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News from 2018-19 for Oxfordshire Chess

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25 Jul 2019

Andrew Varney

First Oxfordshire Girls Chess Championships - 19th to 20th October

The ECF English Girls Chess Championships, incorporating the first 
Oxfordshire Girls Chess Championships, is now open for entry on the ECF 
website. The dates are Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October. The venue 
is Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. The main Championship is a two-day 
Standard Play and there are age-limited one day Minor Rapid Play 
tournaments alongside this. There will be trophies to be won specifically 
for Oxfordshire girls in every section of the tournament.

This event forms part of the 2nd Oxfordshire Girls Chess Festival and is 
just one of a series of events planned for October 2019.
Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/english-girls-chess-championships-2019/
18 Jul 2019

Roger Thetford

OCA AGM: Thu 19 Sep, Rose Hill

The Annual General Meeting of the Oxfordshire Chess Association will take place on Thursday 19 September at Rose Hill Methodist Church, starting at 19:30. Each club is expected to send a representative to this meeting.

Any AGM proposals to amend the constitution or the rules for the League or the Frank Wood Shield must be submitted to the Secretary by 31 July. They will be circulated to the clubs by 11 August.

The AGM will agree the composition of the various divisions. Clubs are requested to confirm as soon as possible the number of teams that they will enter next year.

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.

25 Feb 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Oxfordshire U150 Just lose out to Bucks

Here is a belated report on the Bucks v Oxon U150 game held on the 16th February. It was one of the closest matches I can recall. Unfortunately we started a board short which didn't help things, but the match was very level with the lead switching from one side to the other. I had a fairly quick game and managed to recover from a minus position to a level one with a blocked position. I couldn't see a way through and so accepted the offer of a draw. This left me free to watch the remaining games. And what a roller coaster ride it was. When we got down to the last 3 boards Oxford were 1 point in the lead. A draw kept us in that position and the last 2 games looked fairly drawish. However, it was not be. The penultimate board fell to a knight fork, which left the score equal. The last game to finish looked level, but we were very low on time and eventually ran out of time. So a rather unlucky 1 point loss. This puts Bucks in the lead with 8 points and Oxford on 6 with one game to play. The last match of the season is on the 16th March away at Hants, so if you haven't already contacted me and would like to play, let me know.

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
25 Nov 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 crash to defeat

The Oxford County U150 side crashed to their first defeat of the season against a stronger Hants side. Although we marginally outgraded them on the top 7 boards they outgraded us on the rest. So we knew it was going to be a tough match, and so it proved. Their average grade was 129 to our 119. By the half way stage it was roughly equal but then they crept ahead and eventually won 8.5:11.5, and this despite them defaulting on 2 boards. Congratulations to those who won or drew and commiserations to those like me who lost. Thanks to everyone who played, and to Simon for his help. Our next match is on the 19th January at home to Berkshire, then we have 2 away matches on 16th February against Bucks and 16th March against Hants. Despite the loss we are still level with Bucks at the top of the table.

20 Oct 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Win Against Bucks

Well, it couldn't have got any closer. Bucks requested to play only 19 boards as one of their players was unwell. The two teams were fairly evenly matched in terms of grading, so it looked as though it would be a close call. And so it proved.

Unfortunately, I was so preoccupied with my game that I didn't see much of any of the others. I was the second to last to finish by which time we were level on 8.5 points each. I had blundered a rook and thought about resigning, but decided to play on and see if I could swindle something. I managed to fork his queen and rook with my knight, which left me a knight down. Then, just as he was about to crash through I managed to get a perpetual, so we were still level on 9 apiece.

This left Alexy Pegushev to decide the match and fortunately he won. So another win for Oxford 10-9, which puts us at the top of the table.

Thanks to everyone who played, I hope you all had a good game even if you didn't win. Thanks to Ray for stepping down at the last moment and to Simon for getting the equipment and refreshments.

Link: ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=348&Display=10824&Org=8
30 Sep 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford 's U150 County team make a good start

Well it was a bit of a struggle, but we managed to get there in the end - at least 18 of us did. The two teams were well matched although Oxford outgraded Berks by a few points on every board. There were some good games and Oxford came out winners with 11.5:8.5. Thanks to all who played, I hope you had an enjoyable afternoon's chess. Our next match is 3 weeks from now on the 20th October at home (Rose Hill venue) against Bucks. NOTE it will be a 1.30 start. Bucks also won their first match against Hants so it should be an interesting match. If you would like to play please email me (stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com). If you are on my mailing list you should have already received an email from me. If you haven't then please let me know. Steve Rumsby

22 Sep 2018

Stephen Rumsby

WANTED - Players for the County U150 Team

We need players for the County U150 Team. The County U150 Team has its first match away to Berkshire next Saturday (29th). If you have an ECF grade less than 150 and live in Oxfordshire or play for an Oxfordshire club and would like to play, please email me at stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com I need 5 more players. Steve Rumsby

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
17 Sep 2018

Asif Hameed

Fixtures release - latest release is 18th Sep 2018

Dear All

Please see the diary and grid formats for the 2018-19 fixtures. The heading should be in green so please remember to refresh your browser if needed.

Any problems or issues please email me.


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