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04 Dec 2018

Gerard O'Reilly

Cowley Christmas Blitz, 3 December 2018

With kinder weather, the number of players at this year's Christmas
Blitz, held on Monday 3 December, was gratifyingly almost double the
number at last year's event, with 66 entrants.

The tournament was won by Oxford City's Phil Hayward on 9 points out of
10, a clear point ahead of Andrejs Olehnovics (Didcot), Tom Shepherd
(Bicester) and Maria Mate (Cowley), who took the next three places,
separated on the tie-break by their sum of progressive scores.

Cowley Chess Club was also pleased to host the draw for this season's
Frank Wood Shield Handicap Competition, which took place at the end of
Round 3, introduced by our Chair, Bob Samuels, and supervised by Roger
Thetford and Ian Bush (respectively OCA Secretary and Chair). Full
details of the draw can be found on the OCA website.

Here is the full list of prizewinners at the Blitz:

1st:                          Phil Hayward (Oxford City)           9
2nd:                          Andrejs Olehnovics (Didcot)          8
3rd:                          Tom Shepherd (Bicester)              8
4th:                          Maria Mate (Cowley))                 8
Best Cowley player:           James Cole                           7.5
Best visitor:                 Benjamin Foo (Oxford University)     7.5
Best U12:                     Edison Xu (MCS/Blackbirds)           7.5
Best junior (U18):            Oscar Idle (Cowley)                  7
Best lady:                    Marianne Hauer (-)                   6
Best U165:                    Andrew Webb (Didcot)                 7.5
Best Cowley U155:             Rich Weston                          7
Best visitor U155:            Dilhan Manawadu (Oxford University)  6.5
Best U14:                     Hari Selveraj (MCS/Blackbirds)       6
Best U145:                    Kelly Riley (Cowley)                 6
Best U130:                    John Courouble (Cowley)              6
Best ungraded:                Dester Murahwa (Cowley)              6
Best U10:                     Kenneth Hobson (Oxfordshire Juniors) 5
Best slow starter - 0/2:      Gary Reynolds (Didcot)               5
Best very slow starter - 0/4: Tony Heslop (-) / Peter Cole         3

I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank those whose help made the
event possible and successful:
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,
or helped clear up at the end of the evening.

I am also very grateful to several of my fellow Cowley members for their
help, especially:
Bob Waugh and Dave Robson, for the transporting of equipment;
Sara and Ellie Sengenberger for setting up the hall and equipment;
Will Burt for various forms of help, especially for taking entries on
the door;
Bill Stanley for manning the wallcharts to keep the round-by-round
scores up to date;
Bob Samuels for helping out as part-time Master of Ceremonies;
and, in particular, Priscilla Morris, who controlled the event with
characteristic calmness and efficiency.

Gerard O'Reilly (4 December 2018) 
				
Link: https://sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/cowley-blitz
03 Dec 2018

Roger Thetford

Frank Wood Shield Draw

The draw for this season's Frank Wood Shield was made tonight at the Cowley Blitz. This year there were no weeks set aside in the fixture list for this competition.

Proposed dates for round 1:
Thu 28 Feb University Unicorns v Cowley Countergambits
Tue 12 Feb Wantage Alfredians v Cowley Cutlers
Wed 20 Feb Didcot Dynamos v Cumnor Six Horsemen
Mon 04/11 Feb Witney Weavers v Cowley Chessnuts
Tue 05 Feb Bicester Bishops v Banbury Misfits
Thu 14 Feb Magdalen Marauders v The grunifeld defence
Mon 25 Feb / 4 Mar City Slickers v Banbury Buccaneers

Please could captains contact their opposite numbers and either agree these dates or arrange a new one, with the aim of having round 1 complete by 28 February. (Congestion at City on 18 Feb may push the City Slickers tie into March.)

Link: DisplayCupResults.cfm?CupID=170&Org=1
01 Dec 2018

Andrew Varney

Oxfordshire Junior Chess Championships

Entry forms are now available for the Oxfordshire Junior Chess 
Championships to take place over the first week in January, incorporating 
the U9 and U11 Oxon county chess team trials.

See the entry forms for further details:

U9 and U11 trials: Oxon_U9_and_U11_trials_2019.pdf  

U13, U15 and U18 junior championship: Oxon_2018-2019_U18.pdf  
				

26 Nov 2018

George Spalding

Wantage Club former treasurer Derek Punter passes away

Long standing Wantage Club member Derek Punter, who served  for over a 
quarter of a century as its very efficient treasurer, passed away on 
Saturday morning 24th November 2018

As a chess player Derek would never have counted himself as one of our 
strongest players, but was content to play in our lowest team as a 
reliable member.  He often got good positions  only to lose out to a 
tactical blunder, as he would freely admit himself .  

