|Posted on December 22, 2015 at 5:55 PM|
With the club committee well aware that with the shortage of digital chess clocks at the club, the external league fixture congestion, as well as the internal standard play club championship being prioritized it had meant that the internal rapid play club championship had gone well behind schedule.
The committee did first discuss the idea on Wednesday 11th November of loaning some digital chess clocks for no fee, and whilst the final email confirming it to everyone was done with a bit of short notice, it was a very successful night at the club, apart from the webmaster's ability to play chess.
Thanks must go to Matthew Carr from Rugeley Chess Club and the ECF who had loaned the club some digital chess clocks used by the 4NCL.
To remind everyone of the tournament format, the time control is 20 minutes for all moves + 10 seconds per move, from move one, as the only available time control in the tournament. The tournament results count for a player's ECF rapid play grade, as well as deciding who wins the internal rapid play club championship.
To encourage participiation in the tournament there are two important factors, the first is that a bonus point is awarded for each game played. This has made a noticeable difference in the existing group B standings.
The second factor is that as long as a player has scored at least the same number of total points, as the number of players in their group, they shall progress at least to a tournament plate section of the competition.
Here are the facts and figures of the competition so far:
Tuesday 6th October 2015
Derek Laight 1-0 Mike Jarocki
Tuesday 22nd December 2015
Mike Jarocki ½ - ½ David Blower
Derek Laight 1-0 Peter Crozet
David Blower 0-1 Derek Laight
Mike Jarocki 1-0 Peter Crozet
David Blower 0-1 Peter Crozet
Derek Laight Played 3 Won 3 Drew 0 Lost 0 Points from games 3 Bonus Points 3 Total Points 6
Mike Jarocki Played 3 Won 1 Drew 1 Lost 1 Points from Games 1½ Bonus Points 3 Total Points 4½
Peter Crozet Played 3 Won 1 Drew 0 Lost 2 Points from Games 1 Bonus Points 3 Total Points 4
David Blower Played 3 Won 0 Drew 1 Lost 2 Points from Games ½ Bonus Points 3 Total Points 3½
Daniel Binfield Played 0 Won 0 Drew 0 Lost 0 Points from Games 0 Bonus Points 0 Total Points 0
David Buckley Played 0 Won 0 Drew 0 Lost 0 Points from Games 0 Bonus Points 0 Total Points 0
Tuesday 6th October 2015
John Fenby ½ - ½ Roger Grainger
Tuesday 10th November 2015
Paul Wright ½ - ½ John Fenby
Tuesday 22nd December 2015
John Fenby 0-1 Mark Keady
Paul Wright 1-0 Mark Keady
John Fenby Played 3 Won 0 Drew 2 Lost 1 Points from Games 1 Bonus Points 3 Total Points 4
Paul Wright Played 2 Won 1 Drew 1 Lost 0 Points from Games 1½ Bonus Points 2 Total Points 3½
Mark Keady Played 2 Won 1 Drew 0 Lost 1 Points from Games 1 Bonus Points 2 Total Points 3
Roger Grainger Played 1 Won 0 Drew 1 Lost 0 Points from Games ½ Bonus Points 1 Total Points 1½
Mark Binfield Played 0 Won 0 Drew 0 Lost 0 Points from Games 0 Bonus Points 0 Total Points 0
Stephen Bird Played 0 Won 0 Drew 0 Lost 0 Points from Games 0 Bonus Points 0 Total Points 0
David Blower gave this immediate reaction at the club on the night: "I have been busy losing chess matches!" There was a bit of laughter as I said that.
Here are some match reports from my own matches:
Mike Jarocki ½ - ½ David Blower. Mike Jarocki had a chance to repeat the position three times earlier on in the game, but declined this, and it led to him going a pawn down.
However as pieces and pawns were traded it led to David having King + Rook + Pawn, and Mike having just King + Rook. Mike's king was in between my pawn and its queening square, with Mike's rook behind my own pawn.
For those who have not realised I am describing the dead drawn Philidor position. Endless rook checks from Mike, or my king having to be in front of my own pawn to stop the checks, meant that no progress was possible with my own pawn. After a few moves to see if Mike knew the technique, a draw was agreed.
David Blower 0-1 Derek Laight. A very competitive match saw Derek a pawn down for much of the game, as I played some good chess in this match. Derek near the end got a passed pawn, and used it to force home a pawn promotion with his king and rook well placed. His new queen and his rook gained the checkmate.
David Blower 0-1 Peter Crozet. I was winning in this match, but at the start of the game, Peter had played a move to leave myself in check, which I did not notice. I made an illegal move with the bishop which meant I was forced to move the bishop, to block the check. This did not affect the game much, as the move I was forced to make with the bishop, was still a sound move.
Peter would agree that I was winning, but later on in the match, I made another illegal move, as again I did not notice I was in check. A second illegal move meant that Peter was entitled to claim the match, and so I resigned. Gutting, but that is rapid play chess for you. I certainly have previous history of enforcing rules on my opponents though, so will just have to try again next year.
David Blower gave this reaction to the club website, about the evening overall: "I am pleased that we made some good progress in the tournament and hope to see the rest of the groups completed. I think this will be a very good club tournament, not just for this season, but for years to come."
The group stages run until Tuesday 23rd February 2016 inclusive, with players having full flexibility to play their matches when they like, until then. Andrew Davies is hoping to arrange another loan of 4NCL digital chess clocks for the evening of Tuesday 2nd February 2016.
As the webmaster said, for those who have not done quite as well in the group stages there is always the rapid play tournament plate to aim for!
Categories: Internal Club Competitions