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18 Apr 2021

George Spalding

John Carter is Wantage Club Champion for 2020/21

John Carter has won the Wantage Club Championship for Season 2020/21
This was conducted over lichess.org, the top graded group comprising
7 players, all-play-all.  John scored 5.5/6, just conceding one draw 
(to third placed Mirka Litweniec (4.5/6)).  Runner-up on 5/6 was 
last season's Champion Roly Piggott.

The rest of us trailed in well behind, as follows (all scores
out of 6):

2   George Spalding
1.5 Peter Hemmings, Matt Mills
1   Simon Richards

It is pleasing to note that all players tasted victory at least 
once and only two of the 21 ties ended in draws

There was another group, for lower graded players, but this has not 
yet been completed.

George Spalding
Secretary,
Wantage Chess Club  
				

10 Apr 2021

David Robson

Results of the OCA Blitz @ Cowley - Thursday 8th April

I hope everyone enjoyed the OCA Blitz on Thursday. Thirty-three players took part; the scores can be seen here.

First: Graham McInnes
Second: Stuart MacQueen
Third: Will Burt
Fourth: Simon Terrington
Best Junior (U18): Kenneth Hobson
Best U165: Chris Evans
Best U155: Matt Christensen
Best Junior (U14): Nicholas, Kitaev
Best U145: John Courouble
Best U130: Gary Loyden
Best Slow Starter: Daniel Kitaev
Best Very Slow Starter: Adrian Ng


29 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

OCA Blitz @ Cowley - Thursday 8th April

Following what seemed to be an enjoyable night of Chess in Feb we shall be rerunning the OCA Blitz @ Cowley event, this time on Thursday 8th April. Again Dave Robson of the Cowley club has very kindly allowed us to reuse what he set up. As for the Cowley Blitz there will be no admission fee, and there will be no prizes. However, we will recognize, and announce the names of those players who in different circumstances would have won the usual prizes for finishing first, second, third, or as best female player, best slow starter, etc., etc.

The blitz will start at 7:30 p.m. and finish at 9:30 p.m. Any games running after that time can be completed, but they will not contribute towards the final standings. To provide a bit of variety, this time we shall be using the slightly longer time control of 5 minutes for the game, plus an extra three seconds for every move you take.

If you didn't play in the earlier events, you will need to join the Cowley Blitz Team on Lichess (note if you did play this step is unnecessary). To do this:
First get a Lichess account from Lichess. They're free
Then Send an email to CowleyBlitz@gmail.com stating:
a) Your real name
b) Your Lichess username
c) Your age (if you want to be in contention for recognition as a best junior player)
d) If you are female (if you want to be in contention for recognition as a best female player)
Finally visit the Cowley Blitz Page and click on the "Join Team" button, There will be a delay until the administrators approve your request.

Once you are a member of the Cowley Blitz team you enter as as follows: On the night of the tournament five or ten minutes before the tournament starts, click on the tournament link and then click on the green "Join" button which you can find just above the list of players who have already entered. At 7:30, the Lichess site will then pair you with your opponent, and the game will begin.

A few gotchas ...

If you need to resign or to offer a draw, you must hit the relevant button twice. You can disable this behaviour in your Lichess profile.

At the end of your game, you will need to hit the labelled button to return to the tournament. Lichess will then pair you up with your next opponent.

The tournament is of an "arena" format, so there isn't a fixed number of rounds. You can get more information at Arena Help. You can start the tournament late, or leave early, but the more games you play, the better the odds of you winning! Note that we have disabled "beserking" and extra points for winning streaks.

Have fun! For any questions, please email CowleyBlitz@gmail.com


11 Mar 2021

Roger Thetford

Second Mike Duck Online Tournament - final standings

Congratulations to Oxford City 1 and Cowley 2, who stormed up from mid- table in the first Mick Duck tournament to take the top two places in Mike Duck Two. University 1 pipped Cowley 1 to third place on tie break. The full standings are at the link below.

Don't forget to submit your entries for the Ray Starkie Best Game award to me by 5 April (Easter Monday).

Link: documents/2021_MikeDuck2_FinalStandings.htm
11 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Covid - ECF Release Guidance on the Easing of the Lockdown

In response to the Government's roadmap for moving out of the lockdown the ECF have recently published a document that details how the changes will affect how we can play chess over the next few months. The link to this document is below, but a couple of important dates are are:

No earlier than 12th April  play chess at home plus limited junior chess indoors

No earlier than 17th May  limited club/ local activity resumes

No earlier than 21st June  start of more general opening up

Details are in the linked document, and of course each club's situation will vary as to how and when they can meet the requirements, but at least and after a long wait there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel!

