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13 Jun 2021

Andrew Varney

Oxon Juniors online success

While over the board junior team competitions have not been possible, 
EPSCA and SCCU have run online equivalents of the usual Jamborees on 
lichess.org. They had an interesting format of Swiss competitions on 
each board as instead of three rounds only, it was possible to extend 
the event to five rapid rounds.

Oxfordshire Juniors took part in all events with EPSCA taking place in 
March (Girls U11), April (U9) and May (U11) and the SCCU Jamboree for 
older players (U14 Minor/ U14 / U18) in June. 

In the jamboree on 5 June 2021, the Oxfordshire U18 team won the 
event, taking first place. Congratulations to the team! 

All players enjoyed the events. 
Team managers: Joseph Conlon (U9), Ola Murawska (all other teams)

ECF runs two county Blitz team battles for Juniors every month (one is 
specifically for girls). If any Oxfordshire junior players would like 
to take part in those please see the links at the equivalent news item 
at the Ojays website.  

				
Link: https://oxonjuniorchess.blogspot.com/
31 May 2021

Gerard O'Reilly

John Taylor

I learned yesterday evening, and am sad to have to report, that John Taylor died at home on 6 April at the age of 89. Cowley's oldest member, a regular on club nights, and a very active player in our League teams up until late 2019 (recently mostly in division 3), he will be remembered fondly and greatly missed by his fellow chessplayers, not only at Cowley but throughout Oxfordshire and beyond.
Much more than a fellow lover of the game of chess, he was a kind, generous, and modest man; always pleasant company; a true gentleman.
Requiescat in pace.


21 May 2021

Roger Thetford

Ray Starkie Best Game Trophy

Congratulations to Oscar Idle for winning the Ray Starkie Trophy for the best game in the winter 2020 and spring 2021 Mike Duck online tournaments.

Matt Rose, judging, commented

Jon knows the Schliemann pretty well, so I assume he forgot something as Oscar has a dominant position after only 15 moves. I like the fact that Oscar didn't cash in until it was all clear. It got a bit messy, but Oscar handled the complications without panicking. He just kept making good moves - which some say is the way to win chess games!

Oscar's win against Jon Manley is the first game in the PGN file that's at the link below. The other entries follow, in chronological order. To prevent chess-ignorant browsers from mangling the file, ".txt" has been appended to the filename. Right-click to download the file, remove the ".txt" extension, then open the file with your favourite chess program.

Link: documents/RayStarkie_2020-21.pgn.txt
21 May 2021

Roger Thetford

ODCL Season 2021-22

Responses from the clubs revealed that we had 22 teams plus two possibles for next year's ODCL. Banbury could confirm only one team but may be able to raise two; Oxford Brookes would like to enter a team but will not know until September whether they have enough players. The Committee meeting held on 19 May decided to allow the clubs until 30 June to enter any further teams, after which the fixture list for the 2021-22 season will be set up.

When we abandoned the 2019-20 league we said that relegation and promotion would not apply. Applying this and eliminating the missing teams from the bottom upwards removes Banbury 3, Bicester 2, Cowley 5 and 6, Didcot 3 and Witney 4, leaving the divisional structure as 8-8-4-3. Combining the bottom two divisions and adding the possible new Brookes team to the new Division 3 gives the following.

Division 1 (8 teams): Banbury 1, Cowley 1, Cowley 2, Cumnor 1, Didcot 1, Oxford City 1, Oxford Univ 1, Witney 1.

Division 2 (8 teams): Banbury 2, Bicester 1, Cowley 3, Didcot 2, Oxford City 2, Oxford Univ 2, Witney 2, Wantage 1.

Division 3 (8 teams): Abingdon School, Cowley 4, Cumnor 2, Oxford Brookes (possible), Oxford City 3, Oxford Univ 3, Wantage 2, Witney 3.

This structure, agreed by the Committee, is provisional, depending on decisions from Banbury and Oxford Brookes. Unless an influx of extra teams allows us to revert to four divisions, rule- changes will be proposed at the AGM to reflect the new three- division structure. (The AGM date was set as Thu 16 Sep.)

All of this assumes that we will be able to return to OTB chess by October.


23 Apr 2021

Ian Bush

Recollections of Ian Brooke

Ian was chairman of the City club for nearly 30 years, and was also a former chairman of the OCA as well as organizer of the county Open team for many years.

Simon King, former secretary of the City club, is asking OCA members who knew Ian to send him any personal appreciations, to be collected in a "virtual condolence book". Any photographs -- and particularly any interesting games -- would be most welcome as well. Please send any materials to him at sek@mpr.co.uk. Any written attachments need to be in .doc/.docx/.txt format.


21 Apr 2021

Ian Bush

Ian Brooke

I have just received the very sad news of the death of Ian Brooke. Ian has been a stalwart of the OCA and the Oxford City club for more years than most can remember - a former Chair of the OCA, he ran the Oxfordshire open team, and was been Chairman of the Oxford City club for almost 30 years. He was also an active and more than useful participant (as I know to my cost!) into his nineties, playing right up to when Covid curtailed over the board chess when he won a prize at the last Kidlington tournament. He was also kind enough to go with me to tournaments in the West Country (see link to a picture), and I know over the years he has done similar for many other players in the county.

I know many of us will miss him, especially his positive and generous character, and I am sure all our thoughts go to his family.

Link: https://twitter.com/FromeChess/status/1130117944694980608/photo/1
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


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

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
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
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 - 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
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


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


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


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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