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10 second lightning buzzer and 5 minute quick play tournaments

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM

It has been a very busy winter league season and as such it has meant that two annual club tournaments have not yet taken place.  The dates and the details for these tournaments have now being arranged and the club committee have decided to open up these tournaments for this year. 

The 10 second lightning buzzer tournament is always a fun tournament and this will take place at the club on Tuesday 6th June 2017 (the first Tuesday in June) from 7:30pm.  In this tournament a buzzer will sound every 10 seconds and when it is your move, you must move as the buzzer sounds, not before and not afterwards. 

The 5 minute quick play tournament will take place at the club on Tuesday 27th June 2017 (the final Tuesday in June) from 7:30pm.  This is the last evening that the club is open before we break up for the summer.  With players having 5 minutes for all moves quick thinking is required.  It can also be useful practice for the occassions when a standard play match goes to the last 5 minutes. 

For both tournaments they will be completed in one evening.  Depending on how many attend they will be organised either as an all-play-all tournament or as a Swiss tournament.  If 15 or more players attend the tournaments will be organised as a Swiss Tournament, but if 14 or less attend, the contest will be all-play-all. 

In the past these have always been club tournaments.  This year the club committee have decided to open the tournaments up so that other local interested players from nearby chess clubs can compete in the tournaments should they wish to. 

The entry fee for visitors from other clubs will be £5 for adults and £2 for juniors and will cover both the 10 second lightning tournament and the 5 minute quick play tournament.  We expect demand to be high so entries will be on a first come first served basis via an email to David Blower.  However payment will not be required until the evening of the first tournament. 

These evenings are fun (but competitive) evenings of chess in which the usual pressures of a long time control game go out the window and instead the focus is very much on the first gut instinct of playing chess. 

It depends who plays the best chess on the night and blunders will likely be made by all players during the evening as the usual careful thinking of standard play chess goes completely out of the window.  As everyone starts on 0 anyone on the night can win the tournament.  Good luck to all the players that enter the tournaments. 

One request we would ask of any player wishing to take part in the tournament is to be at the club on time in order that the competition can start promptly. 

Categories: Internal Club Competitions

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