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29 Jun 2019

Ian Bush

George Spalding wins "The ECF President's Award for Services to Chess"

It gives me great pleasure to announce that George Spalding of Wantage Chess club has been awarded The ECF President's Award for Services to Chess this year. As many of you know George stepped down recently as the Secretary of the OCA, having held that post (and others) for many years - in fact I can almost say since time immemorial because it writing the citation it took a fair bit of head scratching to work out when he started. Thus he has been responsible for the day to day running of the OCA for at least 15 years, and coupled with his work within Wantage chess club I am sure you will agree this is a very well deserved award. I am sure we all extend our congratulations. For more details see the link below.

Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-awards-2019-2/
28 Jun 2019

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Summer Blitz, 24 June

This year's Summer Blitz, held on Monday 24 June, attracted 52 players
from all over Oxfordshire. During the evening the OCA Prizegiving for
the season also took place, with the trophies being presented to winners
by our new OCA President, John Place.

Oxford University's Filip Mihov score a decisive victory in the Blitz
with 9.5/10, two points clear of the rest of the field.

The complete list of prizewinners is as follows:
1st:                          Filip Mihov (Oxford University)      9.5
2nd=:                         Eldar Alizada(Cumnor)                7.5
                              Mike Handley (Cowley)
4th:                          Graham McInnes (Didcot))             7.5
Best visitor:                 Tom Shepherd (Bicester)              7.5
Best Cowley player:           James Cole                           7
Best U165:                    Nigel Moyse (Cumnor)                 7
Best junior (U18):            Daniel Varney (Cumnor)               6.5
Best lady:                    Maria Mate (Cowley)                  6
Best Cowley U155              Rich Weston                          6
Best visitor U155:            Mark sayers (Cumnor)                 6
Best U145:                    Ian Bush (Cumnor)                    6
Best ungraded:                Hashim Jusoh (Oxford University)     6
Best U14:                     Edison Xu (MCS/Blackbirds)           6
Best U130:                    Dester Murahwa (Cowley)              5
Best U12:                     Ivan Chetverikov (Cowley)            4
Best U10:                     Kei Macabenta (Cowley)               4
Best slow starter - 0/2:      Stephen Ennis                        5
Best very slow starter - 0/4: John Place (MCS/B)/Geoff Rasell (Cowley) 5

I am pleased to take the opportunity to thank all whose help contributed
to the success of the event:
Rose Hill Methodist Church for allowing us to play in the downstairs Hall;
the Kidlington Chess Tournament for the use of its equipment;
and those who kindly donated prizes for the event or made donations to
the Lester Millin Memorial Fund,
or helped clear up at the end of the evening.
And of course everyone who came along to play.

I am also particularly grateful to several of my fellow Cowley members
for their help, especially:
Bob Samuels and Dave Robson, for the transporting of equipment;
Selikem Amoako for help setting up the pieces before play;
Will Burt for various forms of help, especially for taking entries on
the door, assisted in the latter task by Bruno Currie;
Ian Bush for help with some announcements, and the new President of the
OCA, John Place, for presenting the prizes;
and ESPECIALLY our team of controllers, Tim Dickinson and  Priscilla
Morris, who controlled the event very smoothly and efficiently.

Gerard O'Reilly
(28 June 2019)


22 Jun 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Chris Fox of Banbury Chess club

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Chris Fox of Banbury Chess Club died on the 1st June. Chris had been ill for some time but his health deteriorated rapidly in the last two weeks. Chris played for Banbury Chess Club for almost 15 years. He joined after we had a stall at the Canal Day and he won a bottle of wine by solving a chess problem. Thereafter he became a regular at the club and it was not long before he became a team captain which he did for many years. He was always ready to step in and help out if a higher level team were short of a player. Chris was modest about his chess playing ability but in 2015 won the Leamington League Under 90 Individual Cup, he twice played in cup winning teams and in 2017 scored a high percentage to help us gain promotion from the Oxford 4th Division. He also was a regular for the Warwickshire U100 until illness prevented him from playing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

02 Jun 2019

Gerard O'Reilly

Town versus Gown chess match, Saturday 1 June

A little later than usual this year, The annual Town versus Gown
chess match was held yesterday afternoon at Christ Church. I am
grateful for the University Chess Club's hospitality, and 
particularly to George-Mihai Dumitrescu for arranging the venue and 
assembling the Gown team.

Unfortunately one of the Town team players defaulted, but the match
was nevertheless closely fought, with several very interesting game.
The University's team eventually came out on top by 6-4. 

The individual results were as follows:

Board	Town			Result	Gown      
1	Phil Hayward (192)	0 - 1	Sam Chow (229)
2	Jason McKenna (190)	0 - 1	Filip Mihov (213)
3	Nick Burrows (175)	1 - 0	Alexander Hardwick (167)
4	Will Burt (173)		1 - 0	John Bamford (164)
5	Mike March (174)	0 - 1	Tudor Enescu (148)
6	Nigel Moyse (164)	1 - 0	William Thomas (132)
7	[default]		0 - 1	Hashim Jusoh (-)
8	Dave Robson (152)	0.5-0.5	George Dumitrescu (122)
9	Neil Buchanan (147)	0 - 1	Dilhan Manawadu (-)
10	Ian Bush (143)		0.5-0.5	Moris Taric (-)

Total				4 - 6

Gerard O'Reilly


18 May 2019

Roger Thetford

Ray Starkie Memorial Best Game Award - congratulations Will Burt!

