Online Club Night and Open Results

Open Evening Wednesday 27th May

18 players participated

Nimzo Indian Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points
2rd: Paul Kemp (callmekaspers) 10 points
3rd: Ian Clark (IanClark) 6 points
4th: Adam Ursell (adamu) 6 points
5th: Richard Ursell (RichardU150) 6 points
6th: Ken Smith (Ken_Alekhine) 6 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 18 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 18 points
3rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 16 points
Full results

Unsurprisingly the Nimzo Indian led to more postional play and longer games on average than other themed openings.  Paul Kemp took his first podium place with a convincing second place, whilst Ian Clark notched up his second podium in his second Ringwood tournament.

Martin Simons took a deserved first place in the blitz without losing a game.

Club Night Monday 25th May

6 players participated

Crazyhouse (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 6 points
2rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 4 points
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 2 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points (on tie-break)
2rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 12 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 7 points
Full results

We started again on the chess variants, going backwards through the set, so it was Crazyhouse again.  This time there were just 3 players but the games were all hard fought and interesting.

Three more people turned up for the normal blitz to make a respectable sized field, with a tie at the top courtesy of some last round berserking in a game that finished just seconds inside the arena time limit.

Open Afternoon Saturday 23rd May

7 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st:  Martin Simons  (Non-Gambiteer) 16 points
2rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 8 points (on tie-break)
3rd: Jamie Dee (chessmonkey_durban) 8 points
4th: Martin Clancy (Winwood) 8 points
Full results

Won comfortably by Martin Simons with 5 wins and just one draw.

Open Afternoon Friday 22th May

5 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st:  Dave Fuller  (BournemouthDave) 12 points
2rd: John Belinger (belin70) 9 points (on tie-break)
3rd: Jamie Dee (chessmonkey_durban) 9 points
Full results

Dave started and finished with two losses, but had a streak of four wins in the middle which helped him to first prize under arena scoring.  Jamie and John were snapping at his heels in the end, with John turning in a very respectable 1933 performance.

Open Evening Wednesday 20th May

18 players participated

Benko Gambit Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 16 points
2rd: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 14 points
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 12 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 20 points
2rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 16 points
3rd: Ollie Willson (Wilzone) 13 points
Full results

The Benko proved a tricky choice for many players, producing a lot of opening deviations and some short games.    There were also a few Benko specialists in the field who knew the key themes and scored well.   Keith took first places despite losing his first game due to problem with his hardware, with Robert edging out Martin S for second.

Martin took his revenge in the blitz by virtue of completing eight games.   Ollie Willson was one a several players joining for the first time and he picked up third place with 4 straight wins, including one on Berserk (half the time, no increment) which is quite a challenge.

Club Night Monday 18th May

8 players participated

Crazyhouse (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 20 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 14 points
3rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 5 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 20 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 14 points
3rd: Adam Ursell (adamu) 6 points (on tie-break)
4th: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse)
Full results

Crazyhouse attracted only 5 players which was a pity as it is one of the best chess variants. If you have captured a piece you can drop it on the board instead of making a move. The diagram shows a typical crazyhouse position with black having dropped attacking pieces onto f1, g2 and h1 and a defensive pawn on f6, whilst white has dropped a knight onto f5. Martin Simons won all six of his games to take first place convincingly.

Martin Clancy won the blitz with a streak of 6 games from the start, beating second placed Peter in round two along the way.

Open Afternoon Saturday 16th May

7 players participated

Slow Blitz – 5 minutes + 3 seconds results

1st: Adam Ursell (adamu) 20 points
2rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 16 points
3rd: William Carver (Woody-Carver) 10 points
Full results

Adam started with a couple of losses and ended with one, but managed to get a 6 game sequence of wins in the middle, securing him plenty of bonus points and first place.

Open Afternoon Friday 15th May

7 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 28 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 14 points
3rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 5 points
Full results

A comfortable victory for Martin who despite an early loss streaked away from the field.

Open Evening Wednesday 13th May

20 players participated

Budapest Gambit Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Richard Allis (Richard31988) 13 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points
3rd: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 8 points (on tie-break)
4th: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 8 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 20 points
2rd: Jamie Dee (chessmonkey_durban) 17 points
3rd: Richard Ursell (Richardu150) 16 points
Full results

The games in the Budapest themed event split between quite a few mainline theory games (with the usual resulting good endgames for white) and minor lines / made up lines with a large amount of chaos and victories for both sides.   Richard Allis took first place without losing a game in earnest (his one loss was for missing the start of a game).

Peter Anderson took the blitz with 6 straight wins.  There were notable high scoring performances from Jamie Dee and Richard Ursell in taking 2nd and 3rd.

Club Night Monday 11th May

8 players participated

Atomic Chess (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 26 points (on tie-break)
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 26 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 6 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 14 points (on tie-break)
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 14 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 5 points
Full results

Atomic chess certainly proved a challenge but popular with most players. For those of you who have not played it, whenever a piece is captured not only does it disappear but so do the adjacent pieces (but not pawns) and the capturing piece.   The diagram shows the end of a 3 move game:  1.Nf3 Nf6  2.Ne5 d6 3.Nxf7 and the black king  is blown up (along with the black bishop and knight and the white knight).

Martin C had not played this before but showed a good feel for the game and duly won, though he said he thought he was playing worse as the night went on.   This is the one variant where it might actually be easier if you have not played chess before!

Returning to the sanity of normal chess, Martin S was on tactically sharp form and took first place.

Open Afternoon Saturday 9th May

11 players participated

Slow Blitz – 5 minutes + 3 seconds results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 18 points
2rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 11 points
3rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 8 points
Full results

The Friday afternoon session was automatically cancelled by Lichess because not even 2 people turned up to play.   Must have been the sunny weather!

Saturday had reverted to its original format of just one open arena and attracted 11 players.

Open Evening Wednesday 6th May

21 players participated

Sicilian Najdorf Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Russell Pegg (Blobby-Fischer) 15 points
2rd: Christian Westrap (Kinghttrap) 11 points (on tie-break)
3rd: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 11 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 20 points
2rd: Christian Westrap (Kinghttrap) 13 points
3rd: Ken Smith (Ken_Alekhine) 12 points
Full results

In the Najdorf themed tournament Russell took first place by virtue of rattling through an incredible 10 games in the hour, playing in his usual open style.

It was a good night for Highcliffe with Christian, Robert and Ken all taking podium places.

 

Club Night Monday 4th May

8 players participated

Racing Kings (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points
2rd: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 9 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 7 points (on tie-break)
4th: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 7 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 11 points (on tie-break)
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 9 points
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 6 points (on tie-break)
4th: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 6 points
5th: Richard Ursell (Richardu150) 6 points
Full results

Another good night as Merlin joined in the fun for the first time.

Racing Kings was certainly a brain workout and pretty skillful but I think it is safe to say it was nobody's favourite as it was not very chess-like.  Perhaps it would grow on us if we played it some more or perhaps it is best written off?  With a very lucky escape against Richard, Peter managed to take first place.

Christian took the blitz despite an early loss by virtue of a four game winning streak in the middle.

Open Afternoon Saturday 2nd May

6 players participated

Major Blitz – Under 1900 (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 12 points
2rd: Barry Jolly (dolphers) 11 points
3rd: Dave Fuller (BournemouthDave) 4 points
Full results

4 players turned up for the second Under 1900 Major Blitz which was won narrowly by Robert Halse.

Only the two Martin's turned for the Open at 3.05 pm and they played one game (a draw) and called it a day.

Open Afternoon Friday 1st May

8 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 26 points
2rd: Richard Allis (Richard31988) 10 points
3rd: Fraser McLeod (FraserMcLeod) 10 points
4th: Jamie Dee (chessmonkey_durban) 10 points
Full results

A definitive first place for Alan who won seven in a row and then comfortably drew only his final game against Richard.   Richard turned up for a few games part of the way through the session and secured second place on tie-break ahead of Fraser and Jamie.   There was frustration and very polite apologies from Barry Jolly who was suffering with a dodgy internet connection.

Open Evening Wednesday 29nd April

21 players participated

Alekhine's Defence Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 16 points
2rd: Ian Clark (IanClark) 12 points (on tie-break)
3rd: John Weatherlake (Eye-of-the-Badger) 12 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 21 points
2rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 20 points
3rd: John Weatherlake (Eye-of-the-Badger) 12 points
Full results

This week a double victory for Peter Anderson in this pair of events, but that hardly tells the real story of either as he was nearly caught in both by players who turned up late.