Link: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/covid-spring-response-pathway/
11 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Last Day of the Second Mike Duck Tournament

Well all good things have to come to an end, and today is the last set of matches in the Second Mike Duck Tournament. They are

Thu 11 Mar	University 2 	:	Oxford City 1 
Thu 11 Mar	Cumnor 1 	:	Cumnor 2 
Thu 11 Mar	Didcot 2 	:	Banbury 1 

A look at the league table shows all is still be be decided! If City 1 win they win the tournament, while a loss gives it to Cowley 2. And the Cumnor Derby could decide the bronze medal as well. As usual you can watch the games, including all my own blunders, at the link below

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
11 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Ray Starkie Prize for the Best Game During the Season

Well we're coming to the end of season like no other and that means it's time for the Award Ceremony. Lacking our usual structure what we can give out is limited, but we will hand out the Lester Millin trophy to the best junior, and we also intend to award the Ray Starkie trophy for the best game played in the two Mike Duck tournaments.

With regard to the latter Matt Rose has again kindly agreed to act as judge. So get your amazing brilliancies and subtle positional masterpieces to Roger Thetford via email in pgn format - You can contact Roger with the contacts link which you can find on the left hand side of the page, or via the link below. The deadline for submission is 5th April (Easter Monday), and the winner will be announced at the May committee meeting.

Link: https://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetUser.cfm?EditItem=13
08 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Second Mike Duck Online Tournament: Final Round

7 matches tonight, and 4 later in the week - note the Banbury 2 v. Cumnor 3 match has been rearranged to Wednesday night due to a clash. There are lots of interesting matches and it's wide open at the top and the bottom, but the two local derbies, one at Cowley, one at Cumnor stand out.

On Monday we have

Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 1 	:	Cowley 2 
Mon 08 Mar	Oxford City 2 	:	University 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 3 	:	Didcot 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Witney 2 	:	University 4 
Mon 08 Mar	University 3 	:	Witney 3 
Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 4 	:	Witney 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Abingdon Sch 	:	Oxford City 3 

Wednesday brings

Wed 10 Mar	Banbury 2 	:	Cumnor 3

On Thursday are the final matches of the tournament. These include the potential tournament decider between University 2 and City 1

Thu 11 Mar	University 2 	:	Oxford City 1 
Thu 11 Mar	Cumnor 1 	:	Cumnor 2 
Thu 11 Mar	Didcot 2 	:	Banbury 1 

As usual you can watch the games by following the link below

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
04 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Final Round Draw

After lots of close matches in round 6 (seven of the 11 matches finished 2½-1½), the draw for the seventh and final round is below. Cowley 2's win against City 1 has thrown the top of the table wide open and there's a three-way tie at the bottom too. Matches are to be played in the week beginning 8 March. The first- named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 1 	:	Cowley 2 
Mon 08 Mar	Oxford City 2 	:	University 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 3 	:	Didcot 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Witney 2 	:	University 4 
Mon 08 Mar	University 3 	:	Witney 3 
Mon 08 Mar	Cowley 4 	:	Witney 1 
Mon 08 Mar	Abingdon Sch 	:	Oxford City 3 
Thu 11 Mar	University 2 	:	Oxford City 1 
Thu 11 Mar	Cumnor 1 	:	Cumnor 2 
Thu 11 Mar	Didcot 2 	:	Banbury 1 
Thu 11 Mar	Banbury 2 	:	Cumnor 3 
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1-2	Oxford City 1 	10	29.0	18.5-5.5
	Cowley 1 	10	26.0	18.0-6.0
3	Cowley 2 	9	30.0	15.5-8.5
4-8	University 1 	8	33.0	14.0-10.0
	Oxford City 2 	8	28.0	12.5-11.5
	Cumnor 2 	8	25.0	15.0-9.0
	Cumnor 1 	8	24.0	18.0-6.0
	University 2 	8	22.0	13.5-9.5
9-14	Witney 2 	6	30.0	9.5-14.5
	Banbury 1 	6	29.0	11.0-13.0
	Didcot 1 	6	25.0	13.5-10.5
	University 4 	6	24.0	10.0-14.0
	Didcot 2 	6	22.0	11.5-12.5
	Cowley 3 	6	18.0	11.0-13.0
15	University 3 	5	24.0	12.5-11.5
16-19	Witney 1 	4	26.0	10.5-13.5
	Oxford City 3 	4	21.0	8.5-14.5
	Witney 3 	4	18.0	8.5-15.5
	Cowley 4 	4	16.0	10.0-14.0
20-22	Banbury 2 	2	22.0	7.0-17.0
	Cumnor 3 	2	20.0	7.5-16.5
	Abingdon Sch 	2	15.0	7.0-17.0
Cross-table:
1	Oxford City 1 	21:W	11:W	4:W	2:W	9:W	3:L
2	Cowley 1 	18:W	16:W	10:W	1:L	7:W	4:W
3	Cowley 2 	12:W	15:D	8:W	4:L	5:W	1:W
4	University 1 	9:W	6:W	1:L	3:W	10:W	2:L
5	Oxford City 2 	8:W	9:L	6:W	13:W	3:L	11:W
6	Cumnor 2 	20:W	4:L	5:L	14:W	12:W	15:W
7	Cumnor 1 	13:W	10:L	14:W	12:W	2:L	9:W
8	University 2 	5:L	20:W	3:L	17:W	16:W	10:W
9	Witney 2 	4:L	5:W	21:W	11:W	1:L	7:L
10	Banbury 1 	19:W	7:W	2:L	15:W	4:L	8:L
11	Didcot 1 	22:W	1:L	15:W	9:L	13:W	5:L
12	University 4 	3:L	17:W	18:W	7:L	6:L	16:W
13	Didcot 2 	7:L	19:W	16:W	5:L	11:L	17:W
14	Cowley 3 	16:L	18:W	7:L	6:L	20:W	21:W
15	University 3 	17:W	3:D	11:L	10:L	22:W	6:L
16	Witney 1 	14:W	2:L	13:L	21:W	8:L	12:L
17	Oxford City 3 	15:L	12:L	19:W	8:L	21:W	13:L
18	Witney 3 	2:L	14:L	12:L	22:D	19:D	20:W
19	Cowley 4 	10:L	13:L	17:L	20:D	18:D	22:W
20	Banbury 2 	6:L	8:L	22:D	19:D	14:L	18:L
21	Cumnor 3 	1:L	22:W	9:L	16:L	17:L	14:L
22	Abingdon Sch 	11:L	21:L	20:D	18:D	15:L	19:L