The judgement has been delivered, and the winner of the inaugural Ray Starkie Memorial Best Game Award is Will Burt. Read Matt Rose's report for more details, or you can play through the games.

The raw PGN files are: Rose-Burt | Waugh-Hardwick | Rumsby-Ward | Truran- Kadodwala | Bush-Tickner. (Either download the plain-text files and rename them as PGN, or click the link to see the text, copy it and paste it into a chess program.)

Many thanks to Matt for judging the entries for the award.

25 Feb 2019

Ian Bush

More Information on the ECF's Proposed New Rating System

For those of you interested in the proposed new rating system I've been informed by Roger Emerson of the ECF of the following link which gives a lot more detail than that provided in the newsletter: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/monthly-grading-proposal

Hopefully this will help members give more informed feedback at the consultation web site https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/ecf-monthly-grading-consultation which I'd like to remind you is open until 15th March.

15 Feb 2019

Gerard O'Reilly

Marcus Harvey is Oxfordshire Individual Champion

Witney's Marcus Harvey had already finished first equal (with David Zakarian) in the Open section at the November Witney Congress, which formed the first leg of the Oxfordshire Individual Chess Championship for 2018-19. With outright victory at Kidlington, where David was not playing, he clinched his first Oxfordshire Individual title with two rounds of the second leg to spare, amassing a total of 8.5 points out of 10.

Phil Hayward (Oxford City), who shared the U190 grading prize at Kidlington, finished in second place in the Oxfordshire Championship with a total of 5/10.

04 Dec 2018

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Christmas Blitz, 3 December 2018

With kinder weather, the number of players at this year's Christmas
Blitz, held on Monday 3 December, was gratifyingly almost double the
number at last year's event, with 66 entrants.

The tournament was won by Oxford City's Phil Hayward on 9 points out of
10, a clear point ahead of Andrejs Olehnovics (Didcot), Tom Shepherd
(Bicester) and Maria Mate (Cowley), who took the next three places,
separated on the tie-break by their sum of progressive scores.

Cowley Chess Club was also pleased to host the draw for this season's
Frank Wood Shield Handicap Competition, which took place at the end of
Round 3, introduced by our Chair, Bob Samuels, and supervised by Roger
Thetford and Ian Bush (respectively OCA Secretary and Chair). Full
details of the draw can be found on the OCA website.

Here is the full list of prizewinners at the Blitz:

1st:                          Phil Hayward (Oxford City)           9
2nd:                          Andrejs Olehnovics (Didcot)          8
3rd:                          Tom Shepherd (Bicester)              8
4th:                          Maria Mate (Cowley))                 8
Best Cowley player:           James Cole                           7.5
Best visitor:                 Benjamin Foo (Oxford University)     7.5
Best U12:                     Edison Xu (MCS/Blackbirds)           7.5
Best junior (U18):            Oscar Idle (Cowley)                  7
Best lady:                    Marianne Hauer (-)                   6
Best U165:                    Andrew Webb (Didcot)                 7.5
Best Cowley U155:             Rich Weston                          7
Best visitor U155:            Dilhan Manawadu (Oxford University)  6.5
Best U14:                     Hari Selveraj (MCS/Blackbirds)       6
Best U145:                    Kelly Riley (Cowley)                 6
Best U130:                    John Courouble (Cowley)              6
Best ungraded:                Dester Murahwa (Cowley)              6
Best U10:                     Kenneth Hobson (Oxfordshire Juniors) 5
Best slow starter - 0/2:      Gary Reynolds (Didcot)               5
Best very slow starter - 0/4: Tony Heslop (-) / Peter Cole         3

I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank those whose help made the
event possible and successful:
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;
and those who kindly donated prizes for the event or made donations to
the Lester Millin Memorial Fund,
or helped clear up at the end of the evening.

I am also very grateful to several of my fellow Cowley members for their
help, especially:
Bob Waugh and Dave Robson, for the transporting of equipment;
Sara and Ellie Sengenberger for setting up the hall and equipment;
Will Burt for various forms of help, especially for taking entries on
the door;
Bill Stanley for manning the wallcharts to keep the round-by-round
scores up to date;
Bob Samuels for helping out as part-time Master of Ceremonies;
and, in particular, Priscilla Morris, who controlled the event with
characteristic calmness and efficiency.

Gerard O'Reilly (4 December 2018) 
Link: https://sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/cowley-blitz
21 Sep 2018

Gerard O'Reilly

OCA League Rules updated

The OCA AGM on Thursday 13 September updated some of the League Rules.

(i) The former Rules 2.3 and 2.4 on 'starring' players were combined into Rule 2.3, with the main addition being a deadline by which teams required to 'star' four players are to notify the Secretary (now Roger Thetford) of the players being starred for those teams. As a consequence of this change, the subsequent sections of Rule 2 have been re-numbered.
NB. In connection with the starring of players, club secretaries and team captains will doubtless remember that the OCA's official Guidance for Clubs and Captains (see the 'Admin Documents' page of this website) says that the main intention of the starring rules is "to ensure fairness in team selection" and that "The Association expects that team captains (in complying with League Rule 2.3) will normally 'star' the four strongest regular players in their squad unless there is good reason not to. Failure to star higher graded players who are known to be very likely to play regularly throughout the season (and then playing those unstarred players in lower teams) is one clear example of a way in which a club might seek to manipulate the rules unfairly."

(ii) An addition was also made to the rules on defaults, specifying what happens when, with the Secretary's consent, captains of both teams have agreed not to play a match. (See Rule 4.4.)

Link: documents/OCA League Rules 2018.pdf

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