Thursday, 31 October 2013

Two league matches - two wins

The A team and the C team were both in action on Wednesday night. The A team's first league match of the season was a whitewashing of Brentwood C and an inexperienced C team beat Billericay C in a close match. The C team have overtaken the B team and are top of Division 3.

There are a number of new players for Colchester this season - Nathan Barnes played his second match for Colchester with Martin Harris, Rob Smith and Jake Stones all playing their first matches as Colchester players. Rob and Jake have never played league chess before.

Date: 30-Oct-2013
NECL League: Division 2
1 b Ian Gooding (167) 1 0 Rod Johnson (152) w
2 w Dimitrios Kolomvas (e160) 1 0 Chris Darbon (148) b
3 b Nathan Barnes (e145) 1 0 Ben Smith (117) w
4 w Clive Bellinger (143) 1 0 Colin Ellis (86) b
(avg=154) 4 0 (avg=125)


Date: 30-Oct-2013
NECL League: Division 3
1 b Brian Remmer (116) 1 0 Ken Young (115) w
2 w Martin Harris (e115) 1 0 Charles Newman (109) b
3 b Rob Smith (e78) ½ ½ Ian Fuller (93) w
4 w Jake Stones (e75) 0 1 Hugh Tanton (74) b
(avg=96) 2.5 1.5 (avg=97)

The position below is from the match on Board 3 of Colchester A v Brentwood C. White has just played 12.Re1, how can Black now obtain a winning advantage? Answer in the comments.

Your Generated Chess Board

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Clacton C v Colchester B

The B team picked up their first win of the season against Clacton C, moving them to the top of Division 3. The way the fixture list has fallen means that this is the last league match for the B team until January.

Date: 22-Oct-2013
NECL League: Division 3
1 b Melvin Steele (126) 0 1 Michael Wagstaff (142) w
2 w Andrew Todd (112) 0 1 Sam Glenn (118) b
3 b Nigel Lake (99) 0 1 Pete Smith (111) w
4 w Alan Story (63) 1 0 Ed Goodman (82) b
(avg=100) 1 3 (avg=113)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

NECL Knockout Round 1

The first round of the NECL Knockout saw both Colchester teams drawn against Division 1 sides. Unfortunately, the B team had to default against Clacton A. The A Team were outgraded on every board against Brentwood B but managed to draw the match - winning on board count to go through to the next round.

Date: 15-Oct-2013
Knockout: Round 1
1 w Aidan Corish (161) ½ ½ Dimitrios Kolomvas (e160) b
2 b Rod Johnson (152) ½ ½ Nathan Barnes (e145) w
3 w Robert Davies (145) 0 1 Michael Wagstaff (142) b
4 b Chris Darbon (148) 1 0 John Duff-Cole (91) w
(avg=151) 2 2 (avg=134)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Martin Harris wins Minor Section of 31st Bury St Edmunds Congress

Three Colchester players took part in the minor section of the 31st Bury St Edmunds Congress - John Duff-Cole, Martin Harris and Dave Wood.

Martin Harris, in his first chess tournament as a Colchester player, led throughout and finished joint 1st. Below is his win from the 3rd round - a game with a slightly farcical finish! Annotations (apart from the !s and ?s) are by Martin.

Colchester B v Colchester C

Here is the game played on Board 3 from the recent NECL match between Colchester B and Colchester C (Brian Remmer was White and Phil Daley was Black). This was the last match to finish - if Black hadn't won then the C team would have beaten the B team.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Draw for Club Championship

The draw for the group stages of the Club Championship has been made. Each player plays two games against the other players in their group. The top two from each group will go into the quarter-finals of the Club Championship, all other players will go into the knockout for the Club Plate.

The dates for the first round matches are:

09/10/13 No matches specified - play anyone from your group who is available for a match (will ease fixture congestion later in the season)
16/10/13 Player 1 (W) vs Player 4 (B); Player 2 (W) vs Player 3 (B)
06/11/13 Player 1 (W) vs Player 3 (B); Player 4 (W) vs Player 2 (B)
13/11/13 Player 2 (W) vs Player 1 (B); Player 3 (W) vs Player 4 (B)
27/11/13 Player 4 (W) vs Player 1 (B); Player 3 (W) vs Player 2 (B)
22/01/14 Player 3 (W) vs Player 1 (B); Player 2 (W) vs Player 4 (B)
05/02/14 Player 1 (W) vs Player 2 (B); Player 4 (W) vs Player 3 (B)

If a player is unable to play a match on the date allocated then it is their responsibility to arrange an alternative date with their allocated opponent. If this is not possible then the tournament director will decide on the result - default one of the players or, in exceptional circumstances, default both players.

All group matches in the club championship must be completed by Wednesday 2nd April.


Group 1 CB SG MH NF Total
Clive Bellinger X 0
Samuel Glenn X 0
Martin Harris X 0
Nick Fadugba X 0


Group 2 DK PS JD EG Total
Dimitrios Kolomvas X 0
Peter Smith X 0
John Duff-Cole X 0
Ed Goodman X 0


Group 3 NB DC MJ JK Total
Nathan Barnes X 0
Dave Chatfield X 0
Mark Johnson X 0
John King X 0


Group 4 PD BR JS DW Total
Phil Daley X 0
Brian Remmer X 0
Jake Stones X 0
Dave Wood X 0


Saturday, 5 October 2013

First match of the season

The first match of the season this year was the Division 3 game between Colchester B and Colchester C. The final result was a draw - so both teams picked up their first point of the season.

Date: 02-Oct-2013
League: Division 3
1 b Michael Wagstaff (142) ½ ½ Peter Smith (111) w
2 w Clive Bellinger (143) ½ ½ Samuel Glenn (118) b
3 b Philip Daley (124) 1 0 Brian Remmer (116) w
4 w John Duff-Cole (91) 0 1 Ed Goodman (82) b
(avg=125) 2 2 (avg=106)

A list of all the fixtures can be found on the calendar page - the next matches are in the first round of the NECL knockout competition on Tuesday 15th October (the A team are away against Brentwood B and the B team are away against Clacton A).