Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Club Championship Fixtures

The Club Championship starts this Thursday, 21-Sep, and Philip has already made the draws for the top 3 round robin groups.
If you still want to join in, you can enter the Swiss group which will be paired on a week by week basis.


Here are the pairings for the round robin groups:

Round 1
21-Sep
Nyberg-Dive, Sellen-Perry, Nijman-Croad, Forster-Timergazi, Ker-Jackson
Aldridge-Mullan, Rossiter-Stoeveken, Farrington-Brockway, Benitez-Barraza, Coghini-Chen
Rabina-Wight, Day-Winter, Dixon-Forlong-Ford, Thorpe-Stracy, Sole-Wevers
Round 2
28-Sep
Dive-Ker, Perry-Nyberg, Croad-Sellen, Timergazi-Nijman, Jackson-Forster
Aldridge-Rossiter, Stoeveken-Farrington, Brockway-Benitez, Barraza-Coghini, Mullan-Chen
Rabina-Day, Winter-Dixon, Forlong-Ford-Thorpe, Stracy-Sole, Wight-Wevers
Round 3
05-Oct
Dive-Jackson, Ker-Perry, Nyberg-Croad (postponed), Sellen-Timergazi, Nijman-Forster
Farrington-Aldridge, Benitez-Stoeveken, Coghini-Brockway, Chen-Barraza, Rossiter-Mullan
Dixon-Rabina, Thorpe-Winter, Sole-Forlong-Ford, Wevers-Stracy, Day-Wight
Round 4
12-Oct
Dive-Sellen, Ker-Nyberg, Perry-Nijman, Croad-Forster, Jackson-Timergazi
Aldridge-Benitez, Rossiter-Farrington, Stoeveken-Coghini, Brockway-Chen, Mullan-Barraza
Rabina-Thorpe, Day-Dixon, Winter-Sole, Forlong-Ford-Wevers, Wight-Stracy
Round 5
19-Oct
Nijman-Dive, Sellen-Ker, Forster-Perry, Timergazi-Croad, Nyberg-Jackson
Coghini-Aldridge, Benitez-Rossiter, Chen-Stoeveken, Barraza-Brockway, Farrington-Mullan
Sole-Rabina, Thorpe-Day, Wevers-Winter, Stracy-Forlong-Ford, Dixon-Wight
Round 6
26-Oct
Dive-Forster, Ker-Nijman, Nyberg-Sellen, Perry-Timergazi, Jackson-Croad
Aldridge-Chen, Rossiter-Coghini, Farrington-Benitez, Stoeveken-Barraza, Mullan-Brockway
Rabina-Wevers, Day-Sole, Dixon-Thorpe, Winter-Stracy, Wight-Forlong-Ford
Round 7
02-Nov
Timergazi-Dive, Forster-Ker, Nijman-Nyberg, Croad-Perry, Sellen-Jackson
Barraza-Aldridge, Chen-Rossiter, Coghini-Farrington, Brockway-Stoeveken, Benitez-Mullan
Stracy-Rabina, Wevers-Day, Sole-Dixon, Forlong-Ford-Winter, Thorpe-Wight
Round 8
09-Nov
Dive-Croad, Ker-Timergazi, Nyberg-Forster, Sellen-Nijman, Jackson-Perry
Aldridge-Brockway, Rossiter-Barraza, Farrington-Chen, Benitez-Coghini, Mullan-Stoeveken
Rabina-Forlong-Ford, Day-Stracy, Dixon-Wevers, Thorpe-Sole, Wight-Winter
Round 9
16-Nov
Perry-Dive, Croad-Ker, Timergazi-Nyberg, Forster-Sellen, Nijman-Jackson
Stoeveken-Aldridge, Brockway-Rossiter, Barraza-Farrington, Chan-Benitez, Coghini-Mullan
Winter-Rabina, Forlong-Ford-Day, Stracy-Dixon, Wevers-Thorpe, Sole-Wight

Friday, 15 September 2017

Russell at the Demonstration Board

About 30 club members were treated to a piece of Russell's mind yesterday, when he invited club members to submit games that went wrong, in order to demonstrate strategic thinking in the middle game. A strong theme was putting your pieces on sensible squares so they don't get shut out of the action, the first two games from Andreas and me were prime examples of ignoring this.





Everyone found it a very enjoyable and highly informative evening. Russell finished it off by playing through his brilliant win against Anthony last week in the Julian Mazur Memorial.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nic Croad Wins Julian Mazur Memorial 2017

A lot of draws, but also some spirited chess in the final round of the Julian Mazur Memorial tournament on Thursday. Nic Croad beat Roger Perry to take first place by a whole point over Russell Dive.
1. Nic Croad 7.5
2, Russell Dive 6.5
3. Anthony Ker 6

Nic drew with Anthony and won all his other games. Congratulations!
The most interesting game of the round was definitely the latest Ker v Dive, which Russell won this time. I hope to publish this soon.

Some great performances overall by the younger players, notably Michael Sole, Ryan Winter, Caleb He, Wei Kai Chen and Nathan Hall. And then of course there was Layla's win over Russell...

I hope you all enjoyed the tournament. This week Russell Dive will be giving a lesson in middle game strategy - all welcome. Hope to see you there.
The following week the Club Championship starts, and continues for the rest of the year. Please let captain Philip Rossiter know if you want to sign up for this.

Round 8 (final)

No Name                 Loc  Total  Result   Name                     Loc  Total

 1 Perry, Roger         2125 [5]      0:1    Croad, Nic               2375 [6.5]
 2 Ker, Anthony         2474 [6]      0:1    Dive, Russell            2426 [5.5]
 3 Sellen, Ian          2079 [5]      ½:½    Timergazi, Layla         2174 [4.5]
 4 Forster, Bill        2094 [4.5]    1:0    Thorpe, Richard          1630 [4.5]
 5 Jackson, Ross        2054 [4.5]    ½:½    Winter, Ryan             1715 [4.5]
 6 Aldridge, Alan       1942 [4.5]    ½:½    Chen, Wei Kai            1732 [4.5]
 7 Coghini, Phillip     1888 [4]      0:1    Nyberg, Michael          2032 [4]  
 8 Mullan, Brett        1750 [4]      ½:½    Rossiter, Philip         1945 [4]  
 9 Benitez, Edgar       1750 [4]      1:0    Stoeveken, Peter         1863 [3.5]
10 Barraza, Jesse       1871 [4]      ½:½    Sole, Michael            1586 [4.5]
11 Farrington, Lawrence 1855 [4]      ½:½    Day, Fabian              1726 [4]  
12 Stone, Andrew        2118 [3.5]    1:0    Konakanchi, Karthik      1499 [3.5]
13 Theodosiou, Andreas  1392 [3]      0:1    Darr, Samuel             1505 [3]  
14 Wevers, Alexis       1641 [3]      1:0    He, Caleb                1416 [3]  
15 Van der Anker, Juan  1501 [3]      0:1    Hall, Nathan             1063 [3]  
16 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn 1739 [3.5]    0:1    Meravanage, Satwik       1524 [3]  
17 He, Paul             1051 [3]      0:1    Kibblewhite, Daniel      1451 [3]  
18 Stannard, Bobby      1481 [2.5]    ½:½    Jacobsen-Grocott, Josiah 1200 [2.5]
19 Sknar, Andriy        1266 [2.5]    0:1    Zhao, Aiden              1305 [2.5]
20 De Briey, Aurian     1300 [2]      1:0    Del Favero, Marcus       1410 [2]  
21 Asher, Bruce         1288 [2]      0:1    Bennett, Sarah           1452 [2]  
22 Konakanchi, Pramodh  1129 [1.5]    0:1    Proctor, Matthew         1464 [1]  
23 Stracy, Don          1731 [3.5]    0:0    BYE                                
24 Dixon, Hamish        1698 [3.5]    0:0    BYE                                
25 Wight, Joshua        1629 [4]      ½:½    BYE                                
26 Tagos, Bernardo      1433 [2]      ½:½    BYE                                
27 Leask, Hamish        1300 [3]      ½:½    BYE                                
28 Nagrecha, Prashant   899  [2.5]    ½:½    BYE                                
29 Langford, Joshua          [.5]     0:0    BYE                                

