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29 Mar 2020

Roger Thetford

ODCL Season 2019-20 Cancelled

Given the current circumstances, the OCA Committee has decided to cancel the 2019-20 League and Frank Wood Shield as team competitions. The Committee resolved (with no objections) that:

  • The dominant University 1 team will still be awarded the Division One trophy.
  • The Division Two, Three and Four trophies will not be awarded.
  • The Frank Wood Shield will not be awarded.
  • The individual trophies for performances in each of the divisions will be awarded.
  • The the Lester Millin (best junior) and Ray Starkie (best game) trophies will be awarded.
  • The qualifying criterion in Rule 6.9 for awarding the 'best individual performance' trophies will be interpreted as "more than 50% of the League Matches played by a team".
The winners of the individual trophies are:
  • Arthur Mushens Trophy, Division One: Joris Gerlagh, Oxford Univ 1, 6½/7 = 92.86%
  • Bernard C Wyatt Memorial Trophy, Division Two: Paul Friend, Banbury 2, 5/6 = 83.33%
  • David Del Nevo Trophy, Division Three: Joshua Soanes, Witney 3, 5½/6 = 91.67%
  • Sam Phipps Trophy, Division Four: Chris Finn, Oxford Univ 3, 7/7; Alessandro Tringali, Didcot 3; Joshua Soanes, Witney 4, 5/5 (shared).
  • Lester Millin Memorial Trophy, best junior performance in all divisions: Joshua Soanes, Witney.

Automatic promotion and relegation will not take place. However, the composition of the divisions for 2020-21 will be determined by the Committee in the light of the numbers of teams declared for the forthcoming season, and some rebalancing of numbers may still be necessary.

Please send entries for the Ray Starkie best game trophy to the Secretary (see Contacts list) by 30 April, as PGN files. Games played this season in the ODCL, Frank Wood Shield and Chiltern League county matches are eligible.


19 Mar 2020

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Chess Club: temporary closure

In the light of restrictions required because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cowley Chess Club will, for the protection of members and visitors, be closed for all over-the-board chess till further notice.

Link: https://sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/Home
17 Mar 2020

Steven Bennett

Cumnor Chess Club

With immediate effect, and until further notice. Cumnor Chess Club will be closed due to the risks associated with Coronavirus and close contact between individuals. We shall re-open as soon as possible.


13 Mar 2020

Roger Thetford

Coronavirus: ODCL matches 16 March - 5 April

The OCA Chairman and Secretary have been informed that within the next couple of days the ECF will be advising local leagues to suspend matches for a period of three weeks, owing to the potential to transmit coronavirus. We therefore strongly recommend that the ODCL fixtures scheduled to take place in the period Monday 16 March to Sunday 5 April are not played.

We will consult with the Committee and will reassess the situation in due course. It is too early to decide on rescheduling matches, whether the suspension should be lifted after 5 April, and on what to do if the matches in the 2019-20 season cannot be completed.

Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/the-ecf-and-coronavirus-guidance/
06 Mar 2020

Ian Bush

ECF Advice on the Coronavirus Outbreak - Updated to include FIDE advice

Some players within the OCA have been asking about what, if any action, will be taken due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Currently we plan to make no changes, but are monitoring the situation. That said, and stating the obvious, it would be best if an effort is made to follow best practice - and I have reproduced the advice recently sent out by the ECF below. Further FIDE have issued guidance for the World Senior Team Championship - this can be found here . In this last document it is recommended to "Avoid handshakes," so if for the duration of the outbreak a player does not wish to partake in the traditional pre- and post-game handshake please respect this.

ECF advice follows:

There is concern among clubs and tournament organisers around coronavirus. HM Government has issued advice on coronavirus which can be found here and here . Public Health Englands specific advice is as follows ---

DO

  • wash your hands with soap and water often  do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

DON'T

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We will keep all members updated through the ECF website - along with our Twitter feed. There is also useful advice from National Council for Voluntary Organisations here


25 Feb 2020

Roger Thetford

Rules for ODCL matches

As we play league chess with no arbiters present, it's up to us to know and abide by the rules. Unless overridden by specific provisions within our local rules, the FIDE Laws apply. Wise captains will have copies of these on hand, as well as the Guidance for Clubs and Captains.

The 'two-minute rule' for claiming a draw (see FIDE Guideline III Games without increment including Quickplay Finishes) has caused controversy at least three times this season. The rule is there to protect someone who is on the verge of losing on time from an opponent who either cannot win by normal means (e.g. king, rook's pawn and bishop against a king that is defending the queening square, with a wrong-coloured bishop), or has been making no effort to win by normal means. The burden of proof lies on the claimant, who must make the claim before his flag falls. The recommended procedure is:

  • Offer a draw (make a move, offer the draw, press the clock - you may not offer a draw while your opponent's clock is running).
  • If the offer is rejected, play sufficient moves to demonstrate your case.
  • Claim a draw under III.6, stop the clocks and agree the scoresheet with your opponent.

