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11 May 2018

George Spalding

OCA Spring Committee meeting - at Cowley CC on Thu 31st May 2018

Be advised that the annual spring Committee Meeting of the OCA 
has been scheduled for Thu 31st May 2018 at Cowley CC, to commence at 
7.30pm as usual.

A provisional agenda will be prepared over the next few days.  
As normal we will expect reports, preferably written,  from County 
Team  Captains  

I look forward to seeing many of you on that date

George Spalding

11th May 2018

03 May 2018

Andrew Varney

May half term chess & activity holiday club

Following the success of the club run during the Easter holidays, Oxford New Generation is running another chess & activity holiday club for children during summer half term, 29 May to 1 June 2018.

See links given below for further information and a registration form.
Link to information: documents/ONGCAC Flyer - May HT 2018.pdf
Link to registration form: documents/ONGCAC _ registration _ May 2018.pdf

02 May 2018

George Spalding

Stephen Morris is Wantage Club Champion for Season 2017/18

Stephen Morris has won the Wantage Club Championship for the season 
just ending.  In the all-play-all top Group 1, he achieved a clean 
sweep beating all his 6 rivals:   Simon Richards, Peter Hemmings, Roly 
Piggott, George Spalding, Matt Mills and Mirka Litwiniec   Stephen had
been champion once before , in season 2011/12, but that was only on 
tie-break  This time his closest rivals were two points behind.
Simon Richards also had a superb tournament, finishing runner-up on 
tie break  with 4/6.  

Meanwhile in the lower grades Group 2, also all-play-all, there 
was also a clean sweep for winner John Leake whose 5/5 comprised wins 
over Derek Stubberfield, Paul Mahon, Slava Kachkanov, Stephen Cartmell
and Wojciech Liwiniec.  Stephen Cartmell finished as clear second in 
this Group with 4/5.

Full cross tables for both groups can be seen on the Wantage Chess 
Club Web Page 

George Spalding 
Link: http://www.wantagechessclub.co.uk/
17 Apr 2018

George Spalding

Frank Wood Shield Sm-finals reached.

Thanks to all the teams who cleared the latest Round of matches.

The semi-final line up is now complete as follows :

Cumnor Six Horsemen v Cowley Pins
Bicester Bishops  v  Cowley Sharks 

As is normal by this stage of the competition, the matches should 
be arranged for dates that are convenient to both teams. Hopefully,
with league matches thinning out, this should not be too hard

George Spalding,


08 Apr 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford pipped at the post

Oxford played Hants in the U160 County match on Saturday 7th April. 
Hants were noticably lower graded than Oxford on the top 14 boards 
and were about equal on the bottom 6, so I was hopeful of a positive 
After the first few games it was level, and so it continued until 
near the end when Hants just edged ahead. As the last game was 
concluding the score was 9:10, but unfortunately we lost it. 
So the final score was 9:11.
The full result is in the Chiltern League section of the website 
under competitions.
This leaves Hants, Oxford and Berks all on 5 points, although there 
is one result missing - that of Hants v Bucks.
We have our last game against Hants on the 12th May, so a win would 
either put us level with Hants or ahead of them, depending on the 
outcome of the missing result.
Everyone I spoke to enjoyed their afternoon's chess, even those who 
So, congratulations to those who won (or drew) and commiserations to 
those who lost.
I currently have 14 people who have said they can play on the 12th 
May, so if you would like to play, please contact me.
Thanks to Simon for collecting the equipment and booking the hall 
and for everyone who helped to set up and clear away at the end.

25 Feb 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxfordshire County U160 team win against Bucks

Bucks could only field 12 players, which was a bit disappointing as 8 of our players had to stand down. We outgraded them on the top 6 boards but were roughly comparable on the bottom 6. In what seemed like a rerun of our last match, 2 early wins put us in the lead. Once we got into a lead we never lost it. There were some fine attacking games played and we ended up winning 7:5. The win puts in first place level with Berkshire, but with a match in hand. Our next match is on the 17th March away to Hampshire, so if you would like to play send me an email. The full result is in the Chiltern League section of the website under competitions.

Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you had an enjoyable game. Thanks to those who volunteered to stand down. Thanks also to Simon who was one of the ones who didn't get a game, but helped set up and clear away.

My email is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com.