In the Alekhine's themed event Ian Clark played for just 4 games and won all four against strong opponents and came second on tie-break, edging out John Weatherlake.   This was Ian's first time on Lichess, so he had to get used to the interface as well play good chess.   Also notable was Ken Smith who plays under the nickname Ken_Alekhine and who got off to a flyng start with 3 wins out of 4, eventually finishing 7th.

In the normal blitz Keith Gregory won 6 straight games, which included a comprehensive demolition of Peter, to take second place with a stunning 2421 performance.

Club Night Monday 27th April

10 players participated

Horde (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 16 points
2rd: Martin Clancy (Winwood) 12 points
3rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 8 points (on tie-break)
2rd: Adam Ursell (adamu) 8 points
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 6 points (on tie-break)
4th: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 6 points
Full results

Welcome to David Bacon who joined us online for the first time for a few games of Horde.

Horde at first sight looks like an easy win for the pawns but it turns out it is not so clear-cut - black sacs pieces to break through and tries to mop up pawns with his queen.   It's a more challenging and entertaining game than it initially looks.  Robert Halse is building a reputation as a good player of these weird variants and despite a couple of losses  notched up five wins to take first place.

There was a bit of problem with the start of the blitz as the event was not showing up properly in Lichess (it still isn't) but it got underway once Martin messaged everyone with the link.   Sadly no berserking from Adam at blitz this week (very sensible!) and he shared top spots with Peter after Martin S and Christian could not quite close their final games out before the tournament cut-off.

Open Afternoon Saturday 25nd April

14 players participated

Major Blitz - Under 1900  (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Rober Halse (Robert_Halse) 12 points
2rd: Jim Barnett (Salisburylad45) 2 points
3rd: Simon Redmill (Simon_Redmill) 2 points
Full results

Open Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 18 points
2rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 17 points (on tie-break)
3rd: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 17 points
Full results

The first Major Blitz tournament which was restricted to players under 1900 was a modest affair with just 3 participants.   Robert Halse emerged in clear first having won all 4 of his games.

The open blitz had a good turn out and was a closer affair, especially when Peter accidentally resigned a better postion against Christian in the last round.

Open Afternoon Friday 24th April

9 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Richard Allis (Richard31988) 22 points
2rd: Asam Ursell (adamu) 14 points
3rd: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 12 points
4th: William Carver (Woody-Carver) 12 points
Full results

A comfortable win for Richard, with Adam once again showing his ability at blitz with second place.

Open Evening Wednesday 22nd April

22 players participated

Kings Gambit Themed Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambeiteer) 14 points
2rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 10 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Kinghttrap) 7 points (on tie-break)
4th: Russell Pegg (Blobby-Fischer) 7 points
Full results

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambeiteer) 20 points
2rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 14 points
3rd: John Weatherlake (Eye-of-the-Badger) 12 points
Full results

Another double victory for Martin Simon in this pair of events.

The Kings Gambit theme caused plenty of confusion on the board with seemingly few of the participants knowing any theory to speak of.   One to try in a few serious games as a surprise weapon?

Club Night Monday 20th April

11 players participated across 2 events

Antichess (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 22 points
2nd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 16 points
3rd: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 8 points
4th: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 8 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Richard Ursell (RichardU150) 14 points
2nd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 13 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 10 points
Full results

Another new online face this week as Vaughn joined us.

A few regulars skipped the Antichess which proved challenging for most of us, with a high proportion of blunders in amongst some devious play.   Martin Clancy got off to a fliying start with 5 wins, only to be overhauled by Robert Halse who ended with 6 straight wins to take first prize by some distance.

In the normal blitz Richard Ursell fittingly secured first prize on his birthday.

Open Afternoon Saturday 18th April

14 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Dave Fuller (BournemouthDave) 20 points
2rd: Robert Halse (Robert_Halse) 15 points
3rd: Richard Allis (Richard31988) 11 points
Full results

A new name at the top: Dave Fuller took first place.    Robert Halse who is a stalwart of our online tournaments took second place whilst Richard Allis took third in his first Ringwood event.

Open Afternoon Friday 17th April

13 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 21 points
2rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 16 points
3rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 15 points
Full results

The event was won convincingly by Martin Simons by virtue of him rattling through 10 games in the 90 minutes.    However, in many ways the star of the show was Martin Clancy who only played 5 games but won all of them, including two against third placed Keith Gregory , and in so doing turned in a 2387 performance.

Open Evening Wednesday 15th April

21 players participated

Dutch Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: John Weatherlake (Eye-of-the-Badger) 16 points
2rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambeiteer) 12 points
3rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 10 points (on tie-break)
4th: Russell Pegg (Blobby-Fischer) 10 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Mike Duggan (Mikerowave) 22 points
2rd: Russell Pegg (Blobby-Fischer) 20 points
3rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 18 points
Full results

There was a record entry for these events with five new players taking part for the first time: David Bradley-Brock, John Weatherlake, Mike Duggan, Russell Pegg and Tim Jones (apologies to anyone I have missed).   Welcome to all.

The themed event started 1.d5 f5 and gave rise to Stonewalls, Classical Dutches, Leningrads, Staunton Gambits and many sidelines, and some very interesting games.   John Weatherlake lost his first game and then with his usual fighting style and a bit of help from the clock won five in a row to take first place.

Mike Duggan drew one game and won seven to take the normal blitz first place.   Whilst he was worse in a couple of games he was never competely lost at any point, which is quite an achievement over 8 blitz games.

 

Club Night Monday 13th April

12 players participated across 2 events

3 Check Chess (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 28 points
2nd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 24 points
3rd: Adam Ursell (adamu) 16 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 20 points
2nd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 12 points
2nd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 12 points
4rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 12 points
Full results

Welcome to Jessica and Jack who joined us for 3 check chess. This variant seemed popular with most players, but with a few finding it frustrating: “Just can’t get the hang of this!”, Martin Simons.   Whilst Peter won the event by virtue of getting through more games, Christian was the moral victor having beaten Peter twice, including in this 4 move debacle. 2.d4?? just loses for white and is the 3 check equivalent of fools mate!

Open Afternoon Saturday 11th April

9 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 10 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 8 points
3rd: Jon Catchpole (Malechias) 10 points
Full results

The best turn out so far for an afternoon event.

Alan got revenge for the previous day’s result by cleaning up and Peter showed the beauty of the Arena format by dropping in part of the way through the session and with a lot of luck sneaking second place.   Jon showed his blitz talents again with third place.

Open Afternoon Friday 10th April

2 players participated

Slow Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 9 points
2rd: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 5 points
Full results

Perhaps it was the sunny weather but for whatever reason only two players turned up so effectively it was a match between Martin Clancy and Alan Dommett, with the former coming out victor.

Open Evening Wednesday 8th April

14 players participated

Semi-Tarrasch Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Jamie Dee (chessmonkey_durban) 13 points
2rd: Jon Catchpole (Malechias) 10 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 8 points (on tie-break)
Full results

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Adam Ursell (adamu) 14 points
2rd: Simon Redmill (Simon_Redmill) 12 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 10 points
Full results

There were new winners in both events tonight, with Jamie taking the Semi-Tarrasch themed section and Adam taking the blitz.    Both were shrewd in using the Berserk feature which gives you extra points in return for losing half your time.    Adam was aided by the blitz being 5 min + 3 sec this week instead of the usual 3 min + 3 sec, the latter being really tough at Berserk as you also lose your increment!   Christian once again proved consistent picking up 3rd place in both events.

Club Night Monday 6th April

9 players participated across 2 events

King of the Hill (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 24 points
2nd: Robert Halse (Robert_Hlase) 14 points
3rd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 12 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 20 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (moderman99) 10 points
3rd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood) 8 points
Full results

A big welcome to Malcolm who joined us for the first time online.

King of the Hill proved entertaining with all the players being novices at it.   It led to some interesting king charges towards the centre, with some being successful and others resulting in the king being mated or vast material lost.   The word “insane” appeared a few times in the chat.

The blitz resulted in yet another win Martin Simons, who afterwards said he was “just lucky”.    As Gary Player said, “The more I practice the luckier I get.”

Open Afternoon Saturday 4th April

7 players participated

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 22 points
2nd: Jamie Dee (chesmonkey_durban) 10 points
3rd: Jon Catchpole (Malechias) 8 points
Full results

Fortunately this week the server behaved itself.   Another tournament win for Martin Simons.