Even if the position is a theoretical draw, if your opponent is trying to win then you need to demonstrate during the game that you have full knowledge of how to defend the position and prevent any progress.

Please note FIDE Rule 11.5: "It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever." Therefore, you must not discuss the position while the game is in progress: make the claim, agree the scoresheets and refer the matter to the League Secretary, who will seek a ruling from an arbiter.

Link: https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/E012018
16 Feb 2020

Stephen Rumsby

Oxfordshire U150 team win again

Well, a great team effort yesterday saw Oxford gain a convincing victory over Bucks - 8.5-10.5. There were some very hard fought games, so congratulations to everyone. The result was in the balance right up to the end, when Andrew English had to win or draw to give us the victory. With almost no time left on his clock, we had to endure a few heart stopping minutes nervously waiting in case his flag dropped. But fortunately his opponent was unaware his own time was slipping away and his clock fell, sealing the victory. This is our 4th successive win and puts us top, 2 points clear of Hants with one game to play. Our final game is on the 14th March at home to Hants. If we win or draw with Hants we win the Championship. If we lose it will be up to game point difference and we currently are on 12 and Hants are on 6, so we could still come top even if we lost to Hants. Hants put out quite a string team against Berks, so I would like to get a strong team for the 14th. If you are available and would like to play then let em know.

Link: ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=380&Display=12544&Org=8
10 Feb 2020

Gerard O'Reilly

Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February

I have just posted a report on the recent Kidlington Tournament under
the 'Kidlington 2020' tab on the tournament website,
https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk. You can also find there a
complete list of prizewinners (congratulations to all whose names
appear on it!) and links to the full results and crosstables of all
four sections.

Raj Panicker has also uploaded on to the site all the games from
the Open section, won by Witney's FM Marcus Harvey.

Gerard O'Reilly

Link: https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk/tournament-report-2020/
10 Feb 2020

Gerard O'Reilly

Dimitrios Zakarian is the new Oxfordshire Champion

The Open section at Kidlington was also the second and final leg of
the 2019-20 Oxfordshire Individual Chess Championship. (The first leg
was incorporated in the Open section of the Witney Weekend Congress
held on 2 & 3 November 2019, which Oxford University's
Filip Mihov won with 4.5/5.) The title of Oxfordshire Chess Champion
and the Championship Trophy would go to the eligible player
with the highest score in the combined Open sections of the two events.

The Kidlington leg produced a very close finale, though admittedly
this was largely because Filip Mihov, the winner at Witney,
was not at Kidlington and Marcus Harvey had not played at Witney.

By the start of Round 5, three players (Nick Burrows and Nigel
Moyse of Cumnor Chess Club, plus young Dimitrios Zakarian) had all
caught up with the absent Filip Mihov's 4.5 points, with Marcus breathing
down their necks on 4. But as things turned out in the final round,
Nick and Nigel both lost and, with Marcus being held to a draw,
Dimitrios's draw was good enough for him to take the title
of
Oxfordshire Individual Chess Champion for 2020.
Warm congratulations to Dimitrios!

I don't know for sure (and will welcome correction if I'm mistaken),
but I strongly suspect he is the youngest ever winner of
the title. He also follows in the footsteps of his father,
FM David Zakarian, who won the title in 2017.

Gerard O'Reilly


06 Feb 2020

John Place

EPSCA Zonals 2020

Congratulations to the Oxfordshire U9 and U11 teams which have 
qualified for the English Primary Schools Chess Association National 
Semi-Finals in May. Held at St Joseph's School (to whom thanks for 
their hosting of the event),twelve teams participated from Oxfordshire 
and Gloucestershire.

Results:
U9     1st St Joseph's A; 2nd MCS 'A'; 3rd St Joseph's B
U11    1st MCS 'A'; 2nd St Joseph's A; 3rd MCS 'B'.
				

11 Jan 2020

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Win

Oxford U150 won comprehensively against Berkshire this afternoon, 13:6. Apart from the top 2 boards and the bottom 2 boards, Oxford comfortably outgraded their opponents, and although grade difference is no guarantee, in this case it proved decisive. The bottom 10 boards scored 8.5:1.5, which gave us an unassailable lead. This result puts Oxford top of the League with 6 points out of 4 games. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you had an enjoyable afternoon's chess. Thanks to Simon for setting up, bringing the equipment and the refreshments. The next match is away against Bucks on the 15th February, so if you would like to play please send me an email. Another win would probably secure the title.