22 Feb 2018

Sara Sengenberger

CHESS: The Musical

Bicester Choral & Operatic Society is putting on CHESS: The Musical from 31 May - 2 June 2018. Booking opens on 1 March.

Link: http://www.bcoswesing.org.uk/chess
04 Feb 2018

Andrew Varney

New junior chess club in Oxford

A new junior chess club in Oxford has recently been announced: St. 
Giles' Chess Club beginning Wednesday 21st February and Friday 23rd 
February just after half term.

There will be a club each Wednesday evening in term time between 7.30pm 
and 8.30pm at St. Giles' Church for over 11's, and each Friday between 
4.15pm and 5.15pm at St. Giles' Church for under 11's.

Children will be registered with the English Chess Federation, and will 
have the opportunity to obtain an ECF grading. The ECF Certificates of 
Excellence scheme will also be offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold 

The intention in the longer term is to form a team of junior players to 
compete in the Oxfordshire Chess League, initially in the fourth 
division and hopefully progressing to the first division and even the 
first division title! There will also be opportunities to play matches 
against schools and other clubs.

If you are interested in registering your child as a member of the 
Chess Club, please contact Rod Nixon for further details.


Rod Nixon - St. Giles' Chess Club

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetClubs.cfm?Org=1&junior=yes
21 Jan 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxfordshire County U160 team get back to winning ways

We started out a board short due to illness, but 2 early wins put us in the lead. Although we outgraded them on all boards except the bottom 4, the difference was not enough to be significant. Once we got into a lead we never lost it. There were some fine attacking games played and we ended up winning 11:9. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you had an enjoyable game. Our next match is on the 24th February at home against Bucks, so if you would like to play send me an email. The full result is in the Chiltern League section of the website under competitions. My email is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com.

Link: GenerateTable.cfm?LeagueID=328&Org=8
30 Dec 2017

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Christmas Blitz

Attendance at this year's Christmas Blitz, held on Monday 11 December,
was seriously affected by the snow the previous weekend and the very cold
weather and icy conditions on the day. In the end, 34 competed, well
down on the previous year. Even the controlling team of Tim Dickinson
and Priscilla Morris was depleted, with Tim unable to travel up to
Oxford because of the bad weather. For different reasons I was also
unable to be there, but with Priscilla in charge and several other club
members stepping in to help, all went well on the night.

Csaba Koszta (now of Swindon) improved on his share of first place in the Summer Blitz by winning outright with 8.5 points out of 10. He finished a half-point ahead of Cowley's James Cole, while there was a triple tie in third position, with Oxford City's Phil Hayward, Cowley's Eldar Alizada and rapidly improving junior, Tom Shepherd, now of Bicester Chess Club, all on 7.5 points.

The full list of prizewinners is as follows:

1st=: Csaba Koszta (Swindon) 8.5 2nd James Cole (Cowley) 8 3rd=: Phil Hayward (Oxford City) 7.5 Eldar Alizada (Cowley) Best Cowley player: John Courouble 7 Best visitor: Mark Sayers (Cumnor) 7 Best junior (U18): Tom Shepherd (Bicester) 7.5 Best lady: Maria Mate (Cowley)) 5 Best U165: Graham Cole (Cowley) 6 Best Cowley U155: Bob Waugh 6.5 Best visitor U155: Hugo Rayner (Witney) 6 Best U14: Freddie Beneat (Abingdon School) 6 Best U145: Stephen Ennis (Cowley) 6 Best U130: Mark McLeod (Didcot) 5.5 Best ungraded: Zulfi Heydon (Cherwell School) 4 Best U12: Hakeem Asif (Cowley) 2 Best U10: James Deeke (Oxfordshire Juniors) 3.5 Best slow starter - 0/2: Peter Cole (-) 3 Best very slow starter - 0/4: Boris Fedorov (Cowley) 3

It is a pleasure, as always, to thank: Rose Hill Methodist Church for allowing us the use of the downstairs Hall for the event; the Kidlington Chess Tournament for the loan of equipment; and those who kindly donated prizes for the event or made donations to the Lester Millin Memorial Fund.

