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27 Jun 2017

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Summer Blitz, Monday 26 June

The Cowley Summer Blitz, held on Monday 26 June, was much the biggest and 
strongest for a very long time, with 75 players taking part.

In a hard-fought last round, David Zakarian, who had been presented
earlier in the evening with the trophy for the revived Oxfordshire
Individual Championship, 
managed to beat frequent Blitz winner Marcus Harvey twice, mating him in
the second game with just one second left, and finishing level on 9.5
points with Csaba Koszta. Marcus, who had scored 100% up to that point,
finished on 8 points in equal third position with the very talented
youngster from Azerbaijan, 
Muhammad Ismayilov, and Will Burt, both members of Cowley Chess Club.

Cumnor's Daniel Varney could not repeat his Christmas blitz victory in
such a very tough field, but still took the prize for the best U18 junior.

The OCA Prizegiving for the season recently ended was held outside in
the cool evening after Round 3, and it was good to see so many of the 
team captains and individual award-winners present to be presented with
their trophies.

The full prize list for the Blitz is as follows:

1st=:                   David Zakarian (4NCL Oxfordshire)         9.5/10
                        Csaba Koszta (-)
3rd=:                   Marcus Harvey (Witney)                       8
                        Muhammad Ismayilov (Cowley)                    
       
Best Cowley player:     Will Burt                                    8
Best visitor:           Phil Hayward (Oxford City)                   7.5
Best junior (U18):      Daniel Varney (Cumnor)                       6.5
Best lady:              Olivia Smith (Cowley))                       6.5
Best U165:              Paul Rowan (Banbury)                         7
Best Cowley U155:       Geoff Rasell                                 6.5
Best visitor U155:      Andy Robins (Didcot)                         7
Best U14:               Jenith Wiratunga (Cowley)                    6
Best U145:              Tom Shepherd (Magdalen College School)       6
Best U130:              Mark McLeod (Didcot)                `        5
Best ungraded:          Eldar Elizada (Cowley)                       6.5
Best U12:               Dimitrios Zakarian (Oxfordshire Juniors)     5
Best U10:               Lineth Wiratunga (Cowley)                    3
Best slow starter (0/2):Bob Waugh (Cowley)                           7
Best very slow starter - 0/4:Advaith Panicker (Cowley)               4

I am grateful to everyone who helped make the event such a success,
especially:
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;
those who kindly donated prizes for the event or made donations to the
Lester Millin Memorial Fund;
John Taylor and Dave Robson, for help with the transporting of equipment;
Will Burt, for help with setting up the hall and taking entries on the door;
the many people who helped clear up afterwards;
Rob Harvey, who manned the wall charts and kept the round-by-round
scores up to date very efficiently;
and, especially, our controllers Tim Dickinson and Priscilla Morris, who
were not fazed by the unusually large number of players, and ran the
event quickly and calmly as ever.

Gerard O'Reilly (27 June 2017)
				

21 Jun 2017

Peter Hemmings

Graders Report 2017

A report from the Oxfordshire grader for the season 2016-2017 has been posted and my be viewed at the place indicated.

Link: documents/Graders Report 2017.docx
27 Mar 2017

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Team just miss clean sweep

The County U150 didn't quite manage to win against Hampshire on 
Saturday. As I was away for this match Ray Cordon kindly stepped in as 
captain. It looked to be a very close match with Hampshire winning 
11:9. Our bottom 5 boards were heavily outgraded, which swung the 
result their way. Nevertheless we still won the league overall with 10 
points. Thanks to all who played and to Ray for captaining. I hope 
everyone had an enjoyable afternoon's chess
				

11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon Junior tournament results

The full results for the Oxon Junior tournament held on 7-8 January 
2017 are available on the results section of this website. The 2016-17 
season champions are:

Under 18        Zoe Varney               
Under 15        Elizaveta Sheremetyeva  
Under 13        Bill Read       
Under 11        Ben Aubury & Dimitrios Zakarian (equal on tie-breaks)
Under 9         Ivan Chetverikov

Under 18 School   Cherwell
Under 11 School   St Joseph's* (on tie-break)
* clock prize awarded to MCS as St Joseph's were winners previous season.

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/GetTournamentResults.cfm
11 Feb 2017

Andrew Varney

Oxon U9 team inter-county friendly results

On Sunday 5 February, David Zakarian left the Kidlington Congress a round early in order to manage an Oxon Under 9 team in an inter- county match in Newbury.

After the match David wrote:

"Oxfordshire Junior U9 team had a wonderful tournament, coming second out of eight teams in the overall standings. Congratulations to all the players! Every single member of the team contributed to this success and I hope they all have learnt something from this invaluable experience. Special thanks to all the parents and guardians who dedicated one more Sunday to their childrens chess adventures!"

Full results can be found at:

Link: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/epsca/TeamsOverall.cfm?EventID=92