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06 Feb 2014

Gerard O'Reilly

37th annual Kidlington Tournament: more details

The 37th annual Kidlington Tournament held last weekend (our traditional slot on the first weekend in February), attracted a very satisfying 170 entrants, with 22 starters in the top section (U225), 46 in the U180, 59 in the U145 section, and 43 in the U120. This was considerably up on last year's total and the best for several years. A full list of prizewinners, the section crosstables, and a tournament report have now been posted on the tournament website: see the pages there under the '2014' tab.

My thanks go to all who helped to make the tournament a success: to the players who competed, to the controllers (this year Tim Dickinson, Alex Holowczak, and Lucy Smith), to Tom Williams (Tournament Treasurer and much more besides), to Andrew Butterworth of Chess Direct, to Helen Hackett of Hackett's Food and Drink of Witney, to Brendan O'Gorman for posting photos of the event online, as well as to various other people acknowledged in the tournament report.

The booking for next year for Exeter Hall, Kidlington, has now been confirmed, and the 38th annual Kidlington Chess Tournament will therefore take place there on Saturday and Sunday 7 & 8 February 2015.

We hope to see you there!

Gerard O'Reilly


05 Jan 2014

Gerard O'Reilly

37th Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February

The 37th Annual Kidlington Chess Tournament will be taking place on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd February at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington. The tournament has four sections (Under-120, Under-145, Under-180, and Under-225) of five rounds each. The total prize fund is £1930. There will be, as usual, a bookstall provided by Chess Direct, and refreshments will again be provided by Hackett's Food & Drink of Witney.

Entry forms can be obtained online from either the tournament website: https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk/2014-entry-form/ or the notice of the tournament on the ECF Tournament Calendar: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Kidlington2014entryform.pdf

Hard copies of the entry forms are also being circulated to the secretaries of local clubs.

The organizing team hope that many local players will again support this well-established event and have an interesting and enjoyable weekend of competitive chess. We look forward to seeing you there!

Gerard O'Reilly

Link: http://www.kidlingtonchess.org.uk
04 Dec 2013

Andrew Varney

Top Schools in Oxon Junior Tournament

A prize of an engraved chess clock has traditionally been awarded for 
the top performance by an Oxfordshire school in the Oxfordshire Junior 
chess tournament. At the Oxon Junior Chess AGM held on 15 November 2013, 
it was agreed to resurrect this tradition this year and henceforth, with 
one important amendment, that there be two chess clocks awarded, one 
each in primary school (U11, year 6 and below) and secondary school 
(U18, year 7 and above) sections. Where schools have players in each 
section (e.g. prep schools taking pupils up to year 8), the players are 
allocated to their relevant section for calculation of the results.

The basis of the calculation is that the top four scores in the relevant 
sections count. In addition, no school may win the prize on two 
consecutive occasions.

Discounting those from outside Oxfordshire, this year (2013) there were 
entries from 31 different schools, 14 with entries from year 6 and below 
(primary) only, 14 with entries from year 7 and above (secondary) only, 
and 3 with entries at both primary and secondary school level. The 
numbers of entries and totals of the top 4 scores are given below.

Primary (under 11) 

School				Entrants	Score (top 4 players)
Summer Fields			4 		13.5			
MCS				5		13			
William Fletcher		4		10.5			
SS Mary & John			4		10
Cumnor PS			2		6.5
Wolvercote			2		6
Caldecott			1		5
Batt				1		4
Appleton			1		4
West Kidlington			1		3
St Andrews, Headington		1		3
St Aloysius			1		3
Headington			2		2
Dragon				1		2
NCS				1		2
St Josephs, Thame		1		0
Chandlings			1		0

Secondary (under 18) 

School				Entrants	Score (top 4 players) 
MCS				6		15			
Oxford Spires			3		9			
Abingdon			2		6.5			
Leckford Place			2		6
OHS				2		6
Henry Box			3		4.5
St Bartholomew, Eynsham	        1		4.5
Matthew Arnold		        2		4
Cherwell			2		3.5
Chipping Norton		        1		3.5
Headington			1		3.5
Summer Fields			1		3.5
Marlborough			1		3.5
Kingham Hill			1		3.5
St Edwards			1		2.5
Cooper School, Bicester		1		1.5
Christ Church CS		1		1	

Congratulations to Summer Fields, who appear to have a particularly 
strong set of chess players this year, for edging ahead of the always-
strong MCS to win the U11 award. Congratulations to MCS for winning the 
U18 section convincingly, and to Oxford Spires who, as runners-up, will 
be awarded the prize of the chess clock, since MCS were winners on the 
previous occasion a clock was presented.

				

29 Nov 2013

Andrew Varney

Schools League AGM minutes and revised rules

The minutes of the Oxon Schools League (Oxon Junior) AGM held at MCS on 
15 
November and the revised Schools League rules for the 2013-14 season 
approved at that meeting are now available to read at the documents 
section of the OCA website:


				
Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetDocuments.cfm
17 Nov 2013

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Christmas Blitz

The 2013 Cowley Christmas Blitz will be held on Monday 2 December at
Cowley Chess Club (at Rose Hill Methodist Church in the Main Hall
downstairs). All chessplayers are welcome.
As usual, there will be ten games (five rounds playing games with both colours). A cash prize will be available for the tournament winner, and lots of other prizes of books, etc., including grading prizes, prizes for juniors in various age groups, for the best slow starter, etc.
N.B. Donations of (non-alcoholic) prizes will be gratefully received.
Round 1 will start at 7:15pm sharp.
Players who haven't registered their entry in advance should do their utmost to register no later than 7pm at the venue on the night if they, to enable pairing cards to be written and the first round draw to be completed promptly. Prizegiving 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 happy to receive donations for the Lester Millin Memorial Fund.
Please register your entry in advance if possible (it helps us to make a prompt start) by sending an email to blitz@cheekychess.org.uk giving the following information (or fill in this form and hand it to Gerard O'Reilly):

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

Age at 1st September 2013 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 registrations by email can be accepted until 3pm on Monday 2 December.


11 Nov 2013

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior tournament 2013

The 2013 Oxfordshire junior chess tournament was held on Sunday 3 November at MCS. There were 82 entrants, with a good number in the Under 14 and Under 16 sections as well as the U10s and U12s which were qualifiers for the London Junior Chess Championships. There were a number of good players new to the Oxfordshire chess scene as well as top players from outside the county. Hence the standard of play was quite high, with even some familiar names being edged out of the qualification zone. Full cross-tables and final standings can be found at the link below.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm