Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Centenary Rapidplay - Celebrating 100 years of the Coventry & District Chess League

The 2018-2019 Season marks one hundred years of the Coventry and District Chess League fostering chess across the Coventry, Warwickshire, and Midlands area!

We will be running a Centenary Rapidplay to celebrate this joyous occasion. Full Details found here:

https://covchessleague.blogspot.com/p/rapidplay.html 

Three Sections for Max Grade: Open, U145, and U110 Entry: £10 (Juniors: £5)

Coventry & District Chess League Centenary Rapidplay

SUNDAY 27th JANUARY 2019 Massey Ferguson Social Club, Broad Lane, Coventry, CV5 7NL

ECF Graded, and FIDE Rated.
Chief Arbiter: David Thomas FIDE Arbiter Arbiter(s):
Hok Chiu National Arbiter

***IMPORTANT LINKS*** PDF Entry Form with event details: https://tinyurl.com/entryformCDCL2019

Online Entry Form: https://tinyurl.com/CDCLR2019 Entries: https://tinyurl.com/2019Entries
Contact:E-mail (Preferred): coventrydistrictchess@gmail.com Phone: 07804401784 (Contactable from 9th Dec 2018 onwards)

Playing Schedule
Round 1 10:30
Round 2 11:45
Round 3 13:15
Round 4 14:30
Round 5 15:45
Round 6 17:00

Prizegiving 18:00 Prizes Open: £100 (1st) £50 (2nd) £25 (3rd) £15 (Grading) Other: £60 (1st) £30 (2nd) £15 (3rd) CDCL Centenary Junior Champion: TBC

This webpage will be regularly maintained to reflect any changes/updates to the event. Please also read the PDF Entry Form for more event details.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Upcoming Tournaments

Please find details of Upcoming Tournaments in and around the Coventry Area :


Warwickshire Championships, 5 round events, 22-24 February at the Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry

English Seniors Championship ,sections for players aged over 50  and over 65.
4-7 April at St Johns Hotel Solihull.

More details are on the ECF calendar.

Players cannot enter yet but can reserve the dates in their diaries and register their interest by contacting me on edhgoodwin@gmail.com. I can then send them an entry form as soon as one becomes available.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Isle Of Man Chess International

As mentioned in Simon's write up, I attended the immensely strong Isle Of Man International last week. If Oct the 31st is a time when scary things come at of the dark, only a few days ago, there were some frighteningly strong chess players participating at the Villa Marina in Douglas. In fact, the only reason Carlsen and Caruana were not in attendance was that they have a WC match in a matter of days. Still, the amount of titled players playing seemed almost endless, and almost anybody who is anybody in the chess world was competing.
However, whilst I was not playing in the Masters, I was competing in the almost as monstrously strong major section, with an FM, a CM and a WFM competing.
After losing my opening game to the top seed, I was able to muster 5.5 points out of the remaining 6 games, to finish in a 3 way tie for first place. The two players who shared the spoils with me were Jason McKenna (rated 2095), and CM Kenneth Norman (rated 2083).
I'd say my best results were drawing with the candidate master, and beating a player graded 207, which I don't do very often.
There were quite a few interesting and curious incidents, which would take to long to talk about here. A couple of these involved local player, Henrik Fabri, who, anyone knowing Henrik, will not be surprised to hear this. He's quite a character in his own right, and not a bad player either.
So, that's it from the IOM for this year, but I plan to return again next year. It's a great tournament, even if the Masters is too brutally strong!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Isle of Man Tournament

Some of you may be aware that Dave Ireland took part in the Isle of Man Tournament last week.

I am delighted to say that Dave finished with 5.5/7 points, which meant he finished 1st= with two other players for the Major Tournament.

The result is all the more remarkable as if we take a look at the other players ratings we see that Dave finished ahead of an FM & WFM and also finished level on points with a CM.

We can also see that Dave was rated 19th out of 35 participants at the start of the Tournament, so to finish 1= is a tremendous achievement.

Our Congratulations go to Dave for such a good result and he has said he will post a fuller report in a few days.

Here are the final standings :

Isle of Man Tournament Final Results Major



Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Junior Rapidplay ?

Does anyone have a report on the Junior Rapidplay then?
I'm assuming it took place!?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Junior Open Rapid Play


Only a few days left now until our first Junior Open Rapidplay - there are still places left. If interested contact  Ed Goodwin - details below




Coventry Chess Club are holding their very First One Day Junior Competition

This is a first for Coventry Chess Club and anyone under 18 is welcome to join.

The entrance fee is only £3.00 in Advance or £5.00 on the day.

Full details are: -


Coventry Chess Club
1st Junior Open Rapidplay

Sunday 23rd  September 2018
Massey Ferguson Social Club
Broad Lane
Coventry CV5 7NL

An ECF graded event
Open and Under 120 sections



Entry fee
£3
Entries on the day £5 will be accepted at the organisers’ discretion

Eligibility
Players must be under 18 on 31st August 2018

ECF Membership
The tournament is open to players who are Junior ECF Silver, Gold or Platinum members. If your membership expires on 31st August 2018 you will need to renew it see details on the ECF website https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-renewing-your-ecf-membership/
.
New players can apply for free junior membership on the English Chess Federation website https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-joining-the-ecf/

Parental Responsibility
Parents or guardians must be present and remain responsible for their children during the tournament.

Time Control        All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move.

Schedule                               
Round1  11:00 – 11:50 Round 2    12:00 – 12:50
Round 3    13:10 -  14:00 Round 4    14:20 -  15:10
Round 5    15:20 -  16:00

Prizes    
Medals will be awarded for the following scores :--
Gold 4½ or 5  Silver 3½ or 4 Bronze 2½ or 3.
All players who participate in the final round will be awarded a certificate of participation.                    
                                     
                                                  
Entry Form
Postal Entries send to:
Ed Goodwin, 1 Conway Avenue, Coventry CV4 9JA
Cheques payable to “Coventry Chess Club”

Email entry
Send entry details to edhgoodwin@gmail.com and pay by bank transfer to
09-01-32 93082588 (payer reference the player’s name)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

New Chess Season

Now the long hot Summer is over the chess season returns.

David Adams will be collecting Club Fees on Tuesday August 28th. New Fixtures Cards will be available.

Club Fees £23.00. ECF Bronze Membership fee £16.00.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Brand New Junior Open Rapid Play

Coventry Chess Club are holding their very First One Day Junior Competition

This is a first for Coventry Chess Club and anyone under 18 is welcome to join.

The entrance fee is only £3.00 in Advance or £5.00 on the day.

Full details are: -


Coventry Chess Club
1st Junior Open Rapidplay

Sunday 23rd  September 2018
Massey Ferguson Social Club
Broad Lane
Coventry CV5 7NL

An ECF graded event
Open and Under 120 sections



Entry fee
£3
Entries on the day £5 will be accepted at the organisers’ discretion

Eligibility
Players must be under 18 on 31st August 2018

ECF Membership
The tournament is open to players who are Junior ECF Silver, Gold or Platinum members. If your membership expires on 31st August 2018 you will need to renew it see details on the ECF website https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-renewing-your-ecf-membership/
.
New players can apply for free junior membership on the English Chess Federation website https://www.englishchess.org.uk/guide-to-joining-the-ecf/

Parental Responsibility
Parents or guardians must be present and remain responsible for their children during the tournament.

Time Control        All moves in 15 minutes plus 10 second increment per move.

Schedule                               
Round1  11:00 – 11:50 Round 2    12:00 – 12:50
Round 3    13:10 -  14:00 Round 4    14:20 -  15:10
Round 5    15:20 -  16:00

Prizes    
Medals will be awarded for the following scores :--
Gold 4½ or 5  Silver 3½ or 4 Bronze 2½ or 3.
All players who participate in the final round will be awarded a certificate of participation.                    
                                     
                                                  
Entry Form
Postal Entries send to:
Ed Goodwin, 1 Conway Avenue, Coventry CV4 9JA
Cheques payable to “Coventry Chess Club”

Email entry
Send entry details to edhgoodwin@gmail.com and pay by bank transfer to
09-01-32 93082588 (payer reference the player’s name)


Junior’s Details


Forename                                                                                                           
Surname                                                                                                         
ECF Membership Num. (12345):                                                                       
ECF Grading Reference (6 digits, followed by 1 letter):                                                                               
ECF Rapidplay Grade (July 2018):                                                                        
(If no grading reference or rapidplay grade you can still enter please give details of playing strength)
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):(required for all players)                           /                       /                      
Section Entered (please tick)    120 or over __  119 or under __


Parent/Guardian’s Details
Telephone                                                                                                                
Mobile                                                                                                            
E-mail address                                                                                                       

Postal Address                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                   Postcode                                                                                        
Entry Fee     (£3 or £5 for entry on the day)  £                                  





Thursday, 26 July 2018

New Grades

The grades for July 2018 have just been updated on the ECF Website.

Check your grade here


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Tuesday 26th June Analysis Evening

Next Tuesday - 26th June, Dave Ireland  and the A Team have kindly agreed to analyse any of your games that you would like to review. 

This is a really great training opportunity for all players - to get comments on any ideas you missed or how you could improve your general play.

So, feel free to bring in as many games as you want analysed - 

One small request - if anyone has access to a flip chart, could you let Ed Goodwin know. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Five Minute Blitz & League AGM Date

Pictures from our five minute handicap blitz. It was fast and furious last night with 5 minutes on the clock and all play all and in some cases players starting a rook down! This produced some surprising results which added to the fun of the evening. Thanks go to Ed Goodwin for organising the evening and to Lana Sanchez Nasibova for all the pictures and acting as chief arbiter and scorer. Scores as follows:
Aran Paul 10.5
Ed Goodwin 10
Wesley Beeston 9
Dave Filer 7.5
Mike Johnson 7
Margarita 6
Josh Pink 6.5
Simon W 4
John Loughnane 3
John Conway 3
Dave Ireland 5
Seb 1
Paul Sweatman 4.5
Next week the plan is for players to bring in some of their games and Dave Ireland and the A Team will provide some expert analysis and hints and tips on how you could improve your chess.

A note for your diaries next week is the League AGM. Wednesday 27th June at Warwick University. Meeting Room 2.
7.30pm start. 

What is Josh thinking in this picture ? 
 Looks like John has scared off his opponent!


 Our two resident Grandmasters. Rumour has it Magnus Carlsen has refused to play them for fear of losing his world championship title.


 I do not like that look John is giving Wes?!




We had a new player come along last night, he wasn't very good though, so cant really see him carrying on with chess. I did give him a few tips though to try and help him improve. .




Saturday, 16 June 2018

Blitz Chess on Tuesday 19th June

Next Tuesday, following on from our successful evening with doubles Chess 960, Ed and the A team have come up with a very imaginative way to play 5 minute chess. 

It is called handicap chess - Here are the rules as devised by Ed :-

For the handicap blitz it will be 5 minutes each for a game.
The interesting bit is the handicaps. 
Players will fall into 4 groups based on ECF grade
Group 1 Under 70
Group 2 70 – 109
Group 3 110 – 149
Group 4 150 and over 
When 2 players in the same group both players play with a full set of pieces.
When the 2 players are one group apart the stronger player has a Knight or bishop removed
When the 2 players are 2 groups apart the stronger player has a rook removed
When the 2 players are 3 groups apart the stronger player has 2 minor pieces removed. 
So for example if Dave Ireland played Margarita Dave would have to have 2 minor pieces removed. 
When material is removed the stronger player can choose which pieces to remove e.g. Dave could choose to remove both knights or the King’s knight and the Queen’s bishop etc. 
Players will do their own pairings as long as they don’t play the same person more than once.


This promises to be another different evening with lots of "fun chess" Open to all members and guests.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Chess 960 Evening

Here are some pics from our Chess 960 evening. It certainly was a "different" evening to a normal club night and there was lots of puzzled faces and scratching of heads - and how does castling work in chess 960? Who knows! It was a really fun night and Thanks must go to Ed Goodwin for organising the event and to the A team players for the suggestion.









More events to follow over the next few months.!




Friday, 8 June 2018

Another Event for Tuesday 12th June

Hi All,

Due to the resounding success of last Tuesday's simultaneous event with our resident "Simultaneous Expert" Dave Ireland, Ed Goodwin and the A Team players have kindly agreed to organise
a "Doubles Fischer Random Tournament" 

Now, I can already hear you saying "what the heck is a Doubles Fischer Random Tournament" and I must admit I had to scurry to Wikipedia to look up what it is all about. 

In Ed's words here is brief outline of how we see the evening :-

2 players in each team taking it in turns to move.
Starting time 8p.m. Number of rounds 3. 
The games we will be playing is called Fischer random or Chess 960. This is a chess variant where the pieces are set up at random on the 1st and 8th ranks. Otherwise rules of chess are the same as a normal game except castling which will require some explanation on the night.
 For anyone wanting to prepare look at Chess 960 on Wikapedia. 
I suggest the following :-
Clocks set to 10 minutes per team.
Teams  created by splitting players into 2 groups by strength and picking 1 player from each group.
Starting positions drawn from a set of preprinted   positions .
We should have 4 teams ideally, depending on numbers we may have some teams with  one player or some with 3 players. 
There is much scope for confusion and I may have overlooked something major but hopefully this just adds to the fun.

This is another new event we have never tried, however reading the Wikipedia text, it looks like all those long winter nights you spent studying openings will not help youEmoji

Here is a link to the Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960



The evening promises to be something very different to a normal "club evening" and I suspect will raise lots of questions and scratching of headsEmoji  

As normal, for all club events, the competition is free to enter and open to all club members and guests.

