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18 Feb 2024

Nigel Moyse

Oxfordshire County team wins again

Oxfordshire beat Hampshire to complete back-to-back wins in the Chiltern league and jump from bottom to second place after a poor start to the season. For match results, see link below. Oxfordshire's next match is against the current leader, Berkshire, who they need to beat on 6 April 2024 to have a chance of snatching the cup! If interested in playing, please email Nigel Moyse, the current captain.

Link: https://oxfordfusion.com/oca/ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=464&Display=14064&Org=8
07 Feb 2024

Anna Bishop

Help needed at next Oxford Rapidplay 30/03/2024

Satish Gaekwad is looking for a helper (on a fee basis) at the next Oxford Rapidplay on Sat 30th March in Kennington. Doesnt need to be a qualified arbiter. Hes suggested a league captain but am sure any offers gratefully received. Please email satish@chess-uk.com if interested.


14 Jan 2024

Anna Bishop

Oxfordshire Junior Chess tournament results - 6/7 Jan 2024

The Oxon Junior Chess Trials and Championships were held at Cumnor 
Primary School on the weekend of 6/7 Jan 2024.  There were over 100 
entries across the four sections: U9, U11, U13, U15/18.  Many of the 
county's strongest juniors participated, and it was a supportive 
introduction to over-the-board chess matches for many others.

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Oxfordshire junior champions:

U9: 1st Emmanuelle Li, 2nd Anna Gray, 3rd Edmond Du
U11: 1st Aden Kennedy, 2nd Gavin Wang, 3rd Noah Bevis
U13: 1st Jan Murawski, 2nd Yue Yue Sui, 3rd Albert Hornsby
U15 and overall U15/18 section winner: Reya Li
U18: Man Chiu Hsin* and Julius Ford Clough
U18G: Shambavi Hariharan* and Taisiia Kovalova

Full cross-tables can be viewed using the link below.

Special thanks to, in alphabetical order: Matt Bevis, Joseph Conlon, 
Julie Gray, Jules Kennedy, Nigel Moyse, Ola Murawska, Dan Schmidt Valle, 
Andrew Varney, Zoe Varney, David Zakarian ... as well as to Tim Greaves 
(for amazing repair skills), families Khoo and Tanuwidjaja (for above 
and beyond clearing up at the end) and Cumnor Primary School (for 
hosting). Without your help, I would not enjoy running this event.

Those children who did well in the U9 and U11 sections will have the 
opportunity to represent Oxfordshire in the forthcoming EPSCA qualifiers 
and finals. The U11G final will be hosted at Cheney School in Oxford on 
Sat 13th April 2024.

				
Link: http://results.utuswiss.co.uk/
07 Nov 2023

John Carter

Starred Players list for 2023-2024

All teams/clubs have submitted starred lists as required by the league 
rules and these are linked to below in the Admin Documents/Others 
section.

As per the league rules, these players are nominated as they are 
expected to play the majority of games (at least 4) in the nominated 
team. These players are unable to play for another team of that club in 
the same or lower division, as per Rule 2.3.1

Generally, once a player has played 4 games for a team, they are 
considered starred - as per rule 2.4.1 (though there are exemptions 
based on rating as per 2.4.2 and 2.4.3). This will be monitored though 
if you have any questions then do ask.
				
Link: documents/Starred Players for 2023-2024.pdf
27 Oct 2023

John Carter

Flag-fall: Reminder to Captains

Dear Captains,

This is a reminder to all captains, being placed on the OCA main 
website, of their dual function as arbiters - as per OCA League rules, 
we have Rule 7.11.7 which states "team captains are expected to take on 
those aspects of an arbiter's function which circumstances make it 
practical for them to perform". 

There have been a couple of instances where this guidance should have 
been followed this season, particularly when it comes to "flag-fall".

For clarification from the Fide Laws of Chess: Article 6.8 states "A 
flag is considered to have fallen when the arbiter observes the fact or 
when either player has made a valid claim to that effect."

Therefore it is perfectly reasonable for a captain (and only the 
captain) to intervene when a flag has fallen to declare a result due to 
time forfeiture.
				
Link: https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/E012023
15 Oct 2023

Anna Bishop

Oxfordshire Junior Chess county tournament 6/7 Jan 2024

Oxfordshire Junior Chess is excited to announce that we will be holding the annual county junior chess tournament on the weekend of 6th / 7th Jan 2024 at Cumnor Primary School. As in previous years, there will be U9, U11 and U13/15/18 (possibly split if enough entrants) sections. The online entry form link is given below from which full tournament information and rules can be accessed. If you are involved in a chess club with junior members, please help to spread the word. Any queries to oxfordshirejuniorchess@gmail.com.

Link: https://forms.gle/ioHQEXXZfEPgiebw9
27 Sep 2023

Steven Bennett

Severe traffic problems at Botley Interchange near Cumnor CC

Please avoid The Botley Interchange, A420, A34, when visiting Cumnor Chess Club this season. The roundabout is undergoing major roadworks and is causing severe delays to traffic. The roadworks are likely to continue well into 2024. I will of course remind visiting captains of this problem prior to fixtures at Cumnor.


20 Sep 2023

Roger Thetford

Issue 2 of ODCL Fixture Lists 2023-24

The authorised fixture lists have been updated to reflect the withdrawal of the MCS teams from division 1 and division 3. See diary format and grid format.

There are two further changes (University 1 v City 1 fixtures inverted).


20 Sep 2023

John Carter

Magdalen College School withdraw from League

I received word today (20th September) from the organiser at Magdalen 
College School that, on reflection, they will not be able to compete in 
the Oxfordshire league this coming season. A number of issues were 
raised and I will look to support them should they wish to reapply for 
entry to the league in future.

This affects both Division 1 (which will drop to 8 teams) and Division 3 
(which also drops to 8 teams).

Thankfully the season had not quite begun so they had not played a 
match, therefore they will be deleted from the leagues in due course and 
those match nights are now no longer to be fulfilled.

Finally, should their club wish to reapply for membership next year, 
that will be dealt with by the committee and full AGM in due course.

Thanks for your understanding in this matter and apologies to those 
preparing for a match this week (Banbury).

Best,
John
(League Secretary)
				

15 Sep 2023

Roger Thetford

League composition and fixture lists

Last night's AGM approved the proposed league structure. The authorised fixture lists have now been published, in diary format and grid format.

There are two changes from draft 2 (11 August): City 3 v City 4 and Cowley 4 v City 3, both clubs aware.


31 Aug 2023

James Cole

2023 OCA AGM

The OCA AGM will be held at Rose Hill Methodist Church on Thursday 14th September beginning at 7.30pm. The agenda, proposed rule changes and other motions have been uploaded to the documents section of the website.


Old News

Any unexpired news items dated before 1 August 2023 can be found by using the link for the relevant year. The link for 2022 will give news dated 01 Aug 2022 - 31 Jul 2023.