Online Club Night and Open Results

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 hours 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
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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