The current top ten players in the club grand prix are:
Games played in the club championship, Tony Locke rapidplay and the NECL league/knockout count for points in the grand prix. Where points are equal percentage score and number of games played are used as tie-breakers. The top two in the grand prix are due to play each other in both the club championship and the Tony Locke rapidplay - giving the chance for either one of them to extend their lead at the top or to allow the chasing pack to catch-up.
No games have been played in the club championship yet. In the Tony Locke Rapidplay Mohammud Jaufarally is the only player on 2/2 - thought there are a number of players who have won their first game but not yet played their second game.
In the NECL, three players have 100% records in league matches and have played more than one game - Nathan Barnes (3 games for the A team), Mohammud Jaufarally (2 games for the D team, 1 game for the C team) and Aleksander Orava (2 games for the A team).
It is very early in the NECL season with some teams not even having played their first match yet. In Division 2, Colchester A are in 1st place having won their first three matches. Colchester B have only played one game (losing to the A team). In Division 3, Colchester D are in 1st place after winning their first two matches; Colchester C are in 2nd place winning one match and losing one (to the D team).
This week the A team beat Wethersfield (3.5-0.5). Matt Stemp got his first win for the team on board 2. Aleksander Orava and Nathan Barnes won matches with stronger endgame play - Aleksander's better king activity being enough to win in a pawn and same-colour bishop endgame and Nathan's better rook activity enabling him to win a pawn and rook endgame despite being a pawn down. Ian forced a three-fold repetition with time running out.
|NECL Division 2|
|1||b||Ian Gooding (185)||½||½||Stefaan Van Poucke (148)||w|
|2||w||Matt Stemp (e165)||1||0||Bill Norman (131)||b|
|3||b||Aleksander Orava (e155)||1||0||Steven Marshall (115)||w|
|4||w||Nathan Barnes (146)||1||0||Sid McDonald (79)||b|
The D team won their second match of the season. Simon Denney made his debut for the club - playing on board 1. Birthday-boy John Duff-Cole drew his match against a higher-graded opponent. Mohammud Jaufarally continued his 100% record so far this season with a win on board 4 and Ed Goodman was the star - winning the decisive point with a well-played game on board 3.
|NECL Division 3|
|Brd||Col||MALDON C||Result||COLCHESTER D||Col|
|1||b||Doug Mothershaw (114)||1||0||Simon Denney (115)||w|
|2||w||Frank Sealey (99)||½||½||John Duff-Cole (90)||b|
|3||b||Toby Pugh (75)||0||1||Ed Goodman (71)||w|
|4||w||William Pugh (70)||0||1||Mohammud Jaufarally (e70)||b|
Next week the D team have an away match against Chelmsford C.