Link: ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=380&Display=12333&Org=8
12 Dec 2019

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Christmas Blitz, Monday 9 December

The Cowley Christmas Blitz, held on Monday 9 December, attracted 56 entrants, a healthy number, and was very close-fought. Nicholas Clanchy (Oxford University), a newcomer to our Blitz, and Cowley's Mike Handley both scored 8.5 points out of 10, but Nicholas won on the tie-break. No fewer than four players finished just half a point behind, FM David Zakarian and three players from Oxford City (Stuart White, and juniors Arya Cont and Ross Tselos). Here is the complete list of prizewinners:

1st                         Nicholas Clanchy (Oxford University) 8.5
2nd:                        Mike Handley (Cowley)                8.5
3rd:                        Ross Tselos (Oxford City)            8  
4th:                        David Zakarian                       8
Best visitor:               Stuart White (Oxford City)           8   
Best junior (U18):          Arya Cont (Oxford City)              8 
Best junior (U14):          Edison Xu (MCS)                      7.5
Best Cowley player:         Richard Weston                       6.5
Best U165:                  Neil Staples (Banbury)               6
Best Cowley U155:           Asif Hameed                          5.5
Best visitor U155:          Ian Bush (Cumnor)                    6
Best lady:                  Maria  Mate (Cowley)                 5
Best U145:                  Kenneth Hobson (Cowley)              5.5
Best U130:                  Advaith Panicker (Cowley)            5
Best ungraded:              Pavel Cichy                          6
Best junior (U12):          Dimitrios Zakarian                   6
Best junior (U10):          Daniel Imani Masouleh (Cowley)       3
Best slow starter - 0/2:    Raj Panicker (Cowley)                5.5
Best v. slow starter - 0/4 John Courouble (Cowley)               4
I am glad to have the opportunity to thank all whose helped make the event possible and successful: 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 Waugh and Dave Robson, for the transporting of equipment; Sara and Ellie Sengenberger for help setting up the tables, chairs, and sets before play; Will Burt and Bill Stanley for taking entries and donations on the door; Bill Stanley also for manning the wall charts during the event; and ABOVE ALL our team of controllers, Tim Dickinson and Priscilla Morris, who controlled the event with their customary smoothness and efficiency. Gerard O'Reilly (Thursday 12 December 2019)


17 Nov 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Win

The Oxford U159 County team were clear winners against Bucks with a final 12:8 score. The teams were fairly evenly matched with regard to grades. Oxford had an average grade of 120 to Bucks 118. It was only in the middle 8 boards that Oxford significantly outgraded their opponents.All the matches were keenly contested and I hope everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. The next match is on the 30th November and regular team members should have received an email about it. If you haven't and you would like to be considered for the team then please email me (stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com)


17 Nov 2019

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire qualifier for LJCC - report

Report from Joseph Conlon on the recent Oxon LJCC qualifying tournament

The 2019 Oxfordshire qualifying tournament for the London Junior Chess Championships took place on Sunday 10th November. The tournament was held at Cheney School and consisted of U8, U10 and U12 qualifier sections, plus an additional U18 section. There was a round entry of exactly 100 children across the four sections, both Oxfordshire players and visitors from as far afield as Devon and Yorkshire.

The chess was keenly contested as players sought to qualify for the December London finals. The U8s was won with a perfect score of 6/6 by local player Uri Magidor-Sternberg from St Giles Chess Club, closely followed by Samiksha Yerabati with 5/6, who had travelled all the way from Leeds. The U10s saw the emergence of a previously ungraded player, Alex Shen from Magdalen College School, who stormed to victory with 5.5/6 just ahead of Mayank Palav (Wiltshire) and Sophie Mehta (Leicestershire) with 5/6. In the U12s local England junior Jan Murawski, playing three years up, won with 5.5/6 a point clear of the chasing pack (Zoha Ashraf, Andy Wang and Krrish Patel) on 4.5. In the U18s the top seed Edison Xu (Magdalen College School) won with a perfect 6/6 ahead of Adam Sieczkowski (Witney) with 5/6.

Many thanks to those who helped make the tournament a success - the section controllers Elliott Kendall in the U8s, John Place in the U10s and Lucy Broomfield in the U12/U18s, Andrew Varney as chief arbiter, and also Ola Murawska and Yanling Cheng who assisted in many tasks on the day.

For full results click on the link below.

Link: http://results.utuswiss.co.uk/
05 Nov 2019

Roger Thetford

ODCL 2019-20: Starred players

The starred players for the current season are below. These players are not eligible to play for another team in the same division as, or for a team in a lower division than, the team for which they are starred.

Update 5 Nov: Declarations for Witney 2 and Witney 3 amended to remove inadvertent starring of players who had already appeared for lower teams.

