Club Rapid Championship 2020-21

The Club’s Rapid Championship for 2020-21 will be played over two evenings, 21 and 28 September; three rounds on each evening. This event was originally scheduled for 21 August but had to be postponed and no alternative Saturdays were available for some time. For the avoidance of doubt, the Rapid Championship for 2021-22 will be played later in the season. Full details are available at the link below. Entry form is included in the Attendance Form for 21 September; Members […]

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Opening Night

The Champions Caterpillar The 2021-22 Season kicked off in style with the Champions Caterpillar – John Cawdery, Terry Whitton, Ashley Freeman – taking on 14 Members in simultaneous play. For social distancing reasons, we held the event in the spacious, well-ventilated, well-lit surroundings of the Hall. The Club won three games – David Smith, Mark Murrell and John Jestico –  while Matthias Lataille recorded the only draw in the last game to finish. The Caterpillar won all the other games, […]

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Septuagenarian speed double

Like fine wine… A week after securing the Lightning Championship, Terry Whitton added the Blitz Championship, on tie-break. Terry finished level on points with John Cawdery – in his first season with the Club – each scoring 6/7; congratulations to both. They met in Round 3 and Terry secured the point on a swindle (his own words). While John won all his other games, he required a slip-up from Terry to wrest the trophy. In Round 4, Terry allowed a […]

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Blitz Championship

Events come thick and fast. After last week’s Lightning Championship, on Tues 10 August we have the Blitz Championship – games played at 8 minutes per clock without increments (G8+0). As with the Lightning, entry to the Blitz is via the usual Attendance Form, which is now available. Members who do not wish to enter the Blitz, but would like to play some social games, should select the SOCIAL option in the form. Full details, with Blitz rules are available […]

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Septuagenarian Lightning Champion

Terry Whitton was in imperious form to win the Lightning Championship with a 100% score 6/6. There was a fine performance also from Emmet Clarke clear second on 5/6, though not having played Terry, probably due to his second round loss, so that he came up on the rails in the finishing straight. The podium was completed by a crowded third step with no fewer than five players finishing on 4/6. 1 – Terry Whitton, 6/6; Lightning Champion 2 – […]

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Championship fireworks

The third round of the Club Championship featured an audacious rook sacrifice by Tournament Controller, Mark Murrell, against Ashley Freeman. While cold analysis showed the sacrifice to be unsound, it unsettled Ashley to the extent that he failed to play the best response and Mark secured a winning advantage, subsequently denying Ashley any vestige of counterplay. Ashley was impressed by Mark’s play to the extent of providing in-depth annotations which we are happy to publish – find the game on […]

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Lightning Championship – 3 August

Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell has managed to plan most of our regular season events, despite two lockdowns in the last year. The Club Championship is in progress, next up is the Lightning Championship, on 3 August. For those new to Lightning chess, this is possibly a culture shock: a buzzer sounds every 10 seconds and the player on move has to move on the buzzer, not before, not after. Entry to the Lightning is via the usual Attendance Form which, […]

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