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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):

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.

Final Results
U100 - Nottinghamshire 7-5 Kent Full results
U140 - Nottinghamshire 7½-8½ Kent Full results

AGM Papers (10th Jul)

Here are the papers for the AGM meeting to be held on Monday 13th July:

NCA General Meeting (21st Jun)

The NCA General Meeting will be held at West Bridgford Chess Club on Monday 13th July. Please can all reports be sent to Alan Kenyon by 6th July. The agenda for the general meeting is available to download.

Leek Rapidplay (21st Jun)

Pablo Padilla (Ashfield) finished joint second in the open section behind Keith Arkell with a score of 4½/6 and won 45 prize money. Steve Burke (Ashfield) also played in the open but scored a disappointing 2/6. However, Steve did have an interesting game against Keith Arkell in the first round with a good opportunity to draw against the Grandmaster. View game

National Chess Day (7th Jun)

There is a National Chess Day planned for September 12th 2015. The aim is to raise money for the charity MIND and to encourage people to take up the game of chess. A stand will need hiring on the day in Nottinghamshire where there is a good footfall of the general public. The stand should have players (including juniors) playing chess all day and possibly offering lessons. If you would like to volunteer to help out then please contact David Levens. A poster can be downloaded for this event.

Chess Talk (7th Jun)

On July 19th David Levens will be preaching in St Andrew's Church, Station Road, Langley Mill on the theme of chess. The service starts at 10:30am and all are welcome. This is a very friendly and lively church and nobody will be bored and most will learn something about chess that they did not know! The service will include a christening and most services only last an hour.

Nottinghamshire Congress 1982 Results (24th May)

Here is a bulletin report by Paul Hare on the 1982 Nottinghamshire Congress. The Congress was held at the County Hall in West Bridgford. The Premier event was won by Geoff Lawton with a score of 5½/6.

Inter-County Championship - ECF Quarter Final Stage (24th May)

There were 4 Nottinghamshire teams competing in the quarter final stage which took place on Saturday 16th May. They were all closely fought matches with no more than a point difference in the scores. The U100 team beat Lancashire by a score of 6½-5½. The U140 had a bye and automatically go through to the next stage. The U160 team lost 8½-7½ to Middlesex. The U180 team lost 8½-7½ to Devon.

Quarter Final Results
U100 - Lancashire 5½-6½ Nottinghamshire Full results
U140 - Nottinghamshire bye
U160 - Nottinghamshire 7½-8½ Middlesex Full results
U180 - Devon 8½-7½ Nottinghamshire Full results

Semi Final Draw
U100 - Essex v Nottinghamshire
U140 - Hampshire v Nottinghamshire

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.

pdf documentProposals 5a - 5f
pdf documentProposal 5g
pdf documentProposal 5h
pdf documentProposal 5i
pdf documentAgenda

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):

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):

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):

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