Cross Table


No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8  

1  Croad, Nic               2375 7.5   12:1 10:1 16:1  3:½ 18:1  6:1  4:1  9:1
2  Dive, Russell            2426 6.5   28:1 19:1  5:1  7:1  6:0 11:1  0:½  3:1
3  Ker, Anthony             2474 6     30:1 15:1  9:1  1:½  0:½  7:1  6:1  2:0
4  Forster, Bill            2094 5.5    0:½ 44:1 11:½ 10:½ 16:1 12:1  1:0 17:1
5  Sellen, Ian              2079 5.5   49:1 24:1  2:0 34:1  7:0 22:1 16:1  6:½
6  Timergazi, Layla         2174 5     21:1 14:1  8:½ 31:1  2:1  1:0  3:0  5:½
7  Nyberg, Michael          2032 5     46:1 26:1 13:+  2:0  5:1  3:0  9:0 25:1
8  Jackson, Ross            2054 5     29:1 32:+  6:½ 23:0 10:½ 26:1 13:½ 11:½
9  Perry, Roger             2125 5     27:1 20:1  3:0 19:½  0:½ 25:1  7:1  1:0
10 Chen, Wei Kai            1732 5     39:1  1:0 43:1  4:½  8:½ 15:1 25:½ 13:½
11 Winter, Ryan             1715 5      0:½ 42:1  4:½ 15:½ 31:1  2:0 30:1  8:½
12 Sole, Michael            1586 5      1:0 39:1 25:½ 24:1 32:1  4:0 31:1 15:½
13 Aldridge, Alan           1942 5     50:1  0:½  7:- 40:1  0:½ 19:1  8:½ 10:½
14 Benitez, Edgar           1750 5     36:1  6:0 47:1 18:0 46:1 16:0 27:1 31:1
15 Barraza, Jesse           1871 4.5   33:1  3:0 27:1 11:½ 30:½ 10:0 24:1 12:½
16 Rossiter, Philip         1945 4.5   37:1 41:1  1:0 48:1  4:0 14:1  5:0 19:½
17 Thorpe, Richard          1630 4.5    0:½ 35:1 23:0 28:½  0:½ 34:1 18:1  4:0
18 Stone, Andrew            2118 4.5   40:0 46:1 21:1 14:1  1:0  0:½ 17:0 35:1
19 Mullan, Brett            1750 4.5   48:1  2:0 37:1  9:½  0:½ 13:0 38:1 16:½
20 Day, Fabian              1726 4.5   38:1  9:0 41:1  0:½ 25:0  0:½ 26:1 22:½
21 Wight, Joshua            1629 4.5    6:0 36:1 18:0 38:1 26:0 46:1 37:1  0:½
22 Farrington, Lawrence     1855 4.5   43:0 37:0 42:1 47:1 48:1  5:0 32:+ 20:½
23 Wastney, Scott           2391 4.5    0:½ 43:1 17:1  8:1  0:½  0:½  0:   0: 
24 Meravanage, Satwik       1524 4     54:+  5:0  0:½ 12:0  0:½ 42:1 15:0 32:1
25 Coghini, Phillip         1888 4     42:½  0:½ 12:½ 45:1 20:1  9:0 10:½  7:0
26 Hall, Nathan             1063 4     34:1  7:0 30:0 49:1 21:1  8:0 20:0 40:1
27 Darr, Samuel             1505 4      9:0 51:1 15:0 37:0 49:1 29:1 14:0 42:1