01 Mar 2021

Ian Bush

Second Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 6

As seems usual we have 7 matches tonight, and 4 later in the week. On Monday we have

Mon 1 Mar	Oxford City 1 	:	Cowley 2 
Mon 1 Mar	University 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 1 Mar	Didcot 1 	:	Oxford City 2 
Mon 1 Mar	Witney 1 	:	University 4 
Mon 1 Mar	Oxford City 3 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 1 Mar	Abingdon Sch 	:	Cowley 4 
Mon 1 Mar	Witney 3 	:	Banbury 2 
Thursday sees
Thu 4 Mar	Banbury 1 	:	University 2 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 1 	:	Witney 2 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 2 	:	University 3 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 3 	:	Cowley 3 
As usual you can watch the games by following the link below

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
25 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 6 Draw

The draw for round 6 is below; matches to be played in the week beginning 1 March. The first- named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 1 Mar	Oxford City 1 	:	Cowley 2 
Mon 1 Mar	University 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 1 Mar	Didcot 1 	:	Oxford City 2 
Mon 1 Mar	Witney 1 	:	University 4 
Mon 1 Mar	Oxford City 3 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 1 Mar	Abingdon Sch 	:	Cowley 4 
Mon 1 Mar	Witney 3 	:	Banbury 2 
Thu 4 Mar	Banbury 1 	:	University 2 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 1 	:	Witney 2 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 2 	:	University 3 
Thu 4 Mar	Cumnor 3 	:	Cowley 3 
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1	Oxford City 1 	10	20.0	17.0-3.0
2-3	University 1 	8	19.0	12.5-7.5
	Cowley 1 	8	16.0	15.5-4.5
4	Cowley 2 	7	17.0	13.0-7.0
5-11	Witney 2 	6	20.0	9.0-11.0
	Banbury 1 	6	19.0	9.5-10.5
	Oxford City 2 	6	18.0	10.0-10.0
	Didcot 1 	6	15.0	12.0-8.0
	Cumnor 1 	6	14.0	14.5-5.5
	Cumnor 2 	6	14.0	12.5-7.5
	University 2 	6	14.0	11.0-8.0
12	University 3 	5	16.0	11.0-9.0
13-17	Didcot 2 	4	16.0	7.5-12.5
	University 4 	4	16.0	7.5-12.5
	Witney 1 	4	14.0	9.0-11.0
	Cowley 3 	4	12.0	8.0-12.0
	Oxford City 3 	4	11.0	8.5-10.5
18-22	Cumnor 3 	2	14.0	6.5-13.5
	Banbury 2 	2	12.0	5.5-14.5
	Cowley 4 	2	10.0	7.0-13.0
	Witney 3 	2	10.0	6.0-14.0
	Abingdon Sch 	2	9.0	6.0-14.0
Cross-table:
1	Oxford City 1 	18:W	8:W	2:W	3:W	5:W
2	University 1 	5:W	10:W	1:L	4:W	6:W
3	Cowley 1 	21:W	15:W	6:W	1:L	9:W
4	Cowley 2 	14:W	12:D	11:W	2:L	7:W
5	Witney 2 	2:L	7:W	18:W	8:W	1:L
6	Banbury 1 	20:W	9:W	3:L	12:W	2:L
7	Oxford City 2 	11:W	5:L	10:W	13:W	4:L
8	Didcot 1 	22:W	1:L	12:W	5:L	13:W
9	Cumnor 1 	13:W	6:L	16:W	14:W	3:L
10	Cumnor 2 	19:W	2:L	7:L	16:W	14:W
11	University 2 	7:L	19:W	4:L	17:W	15:W
12	University 3 	17:W	4:D	8:L	6:L	22:W
13	Didcot 2 	9:L	20:W	15:W	7:L	8:L
14	University 4 	4:L	17:W	21:W	9:L	10:L
15	Witney 1 	16:W	3:L	13:L	18:W	11:L
16	Cowley 3 	15:L	21:W	9:L	10:L	19:W
17	Oxford City 3 	12:L	14:L	20:W	11:L	18:W
18	Cumnor 3 	1:L	22:W	5:L	15:L	17:L
19	Banbury 2 	10:L	11:L	22:D	20:D	16:L
20	Cowley 4 	6:L	13:L	17:L	19:D	21:D
21	Witney 3 	3:L	16:L	14:L	22:D	20:D
22	Abingdon Sch 	8:L	18:L	19:D	21:D	12:L


22 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Second Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 5

We've got 7 matches tonight, and 4 later in the week. And there look to be some good ones, Cowley 1 vs. Cumnor 1 is the stand out to my very biased eye, but there are a number of others that could be extremely close - the local Didcot derby jumps out as well!

Tonight we have

Mon 22 Feb 	Witney 2	:	Oxford City 1
Mon 22 Feb 	University 1	:	Banbury 1
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 1	:	Cumnor 1
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 2	:	Oxford City 2
Mon 22 Feb 	University 3	:	Abingdon Sch
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 3	:	Banbury 2
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 4	:	Witney 3
On Thursday we have
Thu 25 Feb 	University 2	:	Witney 1
Thu 25 Feb	Didcot 2	:	Didcot 1
Thu 25 Feb	University 4	:	Cumnor 2
Thu 25 Feb	Cumnor 3	:	Oxford City 3
As usual use the link below to follow the games as they are played

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
17 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

OCA Blitz @ Cowley - Result and "Prizewinners"

Forty-two players took part in the OCA Blitz @ Cowley on Monday 15th February, it was great to see so many familiar names taking part, and also a smattering new ones. It was one of the newcomers, Phil Makepeace, who took first prize - As he has recently moved into the area hopefully we shall see him showing us how to do it in the future! A full list of "prizewinners" is below. Many thanks to all those who took part, and especially to Dave Robson who did all the real work in organising the competition.

1st: Phil Makepeace
2nd: Phil Hayward
3rd: Chris Evans
4th: Eldar Alizada
Best Junior: Jan Murawski
Best U165: Pawel Murawski
Best U155: Liam Glenn
Best U145: John Courouble
Best U130: Matt Christensen
Best Slow Starter: Gilbert Csecs
Best Very Slow Starter: Steve Rumsby


17 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

OCA Blitz @ Cowley - Video Reviews of games on Youtube!

Simon Terrington has started to review some choice games from the tournament held last Monday, making videos of the games and this thoughts and putting them on his YouTube channel "Chess with Simon." So if you want to see if you are having your fifteen minutes of fame, or just curious as to what went on at the Blitz, go to the link below and take a peek!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2e7p-duAFrip9dICtdh4A
11 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 5 Draw

