Some notable improvements by Steve L, James and Toby. Full details may be found here.
For team selection, an ordered list of available players may be helpful:- 228 – Mindaugas Beinoras 195 – Steve Ledger 187 – James Gardner 175 – Paul Habershon 173 – Richard Bodily 170 – Ravi Arulnandhy 170 – Nick Collacott 168 – Alex Taylor 166 – Qais Karimi 164 – Toby Cox 163 – Steve Pike 160 – Mike Botteley 160 – Andy Chapman 160 – Marc Obi 140 – Giuseppe Valerio 138 – Richard McMorran 137 – Ben Cox 135 – Peter Gill 128 – Callum Shields 128 – Robert Walker 113 – Lucian Cox 96 – Nigel Walker 77 – David Cox 68 – Mac Mackenzie 45 – Tony Lawrence
Toby and Lucian both attended the “Gigafinal” of the UK Schools Chess Challenge in Manchester, one of four Gigafinals being held, having previously qualified from the more local “Megafinal”.
Lucian scored 4/6 in the Under 11 section. His tournament was noteworthy for playing against prodigy Yichen Han (candidate master, and a grade of 207!); Lucian managed to enter the end-game a pawn up, but was unable to sustain it and eventually lost.
Toby won the Under 14 section with a score of 5/6. He now goes on to compete with the winners from the other 3 Gigafinals in the Terafinal (the national final) in September.
Over the Summer, we will be once more organising some light-hearted (?) events:-
11 July Time/material handicap Peter Gill
18 July Variations Toby
25 July Endings Richard Bodily/Alex
1 August Gambits Steve Ledger
Everyone is very welcome.
Additionally, Steve Ledger will be organising a curry evening in August to which John Harbour and Chris Hill will be invited so that we can give them both a proper send off – he will advise the date separately but let him know if you don’t hear.
Apart from the night chosen the club will be open throughout August for casual chess or one night competitions.
A hard fought draw in the second playoff game so James goes up. Mike managed to win a pawn but his own pawn structure was poor and though he later got to two Rooks against Bishop and Rook (I’m not sure how many pawns each by then) he had to settle for a draw.
Despite pressure from Alex and having at one point been down to 7 seconds on the clock for all remaining moves Toby held out for a draw in a pawn and minor piece ending to clinch a place in Division 1, having won last week.
James, playing white against Mike in their first play off, had sustained pressure, chasing Mike’s King up the board and delivering a neat check mate by the Queen, I think from her starting square. They will play the second game on 11 July.
Voting is now open for the annual game of season contest. This year, the candidates have been pre-selected so there are only 15 to marvel out – enjoy! The results will be announced at the AGM on 4th July so get on with it!
Toby Cox drew first blood by beating Alex Taylor last night. The return tie, when Toby will have the White pieces, will be played next week, as will the first tie of the James Gardner v Mike Botteley playoff.
A place in division 1 next season awaits the victors.
In a thrilling final game Steve Ledger needed only to draw with Richard Bodily to clinch the Bedford Chess Club Championship. After missing a good line in the middle game Steve found himself in a losing endgame. As usual he defended stoutly and in the end it was the clock that forced Richard to repeat moves and agree a draw. Preliminary analysis by Fritz strongly suggests that Richard maintained a winning advantage right to the end, but the correct line from the final position involves a bold piece sacrifice to force through the K-side united passed pawns. After the game Chairman Paul Habershon took the opportunity to present the trophy to Steve who will be unable to attend the AGM.