I am especially grateful to: Sara Sengenberger and Dave Robson, for help with the transporting of equipment; Sara and Ellie Sengenberger and Bob Samuels for setting up the hall and equipment; Will Burt for help with setting up and for taking entries on the door; Bill Stanley for acting as compere and for manning the wallcharts to keep the round-by-round scores up to date; Bob Samuels for presenting the prizes; the many people who helped clear up afterwards; and, in particular, Priscilla Morris, who controlled the event efficiently and calmly as ever.

Gerard O'Reilly (30 December 2017)

Link: http://sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/cowley-blitz
19 Nov 2017

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U160 crash to their first defeat

This year is proving a lot tougher for the team than last year. We had 2 players withdraw at the last minute and unfortunately I was unable to get replacements. However, Bucks didn't claim the defaults which was sporting of them. It didn't matter however, as they won comprehensively 10.5:7.5. We outgraded them on the top seven boards, but they easily outgraded us on the rest. There were some good wins from our side but it was not enough to turn the tide. Thanks to everyone who took part, I hope you had an enjoyable game. Our next match is on the 9th December, so if you would like to play send me an email. The full result is in the Chiltern League section of the website under competitions. My email is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com.

Link: GenerateTable.cfm?LeagueID=328&Org=8
11 Nov 2017

Andrew Varney

Inter-county girls friendly tournament

On Sunday 29 October, Oxfordshire Junior Chess hosted a 4-county girls' chess tournament. In addition to Oxfordshire, the adjacent counties of Berkshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire took part in the event which was held at Headington Prep School. Matches were played over 8 boards in each of two sections: Under 11 and Under 18.

The Under 11 section was amazingly close, almost a four-way tie, the difference between first and fourth place coming down to just one game point! Marc Ives, the U11 Oxfordshire girls' team manager, writes
"The U11 girls fought in the most incredibly tight competition at Headington Prep School on Sunday 29th October. Right until the last board had finished of the whole competition, it could have been a 4 way tie on 4 points. In the end, Oxfordshire came 4th, but played some fantastic chess with some super wins by all the players. We'll be back stronger and aiming to win next time!!"

Despite the teams being reasonably close in terms of average grades for the teams, the results in the Under 18 section were far more definitive. The words of Duncan Young, the Oxfordshire U18 girls' team manager, sum it up nicely:
"Errr... we won! Comprehensively. "

From everything I have heard, from the team managers and from parents, it was a great day for girls' chess. Thank you to the Oxfordshire girls' teams' managers, Elliot Kendall (Oxon U9 team manager) for acting as my deputy for most of the day and clearing up, Alex Holowczak for running the tournament itself, Headington School for the venue and Kidlington Congress for the loan of the equipment. Andrew Varney

Link: http://chess-results.com/tnr310112.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821
29 Oct 2017

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U160 salvage a draw

Well it was a tough start to the season. Berks requested a reduction to 19 boards, then could only get 18, so we were one up by default. Simon kindly volunteered to step down which saved me the task of finding someone. The match teetered on the edge for quite a long time with Berks looking the stronger despite being outgraded on nearly every board. It was level with the last match to finish - between Derek Edwards and Rob Henley - and with minutes left on the clocks a draw was agreed. So the match was drawn 9.5:9.5. Our default point proving a match saver. I hope everyone had a good game and an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all those who took part,

27 Sep 2017

Stephen Rumsby

County Under 160 Team

We had a very successful year last year, winning the Under 160 
Competition, so I would like to continue our winning ways this year.

If  you would like to be considered for the County U160 team then 
contact me. My email is stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com.

To be eligible you need to play for a team in the Oxford League or 
reside in Oxfordshire, to have an ECF grade of less than 160 and to 
be an ECF member.
To cover costs there is a £3.00 charge for home matches, no charge 
for away matches.

The dates for this years matches are :- 

28th October  Ox v Berks 

18th November Bucks v Ox 

9th December Hants v Ox 

20th January Berks v Ox

24th February Ox v Bucks

7th April  Ox v Hants 

As you can see the first match is at home to Berks. 

We will be using the Rose Hill hall,  but because they have an 
evening event, we will be starting at 1.30 rather than 2.00 (at 
least for the first match).

If you are available for this match and would like to play (and any 
of the other ones) can you let me know. 

In the email I sent to last years players I omitted one match, the 
above list is correct. If you played last year you should have 
received am email from me. If you didn't let me know.

Steve Rumsby