This years Durham Congress will be held on the weekend 1st to 3rd May 2020 . Save the date its the week before May Bank Holiday this year . More information will follow in due course or check the congress website
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We had players in all four sections of the Northumberland Congress and they did well. In the Open section, Dave Walker overcame a slow start (Swiss Gambit?) which left him needing a draw with black in the last round against the strongest player in the field to fulfill his number 3 ranking. He finished on 3.5/5 in 3=. Half a point behind in 7= position on 3/5 were Tim Wall and Paul Bielby. This was a particularly fine result for Paul who started the tournament as player 21 out of 23 on rating and it earned him the senior prize.
Here is Dave’s key 5th round game with his annotations. But for a slip on move 34 it could have been the game which earned him a share of 1st
In the Major Dave Patterson and Eddie Czestochowski started in 25th position on rating and finished on a par result of 24= with 1.5/5. Here is one of Eddie’s games which underlines the importance of not giving up.
In the Minor Asanga (3/5) and Stan (2.5/5) both had excellent tournaments.
In the Foundation Roy Merrin, playing in his first congress, was a prize winner on 4/10, winning the senior prize. All those informal coaching sessions at the Word on Saturdays with fellow prize winner, Paul, obviously paid off!
Congratulations to John Boyd and Dave Mooney who finished equal first in the Petrov Defence themed blitz with 7.5/9. Full details here.
Perhaps also worth giving a shout-out to Mike Savin, Tim Wilton-Davies and Ben Wood who will all have their first FIDE blitz ratings in the new list coming out in a few days’ time. Nothing to do with the themed blitzes (which can’t be rated) but a result of playing in the various club FIDE-rated blitzes over the last few months.
This Thursday, 3rd October, we will have the last of our summer season themed blitzes with the Nimzo-Indian Defence. Play will begin with white to move after the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4.
Two YouTube videos for your preparation. First, an introductory video from “Hanging Pawns”. For the keen student he follows up with another 5 videos covering the various white replies. Second, a longer video in the “Chess Openings Explained” series from St Louis Chess Club looking at some exciting games in the Classical Variation (4. Qc2)
Congratulations to Dave Mooney who won the Ponziani’s themed blitz with 8/8. Well done to Yaroslav Kolodiy for coming second with 5.5/8. Full details here.
Next Thursday, 26th September, the theme will be the Petrov Defence (or Russian if you hail from Eastern Europe). Play will start after 1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 with white to move.
Two videos for your prep. First an introductory video from the excellent “Hanging Pawns”. This is the first of five. There are four more in his series going into the possible variations for the keen student. Since the defence has a bit of a boring reputation, here is a video from the St Louis Chess Club on one possible white attempt to make life exciting, the Cochrane Gambit where white plays Nxf7, sacrificing a piece on move 4!
Congratulations to Dave Mooney for winning the well attended (18 player) FIDE rated warm-up blitz for the British Championships qualifier in Newcastle with 8.5/9. It paid off with Dave finishing equal 3rd in the main event.
John Boyd and Charlie Storey were equal second on 7.5/9. In 4= there were 5 players, Yaroslav Kolodiy, Paul Bielby, Ian Maughan, Dave Patterson and Jay Steel. Apologies to Dave and Jay for missing them off the details in the email.
This Thursday, 12th September, the theme will be Alekhine’s Defence. Play will start with black to move after the moves 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5. As usual a couple of YouTube videos for your preparation.
This was a good tournament for South Shields players. Dave Mooney had a very good result, coming equal 3rd (with Yichen Han) in a strong field with 10/15. The two players above him were GM Danny Gormally and IM Lorin D’Acosta and these two players get the two places on offer for the finals.
Further down the field Michael Allen continued his good form now that his A Levels are behind him, finishing on a very respectable 7/15 with Paul Bielby just behind on 6.5/15.
Congratulations too, to Prachi Arora who, although not a South Shields member, plays occasionally in our Thursday evening tournaments. She was the 2nd highest female player and therefore wins a place in the Women’s Blitz Championship final.
First, congratulations to Dave Mooney for winning the Colle themed blitz on 22nd August with 9.5 / 10. Well done to Kevin Rowden (6/10) and Paul Bielby (5/10) for finishing 2nd and 3rd. Full details here.
The time control for this event is 3 minutes with a 2 second increment, which is a bit faster than our normal themed blitzes.
So, to help club players who want to enter this tournament to acclimatize to the faster time control and also for those who just want to play some rated blitz, we are running a warm-up event over 9 rounds on Thursday 5th September. This will have the same time control, 3+2, as the real event and will be FIDE rated. Start time is 19:30 at The New Ship Inn on Sunderland Rd.
As usual, no entry fee, no prizes, open to all who want to turn up and play.
Congratulations to Dave Mooney for winning the Scandinavian themed blitz with 9/9. Well done to Paul Bielby who finished 2nd with 7.5/9 and to Tim Wilton-Davies and Brian Towers for finishing equal 3rd on 5/9. Honourable mention to Michael Allen, making his debut in these themed blitzes, for finishing 5th on 4.5/9. Full details here.
This Thursday, 22nd August, the theme will be the Colle. Play will start with black to move after the moves 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3. There are two basic directions white can go in with either c3 (Colle-Koltanowski) or b3 (Colle-Zukertort).