Saturday, 21 June 2014

Club Championship - part 3

The final of the club championship was between two players taking part in the event for the first time - Eldar and Nathan. During the game both players held the advantage at different stages but Eldar managed to win - maintaining his unbeaten season.

In the game (shown below) Black obtained a strong, probably winning, advantage in the opening but White slowly equalised as the game went on. Two inaccurate moves by Black let White go into a won endgame. Black made winning the endgame tricky but accurate play from White avoided any chance of Black snatching the draw.

The top 8 in the club championship were (19 players took part):

1stEldar Lachinov (ungraded)
2ndNathan Barnes (ungraded)
3rdMark Johnson (49)
4thBrian Remmer (109)
5thMartin Harris (139)
6th=Phil Daley (124)
6th=Pete Smith (122)
8thJohn Duff-Cole (90)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Club Championship - part 2

The 3rd place play-off was also the decider for the Club Shield (awarded to the under-120 graded player with the best result in the club championship). In the game, Mark showed that he knew how to handle Brian's Grob Attack and a well-timed attack by the central pawns led to a decisive material advantage.

The top 3 in the club shield were:

1stMark Johnson (49)
2ndBrian Remmer (109)
3rdJohn Duff-Cole (90)

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Club championship - part 1

Overall, 19 players entered the club championship this year - this is significantly higher than in recent years. The play-offs for places 5-8 in the club championship have been completed and the results are shown below.

5thMartin Harris (139)
6th=Phil Daley (124)
6th=Pete Smith (122)
8thJohn Duff-Cole (90)

Phil and Pete proved impossible to split - below is the first of the draws in the games between them. The advantage keeps switching back and forward after a speculative sacrifice from Black.

The top four in the plate competition were:

1st=Clive Bellinger (139)
1st=Dave Chatfield (ungraded)
3rdEd Goodman (72)
4thJohn King (26)

Saturday, 14 June 2014


The Colchester Chess Club Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 25th June at 19:30. If you are interested in taking on one of the roles in the club committee, or want to find out more about what the roles entail, please speak to Clive. The committee positions are:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Match Secretary
  • A Team Captain
  • B Team Captain
  • C Team Captain
  • Tournament Secretary

Presentations will also be made to the winners of the 2013/14 season club competitions.