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03 Jun 2020

Roger Thetford

Ray Starkie Memorial Best Game Trophy - congratulations again to Will Burt!

Matt Rose has judged the entries for the Ray Starkie Best Game Trophy, and has decided that Will Burt should retain the trophy that he won last season.

The game, and Matt's commentary on it, are in the link below. Congratulations Will!

Link: documents/RayStarkieBestGameTrophy2019-20.pdf
17 May 2020

Stephen Rumsby

Online County Championship

The ECF are starting an Online 2020 Counties Championship on chess.com, which is due to start in June and July and will be played on a Saturday afternoon or evening. The rate of play will be all moves in 45 minutes with a 15 second increment. You will need to be an ECF member in order to participate. I hope there will also be an U1600 competition if there is sufficient demand - corresponding to the U150 County team. If you are interested in playing then let me know. I have been contacted by 17 players already who are interested in playing, so if you have already emailed me you don't need to email me again. The eligibility criteria are fairly wide: A player is able to represent one county if they i) were born in that county ii) have lived for 5 years in the county at any time iii) have 2 months' immediate previous and present membership of a club either in or affiliated to the county iv) have one months' immedialtely previous and present domicile in the county v) present attendance as a student at a school, college or university in the county. My email is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com


29 Apr 2020

Peter Hemmings

Graders Report

Details of events submitted to the ECF up to 29 April 2020.

Link: documents/Graders%20Report%202020.pdf
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

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


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/
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/
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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