The draw for round 5 is below. Next Monday (15 Feb) there's the mid- competition Blitz competition, so these matches are to be played in the week beginning 22 February. The first-named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 22 Feb 	Witney 2	:	Oxford City 1
Mon 22 Feb 	University 1	:	Banbury 1
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 1	:	Cumnor 1
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 2	:	Oxford City 2
Mon 22 Feb 	University 3	:	Abingdon Sch
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 3	:	Banbury 2
Mon 22 Feb 	Cowley 4	:	Witney 3
Thu 25 Feb 	University 2	:	Witney 1
Thu 25 Feb	Didcot 2	:	Didcot 1
Thu 25 Feb	University 4	:	Cumnor 2
Thu 25 Feb	Cumnor 3	:	Oxford City 3
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1	Oxford City 1 	8	10.0	13.5-2.5
2-7	University 1 	6	11.0	10.0-6.0
	Cowley 1 	6	10.0	13.0-3.0
	Witney 2 	6	10.0	8.5-7.5
	Banbury 1 	6	9.0	8.0-8.0
	Cumnor 1 	6	8.0	13.0-3.0
	Oxford City 2 	6	8.0	9.0-7.0
8	Cowley 2 	5	8.0	10.0-6.0
9-14	Didcot 2 	4	10.0	6.5-9.5
	Didcot 1 	4	9.0	9.0-7.0
	Cumnor 2 	4	8.0	9.0-7.0
	University 2 	4	7.0	8.0-7.0
	University 4 	4	7.0	7.0-9.0
	Witney 1 	4	6.0	8.0-8.0
15	University 3 	3	9.0	7.5-8.5
16-20	Cumnor 3 	2	10.0	5.5-10.5
	Cowley 3 	2	8.0	4.5-11.5
	Oxford City 3 	2	7.0	5.5-9.5
	Banbury 2 	2	6.0	5.0-11.0
	Abingdon Sch 	2	4.0	5.5-10.5
21-22	Cowley 4 	1	6.0	5.0-11.0
	Witney 3 	1	6.0	4.0-12.0
Cross-table:
1	Oxford City 1 	16:W	10:W	2:W	3:W
2	University 1 	4:W	11:W	1:L	8:W
3	Cowley 1 	22:W	14:W	5:W	1:L
4	Witney 2 	2:L	7:W	16:W	10:W
5	Banbury 1 	21:W	6:W	3:L	15:W
6	Cumnor 1 	9:W	5:L	17:W	13:W
7	Oxford City 2 	12:W	4:L	11:W	9:W
8	Cowley 2 	13:W	15:D	12:W	2:L
9	Didcot 2 	6:L	21:W	14:W	7:L
10	Didcot 1 	20:W	1:L	15:W	4:L
11	Cumnor 2 	19:W	2:L	7:L	17:W
12	University 2 	7:L	19:W	8:L	18:W
13	University 4 	8:L	18:W	22:W	6:L
14	Witney 1 	17:W	3:L	9:L	16:W
15	University 3 	18:W	8:D	10:L	5:L
16	Cumnor 3 	1:L	20:W	4:L	14:L
17	Cowley 3 	14:L	22:W	6:L	11:L
18	Oxford City 3 	15:L	13:L	21:W	12:L
19	Banbury 2 	11:L	12:L	20:D	21:D
20	Abingdon Sch 	10:L	16:L	19:D	22:D
21	Cowley 4 	5:L	9:L	18:L	19:D
22	Witney 3 	3:L	17:L	13:L	20:D


08 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Mike Duck Round 4 - 7 Matches tonight

7 matches tonight, City 1 versus Cowley 1 looks particularly interesting:

Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 8 Feb	Cowley 2 	:	University 1 
Mon 8 Feb	Didcot 1 	:	Witney 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 2 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 3 	:	University 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Witney 1 	:	Cumnor 3 
Mon 8 Feb	Witney 3 	:	Abingdon Sch 
We have a further 4 matches on Thursday
Thu 11 Feb	Cumnor 1 	:	University 4 
Thu 11 Feb	Banbury 1 	:	University 3 
Thu 11 Feb	Cumnor 2 	:	Cowley 3 
Thu 11 Feb	Banbury 2 	:	Cowley 4  
As usual use the link below to watch the games

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
08 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

OCA Blitz @ Cowley - Monday 15th Feb

There will be no round of the Mike Duck Tournament in the week starting Monday 15th Feb. Instead during the "half term break" we will be holding the "OCA Blitz @ Cowley" tournament on the 15th Feb along the lines of the Cowley Blitz held just before Christmas. To make things especially easy to organise Dave Robson of the Cowley club has very kindly allowed us to reuse what he set up. As for the Cowley Blitz there will be no admission fee, and there will be no prizes. However, we will recognize, and announce the names of those players who in different circumstances would have won the usual prizes for finishing first, second, third, or as best female player, best slow starter, etc., etc.

The blitz will start at 7:30 p.m. and finish at 9:30 p.m. Any games running after that time can be completed, but they will not contribute towards the final standings. The time limit will be three minutes for the game, plus an extra two seconds for every move you make.

If you didn't play in the Cowley Blitz before Christmas, you will needto join the Cowley Blitz Team on Lichess (note if you did play this step is unnecessary). To do this:
First get a Lichess account from Lichess. They're free
Then Send an email to CowleyBlitz@gmail.com stating:
a) Your real name
b) Your Lichess username
c) Your age (if you want to be in contention for recognition as a best junior player)
d) If you are female (if you want to be in contention for recognition as a best female player)
Finally visit the Cowley Blitz Page and click on the "Join Team" button, There will be a delay until the administrators approve your request.

Once you are a member of the Cowley Blitz team you enter as as follows: On the night of the tournament five or ten minutes before the tournament starts, click on the tournament link and then click on the green "Join" button which you can find just above the list of players who have already entered. At 7:30, the Lichess site will then pair you with your opponent, and the game will begin.

A few gotchas ...

If you need to resign or to offer a draw, you must hit the relevant button twice. You can disable this behaviour in your Lichess profile.

At the end of your game, you will need to hit the labelled button to return to the tournament. Lichess will then pair you up with your next opponent.

