NCA Blitz Championship 2007

David Levens

Thanks to the tremendous amount of hard work and preparation put in by Ian Kingston, the annual Blitz Championship was a big success despite the disappointingly low turnout.

For a mere £3.00 entry fee the contestants had an enjoyable night of chess, which included free coffee, tea, and biscuits, whilst a third of the entrants went away with a prize each!

Mike Barnes was most impressive in winning this event for the fourth year in a row. His score of 6/6 included wins against Alex Posazhennikov, Pete Mercs and Richard Webster. He never seemed to be in any trouble and his endgame finish against Richard Webster was sublime (see below).

The other winners were as follows:

All of these players shared the remaining prize money and each went home £10.00 richer. The team event was won by Gambit, which benefited by gaining a new clock.

Ian Kingston adds:

I’m very grateful to all who helped out on the night – not just the West Nottingham crew, but also some of the competitors, especially Derek Padvis and Tony Wright.

At the risk of embarrassing the NCA President, I’d also like to highlight the surprise performance of his pupil Tracey Clegg in the first three rounds. Despite being the lowest-graded competitor but one, she despatched Bob Taylor, Tony Wright and David Levens to share first place at the halfway stage with Mike Barnes and Alex Posazhennikov – you’d have got pretty long odds against that beforehand.

Finally, here’s the endgame David referred to above. Take the time to look at it – it’s a brilliant tactic to see at any time, let alone in a blitz game.


1Michael BarnesGambit204+10b+15w+5b+6w+2b+4w6
2Alex PosazhennikovUniversity185+14w+12b+4w+9b–1w+5w5
3Len DarbyNomads107–6b+13w+12w=8b+10w+9b
4Pete MercsGambit176+21b+11w–2b+15w+7b–1b4
5Richard WebsterAshfield159+17b+16w–1w+10b+9w–2b4
6David LevensWest Nottingham167+3w+8b–9w–1b+12w+13b4
7Phil MorganAshfield134–11b+21w+16b+17w–4w+8b4
8Derek PadvisGambit100+18b–6b+17b=3w+15b–7w
9Tracey CleggWest Nottingham60+13b+18w+6b–2w–5b–3b3
10Jonathan DayWest Nottingham119–1w+19b+11b–5w–3b+17w3
11Nikolai BerdunovWest Nottingham100e+7w–4b–10w+14b–13w+18b3
12Janos WagenbachMansfield132+22b–2w–3b+18w–6b+15w3
13Robert TaylorAshfield127–9w–3b+19w+16w+11b–6w3
14Daniel LinWest Nottingham118–2b+22w–15b–11w+20b+16w3
15John CollinsWest Nottingham132+19w–1b+14w–4b–8w–12b2
16Ross MackayWest Nottingham43+20w–5b–7w–13b+21w–14b2
17Gary HopkinsonGambit101–5w+20b–8w–7b+19w–10b2
18Tony WrightGambit154–8w–9b+20w–12b+22w–11w2
19Michael ZhangWest Nottingham82–15b–10w–13b+21w–17b+22b2
20Marcel TaylorRadcliffe & Bingham120–16b–17w–18b=22b–14w+21b
21Robert WilloughbyWest Nottingham113–4w–7b+22w–19b–16b–20w1
22John CrawleyWest Nottingham68–12w–14b–21b=20w–18b–19w½

Ties were broken by sum of progressive scores.
The grades given are the higher of each player’s standard or rapidplay grades.