28 Wevers, Alexis           1641 4      2:0 48:0 33:1 17:½ 39:0 44:½ 46:1 37:1
29 Kibblewhite, Daniel      1451 4      8:0 47:0  0:½ 51:1  0:½ 27:0 48:1 38:1
30 Dixon, Hamish            1698 3.5    3:0 33:1 26:1  0:½ 15:½  0:½ 11:0  0:0
31 Stoeveken, Peter         1863 3.5    0:½ 45:1 40:1  6:0 11:0 35:1 12:0 14:0
32 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn     1739 3.5   47:1  8:-  0:½ 35:1 12:0 39:1 22:- 24:0
33 Zhao, Aiden              1305 3.5   15:0 30:0 28:0  0:½  0:½ 41:1  0:½ 47:1
34 Stracy, Don              1731 3.5   26:0 50:1 38:1  5:0 37:1 17:0  0:½  0:0
35 Konakanchi, Karthik      1499 3.5    0:½ 17:0 49:1 32:0 43:1 31:0 47:1 18:0
36 Leask, Hamish            1300 3.5   14:0 21:0 46:0 50:1  0:0 43:1 45:1  0:½
37 He, Caleb                1416 3     16:0 22:1 19:0 27:1 34:0 40:1 21:0 28:0
38 He, Paul                 1051 3     20:0  0:1 34:0 21:0 51:1 45:1 19:0 29:0
39 Jacobsen-Grocott, Josiah 1200 3     10:0 12:0 50:1  0:½ 28:1 32:0 40:0 44:½
40 Van der Anker, Juan      1501 3     18:1  0:½ 31:0 13:0  0:½ 37:0 39:1 26:0
41 Nagrecha, Prashant       899  3      0:1 16:0 20:0  0:½ 42:0 33:0 51:1  0:½
42 Theodosiou, Andreas      1392 3     25:½ 11:0 22:0 44:1 41:1 24:0  0:½ 27:0
43 De Briey, Aurian         1300 3     22:1 23:0 10:0 46:0 35:0 36:0 49:1 50:1
44 Stannard, Bobby          1481 3      0:½  4:0 48:0 42:0 53:1 28:½  0:½ 39:½
45 Bennett, Sarah           1452 3      0:½ 31:0 51:1 25:0  0:½ 38:0 36:0 48:1
46 Tagos, Bernardo          1433 2.5    7:0 18:0 36:1 43:1 14:0 21:0 28:0  0:½
47 Sknar, Andriy            1266 2.5   32:0 29:1 14:0 22:0  0:½ 48:1 35:0 33:0
48 Asher, Bruce             1288 2     19:0 28:1 44:1 16:0 22:0 47:0 29:0 45:0
49 Proctor, Matthew         1464 2      5:0  0:½ 35:0 26:0 27:0  0:½ 43:0 51:1
50 Del Favero, Marcus       1410 2     13:0 34:0 39:0 36:0  0:½ 53:1  0:½ 43:0
51 Konakanchi, Pramodh      1129 1.5    0:½ 27:0 45:0 29:0 38:0  0:1 41:0 49:0
52 Brockway, Andrew         1877 1      0:½  0:½  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 
53 Langford, Joshua              .5     0:   0:   0:   0:  44:0 50:0  0:½  0:0
54 Nijman, Brian            2153 0     24:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Nic Leads Julian Mazur with One Round Remaining