The tournament is of an "arena" format, so there isn't a fixed number of rounds. You can get more information at Arena Help. You can start the tournament late, or leave early, but the more games you play, the better the odds of you winning! Note that we have disabled "beserking" and extra points for winning streaks.

Have fun! For any questions, please email CowleyBlitz@gmail.com

Link: https://lichess.org/tournament/l1jWEzXI
04 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 4 Draw

The draw for round 4 is below; matches to be played in the week beginning 8 February. The first- named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 8 Feb	Cowley 2 	:	University 1 
Mon 8 Feb	Didcot 1 	:	Witney 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 2 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Oxford City 3 	:	University 2 
Mon 8 Feb	Witney 1 	:	Cumnor 3 
Mon 8 Feb	Witney 3 	:	Abingdon Sch 
Thu 11 Feb	Cumnor 1 	:	University 4 
Thu 11 Feb	Banbury 1 	:	University 3 
Thu 11 Feb	Cumnor 2 	:	Cowley 3 
Thu 11 Feb	Banbury 2 	:	Cowley 4  
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1-2	Oxford City 1 	6	4.0	10.5-1.5
	Cowley 1 	6	2.0	12.0-0.0
3	Cowley 2 	5	3.0	9.0-3.0
4-11	Cumnor 1 	4	4.0	9.0-3.0
	University 1 	4	4.0	7.0-5.0
	Banbury 1 	4	4.0	5.5-6.5
	Witney 2 	4	4.0	5.5-6.5
	Didcot 1 	4	3.0	8.0-4.0
	University 4 	4	2.0	7.0-5.0
	Oxford City 2 	4	2.0	6.0-6.0
	Didcot 2 	4	2.0	5.5-6.5
12	University 3 	3	4.0	6.0-6.0
13-18	University 2 	2	4.0	6.0-6.0
	Cumnor 2 	2	4.0	6.0-6.0
	Witney 1 	2	4.0	5.5-6.5
	Cumnor 3 	2	4.0	4.0-8.0
	Oxford City 3 	2	3.0	4.5-7.5
	Cowley 3 	2	2.0	3.5-8.5
19-20	Abingdon Sch 	1	2.0	3.5-8.5
	Banbury 2 	1	2.0	3.0-9.0
21-22	Cowley 4 	0	4.0	3.0-9.0
	Witney 3 	0	4.0	2.0-10.0
Cross-table:
1	Oxford City 1 	16:W	8:W	5:W
2	Cowley 1 	22:W	15:W	6:W
3	Cowley 2 	9:W	12:D	13:W
4	Cumnor 1 	11:W	6:L	18:W
5	University 1 	7:W	14:W	1:L
6	Banbury 1 	21:W	4:W	2:L
7	Witney 2 	5:L	10:W	16:W
8	Didcot 1 	19:W	1:L	12:W
9	University 4 	3:L	17:W	22:W
10	Oxford City 2 	13:W	7:L	14:W
11	Didcot 2 	4:L	21:W	15:W
12	University 3 	17:W	3:D	8:L
13	University 2 	10:L	20:W	3:L
14	Cumnor 2 	20:W	5:L	10:L
15	Witney 1 	18:W	2:L	11:L
16	Cumnor 3 	1:L	19:W	7:L
17	Oxford City 3 	12:L	9:L	21:W
18	Cowley 3 	15:L	22:W	4:L
19	Abingdon Sch 	8:L	16:L	20:D
20	Banbury 2 	14:L	13:L	19:D
21	Cowley 4 	6:L	11:L	17:L
22	Witney 3 	2:L	18:L	9:L


01 Feb 2021

Ian Bush

Mike Duck Round 3

We have 7 matches tonight, including City 1 v. University 1, which features two teams that must have good chances to win the tournament:

Mon 1 Feb	Oxford City 1  	:	University 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 1  	:	Banbury 1  
Mon 1 Feb	University 3  	:	Didcot 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 3  	:	Cumnor 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Witney 2  	:	Cumnor 3  
Mon 1 Feb	Abingdon Sch  	:	Banbury 2  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 4  	:	Oxford City 3 
Later in the week we have a further 4 matches
Thu 4 Feb	University 2  	:	Cowley 2  
Thu 4 Feb	Cumnor 2  	:	Oxford City 2  
Thu 4 Feb	Didcot 2  	:	Witney 1  
Thu 4 Feb	University 4  	:	Witney 3  
As always you can use the link below to watch the games.

