Division II – Just about sorted!

Saj defeated Gerry in Division II on Thursday night. The situation has thus clarified –Chris and Richard are promoted to Division I. However, the destination of the division trophy still needs to be determined. Therefore, it is thought best that of those still to be played, the game Saj – Richard should be played first. This was originally scheduled to be played on 24th July, but it is brought forward one week and now it should be played next Thursday 17th July. Saj and Richard, (also Peter G) please note.

 

 

Division II

ECF

P

W

D

L

RP

SB

Points

1

 

Chris Hill

134

11

6

4

1

145

34.50

8.0

2

 

Richard Bodily

140

9

7

1

1

156

35.00

7.5

3

 

Giuseppe Valerio

156

11

7

1

3

144

30.50

7.5

4

 

Gerry Nolan

110

11

7

0

4

134

30.50

7.0

5

 

John Harbour

141

11

5

4

2

137

29.00

7.0

6

 

Callum Shields

123

10

3

6

1

130

25.25

6.0

7

 

Peter Gill

133

10

3

5

2

127

25.25

5.5

8

 

Nigel Staddon

126

11

3

4

4

117

17.50

5.0

9

 

Sajan Ganger

128

8

1

4

3

110

15.75

3.0

10

 

Peter Housden

102

11

2

2

7

98

7.00

3.0

11

 

Ben Pike

80

11

0

3

8

77

6.75

1.5

12

  Mac McKenzie

72

10

1

0

9

68

1.50

1.0

Regards,

TC Joe.

 

Division 1 – Sorted!

Mike defeated Raj in Division I on Thursday night. Mike has thus become Bedford Chess Club Champion for the very first time. He edged out Steve Ledger to the title by virtue of a higher SB-Score. Congratulations and very well played Mike!

Alex has maintained Division I status also by virtue of a higher SB-Score. Steve Pike and Neil are relegated to Division II.

Regards,

TC Joe.

 

 

Division I

ECF

P

W

D

L

RP

SB

Points

1

 

Mike Botteley

165

6

3

2

1

190

10.75

4.0

2

 

Steve Ledger

188

6

3

2

1

186

9.75

4.0

=3

 

Rajan Ganger

183

6

2

3

1

179

10.00

3.5

=3

 

Paul Habershon

191

6

1

5

0

178

10.00

3.5

5

 

Alex Taylor

158

6

2

1

3

166

6.25

2.5

6

 

Steve Pike

170

6

1

3

2

164

5.75

2.5

7

 

Neil Hickman

150

6

0

2

4

142

3.50

1.0

Super Thursday!

Two critical Bedford Division matches were played tonight – see Joe’s posts for details of how it affects the final standings in Division 1 and Division 2.

The Time and Materials Handicap also took place, ably organised by Peter Gill.  Ten players enjoyed an entertaining struggle, the final result being a tie between Peter and Richard.

Next week it’s Endgames – don’t miss out!

Summer Specials

At last night’s AGM it was agreed to hold the following light-hearted events during July:-

  • 10th – Time and Material Handicap (organised by Peter G)
  • 17th – Endgames (John)
  • 24th – Variants (Joe)
  • 31st – Gambits (Steve L)

Unlike previous years, the club will stay open during August for anyone who fancies a game of skittles.

Also, look out for an email from Steve L inviting you to a Curry Night in August.

September will see the return of the e2e4 Bedford Chess Congress (no details yet other than the dates 19th to 21st) – this was rather unexpected last year so let’s make sure we are well-represented this time around.

Divisions come down to the wire

In Division 1, Mike hammered Steve Pike, and Steve Ledger overcame Alex in a titanic struggle.  With one game remaining (Raj-Mike), Steve Ledger is the new leader but there are now only two possible final outcomes:-

  • Mike beats Raj – Mike then wins the competition on tie break from Steve Ledger; Neil and Steve Pike are relegated
  • Raj beats Mike or its a draw – Raj then wins the competition, Steve Ledger again finishing second; Neil and Alex are relegated

In Division 2, following Richard’s defeat of Joe and Chris’s draw against Peter Gill, the smoke is now clearing.  There are now five games to play, all of which affect matters to a greater or lesser extent:-

  • Chris has the lead but has now finished all of his games
  • If Richard wins one of his last two games, he will overtake Chris.
  • If Gerry wins his last game, he could also overtake Chris if other results go his way.
  • Saj, with four games still to play is the KingMaker!

Complex games, past and present

Neil has added five more games to his collection of British Chess Masterpieces. If the players saw half of what Neil (and the gang) observe, they were indeed masters of their time (although I’m not sure Dr Bowdler would be worrying too many players in the Beds League today!?).

The division 2 clash of Chris and Saj may not win any brilliancy prizes, but would make good copy for Abaraham’s book (“The Chess Mind”)! After being battered for 30-odd moves, black finally achieves equality only to commit suicide immediately! – you can almost hear the cogs whirring!?

Divisions continue to intrigue

In Division 1, Raj beat Alex leaving the following permutations:-

  • Paul, having completed all his games,  could still mathematically win the tournament and is at least safe
  • Mike could still triumph if he wins his last two games (or fall if he doesn’t)
  • Steve L could still face the drop (unlikely) but needs Raj  to slip up to win it
  • Steve P needs to do as well against Mike as Alex does against Steve L to avoid Division 2
  • Alex must get something against Steve L to give him a chance of survival
  • Raj is now safe from relegation and a draw against Mike probably(?)  gives him the title.

In Division 2, a couple of results were unexpected (imho – Ed.) and now it’s opened up again :-

  • Richard is still master of his own destiny and will triumph if he wins his last three games
  • Joe can spoil this by beating Richard and this might be enough to win it
  • If Chris wins his last game, that probably secures promotion but there could be a three way split
  • Gerry must win his last game and hope others slip up to give him a chance of Division one next season.
  • If Callum beats Richard and Ben, and Peter beats Saj and Chris, and a few other results fall nicely, then the winner of Peter and Callum will win the whole thing!  (Ed. needs to get on with some real work!!)

Closest finish in years in club tournaments …

Approaching the last few weeks of the season, both divisions are still finely balanced.

With only four games still to play in Division 1, the only thing decided is that Neil is doomed.  Most other permutations are still possible:-

  • Paul has now taken the lead and finishes his campaign with five draws and a win – he alone is safe from joining Neil and can win if others trip up.
  • Mike currently holds the second relegation spot but would win the tournament if he wins his last two games and Alex doesn’t.
  • Steve L can still be relegated but can win the tournament if he wins his last game and Raj drops points against Alex or Mike.
  • Steve P needs to beat Mike to guarantee safety, a draw or worse leaves him relying on others for help.
  • Alex has a tough last two games but would actually win the tournament if he won them both – loss of both would see him relying on Mike to trip up, to avoid the drop.
  • Raj holds the key to the tournament now – the loss of his last two games (however unlikely!) could see him relegated but one and a half points or better would likely give him the title.

With thirteen games still to play in Division 2, John’s shock (?) win over Joe leaves the tournament wide open.  The title looks like a four way fight between Joe, Gerry, Richard and Chris although the Richard-Joe encounter could be the decider.