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Let’s Talk Chess

One of our members; Alex Webster, has started a chess blog. If you get chance, pop by and take a look – from what there is so far, it looks really interesting.

In Alex’s words: “I welcome you all to  take a look at a chess blog I’ve create which I will hopefully try and up date monthly, to talk about anything to do with chess! Feel free to comment please.

Note; I am going to try and talk about many different aspects of chess, some draft topics I have plans for are; endgame, chess preparation/keeping concentration during a game, confidence, the chess clock, this blog will not just be about the openings I play as it will become very boring for players who don’t play the same openings as me!”

Quickplay Tournament – 16th September 2014

To celebrate the start of a new chess season, we will be holding a quickplay tournament on the evening of the 16th September. Time limits are 15 minutes each for the whole game and it will consist of four rounds. There will be a simple time handicap for the higher graded players when playing less strong members.

This is a good event to catch-up and remove some of the “summer rust”. For people interested in the club it’s a great opportunity to come and experience the club and meet some of the members.

Please arrive by 7:20pm to register for a 7:30pm prompt start

Jonathan Hawkins & David Howell – 2014 British Champions

Congratulations to IM Jonathan Hawkins & GM David Howell on winning the 2014 British Championship for the first time, with a score of 8½/11.

With 6 players all in contention going into the final round, his half point lead made all the difference. A draw with IM Richard Pert (who remained undefeated by a GM through the tournament) sealed the deal for Hawkins, with Howell catching a fine win over GM Mark Hebden in the final round.

The story of the Cup 2014

Article kindly provided by Dave Williams.

(Pictured left-to-right: John Shannon, Ray Evans, Dave Williams & Chris Dunworth)

The Derby and Mickleover A Team played the 4 quickplay rounds in the Autumn of 2013, with mixed success. A total of seven players were involved: Ray Evans, Ray Forey, Martin Cobham, Jamie Castro, John Shannon, Kevin Dalley and myself.

Finishing 4th out of seven teams, this meant we were through to the Semi Final against the team that finished first, Chesterfield A.

Continue reading The story of the Cup 2014

Magnus – Triple Crown

After five days, 15 rounds of Rapid and 21 rounds of Blitz, Magnus Carlsen has collected the other two major chess awards to add to his Classical Crown.

Over the course of five days, he finished the Rapid tournament with 11/15, ahead of Silver medal winner Caruana (10½/15) and Anand (10½/15) who collected the Bronze.

In the Blitz, Magnus was trailing by a half-point leading into the final three rounds, but was helped somewhat by Levon Aronian beating then leader Ian Nepomniachtchi in Round 20. Carlsen went on to win his final three games relatively easily, taking a 2nd Gold home to Norway.

As a result, not only does Magnus now have the 3 major OTB titles, but leads the FIDE rankings in Classical and Blitz, 2nd only to Caruana in Rapid by a margin of 1.8 rating points.

Guess he still has something to aim for then!