|Posted on May 10, 2016 at 12:45 AM|
The 2015-2016 Brewood Chess Circle Internal Rapid Play Club Championship has now moved into the final stages of the tournament. Nine players took an active part in the pool stages of the tournament, and all of them have advanced into a final stage group, depending on their success (or not) in the earlier stages of the tournament.
Five players (Derek Laight, Mike Jarocki and David Buckley from group A of the pool stage tournament and John Fenby and Paul Wright from group B of the pool stage tournament) have advanced into the championship deciding final group.
The winner of the group shall be the overall champion of the first ever internal rapid play club championship competition and therefore will have their names written into the history books of the club, forever.
The other four players (Peter Crozet and David Blower from group A of the pool stage tournament and Mark Keady and Roger Grainger from group B of the pool stage tournament) have advanced into a final plate group. The winner of this group will be the winner of the tournament plate. This is not quite the same as winning the overall competition outright, but it is still a nice enough competition to win.
Both the championship deciding final group, and the final plate group are all-play-all competitions, where each player, plays every other player in the group once. Colours are decided by the competition sheet chart, displayed on the notice board at the clubhouse.
However in both of the final championship deciding and final plate groups, those players in the same group, that had already met as part of the pool stage of the competition, do not play again. Their result in the earlier stage of the pool stage competition is carried forward to be used as part of the final results in the final championship deciding group, or the final plate group.
The bonus point system, proved to be a real bonus for John Fenby, who managed to progress to the final stages of the competition, in the championship deciding final group, without winning a match!! The idea of having the bonus points was to encourage participitation in the earlier stages of the tournament. However bonus points are not used in the final stages of the rapid play competition.
It is fair to admit there have been some teething problems with the competition. However in general players at the club have become more used to playing with the digital chess clock and have been getting help on setting up the clocks. It is safe to assume that digital chess clocks will become more widely used in chess in the future.
Fischer incremental time controls are used in the tournament. The time control of the tournament is all moves within twenty minutes, plus ten seconds per move, from move one. The tournament is also ECF graded, for a players rapid play grade. The aims of the tournament have been widely met overall.
Onto the facts and figures of the competition as it now stands:
Final championship deciding group:
Tuesday 6th October 2015:
Derek Laight 1-0 Mike Jarocki (as part of pool stage, Group A.)
Tuesday 10th November 2015:
Paul Wright ½ - ½ John Fenby (as part of pool stage, Group B.)
Tuesday 2nd February 2016:
David Buckley 0-1 Derek Laight (as part of pool stage, Group A.)
Tuesday 23rd February 2016:
Mike Jarocki 1-0 David Buckley (as part of pool stage, Group A.)
Derek Laight: Played 2, Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 0, Points 2
Mike Jarocki: Played 2, Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1, Points 1
John Fenby: Played 1, Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0, Points ½
Paul Wright: Played 1, Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0, Points ½
David Buckley: Played 2, Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2, Points 0
Fixtures to come:
Derek Laight still has to play John Fenby and Paul Wright.
Mike Jarocki still has to play John Fenby and Paul Wright.
John Fenby still has to play Derek Laight, Mike Jarocki and David Buckley.
Paul Wright still has to play Derek Laight, Mike Jarocki and David Buckley.
David Buckley still has to play John Fenby and Paul Wright.
Final Plate group:
Tuesday 22nd December 2015:
David Blower 0-1 Peter Crozet (as part of pool stage, Group A.)
Tuesday 5th April 2016:
Peter Crozet 0-1 Mark Keady (as part of the final plate group.)
Mark Keady 1-0 David Blower (as part of the final plate group.)
Tuesday 12th April 2016:
Roger Grainger 1-0 David Blower (as part of the final plate group.)
Mark Keady: Played 2, Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 0, Points 2
Peter Crozet: Played 2, Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1, Points 1
Roger Grainger: Played 1, Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0, Points 1
David Blower: Played 3, Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3, Points 0
Mark Keady has still got to play against Roger Grainger.
Peter Crozet has still got to play against Roger Grainger.
Roger Grainger has still got to play against Mark Keady and Peter Crozet.
David Blower has completed all of his games in the tournament.
The deadline for the tournament to be completed is Tuesday 31st May 2016. There are eight remaining fixtures to be played in the tournament, with no player having any more than three individual matches to play, with most players only having a maximum of two fixtures to play. It should be an exciting conclusion to the tournament.
Categories: Internal Club Competitions