A reminder that, as usual, the Chess Club will not be meeting on Bank Holidays: Monday 31st May and Monday 30th August. So, chessplayers will next be attending Minworth Social Club on Thursday 3rd June from about 7pm.
The Minworth Social Club will reopen indoors from 17th May, which means that chess players can start to attend again on Monday and Thursday nights. Certain restrictions will still apply, e.g. patrons will be expected to wear masks when not seated.
Great news! If all goes well, we expect to resume our club nights from Monday 17th May 2021, which is when the Lockdown is supposed to ease. More information nearer the date.
The week 4 table now sees the addition of movement chevrons to denote weekly changes in the table! Larry has been knocked off top spot this week by Marek, who’s approach of more is more with the most games played; is serving him well. After a slow start John is the biggest riser this week, whilst Peter has knocked Steven down into 4th place.
What will week 5 bring? Will John continue his march up the table? Will Marek keep his perch atop the table or will Larry regain it? And no one should be writing off dark horse Peter Oliver in 3rd! It would also be nice to get some new names onto the ladder, as such I’m officially throwing my hat in the ring, if you see me online feel free to challenge me!
Not much point in looking up grades because no one has been playing over-the-board chess anyway? Then you may have missed the fact that the English Chess Federation has permanently changed from 3-figure grades to 4-figure ratings. Here are the latest for our Club:
The Week 2 table of the Online Championship is in, with a new leader sitting atop of the table. Club stalwart Larry has stormed to the top of the leaderboard after impressive wins against Marek and Dwight. Will he still be sitting pretty by next week?
If you think anything is wrong in the table or you have forgotten to send me some results, let me know in the usual ways!
The end of week 1 of the online championship has seen a total of 5 games played with 6 members currently taking part. The ladder format presents an interesting dilemma: Do you play it safe and play people in lower categories? Or perhaps you’ll try to maximise your points by beating your peers in the same category as you? Perhaps neither of those are exciting enough for you and you’d prefer to risk it all by trying to scalp players in higher rated categories! (please refer to the Championship page for further information on categories).
Please remember you are in charge of organising your own matches, and reporting the results of these matches to Neil, either via the message function on chess.com or lichess, where his handle is c0rnetto, or via email, in which your email must have the title “Sutton Coldfield Online Chess Championship 2021” else it may be missed!
Also a reminder of the rules. You are allowed to play any other member as many times as you like, but you are only allowed to play each individual member twice in a row. E.g. Marek could thrash Neil twice, but a third game wouldn’t count. Marek then plays some games against John. Marek would then be free to thrash Neil twice more if he so desired. This rule is designed to stop someone “cheating the system” by just playing and beating the same person over and over again.
A new, extended article on our chess club’s co-founder, BH Wood, on the 32nd anniversary of his death: https://britishchessnews.com/2020/04/04/remembering-baruch-harold-wood-msc-obe-13-vii-1909-4-iv-1989/