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News from 2017-18 for Oxfordshire Chess

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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
27 Dec 2017

George Spalding

Information for ECF Yearbook 2018.

Dear colleagues,

Over the next few days I need to supply the ECF with my annual update 
of contact details for OCA Officers and for clubs  so that such
information  can be included in the coming 2018 ECF Yearbook.

I naturally use the OCA Web site as my source of this data. To ensure 
this information is correct I hope you can help me  by checking the OCA
OCA  Web page too, and advising me of any required changes. You will often
often have the privilege of updating on the Web site yourselves anyway.

This is one of your windows on the chess world, so it is in your
interest, as well as my responsibility, to see all is up to date.

Very many thanks

George Spalding

21 Dec 2017

George Spalding

Frank Wood Shield Draw plan


We have had 14 entries for this season's  Frank Wood competition.

I propose we make the draw on Tues Jan 23 at Wantage when Didcot 1 
visit to play a Division 1 match versus Wantage, and will be invited to 
participate in the draw and see that all is above board.  With under
16 entries we need one less Round to complete the event , so I suggest 
Round 1 be scheduled nominally for the week beginning Mar 5 which Asif
had targeted for Round 2 in the fixture list.  Round 2 could be 
scheduled for where he had Round 3 and so on.  I trust this will be OK

George Spalding

16 Dec 2017

Andrew Varney

Junior 4NCL - Oxfordshire teams

There were 3 Oxfordshire junior ("Ojays") teams at the first Junior 
4NCL weekend at the end of September. The Ojays A team won division 2. 

For weekend 2 (on 20-21 January 2018), I currently have enough players for 3 Ojays teams in division 2, but if there are any other stronger juniors who would like to play, please let me know. I do make a charge to cover my expenses and towards my time in managing and coaching the teams. Please ask me for further details if you are interested.

It's going to be a busy January for Oxfordshire juniors, starting with the Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships on 6-7 January (see news item and entry forms elsewhere on this website) and with various schools entering teams for the ECF girls event on 14 January!

Link: http://www.oxon-junior-chess-squad.org.uk/junior-4ncl-2017-18
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,

28 Oct 2017

Roger Thetford

More people authorised to submit results

The manager of a league team for a given club can now submit results for any of the league teams being run by that club. The same is true, separately, for teams in knockout competitions. The full list of which officials may submit a result is here.

This feature has been on some people's wish-lists for a while, and should provide some welcome extra flexibility.


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 


25 Sep 2017

Gerard O'Reilly

New Rules for League and Frank Wood Shield

The AGM on 21 September 2017 agreed various minor changes to the league rules, mostly tidying up outdated rules or regularising existing practice.

The meeting also adopted a radical new set-up for the Frank Wood Shield. Handicaps are based on average grading rather than on which division a team plays in. Breaking the link to the league structure allows clubs much more flexibility in setting up teams, although a player (graded over 80) who has played for a particular team will be tied to that team for the rest of the competition.

The full rules (including FWS) and, for convenience, a separate Frank Wood Shield special, have been added to the Admin Documents.