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27 Jun 2017

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Summer Blitz, Monday 26 June

The Cowley Summer Blitz, held on Monday 26 June, was much the biggest and 
strongest for a very long time, with 75 players taking part.

In a hard-fought last round, David Zakarian, who had been presented
earlier in the evening with the trophy for the revived Oxfordshire
Individual Championship, 
managed to beat frequent Blitz winner Marcus Harvey twice, mating him in
the second game with just one second left, and finishing level on 9.5
points with Csaba Koszta. Marcus, who had scored 100% up to that point,
finished on 8 points in equal third position with the very talented
youngster from Azerbaijan, 
Muhammad Ismayilov, and Will Burt, both members of Cowley Chess Club.

Cumnor's Daniel Varney could not repeat his Christmas blitz victory in
such a very tough field, but still took the prize for the best U18 junior.

The OCA Prizegiving for the season recently ended was held outside in
the cool evening after Round 3, and it was good to see so many of the 
team captains and individual award-winners present to be presented with
their trophies.

The full prize list for the Blitz is as follows:

1st=:                   David Zakarian (4NCL Oxfordshire)         9.5/10
                        Csaba Koszta (-)
3rd=:                   Marcus Harvey (Witney)                       8
                        Muhammad Ismayilov (Cowley)                    
Best Cowley player:     Will Burt                                    8
Best visitor:           Phil Hayward (Oxford City)                   7.5
Best junior (U18):      Daniel Varney (Cumnor)                       6.5
Best lady:              Olivia Smith (Cowley))                       6.5
Best U165:              Paul Rowan (Banbury)                         7
Best Cowley U155:       Geoff Rasell                                 6.5
Best visitor U155:      Andy Robins (Didcot)                         7
Best U14:               Jenith Wiratunga (Cowley)                    6
Best U145:              Tom Shepherd (Magdalen College School)       6
Best U130:              Mark McLeod (Didcot)                `        5
Best ungraded:          Eldar Elizada (Cowley)                       6.5
Best U12:               Dimitrios Zakarian (Oxfordshire Juniors)     5
Best U10:               Lineth Wiratunga (Cowley)                    3
Best slow starter (0/2):Bob Waugh (Cowley)                           7
Best very slow starter - 0/4:Advaith Panicker (Cowley)               4

I am grateful to everyone who helped make the event such a success,
Rose Hill Methodist Church for allowing us the use of the downstairs
Hall for the event;
the Kidlington Chess Tournament for the loan of equipment;
those who kindly donated prizes for the event or made donations to the
Lester Millin Memorial Fund;
John Taylor and Dave Robson, for help with the transporting of equipment;
Will Burt, for help with setting up the hall and taking entries on the door;
the many people who helped clear up afterwards;
Rob Harvey, who manned the wall charts and kept the round-by-round
scores up to date very efficiently;
and, especially, our controllers Tim Dickinson and Priscilla Morris, who
were not fazed by the unusually large number of players, and ran the
event quickly and calmly as ever.

Gerard O'Reilly (27 June 2017)

21 Jun 2017

Peter Hemmings

Graders Report 2017

A report from the Oxfordshire grader for the season 2016-2017 has been posted and my be viewed at the place indicated.

Link: documents/Graders Report 2017.docx
02 Apr 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon U11 girls team

Oxfordshire Under 11 Girls team recently competed in the EPSCA final. 
This took place on the same weekend, and at the same venue, that 
Oxfordshire were winning the Under 14 Minor section of the SCCU Junior 

Unfortunately the team was missing a fair number of the stronger 
players, but this gave a chance for others to compete at the top level 
on higher boards, and others who would otherwise have been in the 
reserves tournament to play for the main team.

The team did not come last! The results do not do justice to how close 
some of the games were, and all of the girls are to be congratulated 
for their positive team spirit. Over half the team's points came from 
strong performances from Sana Kassey on board 3 and Asha Seymour on 
board 12. Full results can be found at the link below.

Next year Oxfordshire will be hosting the EPSCA U11 girls final, and I 
am hoping that we will be able to put a bigger focus on Oxfordshire 
girls' chess in the year leading up to that.
Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=101
01 Apr 2017

Andrew Varney

SCCU Junior Jamboree - Oxon winners

After some teething problems with setting up teams for the Southern 
Counties Chess Union Junior Jamboree, Oxfordshire fielded a team of six 
in the U14 minor section. The event took place at Orleans School in 
Twickenham on March 26th and comprised three rounds of standard games. 
The consistent strong performance of the team earned them the first 
place and each player came home with a trophy. Well done!

Warmest thanks to everyone who entered the competition, including those 
who could not go due to insufficient numbers of players in their 

Ola Murawska (team manager)


27 Mar 2017

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Team just miss clean sweep

The County U150 didn't quite manage to win against Hampshire on 
Saturday. As I was away for this match Ray Cordon kindly stepped in as 
captain. It looked to be a very close match with Hampshire winning 
11:9. Our bottom 5 boards were heavily outgraded, which swung the 
result their way. Nevertheless we still won the league overall with 10 
points. Thanks to all who played and to Ray for captaining. I hope 
everyone had an enjoyable afternoon's chess

12 Mar 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxford win EPSCA U9 south zonal!

Exciting news from David Zakarian, Oxon's EPSCA U9 team manager:

"In spite of the failure to qualify to the EPSCA finals from the South Zonal tournament last year, the Oxfordshire U9 teams recent results were quite reassuring, allowing us to speak about good chances to qualify. The results of the 2017 zonal held at Kennet School, Thatcham, proved wrong even our most optimistic predictions. In the afternoon of 11 March, while the University of Oxford was slowly but surely outplaying the Cambridge University team in the annual 135th Varsity match, the Oxfordshire U9 juniors were collecting invaluable points in their matches against opponents from 8 other counties. Eventually, after scoring 27½ out of 36 possible, Oxfordshire won the 1st place, coming 1 point ahead of the last years winner Sussex. Congratulations to all players both on the main boards and the reserves, as well as to all parents and coaches who contributed, in one way or another, to this success! It was a magnificent team effort, in which all players showed absolute determination and great perseverance!"

For results from the main tournament see the link below.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=95
11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon Junior tournament results

The full results for the Oxon Junior tournament held on 7-8 January 
2017 are available on the results section of this website. The 2016-17 
season champions are:

Under 18        Zoe Varney               
Under 15        Elizaveta Sheremetyeva  
Under 13        Bill Read       
Under 11        Ben Aubury & Dimitrios Zakarian (equal on tie-breaks)
Under 9         Ivan Chetverikov

Under 18 School   Cherwell
Under 11 School   St Joseph's* (on tie-break)
* clock prize awarded to MCS as St Joseph's were winners previous season.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm
11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon U9 team inter-county friendly results

On Sunday 5 February, David Zakarian left the Kidlington Congress a round early in order to manage an Oxon Under 9 team in an inter- county match in Newbury.

After the match David wrote:

"Oxfordshire Junior U9 team had a wonderful tournament, coming second out of eight teams in the overall standings. Congratulations to all the players! Every single member of the team contributed to this success and I hope they all have learnt something from this invaluable experience. Special thanks to all the parents and guardians who dedicated one more Sunday to their childrens chess adventures!"

Full results can be found at:

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=92