael Harper (Gambit) 3, Simon Scott (West Notts) 2½, Robert Wardle (Nottinghamshire) 2, Bob Abrahart (West Bridgford) 1½
Inter-County Minor Championship: Nottinghamshire 11-5 Lincolnshire (8th Nov)
The Minor team scored a convincing win against Lincolnshire to go top of the leader board. Full Results
Inter-County U160 Championship: Greater Manchester 7-9 Nottinghamshire (8th Nov)
The U160 team beat Greater Manchester by a score of 9-7. They started the match with a 2-0 lead when Manchester defaulted a couple of boards. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Lincolnshire 5-7 Nottinghamshire (8th Nov)
The U120 team make it 2 wins out of 2 games with a 7-5 win over Lincolnshire. Full Results
Executive Committee meeting minutes (30th Oct)
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting held on 16th October is now available to view the website.
Inter-County U100 Championship: Leicestershire 3½-8½ Nottinghamshire (30th Oct)
The U100 team won 8½-3½ against a weaker and less experienced Leicestershire team. An average rating difference of 20 points on each board meant it was always going to be a one sided match. Full Results
Inter-County Minor Championship: Leicestershire 8-8 Nottinghamshire (25th Oct)
The Minor team got a hard fought draw against Leicestershire. A bit of luck and resolute defending gave Nottinghamshire draws and wins from tricky positions. Full Results
Inter-County U120 Championship: Nottinghamshire 7-5 Warwickshire (25th Oct)
The U120 team had a comfortable 7-5 win against Warwickshire in their opening match of the season. Full Results
Changes to captains for West Nottingham (24th Oct)
The captain for West Nottingham 2 is now Alan Kenyon and the captain for West Nottingham 5 is now John Crawley. Please see the info web page for further details.
New team entered into Division 4 (24th Oct)
Grantham have entered a new team into Division 4. The new fixtures have been added to the website.
Nottinghamshire Competitions (16th Oct)
The dates have been confirmed for the County Championship, Congress and Rapidplay competitions. You can either download an entry form or enter online for each of the competitions.
|Competition||Date||Paper Entry Form||Online Entry Form|
|County Championship||21-22 Nov 2015||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
|Nottingham Rapidplay||31 Jan 2016||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
|Nottingham Congress||16-17 Apr 2016||Download Entry Form||Enter Online|
National Chess Day (6th Sep)
The National Chess Day will take place on Saturday 12th September at Nottingham Railway Station Atrium from 9:30am to about 4:30pm. Juniors are particularly welcome.
MCBANG 2015 (9th Aug)
The annual MCBANG (formerly known as CWANG) event took place on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at the Horse 'n' Groom. Gambit emerged winners with 24 points. Full Results
Fantasy Football (8th Aug)
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ECF National Schools Championships (19th Jul)
Report from John Swain
Nottingham High School (average grade 143) finished third in this year’s National Schools Chess Championships, after defeating Hampton School (average grade 163) on bottom board elimination (with the scores 3-3 and level on boardcount). The previous day, Nottingham High School lost 0½-5½ to a very strong Reading School (average grade 180) who were Champions last year but who lost on boardcount to Haberdashers’ Aske’s (average grade 175) in the Final this year.
The team consisted of Harry Croasdale, Hari Solomonides, Taylor Pearson, Karam Sangha, Saaras Mehan and Russell O’Brien (captain). Mention must also be made of Michael Fletcher and Aditya Munshi who played in the victory over Manchester Grammar School in the Quarter-Final but who were unavailable due to other prior commitments.
An interesting game follows, a classic case of “biter-bit” from move 22: View game
Sheffield Congress (19th Jul)
Nearly £500 prize money was won by Nottinghamshire players at the Sheffield Congress across three sections with 4 of those players finishing in 1st place. Jim Burnett (Mansfield) came equal 1st in the Open section with Mark Hebden on 4½/5 and won £150. Drag Sudar (Gambit) won the major section with a score of 4½/5 and received £200 in prize money. Andrew Sutton (Nottingham Central) and Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) both finished equal 1st in the minor section with a score of 4/5 and each received £72 in prize money. Here are the results for all the Notts players that took part in the competition (all scores out of 5):
- Open: Jim Burnett (Mansfield) 4½ =1st £150, Peter Mercs (Gambit) 3, Tim Kendall (Gambit) 2
- Major: Drag Sudar (Gambit) 4½ 1st £200, Andrew Thompson (Gambit) 1
- Intermediate: Michael Harper (Gambit) 1½
- Minor: Andrew Sutton (Nottingham Central) 4 =1st £72, Chris Fraser (West Bridgford) 4 =1st £72, Akmal Lathif (Nottingham Central) 2½
Inter-County Championship - ECF Final Stage (13th Jul)
Nottinghamshire took on Kent in both the Under 140 and Under 100 County Championship Finals at Trident College, Warwick. The U100 team won 7-5 but the U140 team narrowly lost by 8½-7½.
AGM Papers (10th Jul)
Here are the papers for the AGM meeting to be held on Monday 13th July:
- Congress Director Report
- Correspondence Report
- Executive Committee/Secretary Report
- County Teams Report
- MCCU Delegate/Representative report
- President Report
- League Secretary’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report