Open Afternoon Friday 3st April

11 players participated

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 21 points
2nd: John Davenport (Alhemet) 20 points
3rd: Martin Clancy (Winwood) 16 points
Full results

The number of players was up on the previous week which definitely improves the event.   Still a fair few repeat pairings, notably Non-Gamiteer vs chessmonkey_durban which at one stage was looking more like a match than a tournament and was a statistical freak!

Open Evening Wednesday 1st April

17 players participated

Ruy Lopez Themed Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: John Davenport (Alhemet) 12 points (on tie break)
2nd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 12 points
3rd: Jon Catchpole (malechias) 8 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 20 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 18 points
3rd: Simon Redmill (Simon_Redmill) 14 points
Full results

37 people are now registered to play in the open events and 17 of them turned out this evening.   Thanks to all those who played as these events really do run a lot better with a good number of players.

Both competitions were hard fought.  Keith Gregory clinched victory in the normal blitz in the last round.   In the themed event the Ruy Lopez produced its usual rich mixture of games from strategic struggles to short annihilations with a tie at the top when all was done.

 

Club Night Monday 30th March

7 players participated

Rapidplay 960/Fischer Random (7 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 12 points
2nd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood)  4 points (on tie break)
3rd: Adam Ursall (adamu) 4 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 16 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 13 points
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 9 points
Full results

The first thing to say is that the server and tournaments ran smoothly, which was a relief after Saturday’s problems.

The 960 was certainly “interesting” and a real brain work out.    A few of us had trouble with diagonals early in the game.   As expected, we got a real mix of games some of which looked quite like standard chess and some of which were just weird.   960 is definitely worth another outing in a few weeks time.    That said, the normal blitz felt positively relaxing by comparison!

Open Afternoon Saturday 28th March

7 players participated

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-gambiteer) 11 points
2nd: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz)  10 points
3rd: Keith Gregory (KeithDFG) 5 points
Full results

Martin Simons won another event.  However, the main point of note was that the lichess server was struggling, with disconnections, difficulty rejoining and games finishing before they started.   Presumably this was due to the volume of users on the site through a combination of it being Saturday and people being locked in due to the coronavirus (chess.com was also experiencing some problems on Saturday afternoon).

It is hoped and expected that subsequent events will work more smoothly.

Open Afternoon Friday 27th March

6 players participated

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Alan Dommett (InfinityWaz) 4 points (on tie-break)
2nd: Martin Clancy (Wingwood)  4 points (on tie-break)
3rd: Martin Simons (Non-gambiteer) 4 points (on tie-break)
4th: Simon Redmill (Simon_Redmill) 4 points
Full results

The first Friday afternoon session got off to a steady start with 6 players participating.   There were some tough games played and in the end honours were split.

Open Evening Wednesday 25th March

15 players participated

Blitz (5 minutes + 3 seconds) Thematic (French Winawer) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-gambiteer) 16 points
2nd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 14 points
3rd: John Belinger (belin70) 10 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Martin Simons (Non-gambiteer) 24 points
2nd: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 12 points
3rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 10 points
Full results

There was an excellent turnout for the first open evening and we are hopeful of having even more players in the coming weeks.

Martin Simons was on impressive form, not losing a game all evening (the loss recorded at the start of the Winawer thematic was due to a glitch) and wrapped up both events.

You either love or hate the Winawer, but it was a great choice for a thematic tournament.   As Christian Westrap said in the chat “It’s awful for both sides.”   There was some debate about the next thematic opening (Kings Gambit, Ruy Lopez…?) but we will have to wait to see what Martin Clancy has planned for us.

 

Club Night Monday 23rd March

Nine players participated

Rapidplay (7 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 16 points (on tiebreak)
2nd: Martin Simons (Non-Gambiteer) 16 points
3rd: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 8 points
Full results

Blitz (3 minutes + 3 seconds) results

1st: Peter Anderson (modernman99) 20 points
2nd: Rob Davenport (BuzzLightSquare) 10 points (on tiebreak)
3rd: Adam Ursall (adamu) 10 points (on tiebreak)
4th: Christian Westrap (Knighttrap) 10 points
Full results