After seven rounds Nic Croad leads the Julian Mazur Memorial with 6.5 out of 7. Anthony Ker is on 6, Russell Dive on 5.5 after taking a half point bye in round seven, and Scott Wastney seems to have dropped out altogether.

Don Stracy has also left, exasperated, because all the people not turning up at short notice has made it impossible to predict who his opponent will be.

Nic was rather fortunate to win against Bill - the latter was up most of the way through the game (up to 6 computer points, as he later lamented to me by email), and even in the final position where Bill lost on time, it was still pretty even, although the tide seemed to be turning.

Some interesting upsets did take place, and a lot of the results were totally against the run of the play. For example, Negracha v Konakanchi P went from easily winning for Black, to easily winning for White, to checkmate for White, all in the space of 14 moves.

Biggest upset must have been Rick Thorpe beating Andrew Stone, despite a ratings gap of nearly 500 points. Andrew's having a bit of a shocker this tournament.

Here is my game against the Captain.





Round 7

No Name                     Loc  Total  Result   Name                 Loc  Total

 1 Croad, Nic               2375 [5.5]    1:0    Forster, Bill        2094 [4.5]
 2 Timergazi, Layla         2174 [4.5]    0:1    Ker, Anthony         2474 [5]  
 3 Perry, Roger             2125 [4]      1:0    Nyberg, Michael      2032 [4]  
 4 Rossiter, Philip         1945 [4]      0:1    Sellen, Ian          2079 [4]  
 5 Aldridge, Alan           1942 [4]      ½:½    Jackson, Ross        2054 [4]  
 6 Chen, Wei Kai            1732 [4]      ½:½    Coghini, Phillip     1888 [3.5]
 7 Thorpe, Richard          1630 [3.5]    1:0    Stone, Andrew        2118 [3.5]
 8 Sole, Michael            1586 [3.5]    1:0    Stoeveken, Peter     1863 [3.5]
 9 Winter, Ryan             1715 [3.5]    1:0    Dixon, Hamish        1698 [3.5]
10 Farrington, Lawrence     1855 [3]      +:-    Forlong-Ford, Colwyn 1739 [3.5]
11 Meravanage, Satwik       1524 [3]      0:1    Barraza, Jesse       1871 [3]  
12 Darr, Samuel             1505 [3]      0:1    Benitez, Edgar       1750 [3]  
13 He, Paul                 1051 [3]      0:1    Mullan, Brett        1750 [3]  
14 Hall, Nathan             1063 [3]      0:1    Day, Fabian          1726 [3]  
15 He, Caleb                1416 [3]      0:1    Wight, Joshua        1629 [3]  
16 Bennett, Sarah           1452 [2]      0:1    Leask, Hamish        1300 [2]  
17 Konakanchi, Karthik      1499 [2.5]    1:0    Sknar, Andriy        1266 [2.5]
18 Tagos, Bernardo          1433 [2]      0:1    Wevers, Alexis       1641 [2]  
19 Jacobsen-Grocott, Josiah 1200 [2.5]    0:1    Van der Anker, Juan  1501 [2]  
20 Stannard, Bobby          1481 [2]      -:+    Zhao, Aiden          1305 [2]  
21 Kibblewhite, Daniel      1451 [2]      1:0    Asher, Bruce         1288 [2]  
22 Nagrecha, Prashant       899  [1.5]    1:0    Konakanchi, Pramodh  1129 [1.5]
23 Proctor, Matthew         1464 [1]      0:1    De Briey, Aurian     1300 [1]  
24 Dive, Russell            2426 [5]      ½:½    BYE                            
25 Del Favero, Marcus       1410 [2]      ½:½    BYE                            
26 Theodosiou, Andreas      1392 [2.5]    ½:½    BYE                            
27 Langford, Joshua              [1]      ½:½    BYE                            

