Beds beat Bucks!

Despite being out-graded on 15 of the 16 boards, Bedfordshire lifted the Fleming Trophy in a tense season opener.

Bedford Club players contributed well, Nick and Steve drawing and Mike winning – my game may interest some (and appal others!)

Board

Ref.

Grade

BEDFORDSHIRE

Result

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Grade

Ref.

1

231587H

210

Peter Constantinou

1-0

William Claridge-Hansen

209

267799E

2

162825C

200

Chris Ross

½ –½

Hans Hansen

203

172420E

3

114126A

193

Steve Law

½ –½

Guy Moss

196

287219F

4

127495J

189

Gary Kenworthy

1-0

Simon Finn

193

101644B

5

110244J

179

Adrian Elwin

½ –½

Alex Bullen

191

272163G

6

243928B

178

Steve Pike

½ –½

Roger de Coverly

190

109494E

7

110911L

174

Richard Freeman

½ –½

Peter Ackley

188

165369G

8

120787J

169

Brian Valentine

½ –½

Phil Bonafont

185

179440H

9

225693K

168

Mike Botteley

1-0

Sam Walker

183

255108B

10

293410D

166

Rob Whiteside

0-1

Richard Symonds

176

903053A

11

187297H

165

Nick Collacott

½ –½

John Syner

172

275345F

12

251109F

160

Pete Taylor

1-0

Mat Dydak

169

287299H

13

117409F

152

Branko Pribanich

1-0

Steve James

167

151147G

14

283897H

131

Eva Ressel

0-1

Peter Finn

163

285268J

15

280170L

129

Peter Rawcliffe

0-1

Edward Basham

157

230729H

16

119416B

127

Colin Solloway

0-1

Alon Moss

e130

288845C

8½ -7½

The fourth largest sporting event on the planet ….

…. started yesterday in Tromso, Norway – over 170 countries and 2,000 players are participating!

As England, Scotland and Wales are all competing in both the Open and Women’s events,  it is unclear why the British  Broadcasting Corporation feels this is unworthy of note.

Nevertheless, excellent coverage of the 41st Chess Olympiad may be found here

Bronstein was right!

As David Bronstein observed, “There is not a single true chess-player in the world whose heart does not beat faster at the mere sound of such long beloved and familiar words as ‘gambit games’ “.

This was certainly borne out by a most enjoyable evening for the fourteen players who attended the Gambits Summer Special last night.  Seven selected gambits were sampled, from the (relatively sedate) Evans, through the (suspect) Double Muzio  to the  (Absolutely Mad And Ridiculous?) AMAR.

The winning team were the “Backs to the wall” (you know who you are).  Many thanks to Steve Ledger for organising (and his brother for an interesting contribution).

Division II definitely sorted

The game Callum – Richard was played in Division II on Thursday night. It ended in a draw and the result means that Richard is the clear-cut Division Champion. Richard and Chris are therefore promoted to Division I.

Here are the final Division II standings:

 

 

Division II

ECF

P

W

D

L

RP

SB

Points

1

 

Richard Bodily

140

11

7

3

1

150

41.50

8.5

2

 

Chris Hill

134

11

6

4

1

145

37.00

8.0

3

 

Giuseppe Valerio

156

11

7

1

3

144

33.00

7.5

4

 

Gerry Nolan

110

11

7

0

4

134

32.50

7.0

5

 

John Harbour

141

11

5

4

2

137

31.25

7.0

6

 

Callum Shields

123

11

3

7

1

131

31.00

6.5

7

 

Peter Gill

133

11

3

6

2

127

28.25

6.0

8

 

Nigel Staddon

126

11

3

4

4

117

20.00

5.0

9

 

Sajan Ganger

128

11

1

7

3

113

24.00

4.5

10

 

Peter Housden

102

11

2

2

7

98

8.50

3.0

11

 

Ben Pike

80

11

0

3

8

77

7.75

1.5

12

 

Mac McKenzie

72

11

1

1

9

68

3.75

1.5

 NB  I have adjudicated the two unplayed games and of course I will not submit these results for grading.

Saj

½ – ½

Mac

Peter G

½ – ½

Saj

Regards,

TC Joe.

Summer Curry 2014

As promised, I said I would try and sort out a Chess Club Summer Curry.

The proposed date is Thursday 14th August, at Saffron on Tavistock Street, say, 19:30 for 20:00 eat. 

The last couple were pretty good nights, with 12-15 attendees, I believe.

 Please let me know, either way, if you would like to come along on Thursday 14th and then Joe can book us in and get 50% off the bill with his bus pass or something.

Cheers, Steve.

Final Standings Division II

Gentlemen,

The game Saj – Richard was played in Division II on Thursday night. It ended in a draw and the result means that Richard is the Division Champion not withstanding three games still to be played.

With respect to these games, were they to be played then the worst case scenario for Richard would be:

Callum

1 – 0

Richard

Peter G

0 – 1

Saj

Saj

1 – 0

Mac

but even with this set of results, Chris would still finish second to Richard albeit by the smallest possible difference in SB-Score!

Division II

GN

CH

RB

JH

GV

MM

CS

NS

PG

PH

SG

BP

SB

Ʃ

Gerry Nolan BlacknWhite.jpg

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

1

31.00

7.0

Chris Hill

1

BlacknWhite.jpg

0

1

0.5

1

0.5

0.5

0.5

1

1

1

37.50

8.0

Richard Bodily

0

1

BlacknWhite.jpg

0.5

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.5

1

37.75

8.0

John Harbour

0

0

0.5

BlacknWhite.jpg

1

1

0.5

1

0.5

1

0.5

1

31.00

7.0

Giuseppe Valerio

1

0.5

0

0

BlacknWhite.jpg

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

34.00

7.5

Mac McKenzie

0

0

0

0

0

BlacknWhite.jpg

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.50

1.0

Callum Shields

1

0.5

1

0.5

0

1

BlacknWhite.jpg

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

1

34.50

7.0

Nigel Staddon

0

0.5

0

0

0

1

0.5

BlacknWhite.jpg

0.5

1

1

0.5

20.50

5.0

Peter Gill

0

0.5

0

0.5

1

1

0.5

0.5

BlacknWhite.jpg

1

0

0.5

25.75

5.5

Peter Housden

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

0

0

BlacknWhite.jpg

0.5

1

8.75

3.0

Sajan Ganger

1

0

0.5

0.5

0

1

0.5

0

1

0.5

BlacknWhite.jpg

0.5

26.75

5.5

Ben Pike

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.5

0.5

0

0.5

BlacknWhite.jpg

8.00

1.5

 

So I propose that the three outstanding games need not be played and for the purpose of completeness I shall adjudicate and record three draws though of course I will not submit these results for grading. If anyone is opposed to my decision please let me know.

 

Therefore, here are the final standings in Division II:

 

 

 

Division II

ECF

P

W

D

L

RP

SB

Points

1

 

Richard Bodily

140

11

7

3

1

153

41.50

8.5

2

 

Chris Hill

134

11

6

4

1

145

37.00

8.0

3

 

Giuseppe Valerio

156

11

7

1

3

144

33.00

7.5

4

 

Gerry Nolan

110

11

7

0

4

134

32.50

7.0

5

 

John Harbour

141

11

5

4

2

137

31.25

7.0

6

 

Callum Shields

123

11

3

7

1

130

31.00

6.5

7

 

Peter Gill

133

11

3

6

2

127

28.25

6.0

8

 

Nigel Staddon

126

11

3

4

4

117

20.00

5.0

9

 

Sajan Ganger

128

11

1

7

3

113

24.00

4.5

10

 

Peter Housden

102

11

2

2

7

98

8.50

3.0

11

 

Ben Pike

80

11

0

3

8

77

7.75

1.5

12

 

Mac McKenzie

72

11

1

1

9

68

3.75

1.5

Regards,

TC Joe.