Handicap knockout tournament 2006–07

This is a rapidplay tournament for teams of three players. Players are handicapped by time, depending on the difference in grade between the players.

This year’s competition was won by Mansfield, who beat West Nottingham Nightmare 7–2 in the final, held at Gambit on 26 June.

Round 1Round 2
H Newark B 5
A Bigmat Yobs 4
H Newark B 4½
A WN Nightmare
H WN Nightmare
A Ashfield Allstars 3½
 H WN Nightmare 5
 A Ashfield Astra 4
H WN Illusion 1
A Ashfield Astra 8
H Ashfield Astra
A WN Fantasy 2½
H Bunkers 3½
A WN Fantasy
 WN Nightmare 2
 Mansfield 7
H University Wiseheads 6
A Newark A 3
H Mansfield 5
A University Wiseheads 4
H Radcliffe Rockets 1½
A Mansfield
 H Mansfield
 A WN Daydream 3½
H Ashfield Academicals 5
A Bingham Bombers 4
H WN Daydream
A Ashfield Academicals 2½
H Fiveways 3½
A WN Daydream
WN = West Nottingham

Match details

Round 1

Newark B – Bigmat Yobs (2 November 2006)
Newark BB1B2B3Total
A1Coates, D.(161)0112
A2Combie, A.(139)0112
A3Wollerton, G.(123)1001
Bigmat YobsA1A2A3
B1Barnes, M.(186)1102
B2Mercs, P.(176)0011
B3Sudar, D.(134)0011

West Nottingham Nightmare – Ashfield Allstars (30 October 2006)
Ashfield AllstarsB1B2B3Total
A1Morrey, A.(104)0112
A2Sayer, R.(103)0½½1
A3Todd, P.(81)00½½
West Nottingham NightmareA1A2A3
B1Keetley, M.(136)1113
B2Burley, P.(116)0½1
B3Willoughby, R.(114)0½½1

West Nottingham Illusion – Ashfield Astra (30 October 2006)
West Nottingham IllusionB1B2B3Total
A1Zhang, M.(82)0000
A2Clegg, T.(60)0011
A3Gupta, Y.(10)0000
Ashfield AstraA1A2A3
B1Halfpenny, G.(162)1113
B2Webster, R.(155)1113
B3Graham, N.(133)1012

Bunkers – West Nottingham Fantasy (17 October 2006)
A1Chubb, A.(72)0011
A2Frings, M.(70)½10
A3Parham, S.(59)1001
West Nottingham FantasyA1A2A3
B1Messam-Sparks, L.(121)1½0
B2Day, J.(119)1012
B3Williamson, E.(114)0112

University Wiseheads – Newark A (9 November 2006)
Newark AB1B2B3Total
A1Blake, R.(137)0112
A2Myers, R.(115)0101
A3Hargreaves, M.(73)0000
University WiseheadsA1A2A3
B1Posazhennikov, A.(185)1113
B2Thompson, I.(167)0011
B3Satz, A.(146)0112

Radcliffe Rockets – Mansfield (21 November 2006)
Radcliffe RocketsB1B2B3Total
A1Taylor, M.(120)0½0½
A2Murfet, G.(113)0101
A3Falgate, M.(74)0000
B1Tait, J.(197)1113
B2Morrison, K.(160)½01
B3Wagenbach, J.(132)1113

Ashfield Academicals – Bingham Bombers (17 October 2006)
Ashfield AcademicalsB1B2B3Total
A1Morgan, D. P.(134)1001
A2Jackson, M.(107)11½
A3Norris-Hunt, T.(68)½01
Bingham BombersA1A2A3
B1London, N.(126)00½½
B2Nailard, M.(106)1012
B3Redburn, B.(95)1½0

Fiveways – West Nottingham Daydream (13 November 2006)
A1Best, I.(117)0112
A2Griffiths, D.(106)0½0½
A3Thorsen, A.(105)1001
West Nottingham DaydreamA1A2A3
B1Nguyen, M. N.(186)1102
B2Levens, D.(167)0½1
B3Basey, M.(155e)0112

Round 2

Newark B – West Nottingham Nightmare (4 January 2007)
West Nottingham NightmareB1B2B3Total
A1Kingston, I.(143)1113
A2Willoughby, R.(113)0000
A3Heining, D.(109)0½1
Newark BA1A2A3
B1Coates, D.(161)0112
B2Combie, A.(139)01½
B3Wollerton, G.(123)0101
West Nottingham Nightmare win as lower-graded team

