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Club Cup & Plate Competition – Second Round Draw

Cup Competition

Steve Retout v  Dave Williams

Kevin Dalley v Dave Smith

Jaime Castro v Martin Cobham

Ray Forey v Andre Cockburn

Plate Competition

Matthew Chaffe v Gilberto Templo

Peter Rugg v Greg Lay

Aurel Madar v Shah Hussain

Marten Kats bye

Games to be completed by 21st January.  Unless any matches have been re-arranged, 7th January is entirely free so can I suggest the games are played then. Be a useful way of getting back into the game after the Christmas break.

To avoid rematches, if the first game is drawn, then a rapidplay game should be played where possible on the same night, minimum 15 minutes each. Colours from first game reversed.

Could players with black contact their opponents to agree date as soon as possible. 


The Problem of a Real Combination

As chess players we often solve puzzles such as  “White to play and win” that reside in books and magazines. The problem is that when such positions face you over the board there is no helpful hint to say “there is definitely a win here”! This often means that you first of all have to see the winning idea and then analyse all the possible variations. Above all this is the relentless ticking of the clock – leaving you unsure as to whether to invest the time in the position, knowing that if there is nothing there then you are going to suffer in some form of time scramble later!

In a recent game I was faced with a position that screamed “there must be a clear win here”. While I spent some time studying (and saw most of the solution) I couldn’t quite see the finish. Then in typical fashion I made a move which simply blundered away any hope of a win (lesson to be learned here!). So for your entertainment I provide the position that I failed, with the few helpful words “White to play and Win”!!!



Dave Williams Receives Dave Heelan Memorial Cup

Dave Williams was presented with the Dave Heelan Memorial Cup on Tuesday evening (8th October). The cup is awarded to the overall winner of the club tournament. This competition awards points for games played on club nights, matches against other clubs and various special events held throughout the year. Last season Dave earned 153 points , primarily on the back of an excellent season for the A team and an uncanny knack of performing well in the quick-play tournaments we held throughout the year.

This season’s competition is now underway. Dave is making a good start to his defence of the cup, moving into an early lead. There is still a long way to go and I am sure some of the other club members have not given up yet!

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Start of New Season – Quick Play Tournament

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Summer may not quite be over yet, but the new chess season is almost upon us. The first club night is currently planned for the 10th September 2013.

As for the past two years, we will be launching the season with a friendly quick play tournament. Four rounds of 15 minutes each per game. If you are playing someone who is significantly weaker than you (in a lower tournament class) then the time limits will be 10min:20 mins.

This evening has been a successful fun event in previous years, so come along and get those chess playing muscles loosened!