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
28 Jan 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 3 Draw

The draw for round 3 is below; matches to be played in the week beginning 1 February. The first- named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 1 Feb	Oxford City 1  	:	University 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 1  	:	Banbury 1  
Mon 1 Feb	University 3  	:	Didcot 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 3  	:	Cumnor 1  
Mon 1 Feb	Witney 2  	:	Cumnor 3  
Mon 1 Feb	Abingdon Sch  	:	Banbury 2  
Mon 1 Feb	Cowley 4  	:	Oxford City 3  
Thu 4 Feb	University 2  	:	Cowley 2  
Thu 4 Feb	Cumnor 2  	:	Oxford City 2  
Thu 4 Feb	Didcot 2  	:	Witney 1  
Thu 4 Feb	University 4  	:	Witney 3  
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1-4	Oxford City 1  	4	4.0	7.0-1.0
	University 1  	4	4.0	6.5-1.5
	Cowley 1  	4	2.0	8.0-0.0
	Banbury 1  	4	2.0	5.5-2.5
5-6	Cowley 2  	3	5.0	5.5-2.5
	University 3  	3	3.0	5.0-3.0
7-17	Cumnor 1  	2	6.0	5.5-2.5
	Witney 1  	2	6.0	4.0-4.0
	Witney 2  	2	6.0	3.0-5.0
	Didcot 1  	2	4.0	5.0-3.0
	Cumnor 2  	2	4.0	4.5-3.5
	Oxford City 2  	2	4.0	3.5-4.5
	Cumnor 3  	2	4.0	2.5-5.5
	University 4  	2	3.0	4.0-4.0
	University 2  	2	2.0	5.5-2.5
	Didcot 2  	2	2.0	3.0-5.0
	Cowley 3  	2	2.0	3.0-5.0
18-22	Cowley 4  	0	6.0	2.0-6.0
	Witney 3  	0	6.0	1.0-7.0
	Oxford City 3  	0	5.0	1.5-6.5
	Abingdon Sch  	0	4.0	1.5-6.5
	Banbury 2  	0	4.0	1.0-7.0
Current cross-table:
1	Oxford City 1  	13:W	10:W
2	University 1  	9:W	11:W
3	Cowley 1  	19:W	8:W
4	Banbury 1  	18:W	7:W
5	Cowley 2  	14:W	6:D
6	University 3  	20:W	5:D
7	Cumnor 1  	16:W	4:L
8	Witney 1  	17:W	3:L
9	Witney 2  	2:L	12:W
10	Didcot 1  	21:W	1:L
11	Cumnor 2  	22:W	2:L
12	Oxford City 2  	15:W	9:L
13	Cumnor 3  	1:L	21:W
14	University 4  	5:L	20:W
15	University 2  	12:L	22:W
16	Didcot 2  	7:L	18:W
17	Cowley 3  	8:L	19:W
18	Cowley 4  	4:L	16:L
19	Witney 3  	3:L	17:L
20	Oxford City 3  	6:L	14:L
21	Abingdon Sch  	10:L	13:L
22	Banbury 2  	11:L	15:L


25 Jan 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 2

A busy night in the second Mike Duck Tournament today - we have 8 matches:

Mon 25 Jan	University 1 	:	Cumnor 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Didcot 1 	:	Oxford City 1 
Mon 25 Jan	Witney 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 25 Jan	Cowley 2 	:	University 3 
Mon 25 Jan	Oxford City 2 	:	Witney 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Witney 3 	:	Cowley 3 
Mon 25 Jan	Cowley 4 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Oxford City 3 	:	University 4 
We also have 3 further matches later in the week - 1 unusually on Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday
Wed 27 Jan	Banbury 2 	:	University 2 
Thu 28 Jan	Cumnor 1 	:	Banbury 1 
Thu 28 Jan	Cumnor 3 	:	Abingdon Sch 
As usual use the link below to watch the games.

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
21 Jan 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 2 Draw

The usual Swiss first-round pattern resulted in some one-sided matches, but round 2 looks very competitive. The draw is below; matches to be played in the week beginning 25 January. The first- named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Mon 25 Jan	University 1 	:	Cumnor 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Didcot 1 	:	Oxford City 1 
Mon 25 Jan	Witney 1 	:	Cowley 1 
Mon 25 Jan	Cowley 2 	:	University 3 
Mon 25 Jan	Oxford City 2 	:	Witney 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Witney 3 	:	Cowley 3 
Mon 25 Jan	Cowley 4 	:	Didcot 2 
Mon 25 Jan	Oxford City 3 	:	University 4 
Wed 27 Jan	Banbury 2 	:	University 2 
Thu 28 Jan	Cumnor 1 	:	Banbury 1 
Thu 28 Jan	Cumnor 3 	:	Abingdon Sch 
Current standings:
Rank	Team		Score	M.Buch	Games
1-11	University 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Didcot 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Cowley 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Cumnor 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Oxford City 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Witney 1  	2	0.0	4.0-0.0
	Cowley 2  	2	0.0	3.5-0.5
	University 3  	2	0.0	3.0-1.0
	Cumnor 2  	2	0.0	3.0-1.0
	Banbury 1  	2	0.0	3.0-1.0
	Oxford City 2  	2	0.0	2.5-1.5
12-22	University 2  	0	2.0	1.5-2.5
	Oxford City 3  	0	2.0	1.0-3.0
	Banbury 2  	0	2.0	1.0-3.0
	Cowley 4  	0	2.0	1.0-3.0
	University 4  	0	2.0	0.5-3.5
	Witney 2  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
	Abingdon Sch  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
	Witney 3  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
	Didcot 2  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
	Cumnor 3  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
	Cowley 3  	0	2.0	0.0-4.0
Note the rearranged match - Banbury 2 against University 2 is now on Wed 27th due to a clash with another competition for Banbury.