If you could get to the club for 7.30pm this will then give us time to organise teams, explain the rules! ready for a start at 8 pm. 

We do have another Simultaneous event planned in four or five weeks time, however, if anyone has any suggestion for future events please let me know and we will gladly organise something if it is possible.

Finally, here is a small excerpt from Wikipedia to whet your appetite 

Chess960, also called Fischer Random Chess (originally Fischerandom), is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, announced publicly on June 19, 1996, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[1][2] It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess, but the starting position of the pieces on the players' home ranks is randomized. The random setup renders the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely instead on their talent and creativity.
Randomizing the main pieces had long been known as Shuffle Chess; however, Chess960 introduces restrictions on the randomization, "preserving the dynamic nature of the game by retaining bishops of opposite colours for each player and the right to castle for both sides".[3] The result is 960 unique possible starting positions

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

My simul display

As mentioned by Simon, I conducted my first ever simultaneous display on Tuesday, which was very enjoyable, albeit more difficult than I probably envisaged.
Upon arriving, there was a pretty full room, with about 20 people already there. There was a full mixture of 1st, 2nd and 3rd division players from our club, and even Warwickshire Champion, Henrik Stepanyan. He was participating to, amongst 16 players in total. I was already thinking this was not going to be easy!
We began, and for the first hour, there was a cathedral like hush. It all seemed so serious, and slightly daunting at first. For a while, nothing too drastic was happening, although that would soon change.
The first result came by way of a blunder by myself, as I missed a knight fork that netted Ed Goodwin a queen for a piece. Ed was planning to give details of this game on a report here, but he's instead going to include it in his soon to be released book "Ed Goodwin's Greatest Games"; available online and in bookstores, in the near future.
I also had a very eventful game with Margarita. Again, a blunder by me of similar proportions, led to me having my queen pinned against my king by her bishop. Things were not looking good. However, in the resulting position, I had very active pieces fortunately, and some potential threats of my own. I had possible discovered attacks against her king in the air, as well as forks available. Margarita still had possible tactical opportunities as well. In the end, I won this game, although not until we'd both had a roller coaster of a game. Forks, pins, discovered attacks, loose pieces, double attacks, it was all happening here, for both of us. Even near the end, I managed to walk into another fork, but luckily still had a winning position, just !
I was pleased to get a draw with Henrik. I tried a Danish gambit, which Henrik declined with an early thematic d5 counter. It transposed to a position similar to Scandinavian defence games (after 1e4 d5). The position seemed reasonably level out of the opening, but after a brief flurry of tactical exchanges, we reached a rook ending, in which I felt my pawns were more vulnerable than Henrik's. However, Henrik offered a draw, which I quickly accepted. To be honest, I think Henrik was going easy on me a bit in this game, judging by some of my past experiences playing him, (which have not usually gone in my favour).
Amongst quite a few mistakes, I did manage to win some games reasonably smoothly, and even threw in a couple of successful bishop sac's at various stages of the evening. In the end, I won 10, drew 2 (the other draw versus my team mate, Bernard), and lost 2, (Simon Weaver won against me, as well as Ed). 2 other games had to be abandoned, unfortunately, as they were both quite interestingly poised.
One thing I did notice was how much easier it seemed to be once a few games were finished, and I was able to get around the group very quickly when only a few games remained. I think it took some of the remaining players a bit by surprise, as they'd had a good 5 minutes on each move in the early stages.
Anyway, I can't really mention all the games, as there would be too many, but if anyone wants to mention their game, or a particular position that occurred, let me or Simon know, and we'll look into publishing it.

Dave

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Simultaneous Results

Yesterday evening we held our first simultaneous display and it was a huge success with 16 players taking part.

I would like to Thank Dave Ireland for volunteering to do the simultaneous, as the evening proved very popular and many club members said how much they enjoyed taking part.

There were some excellent games and the final result for Dave Ireland was:-

10 Wins
2 Draws
2 Losses
2 Abandoned games

Dave has said he will try and do a fuller report on all the games which I will post here when I receive the report from Dave.

Results:
Ed Goodwin 1
Paul Sweatman 0
Allan Franklin 0
Bernard Charnley .5
Georgi  0
Roy Watson 0
John Conway ret.
Gordon Cornell 0
Henrik .5
Margarita Sanchez 0
Bava 0
Mike Johnson ret.
Simon Weaver 1
Dave Adams 0
John Loughnane 0
Wesley Beeston 0

Here a few pics from last night ... courtesy of Lana Sanchez







 Is this when John asked for a cheeky draw?!