Thursday, 26 June 2014

Warwickshire Chess Association

 Please note the email below and if anyone is interested please contact Alex Holowczak directly.


Warwickshire Chess Association are seeking volunteers to captain teams in the Under 140 and Under 120 County Championship in 2014/15. To express an interest, please contact Alex Holowczak at before 31st July. If there are no volunteers by the passing of the deadline, then these teams will not run next season.

Alex Holowczak
Warwickshire CA Secretary

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Summer Cup Presentation

AT the AGM the Summer Cup presentations were made :

Winner was Dave Ireland
Dave Ireland receiving his trophy from Simon Weaver
Runner Up Rajen Parekh
Rajen Parekh receiving the Runners Up Trophy

Congratulations to both Dave and Rajen on their achievements. 

Dave Ireland won the tournament with 5 points . 4 wins and 2 draws.

Rajen Parekh came a very close second on 4.5 points only loosing 1 game.

Ben Graff narrowly missed out on Board Count with 4.5 points.


The AGM was held yesterday evening and there was an excellent turnout with over 18 members.

Topics Discussed included the following :-

Apologies, Ed Goodwin & Mike Johnson

All officers were re-elected unopposed as follows :-

Dave Filer - Chairman
Mike Johnson - Secretary
Simon Weaver - Treasurer

Chairmans report - Dave gave a summary of how teams had fared over last season. The highlight being the D team winning Division 2 and the KO Cup. Dave Thanked all the Captains for their help over the season.

Treasurer's report - Simon presented the accounts and went through all income and expenditure items. The club's finances are still healthy and will enable us to continue to purchase new equipment when needed. Also it was hoped to keep the annual subscriptions the same for the next season.

Other matters raised:

Tom was concerned about not being picked next season for a game due to having a poor run of results. However he was assured by the committee that we will continue with the policy of giving everyone a game of league chess if they want. Even if this means we form another team to accommodate everyone.

Simon proposed that we continue to roll out the upgrading of our clocks by purchasing 4 more digital clocks for the C team. Another discussion followed about the pro's and cons of digital clocks versus analogue clocks. A vote was eventually taken and 15 voted for new digital clocks with 2 against.

Ben Graff requested that full address's plus postcodes to be put on fixture cards and club websites to make it easier to find away venues.

A team formation meeting is to be held mid September to finalise the teams for the new season.

Captains. John Harris has agreed to be a Captain next year. Joshua Pink is standing down.

Venue - Dave reminded all members that no food or drink can be brought into Massey Ferguson. The same applies to Away venues as well especially Nuneaton.

Mark Page also requested that we look at updating the boards as some of the older ones are in a poor state.

A request was made that we have a club night. However this would increase the annual subs if we had to pay for the hire of the room for another evening.

Simon thought that the new League Website and inputting of games had worked really well and gave players far more up to date information on teams positions in the League.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

AGM & Summer Cup Presentation

Just a reminder to all members the AGM is to be held this Tuesday 24/6/2014 7.30pm at Massey Ferguson Social Club.

All members are welcome to attend. If you wish a particular item to be added to the Agenda please let Simon Weaver or Dave Filer know before Tuesday.

Topics to be discussed INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING :-

Digital Clocks
Summer Cup Presentation
New Boards
Election of officials
Any other topic members wish to raise

