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.
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.
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.
South Shields B team played their final game of the season last night and ended with a 4-1 win and a mid table position . It was touch and go this season , both the A team and B team looked dangerously close to the relegation zone of their respective leagues , but late season rallies have maintained the status quo for another season. Our two Division Three teams also achieved mid table stability ,quite an achievement as we fielded a number of people new to chess this year.
Let’s hope we can build on this for next season .
We have now booked The Customs House for Sunday Afternoon 8th July , it was decided that a Blitz Format might be easier to arrange.
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The club competitions are now reaching their climax. In the club championship 3 of the 4 semi finalists are Kevin Rowden, Brian Towers and Piotr Niedbal, the remaining place will be the winner of the game between Ian Maughan and Chris Sayers. likewise these two same players will compete for the 4th place in the semi final of the Friends Bowl , the 3 already through are Eddie Czestochowski , Stan Johnson and Alan Blackburn.
advance notice sometime in may I am hoping to organise a lightning tournament which could be classed as the club lightning championship. when I have fixed a date I will advise further.
Following hot on the heels of a successful Chess Congress held at the Customs House in July 2016 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of South Shields Chess Club . We have decided that we might have another go . This time we can celebrate our 152nd Anniversary . The format will either be a Quick Play One Day event or a Half Day Blitz Event . Venue could possibly be at the Customs House again , or possibly Jarrow Hall . It could be on the Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th . If anyone has other ideas for a venue please let us me know .
Maybe if the membership agree we can choose a Charity to dedicate this event to .
More Specific Details will follow but in the meantime you can enjoy the logo that AARON created for us ,