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End of Season Roundup

The Northumberland league and county championships have been suspended, so there remains a remote chance that more games will be played, but the Durham league has been terminated with further play abandoned for this season.

The South Shields A team has won division 1 with 6 wins and a draw from the 7 out of 8 matches for a total of 13 points. Second were Durham City Abbots with 4 wins, a draw and 2 losses, also from 7 matches for a total of 9 points.

The South Shields B team has won division 2 with 9 wins and 1 loss from 10 matches for a total of 20 points. Second were Hetton Lyons with 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 10 matches.

South Shields dominance continued in the various individual championships. Unlike the NCA there is no separate competition. Instead the individual results from league matches are used with some compensation built in so that players on lower boards from very strong teams do not have an (unfair) advantage. The rules for this were described on earlier versions of the DCCA website but have got lost with the change in format, so I will summarize.

There are 4 categories: Open, U165, U140 and U120. To qualify, a player must play at least 6 games during the season. The player’s standing is based on their average performance over the season. For each game played the score which contributes to their overall standing depends on the result and the grading difference between the players. If you beat a player of roughly the same grade then you receive 100%. If your opponent is much weaker then this percentage is reduced. If your opponent is much stronger you receive more than 100%

2020 Open Championship

The winner gets the Alan Sayers Trophy and is the DCCA 2020 champion.

First was Dave Walker (South Shields) with 83% from 5 wins, 1 draw and zero losses

Second was Konst Delidimoudis (South Shields) with 71% from 6 wins, 1 draw and zero losses. Note the lower percentage score even though the results appear better. This is because Dave Walker faced stronger opposition.

Third was Dave Mooney (South Shields) with 63% from 5 wins and 1 loss.

2020 U165 Championship

The winner gets the Robin Horner Trophy and is the DCCA U165 champion.

First was Aswin Bhat (Durham University) with 66% from 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

Second was Brian Towers (South Shields) with 63% from 4 wins, 3 draws and zero losses.

2020 U140 Championship

The winner gets the Terry Holmes Trophy and is the DCCA U140 champion.

First (yet again!) was Dave Patterson (South Shields) with 68% from 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.

Second was sometime South Shields player, Dave Peardon, wearing his Hetton Lyons hat with 64% from 7 wins and 2 losses.

North East League – FIDE Rated Chess in the North East

The fourth round of this FIDE rated club competition was at Forest Hall on Sunday with 6 teams of 5 players each fighting it out to be the North East’s premier team.

After every round I go round the winning players in the Fewster’s Shipmates team (an amalgam of Leam Lane and South Shields) and ask them if they’d like to contribute their annotated game for inclusion on the website and every time I get the over-modest reply “Meh! Not worth publishing”.

This time I extended the franchise and asked the player of the game of the round, a clinical 19 mover culminating in a queen sacrifice.

The backstory here was that several players who normally play in the league had gone to Bunratty to drink Guinness and maybe play some chess and consequently the Durham Bishops, Robin’s team, had turned up two players short. Robin’s quick win set the scene for an heroic 3 wins for an overall 3-2 victory keeping them in the hunt for first along with Newcastle Magpies and Fewster’s Shipmates.

Full details of the tournament here.

Note that a similar Sunday format FIDE rated individual tournament is planned for the spring with 2 rounds a day planned for the 19th April, 17th May and 14th June. This will be a Swiss with Open, Major and Minor sections. Details to follow later.

South Shields Success in Northumberland Rapidplay Championship

Good to see almost as many South Shields players there as on a typical club night during the season … and it paid off!

Well done to Dave Walker who shares the title of Northumberland Rapidplay Champion 2019 with rising young start, Yichen Han, with an impressive 5/6.

Well done, too, to Kevin Rowden and Brian Towers who share the title of Under 160 champions with Darren Laws on 4/6.

Honourable mention to Konst Delidimoudis for finishing in 3= on 4.5/6 in the main championship.

On 4/6 we also had Dave Mooney

On 3/6, Paul Bielby and Dave Campbell

On 2.5/6 Eddie Czestochowski and Stan Johnson

And on 2/6, Dave Parlour.

Full details here.

Northumberland Championship Rapidplay – 8th December

Get your entry in if you haven’t already done so!

This tournament will take place this Sunday at Forest Hall Chess Club. The entry form plus more details are available for download as a pdf here.

This is a closed championship so entries are restricted to players who are members of Northumberland Chess Association clubs or who live in Northumberland. The overall winner will be the Northumberland Rapidplay champion. There will be 6 rounds and the rate of play is 20+10.

ENTRY FEE: £10, Juniors (U18) £8 if received by Friday 6th December, otherwise £12 if received before the Sunday and £15 on the day.

Prizes: Champion: £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.

Major Champion (130-160 ECF) £50, 2nd £20.

Minor Champion (Under 130) £50, 2nd £20

ROUND TIMES: Round 1 – 11.00; Round 2 – 12.10; Round 3 – 13.20 Round 4 – 14.30; Round 5 – 15.40; Round 6 – 16.50

ECF membership required: You need to be at least a bronze member, although if you are playing league chess then you should already be a bronze member.

Grading: This will be ECF graded. The entry form also mentions FIDE rating but since the deadline for FIDE registration is today and it doesn’t appear on the FIDE website, I suspect it won’t be.

Supporting the Durham Congress

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

In part of our efforts to find extra funds we have uncovered a grant , but we need your vote to help us get into the top 40 Bids .

Taken at The Word .

Please click on the link to register your vote , up to 3 allowed maximum .

South Shields Success in Northumberland Congress

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!

Themed Blitz 3rd October – Nimzo-Indian Defence

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)

Themed Blitz 26th September – Petrov

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!

Themed Blitz 19th September – Ponziani’s Opening

Congratulations to Dave Mooney who won the Alekhine’s Defence themed blitz with 6/7. Well done to Yaroslav Kolodiy for coming second with 4.5/7. Full details here.

Next Thursday, 19th September, the theme will be Ponziani’s Opening. Play will start after 1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 with black to move.

Two videos for your preparation, one from Chessexplained and one from thechesswebsite.