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News from 2019-20 for Oxfordshire Chess

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12 Dec 2019

Gerard O'Reilly

43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament, 1 & 2 February 2020

The 43rd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament will take place at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, on Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 February, 2020. We shall again have four sections, Open, U180, U145 and U120, and a prize fund of over £2200.

The Open section will incorporate the second leg of the 2019-20 Oxfordshire Individual Championship. Its first leg was incorporated in the Open section at the Witney Chess Congress held on 2 & 3 November 2019. The Oxfordshire Individual Chess Champion for 2019-20 will be the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the two tournaments.

As usual, we shall have the excellent bookstall provided by Chess Direct and the fine range of refreshments provided by Hackett's Outside Catering of Witney.

Information and updates about the tournament can be found via the tournament website (see the link below). You may enter using the online form to be found under the 'Kidlington 2020' tab on the website, or you may download a form from there if you prefer to send in your entry by post.

Gerard O'Reilly (Organiser, Kidlington Chess Tournament)

Link: https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk/
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 Cowley player:          Richard Weston                          6.5
Best visitor:                Stuart White (Oxford City)              8              
Best junior (U18):           Arya Cont (Oxford City)                 8               
Best lady:                   Maria  Mate (Cowley)                    5
Best U165:                   Neil Staples (Banbury)                  6
Best Cowley U155:            Asif Hameed                             5.5
Best visitor U155:           Ian Bush (Cumnor)                       6
Best junior (U14):           Edison Xu (MCS)                         7.5
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 very 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)

12 Dec 2019

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2019-20

Entry for the Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships 2019-20 is now 

There will be a two-day Championship for older players with titles and 
prizes for top U13, U15 and U18. As usual there will also be one-day 
Rapid Play tournaments for U9 and U11 sections which includes the 
possibility of qualifying to be included in the county teams for 2020 
("County Trials").

The tournaments are being held over the first weekend in January, 
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.

Follow the link below for more details and to enter (online entry will 
be available soon).
Link: https://oxonjuniorchess.blogspot.com/2019/12/oxfordshire-junior-chess-championships.html
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.

30 Sep 2019

Stephen Rumsby

Under 150 County Team

If you are graded under 150 and would like to play in the County U150 Team can you please email me. I have emailed people who played last year, so if you are in this category you should have received my email, if not email me. There are 6 matches against 3 other county teams - Berks, Bucks and Hants. The first match is on the 19th October away to Berks. The other matches are on November 16 (home), November 30th (away), January 11th (home) February 15th (away) and March 14th (home). My email address is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com

24 Sep 2019

Roger Thetford

New Season

Would ODCL team captains please note the following changes and requests:

  • The League Rules have been updated. Major changes are stricter rules on board order, and the use of an incremental time limit (80 min + 10 sec per move) in Division One. Please ensure that your clocks can cope: not all digital clocks can!
  • The Banbury club has moved to a new venue.
  • Starred players must be declared by 31 October.
  • Also by 31 October, please declare the number of teams that you wish to enter in the FWS. The first round will take place before Christmas.

22 Sep 2019

Roger Thetford

AGM - Rule Changes

All of the rule- change proposals considered at Thursday's AGM were passed, some of them with some minor amendments. In particular, this means:

  • stricter limits on board order (broadly, a 'ten-point' rule), and a requirement to include gradings on the team-lists that are exchanged before start of play
  • Division One will use an incremental time control of 80 minutes (that was one of the amendments) plus 10s per move.
The Rules are being updated to accommodate the changed wording and will be published as soon as they are available.

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.

19 Sep 2019

Roger Thetford

Documents for 2019 AGM - updated

The following documents are available in the collection of 'Admin Documents':

Old News

Any unexpired news items dated before 1 August 2019 can be found by using the link for the relevant year. The link for 2018 will give news dated 01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jul 2019.