However on his day he could be a formidable opponent.  
as in the following game in the 1999-2000 club championship in 
April 2000 when he scored a notable triumph over Arnold  Jones, a
former Club champion 

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[Event"Wantage Club Championship"]
[Site "Wantage"]
[Date "April 2000"]
[Round "5"]
[Opening "Four Knights Game"]
[White "Derek Punter"]
[Black "Arnold Jones"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. h3 Bc5  5. Bc4 O-O
6. O-O d6  7. Ng5 h6 8. Nf3 Na5  9. Bd3 a6  10. a3 Ba7
11. b4  Nc6 12. Ne2 Kh7  13. Bb2 b5  14.c4 bxc4  15. Bxc4 Be6
16. Bxa6 Nxe4  17. Bd3 f5  18. Qc2 Nxf2  19. Rxf2 Ne7
20.  g4 e4  21. Nfd4 exd3  22.  Qxd3 Bd7  23. Kh2 g6
24. Rg2 c5 25. Nc2 Qb8 26. Ng3 d5 27. Re1 Nc6
28. Qxd5 Qc8  29. b5 Nd4  30. Re7+ Kh8 31. Qe5+  1-0       

It was his greatest day at the chess board.  RIP

George Spalding
 

				

25 Nov 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 crash to defeat

The Oxford County U150 side crashed to their first defeat of the season against a stronger Hants side. Although we marginally outgraded them on the top 7 boards they outgraded us on the rest. So we knew it was going to be a tough match, and so it proved. Their average grade was 129 to our 119. By the half way stage it was roughly equal but then they crept ahead and eventually won 8.5:11.5, and this despite them defaulting on 2 boards. Congratulations to those who won or drew and commiserations to those like me who lost. Thanks to everyone who played, and to Simon for his help. Our next match is on the 19th January at home to Berkshire, then we have 2 away matches on 16th February against Bucks and 16th March against Hants. Despite the loss we are still level with Bucks at the top of the table.


11 Nov 2018

Gerard O'Reilly

42nd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament

The 42nd annual Kidlington Chess Tournament will take place at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, on Saturday & Sunday 2 & 3 February, 2019. We shall again have four sections, Open, U180, U145 and U120.

The prize fund will be over £2200, including four new £40 prizes: an Under-130 grading prize in the U145 section, an extra Veterans' Prize in the U180 section and two new prizes for Juniors in the U120 and U145 sections.

As in the last two years, the Open section will incorporate the second leg of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Championship. Its first leg was incorporated in the Open section at the Witney Chess Congress held on 3 & 4 November 2018.

As usual, we shall have the excellent bookstall provided by Chess Direct and the fine range of refreshments provided by Hackett's Outside Catering of Witney.

The latest information about next February's tournament can be found via the 'News and Updates' tab on the tournament website (see the link below). Entry forms can be found under the Kidlington 2019 tab there.

To enter, you may either use the online entry form there or, if you prefer, you may download and print out a form from there to send in your entry by post.

Gerard O'Reilly (Organiser, Kidlington Chess Tournament)

Link: https://kidlingtonchess.org.uk/
05 Nov 2018

Roger Thetford

Privacy Statement

A privacy statement for the Oxfordshire Chess Association is now published on the Admin Documents page, and is also available at the link below. This builds on the very helpful clubs template provided by the ECF.

Link: documents/OCA_Privacy_Statement.pdf
01 Nov 2018

Roger Thetford

ODCL starred players 2018-19

Thank you to all the team captains for submitting their lists of starred players by today's deadline. The list is linked below. Rule 2.3 in the updated league rules applies.

Captains from clubs that have more than one team in a division (currently Cowley, Didcot and Witney) may wish to note a subtlety in Rule 2.4, "Playing for more than one team". Non-starred players who are graded 125 or lower at the start of the season are permitted to play without restriction. Players graded 150 or lower may play in Division 1 without affecting eligibility to play in lower divisions, but once they have played four games for one division 1 team they may no longer play across for any other division 1 team. Similar restrictions on playing across apply to anyone graded over 125, regardless of division.

Link: documents/ODCL_Starred_Players_2018.pdf
20 Oct 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford U150 Win Against Bucks

Well, it couldn't have got any closer. Bucks requested to play only 19 boards as one of their players was unwell. The two teams were fairly evenly matched in terms of grading, so it looked as though it would be a close call. And so it proved.

Unfortunately, I was so preoccupied with my game that I didn't see much of any of the others. I was the second to last to finish by which time we were level on 8.5 points each. I had blundered a rook and thought about resigning, but decided to play on and see if I could swindle something. I managed to fork his queen and rook with my knight, which left me a knight down. Then, just as he was about to crash through I managed to get a perpetual, so we were still level on 9 apiece.

This left Alexy Pegushev to decide the match and fortunately he won. So another win for Oxford 10-9, which puts us at the top of the table.

Thanks to everyone who played, I hope you all had a good game even if you didn't win. Thanks to Ray for stepping down at the last moment and to Simon for getting the equipment and refreshments.