The draw is also now on the LMS, please see the link below

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/xfixtures
12 Jan 2021

Ian Bush

Spring 2021 Mike Duck Online Tournament: Round 1 Draw

The draw for round 1, to be played in the week beginning 18 January, is as below. First-named team is at 'home' and is black on odd boards. Matches to commence on Lichess at 19:30 on the dates indicated.

Please note the rule changes (document circulated by email, will be posted to this site shortly), in particular

  • four boards per match
  • restrictions eased on moving between teams
Mon 18 Jan  Witney 2  		: University 1  
Mon 18 Jan  Abingdon Sch	: Didcot 1  
Mon 18 Jan  Cowley 1  		: Witney 3  
Mon 18 Jan  University 3	: Oxford City 3  
Mon 18 Jan  Oxford City 1	: Cumnor 3  
Mon 18 Jan  Cowley 3  		: Witney 1  
Thu 21 Jan  University 2	: Oxford City 2  
Thu 21 Jan  Didcot 2  		: Cumnor 1  
Thu 21 Jan  Banbury 2  		: Cumnor 2  
Thu 21 Jan  Banbury 1  		: Cowley 4  
Thu 21 Jan  University 4	: Cowley 2  
This is also now up on the appropriate LMS page - please see the link below

Link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/65140/efixtures
03 Jan 2021

Mike Truran

Witney Chess Club Junior Wins British Online Chess Championships Under 16 Blitz

Very many congratulations to Witney Chess Club member Adam Sieczkowski, who is the new British Online Chess Championships Under 16 Blitz Champion with a score of 8/9.

The final table can be found in the link below.

Link: http://chess-results.com/tnr543590.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30
15 Dec 2020

David Robson

Cowley Christmas Blitz 2020, Monday 14th December

Because of the pandemic, this year's Cowley Christmas Blitz was hosted on-line, on the Lichess.org platform.  It attracted 35 entrants from 7 different clubs.  262 games were played. More details are available at https://lichess.org/tournament/8UVhoQXQ

Here is the complete list of prizewinners:

1stKenneth Hobson
2ndEldar Alizada
3rdPhil Hayworth
4thWill Burt
Best VisitorGraham McInnes
Best Junior (U18) PlayerJosh Soanes
Best Junior (U14) PlayerPrithvi Chandrashekhar
Best Cowley PlayerOscar Idle
Best U165 PlayerLiam Glenn
Best Cowley U155 PlayerAsif Hameed
Best Visitor U155 PlayerNeil Staples
Best Lady PlayerHeather Lang
Best U145 PlayerJohn Courouble
Best U130 PlayerSteve Rumbsby
Best Ungraded PlayerMousa Bashir
Best Slow StarterGareth Stevens
Best Very Slow StarterKillian Rogan

Link: https://lichess.org/tournament/8UVhoQXQ
03 Dec 2020

Roger Thetford

First Mike Duck Online Tournament - final standings

Congratulations to University 1 and University 2, who took the top two places in the first Mike Duck Online Tournament, and to Cumnor 1 who took third on tie break ahead of Cowley 1 and Didcot 1. The full standings are at the link below.

The Second Mike Duck Online Tournament will follow after Christmas. Please get your entries in (teams of four this time) by midnight on Monday 11 January so that we can make the draw for the first round, to be played in the week starting Monday 18 January.

Link: documents/2020_MikeDuck1_FinalStandings.htm
22 Nov 2020

Andrew Varney

ECF Online U18 County Championship - Oxfordshire 3rd

Well done to Oxfordshire junior team in the ECF U18 online county 
championship. Many thanks to Ola Murawska for managing the teams and 
the following report.

The Championship took place on chess.com on Saturday 21 November. 
Players played from their homes with Zoom supervision by arbiters and 
team captains. The teams were small and as a result only a limited 
number of Oxfordshire Juniors were able to participate. It was 
fantastic to watch them play and they did very well taking the third 
place in the tournament. 

Results are published on chess-results:
https://chess-results.com/tnr541241.aspx?
lan=1&art=63&flag=30

Oxon team individual results:
https://chess-results.com/tnr541241.aspx?
lan=1&art=20&flag=30&snr=3

				

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