Ashfield Astra – West Nottingham Fantasy (24 January 2007)
West Nottingham FantasyB1B2B3Total
A1Messam-Sparks, L.(121)½10
A2Williamson, E.(114)0011
A3Crawley, J.(68)0000
Ashfield AstraA1A2A3
B1Halfpenny, G.(161)½11
B2Webster, R.(155)0112
B3Graham, N.(133)1012

Mansfield – University Wiseheads (1 February 2007)
University WiseheadsB1B2B3Total
A1Posazhennikov, A.(185)½½12
A2Emanuel, J.(160)0112
A3Hamby, S.(100e)0000
B1Tait, J.(197)½11
B2Morrison, K.(160)½01
B3Wagenbach, J.(131)0011

West Nottingham Daydream – Ashfield Academicals (8 January 2007)
Ashfield AcademicalsB1B2B3Total
A1Morgan, D. P.(134)0000
A2Taylor, R.(127)1½0
A3Jackson, M.(107)0101
West Nottingham DaydreamA1A2A3
B1Levens, D.(167)1012
B2Parmar, A.(158)1½0
B3Basey, M.(155e)1113


West Nottingham Nightmare – Ashfield Astra (16 April 2007)
West Nottingham NightmareB1B2B3Total
A1Kingston, I.(143)0112
A2Keetley, M.(136)0011
A3Burley, P.(116)0112
Ashfield AstraA1A2A3
B1Halfpenny, G.(162)1113
B2Webster, R.(155)0101
B3Graham, N.(133)0000

Mansfield – West Nottingham Daydream (17 May 2007)
West Nottingham DaydreamB1B2B3Total
A1Levens, D.(166)0½0½
A2Basey, M.(155e)0½1
A3Collins, J.(130)01½
B1Tait, J.(197)1113
B2Morrison, K.(160)½½01
B3Wagenbach, J.(132)10½


West Nottingham Nightmare – Mansfield (26 June 2007)
West Nottingham NightmareB1B2B3Total
A1Kingston, I.(143)0000
A2Keetley, M.(136)½01
A3Burley, P.(116)00½½
B1Tait, J.(197)1½1
B2Morrison, K.(160)1113
B3Wagenbach, J.(132)10½



The event is open to all chess players, in teams of three.

Entry fee is £2 payable by cheque to ‘Nottinghamshire Chess Association’ via the controller.

Each club should nominate a club email secretary to whom information on pairings and contact will be sent out. The information will also be made available more widely, including the NCA web site.

All teams must identify a captain responsible for organising the team and contacting the controller.

Information on pairings and contacts will be sent out to all nominated captains, preferably by email. The home captain is responsible for confirming the date of the match at least 10 days before the match. The home team is responsible for providing all equipment. Normal ECF Rapidplay rules apply. Players do not have to keep score.

All entries must be received by Tuesday 19 September 2006

Entries are restricted to 32 teams.


Each team consists of three players who play all opposition team members. Each club may enter as many separate teams as they wish, but no person may play for more than one team.


If a player does not have a current grade, the captain should contact the controller before the match so that a suitable estimate can be used.


The competition will be a straight knockout with a prearranged match draw. Round one is in week commencing 31 October. Round 2, week commending 30 January. Depending on entries, a preliminary round may be held before 31 October.

In a change to last year, there are no reserved weeks. As soon as possible after the entries are received all captains will be contacted with the dates within which rounds will be played.

Each match will consist of 9 games with each player having 3 games with a total time limit of 40 minutes per game split between the two players. A gap of 5–10 minutes should be allowed between games.

The teams should be listed in grade order; the team with the lower total grade will be team A and the higher team B. In the event of the teams being of equal total grade, the away team will be team A.

The pairings will be:

Game 1:B3 v A1A2 v B1A3 v B2
Game 2:B2 v A1A2 v B3B1 v A3
Game 3:A1 v B1B2 v A2A3 v B3

The players start with a nominal 20 minutes each and the time handicap will adjust it as follows:

Grading diff.Lower gradedHigher graded

An example: In the match of Bloggs v Smiths, Fred Bloggs (Grade 99) plays Sam Smith (Grade 75) and so has 15 minutes v Sam’s 25 minutes. Fred then plays Sarah Smith Grade 129 and has 27 minutes v Sarah’s 13 minutes.

In the event of a draw the lower graded team will win. The winning team must send the result to the controller within seven days.