Banbury 1: James Jackson, Paul Rowan, Georgs Vikanis, Carl Portman
Banbury 2: Nick Martin, Neil Staples, Nathan Manley, Kevin Bowman
Bicester 1: Mike Marlow, Mick Harrison, Tom Shepherd, Tony Burcham
City 1: Matt Rose, Jon Manley, Stuart White, Jason McKenna
City 2: Luke Wildgoose, David Godfrey, Tim King, Peter McLeod
Cowley 1: Mike Handley, Will Burt, Raj Panicker, James Shapland
Cowley 2: Miguel Ballester, Bruno Currie, Nalin Kadodwala, Graham Cole
Cowley 3: Bob Waugh, Neil Buchanan, Maria Mate, David Dyer
Cowley 4: Graham Willis, Kenneth Hobson, Ivan (S) Chetverikov, David Keeling
Cowley 5: Bill Stanley, Ivon Asquith, Kelly Riley, John Taylor
Cumnor 1: Eldar Alizada, Nick Burrows, Nigel Moyse, Simon Terrington
Didcot 1: Andrejs Ohleovics, Nick Gough, Bernard Cooper, Carlos Ferrera Gonzales
Didcot 2: Nicolas Bekris, Andy Robins, Gary Reynolds, Guanqun Gai
University 1: Filip Mihov, Victor Vasiesiu, Andrew Rogozinski, Paul Calderon
University 2: Hashim Jusoh, Tudor Enescu, Jack Virgin, Shree Nata
Wantage 1: Andy Robbings, Mirka Litwiniec, John Carter, Roly Piggott
Witney 1: Marcus Harvey, Lewis Martin, Dave Hackett, Mike Truran
Witney 2: Richard Williams, Danny O'Byrne, Alan Gentry, Bill Read
Witney 3: Hugo Rayner, Ian Gilders, David Blackwell, Bob Kilbride-Newman


04 Nov 2019

Ian Bush

Frank Wood Shield 2019-2020

The draw for the Frank Wood Shield took place at the Witney Congress, and the outcome is now on the web site. 17 teams have been entered, and rounds 1 and 2 should be played by the end of the calendar year. These fixtures, with suggested dates for the matches, are

Round 1
Mon 18 Nov Didcot Daredevils v Cowley Wood Pushers

Round 2
Mon 16 Dec (Didcot Daredevils / Cowley Wood Pushers) v Cowley Chessnuts
Tue 17 Dec Wantage Alfredians v Witney Spinners
Thu 21 Nov University Unicorns v Six Donkeys of the Acropolis
Mon 16 Dec Cowley Cutlers v Bicester Bishops
Wed 27 Nov BenUni defense v Banbury Buccaneers
Wed 18 Dec Didcot Dynamos v City Slickers 1
Thu 19 Dec Banbury Misfits v Six Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Mon 16 Dec City Slickers 2 v Witney Weavers

Please note that matches involving the University teams need to be played in University term time.

Last year there were a couple of occasions where teams fielded ineligible players, or broke the rules on board ordering. As such can Captains please take time to read the rules for the competition. These can be found in section 9 (the final section) of The OCA League Rules. However with regard to this we realise that matches played early in the season may make meeting requirement 9.4.1 to have "legally played two games for that club in the league during that season" difficult to meet. As such the Secretary will consider requests to relax Rule 9.4.1 to one game for ties that have been brought forward into November, especially for cases when the player has represented the club in previous seasons. If you need this extra latitude, please contact the secretary (Roger Thetford) and the opposing captain, with justification, at least 48 hours before the scheduled match date. Team captains can be found by clicking on the team links on the draw web page.


23 Oct 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Oxfordshire U150 lose their first match

Oxfordshire played Berkshire on the 19th October. The teams were fairly evenly matched apart from the bottom 5 boards, where they outgraded us. I had a lot of difficulty fielding a team initially but in the end managed to get a full team. As a result Berks only recruited 19 thinking we wouldn't get 20, so the match was played with 19 boards. We were ahead on the top 14 boards (7.5:6.5), but unfortunately their bottom 5 boards proved too strong and they won on all 5 boards, giving a final score of 11.5:7.5 to Berks. Thanks to all who played, I hope you had an enjoyable game. The next match is against Bucks on the 16th November. It is a home match at the Rose Hill venue with a 1.30 start. If you are available and would like to play then let me know. I currently have 14 players so need another 6.


20 Sep 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Banbury Chess Club have moved!

Banbury Chess Club have moved to the St Mary's Centre next to St Mary's church in the centre of Banbury. The address is St Mary's Centre, St Mary's Church, Horsefair, Banbury, OX16 0AA The club night is on a Thursday. The Centre is next to St Mary's Church, which is the large church in the centre of Banbury, opposite the cinema. From the motorway, go over two roundabouts and go left at the Tesco roundabout along Southam Rd. After about a kilometre you will pass St Mary's Church on the left, with the Cinema on the right There is a small road after the church leading to the Centre. There is limited parking at the Centre, but on street parking is free after 7.00.


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