Link: ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=348&Display=10824&Org=8
15 Oct 2018

Andrew Varney

New junior chess club in Headington

A new junior chess club is starting up in Headington immediately after October half term. It will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays, with professional coaching for Beginners/Improvers on Wednesdays and Intermediate/Advanced level on Fridays, in small groups.

The club will be run by Oxford New Generation, launched on the back of the successful holiday clubs, with the intention that it will incorporate other activities in addition to chess from early 2019. The chess coaching will be given by Andrew Varney initially supported by visiting guest chess coaches, including some master-level players.

Please see the flyer for more details of the club and who to contact for an enrolment form.

Link: documents/ONG regular clubs flyer (2018 - Beginner).pdf

Link: documents/ONG regular clubs flyer (2018 - Advanced).pdf
30 Sep 2018

Stephen Rumsby

Oxford 's U150 County team make a good start

Well it was a bit of a struggle, but we managed to get there in the end - at least 18 of us did. The two teams were well matched although Oxford outgraded Berks by a few points on every board. There were some good games and Oxford came out winners with 11.5:8.5. Thanks to all who played, I hope you had an enjoyable afternoon's chess. Our next match is 3 weeks from now on the 20th October at home (Rose Hill venue) against Bucks. NOTE it will be a 1.30 start. Bucks also won their first match against Hants so it should be an interesting match. If you would like to play please email me (stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com). If you are on my mailing list you should have already received an email from me. If you haven't then please let me know. Steve Rumsby


22 Sep 2018

Asif Hameed

Fixtures - minor update

Dear All

Please see the diary and grid formats for the 2018-19 fixtures. The heading should be in green so please remember to refresh your browser if needed.

ALL AMENDED FIXTURES HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN

Any problems or issues please email me.

Regards
Asif


22 Sep 2018

Stephen Rumsby

WANTED - Players for the County U150 Team

We need players for the County U150 Team. The County U150 Team has its first match away to Berkshire next Saturday (29th). If you have an ECF grade less than 150 and live in Oxfordshire or play for an Oxfordshire club and would like to play, please email me at stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com I need 5 more players. Steve Rumsby


21 Sep 2018

Gerard O'Reilly

OCA League Rules updated

The OCA AGM on Thursday 13 September updated some of the League Rules.

(i) The former Rules 2.3 and 2.4 on 'starring' players were combined into Rule 2.3, with the main addition being a deadline by which teams required to 'star' four players are to notify the Secretary (now Roger Thetford) of the players being starred for those teams. As a consequence of this change, the subsequent sections of Rule 2 have been re-numbered.
NB. In connection with the starring of players, club secretaries and team captains will doubtless remember that the OCA's official Guidance for Clubs and Captains (see the 'Admin Documents' page of this website) says that the main intention of the starring rules is "to ensure fairness in team selection" and that "The Association expects that team captains (in complying with League Rule 2.3) will normally 'star' the four strongest regular players in their squad unless there is good reason not to. Failure to star higher graded players who are known to be very likely to play regularly throughout the season (and then playing those unstarred players in lower teams) is one clear example of a way in which a club might seek to manipulate the rules unfairly."

(ii) An addition was also made to the rules on defaults, specifying what happens when, with the Secretary's consent, captains of both teams have agreed not to play a match. (See Rule 4.4.)

Link: documents/OCA League Rules 2018.pdf
17 Sep 2018

Asif Hameed

Fixtures release - latest release is 18th Sep 2018

Dear All

Please see the diary and grid formats for the 2018-19 fixtures. The heading should be in green so please remember to refresh your browser if needed.

Any problems or issues please email me.

Regards
Asif


06 Sep 2018

Rod Langham

ECF President's Award for Steve Rumsby, Banbury

The ECF Newsletter that has just been published included the following article:

Congratulations to Steve Rumsby from Banbury Chess Club, who was presented with his ECF President's Award for Services to Chess.

The Award recognises that for over 30 years Steve has been the Chairman of Banbury Chess Club. Steve has overseen the growth of the club from initially fielding two teams in one league to the latest season where the club fielded four teams in the Leamington League, three teams in the Oxford League and entered all the available league cup competitions. In recent years, Banbury entered a team in the 4NCL. Virtually every year, Steve has captained one of the club teams.

Steve's wider contribution to chess is seen in his work for the Leamington and District Chess League. He is, and has been for a number of years, both the league's webmaster and fixtures secretary. At the start of the 2016-2017 season Oxfordshire County were unable to find a volunteer to captain the Under 150 county Team. Steve at short notice volunteered and led the county team to 5 wins from 6 matches. They ended that season as Chiltern League Champions. Steve has continued in this county captaincy role. Steve is highly regarded by chess players in an area stretching from Birmingham down to Didcot.


Steve (right) receives the President's Award from Leamington League chairman Ben Graff


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