Cross Table


No Name                     Loc  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Croad, Nic               2375 6.5    9:1 10:1 17:1  2:½ 24:1  6:1  8:1
2  Ker, Anthony             2474 6     26:1 18:1  4:1  1:½  0:½ 14:1  6:1
3  Dive, Russell            2426 5.5   39:1 16:1  5:1 14:1  6:0 11:1  0:½
4  Perry, Roger             2125 5     37:1 20:1  2:0 16:½  0:½ 15:1 14:1
5  Sellen, Ian              2079 5     52:1 29:1  3:0 34:1 14:0 23:1 17:1
6  Timergazi, Layla         2174 4.5   22:1 21:1  7:½ 25:1  3:1  1:0  2:0
7  Jackson, Ross            2054 4.5   38:1 27:+  6:½ 19:0 10:½ 30:1 13:½
8  Forster, Bill            2094 4.5    0:½ 49:1 11:½ 10:½ 17:1  9:1  1:0
9  Sole, Michael            1586 4.5    1:0 41:1 15:½ 29:1 27:1  8:0 25:1
10 Chen, Wei Kai            1732 4.5   41:1  1:0 46:1  8:½  7:½ 18:1 15:½
11 Winter, Ryan             1715 4.5    0:½ 35:1  8:½ 18:½ 25:1  3:0 26:1
12 Thorpe, Richard          1630 4.5    0:½ 28:1 19:0 39:½  0:½ 34:1 24:1
13 Aldridge, Alan           1942 4.5   43:1  0:½ 14:- 32:1  0:½ 16:1  7:½
14 Nyberg, Michael          2032 4     45:1 30:1 13:+  3:0  5:1  2:0  4:0
15 Coghini, Phillip         1888 4     35:½  0:½  9:½ 47:1 20:1  4:0 10:½
16 Mullan, Brett            1750 4     48:1  3:0 31:1  4:½  0:½ 13:0 33:1
17 Rossiter, Philip         1945 4     31:1 44:1  1:0 48:1  8:0 21:1  5:0
18 Barraza, Jesse           1871 4     36:1  2:0 37:1 11:½ 26:½ 10:0 29:1
19 Wastney, Scott           2391 4      0:½ 46:1 12:1  7:1  0:½  0:0  0: 
20 Day, Fabian              1726 4     33:1  4:0 44:1  0:½ 15:0  0:½ 30:1
21 Benitez, Edgar           1750 4     40:1  6:0 42:1 24:0 45:1 17:0 37:1
22 Wight, Joshua            1629 4      6:0 40:1 24:0 33:1 30:0 45:1 31:1
23 Farrington, Lawrence     1855 4     46:0 31:0 35:1 42:1 48:1  5:0 27:+
24 Stone, Andrew            2118 3.5   32:0 45:1 22:1 21:1  1:0  0:½ 12:0
25 Stoeveken, Peter         1863 3.5    0:½ 47:1 32:1  6:0 11:0 28:1  9:0
26 Dixon, Hamish            1698 3.5    2:0 36:1 30:1  0:½ 18:½  0:½ 11:0
27 Forlong-Ford, Colwyn     1739 3.5   42:1  7:-  0:½ 28:1  9:0 41:1 23:-
28 Konakanchi, Karthik      1499 3.5    0:½ 12:0 52:1 27:0 46:1 25:0 42:1
29 Meravanage, Satwik       1524 3     54:+  5:0  0:½  9:0  0:½ 35:1 18:0
30 Hall, Nathan             1063 3     34:1 14:0 26:0 52:1 22:1  7:0 20:0
31 He, Caleb                1416 3     17:0 23:1 16:0 37:1 34:0 32:1 22:0
32 Van der Anker, Juan      1501 3     24:1  0:½ 25:0 13:0  0:½ 31:0 41:1
33 He, Paul                 1051 3     20:0  0:1 34:0 22:0 51:1 47:1 16:0
34 Stracy, Don              1731 3     30:0 43:1 33:1  5:0 31:1 12:0  0: 
35 Theodosiou, Andreas      1392 3     15:½ 11:0 23:0 49:1 44:1 29:0  0:½
36 Zhao, Aiden              1305 3     18:0 26:0 39:0  0:½  0:½ 44:1 49:+
37 Darr, Samuel             1505 3      4:0 51:1 18:0 31:0 52:1 38:1 21:0
38 Kibblewhite, Daniel      1451 3      7:0 42:0  0:½ 51:1  0:½ 37:0 48:1
39 Wevers, Alexis           1641 3      3:0 48:0 36:1 12:½ 41:0 49:½ 45:1
40 Leask, Hamish            1300 3     21:0 22:0 45:0 43:1  0:0 46:1 47:1
41 Jacobsen-Grocott, Josiah 1200 2.5   10:0  9:0 43:1  0:½ 39:1 27:0 32:0
42 Sknar, Andriy            1266 2.5   27:0 38:1 21:0 23:0  0:½ 48:1 28:0
43 Del Favero, Marcus       1410 2.5   13:0 34:0 41:0 40:0  0:1 50:1  0:½
44 Nagrecha, Prashant       899  2.5    0:1 17:0 20:0  0:½ 35:0 36:0 51:1
45 Tagos, Bernardo          1433 2     14:0 24:0 40:1 46:1 21:0 22:0 39:0
46 De Briey, Aurian         1300 2     23:1 19:0 10:0 45:0 28:0 40:0 52:1
47 Bennett, Sarah           1452 2      0:½ 25:0 51:1 15:0  0:½ 33:0 40:0
48 Asher, Bruce             1288 2     16:0 39:1 49:1 17:0 23:0 42:0 38:0
49 Stannard, Bobby          1481 2      0:½  8:0 48:0 35:0 50:1 39:½ 36:-
50 Langford, Joshua              1.5    0:½  0:½  0:   0:  49:0 43:0  0:½
51 Konakanchi, Pramodh      1129 1.5    0:½ 37:0 47:0 38:0 33:0  0:1 44:0
52 Proctor, Matthew         1464 1      5:0  0:½ 28:0 30:0 37:0  0:½ 46:0
53 Brockway, Andrew         1877 1      0:½  0:½  0:   0:   0:   0:   0: 
54 Nijman, Brian            2153 0     29:-  0:   0:   0:   0:   0:   0: