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3 Dec 2018

Cowley Christmas Blitz

Cowley Chess Club invites you to its 2018 Christmas Blitz Tournament, which will be held on Monday 3 December at Cowley Chess Club (at Rose Hill Methodist Church in the Main Hall downstairs), with Round 1 beginning at 7.15 pm. All chessplayers are welcome. (The draw for the 2019 Frank Wood Shield Handicap Knockout Competition will also be held during the evening.)

There will be ten games in the Blitz (five rounds playing games with both colours, with a digital clock and a time allowance per player per game of 3 minutes plus a 2 seconds increment per move added from move 1). The tournament winner may take either a prize from the prizes table or a cash prize of 10% of the entry fees. There will lots of prizes of books, etc., on the prizes table, including grading prizes, prizes for juniors in various age groups, for the best slow starter, etc. (see below for lists of prizes and prizewinners in recent blitzes). We rely on donations of prizes, mainly chess books but also other (non-alcoholic) prizes, and these will be gratefully received.

Round 1 is scheduled to start at 7:15pm. Players who have not notified their entries in advance are asked to register by 7pm at the venue on the night, to enable pairing cards to be written and the first round draw to be completed promptly.

The Prizegiving for the Blitz will be at approximately 9:45pm. (It will be possible for young juniors for whom a 9:45pm finish is too late to play in either two rounds [8:05pm finish approx.] or four rounds [8:55pm finish approx.] if this is arranged in advance.)

Entry fee: £3, to be paid when you arrive on the night. We will also be glad to receive additional donations for the Lester Millin Memorial Fund, which supports Cowley junior players.

To help us make a prompt start, please register your entry in advance if possible by sending an email to blitz@cheekychess.org.uk giving the following information or by filling in one of these forms, hard copies of which will be available at the club (or otherwise getting the information to Gerard O'Reilly):



Grade (Standard-play rather than Rapidplay if you have one):

Age on 1 September 2018 if under 18:

Finally, if the entrant is a junior who can play in only the first two (or the first four) rounds, please specify which:

Advance registration by email will be accepted until 4pm on Monday 3 December.

Gerard O'Reilly (gerard@fianchetto.co.uk)

Link: https://sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/cowley-blitz
5-6 January 2019

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships at Cumnor Primary School.

U9  Oxon county trials (Rapid Play) - Sat 5 January
U11 Oxon county trials (Rapid Play) - Sun 6 January
U13, U15 & U18 championship (Standard Play) - both days

2-3 February 2019

42nd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament

The 42nd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament will take place at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, on Saturday & Sunday 2 & 3 February, 2019. We shall again have four sections, Open, U180, U145 and U120.

The prize fund will be over £2200, including four new £40 prizes: an Under-130 grading prize in the U145 section, an extra Veterans' Prize in the U180 section and two new prizes for Juniors in the U120 and U145 sections.

As in the last two years, the Open section will incorporate the second leg of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Championship. Its first leg was incorporated in the Open section at the Witney Chess Congress held on 3 & 4 November 2018.

As usual, we shall have the excellent bookstall provided by Chess Direct and the fine range of refreshments provided by Hackett's Outside Catering of Witney.

The latest information about next February's tournament can be found via the 'News and Updates' tab on the tournament website (see the link below). Entry forms can be found under the Kidlington 2019 tab there.

To enter, you may either use the online entry form there or, if you prefer, you may download and print out a form from there to send in your entry by post.

Gerard O'Reilly (Organiser, Kidlington Chess Tournament)

Link: https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk/
Friday 22 February 2019

Chess teacher training (CSC)

Chess in Schools and Communities are running a one-day course in Oxford for those interested in teaching chess in schools or running a school chess club. It is suitable for teaching staff (teachers, TAs, etc), chess tutors and parents who are involved with school chess clubs.

19-20 October 2019

Oxfordshire Girls Chess Festival 2019

The 2nd Oxfordshire Girls Chess Festival is being planned with events during October 2019, including national-profile events over the weekend of 19-20 October.