Friday, 13 June 2014

British Championships

The 101st British Chess Championships will be held at Aberystwyth University, in Aberystwyth, Wales, between Saturday, 19th July and Saturday, 2nd August.
The 11-round Championship will feature 7 Grandmasters, including defending champion David Howell, and England's newly crowned European Seniors Champion, Keith Arkell. They will be joined by players who have qualified through various congresses around the British Isles since July 2013.
In addition to the main Championships, there are a wide variety of tournaments open to all players, subject to holding the appropriate category of membership:
* The British Graded Championships are played over five mornings, and there are four sections for players graded Under 120, Under 140, Under 160 and Under 180.
* The British Junior Championships are played over 6 or 7 rounds, with tournaments differing in length depending on the age group. There are tournaments ranging from a FIDE-rated Under 16 Championship to one-day Rapidplay Under 8 Championship.
* The British Seniors Championship will be played over 7 rounds, with two five-round grade-restricted Seniors tournaments: One in each week.
* There are FIDE-rated five-round morning and afternoon Open tournaments, as well as an 11-round FIDE-rated Major Open.
* For those who can only play over a shorter period, there are weekend tournaments and rapidplays on both Sundays.

With excellent accommodation packages and top quality playing conditions in one of Britain's best holiday locations, Aberystwyth provides an excellent opportunity to combine your enthusiasm for chess with your holiday.
The British Championships website has information ranging from the list of Championship qualifiers, accommodation packages, lists of entries for each tournament, and much more! You can find the website at:
To enter online, you can visit this page:
I hope to see you in Aberystwyth!
Alex Holowczak, ECF Director of Home Chess

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Summer Cup Results and Final Table

Well, The Summer Cup came to a conclusion last night. It was all very tense throughout the night as there were 5 or 6 players who could have secured first or second place. 

The final result was Dave Ireland getting a draw with Ed Goodwin which ensured he was the winner with 5 points. Rajen drew with Bob Holmes giving him 4.5 points along with Ben Graff.

On countback of their opponents points Rajan is the Runner Up with Ben in Third place. This was Ben's first Summer Cup so a great result for him narrowly missing out on a trophy.
Congratulations to Dave and Rajan.

Round Up
Ed Goodwin went through the whole tournament unbeaten having played most of the top players. Bob Holmes also went through the whole tournament unbeaten securing 5 draws along the way. Some one who will remain nameless, has suggested he changes his name to Bob "The draw" Holmes! Dave Filer also had an excellent tournament only loosing to Dave Ireland and ending up on 4 points. Pete Smith turned in a solid performance on 3 points.

Clive Blackburn, Stan Whitmore and Ian Evans all had a good tournament and were challenging the leaders thoroughout. They all ended up on 3.5 points.

Sachin Vats a new player to the Club earned 3 points consisting of 2 wins and 2 draws. He clearly will be an asset next season in the League.
Simon Curry another new player also got 2 points having only played in the final three rounds. So will be one to watch as well.

Paul Sweatman ended up with 2.5 points, a good result as he lost his first two games, but came back strongly in the latter stages of the tournament. John Harris also got 2.5 points but with one or two of his games he could have won having got into good positions.

I would just like to Thank all players who took part this year and have helped make it a really good competitive end of Season Tournament along with some very close games.
I intend to do the presentation of the Cups at the AGM on the 24th June. 

The club will be open as normal during the summer for friendlies, so feel free to call in for a quick game over the summer. All members and non members are welcome.

WINNER             D.Ireland    5
RUNNER UP     R.Parekh   4.5
B.Graff                 4.5
D.Filer                  4
E.Goodwin           4
S.Whitmore         3.5
R.Holmes            3.5
C.Blackburn       3.5
I.Evans                3
P.Smith               3
S.Vats                3.0
J.Harris             2.5
R.B.Manickam 2.5
D.Sheward      2
P.Sweatman    2.5
T.Beesley        2.5
S.Curry           2
R.Sian            1
T.Gazee         1
G.Cornell      2 
T.White          0

Round 6 Results

D.Ireland .5 .5 E.Goodwin
R.Parekh .5 .5 R.Holmes
B.Graff     1  0 P.Smith
D.Filer       1 0 J.Harris
C.Blackburn 1 0 R.B.Manickam
P.Sweatman 0 1 S.Whitmore
I.Evans          .5 .5 S.Vats
D.Sheward  0 1 G.Cornell
T.White         0  1 T.Beesley
S.Curry        1 0 R.Sian