Late Summer Themed Blitz Tournaments

As we have been getting quite a few club members (and visitors!) turning up on club nights the last few weeks I’ve started running themed blitz tournaments. We aim to start between 7:15 and 7:30pm. Every week there is a “theme” which basically means everyone playing the same opening.

There is no entry fee, no prizes and no rating. This is just a bit of fun to get club members playing something other than the London System (only joking, one member who never plays it has asked to have it one night so he can practice). Time limit is 5 minutes plus 2 second increment with at least 7 rounds. Last night we played 8 rounds and could possibly have squeezed in a 9th. If only a few players turn up we will have a round robin (if very few then double round robin), otherwise a Swiss as we did last night.

Last night’s theme was the Ruy Lopez. Play started after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 with black to move. Congratulations to John Boyd who won. Full tournament details here. Apologies to anybody who’s name I got wrong.

Suggested future themes for future Thursday blitzes – Trompowski, Benko Gambit, King’s Gambit, French and London System.

Thursday 16th September

The theme is the Trompowski. Play starts after the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 with black to move.

Customs House Blitz – Results

This was an exciting, closely fought competition with lots of upsets. Eventually Tomas Eggleston and Daniel Abrahams came out on top, sharing first prize with 7.5 from 9.

Third was junior Max Turner who had to beat Dave Walker in the last round to reach a very combative 7.

Fourth was James Moreby on 6.5 who won the junior prize.

South Shields’ Kevin Rowden, playing in his first ever FIDE blitz won the U1700 grading prize with 5.5

Jay Steel, also playing his first FIDE blitz shared the U1500 grading prize with Ryan Duff on 4 out of 9.

Paul Bielby and Ian Maughan shared the senior prize with Mike Smith and Gary Hewitt, all on 5 out of 9.

Finally, a very special “Well done!” to Michael Landon, comfortably the youngest player in the field at just 8 years old. He beat the tournament organizer (sorry Eddie!) and two players in their 70’s to finish on 3 out of 9.

Full results here

FIDE Rated Blitz at the Customs House – 8th July 2018

We are running a 9 round FIDE rated blitz on Sunday 8th July at the Customs House starting 12:30pm

Time control: All moves in 5 minutes plus 2 second increment.

The prize fund will depend on entry but will be at least £250. We plan on prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd plus 3 ratings prizes, a junior (U18) prize and a senior (65+) prize.

Entry fee is £5 payable on the day but we would appreciate entries in advance in order to help us with the organization and to guarantee your place. Entries are limited to 70 players.

Enter via email to Blitz@southshieldschessclub.co.uk giving name, FIDE ID (if you have one and know it). If you don’t have a FIDE ID we need your date of birth to register you with FIDE.

Breaking News! ECF membership not required

We originally said in entry forms that ECF Bronze membership was required, based on advice from the ECF. They have since got in touch to tell us this was a mistake, since the ECF do not grade blitz.

Current entries (Chess-results)

Directions to the Customs House

Player Statistics for 2017 – 2018

2018 Stats - NCA A Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Yaroslav Kolodiy104245
Paul Bielby104245
Ian Maughan (c)103163.5
John Boyd93334.5
Brian Towers51312.5
Piotr Niedbal30120.5
Chris Sayers11001
Eddie Czestochowski10010
Simon McGuinness10100.5

2018 Stats - NCA B Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Kevin Rowden (c)93153.5
Brian Towers93425
Chris Sayers84406
Eddie Czestochowski71332.5
Colin Campbell51312.5
Ian Maughan31111.5
Asanga Gunasekera20201
Jay Steel11001
Stan Johnson10010
Jim Riddle10010
Simon McGuinness10100.5

2018 Stats - NCA C Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Colin Campbell (c)81523.5
Ben Wood75115.5
Asanga Gunasekera 73224.5
Dave Peardon72414
Mike Savin61232
Jim Riddle53023
Chris Sayers52112.5
Jay Steel20020
Stan Johnson11001
Alan Blackburn11001

2018 Stats - NCA D Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Tim Wilton-Davies94325.5
Jay Steel92162.5
Gary Hunter70341.5
Stan Johnson (c)71423
Bill Hall30120.5
Eddie Czestochowski21101.5
Asanga Gunasekera10100.5
Chris Sayers10100.5

2018 Stats - DCCA Team

PlayerPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Yaroslav Kolodiy61413
Paul Bielby63214
Eddie Czestochowski (c)51222
Chris Sayers52032
Asanga Gunasekera52213
Brian Towers42112.5
Piotr Niedbal41121.5
Ian Maughan20201
Kevin Rowden11001
Dave Patterson10100.5
Stan Johnson10010
John Boyd10010

 

Club Success in the Forest Hall Congress – Paul Bielby wins the Open!

The low turnout at the Forest Hall congress last weekend resulted in the Open and Major being combined in one tournament with separate prizes and the Intermediate and Foundation also being combined.

This gave our own Paul Bielby a unique chance to win both the Major and the Open which he took with a great win over Robert Clegg in the last round to leave him tied for first with 4 out of 5. That’s Paul’s pocket money for his Malta holiday sorted then.

Well done too to Brian Towers, who came 3rd in the Major with 3.5, and Gary Hunter, who finished 2nd in a very tough Intermediate with 4. Honourable mention to Eddie Czestochowski with 2 well earned points as one of the lowest graded players in the section.

Just missing out in the Intermediate with 3 out of 5 was Chris Sayers and an honourable mention for Stan Johnson with 2.

Northumbria FIDE Blitz – 2018

This was a great little tournament organized by Tim Wall which attracted 30 players, 5 of them from South Shields, for an afternoon of blitz in the function room of the Chillingham pub in Newcastle. As a bonus it was FIDE rated, so all players who didn’t previously have FIDE Ids will now have them, all for 2 quid a head! More power to Tim’s elbow and here’s hoping he organizes more of these.

It was a pretty successful afternoon for the Shields players. Piotr Niedbal just missed out on the prizes. He was in 3rd place going into the last round and needed a draw to maintain 3rd but lost to Edward Dodds who overtook him for 3rd with Piotr finishing in 4th on 6/9.

Paul Bielby was top senior (over 65) on 4.5/9.

Eddie Czestochowski and Gary Hunter (FIDE ID = 466590) finished half a point behind Paul on 4/9 and Asanga Gunasekera (FIDE ID = 466581) was 3 points further back.

Full results on chess-results.

Fleeting Moment of Mid Table Mediocrity for 2nd Team

Tuesday’s draw against Leam Lane in the NCA first division has boosted the second team up to 6th position – exactly half way! Of course looking at the “Games Played” column tells you this won’t last but meantime Eddie has leant on Will to update the NCA website so we can bask in our temporary glory.

This is how the table looks –

Team NamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesGame PointsMatch Points
Forest Hall Admirals75112111
Durham City74212110
South Shields A7322208
Leam Lane Aces8323208
Morpeth A732218.58
South Shields B923417.57
Gosforth Empire6222176
Tynemouth A6303176
Tynedale Tans621313.55
Jesmond Knights512211.54
Gosforth Regents601581

The Wanderer Returns

Last night Dave Patterson drove half way across England to score a win for the second team’s crucial match against Gosforth Regents in division one of the Northumberland Chess Association league to give the team their second draw. This takes the team to 6 points (2 wins and 2 draws) from eight matches and gives the team a real chance of avoiding relegation.