League Individual Championship 1968/69
See also: Essex-Suffolk Border League, formation of the NECL, first two years of NECL,1966-1972 part 1
League Individual Championship 1968/69
It might only last briefly but the league tables for NECL Divisions 1 and 2 have somewhat unexpected leaders.
Colchester C were promoted last year and are currently sitting top of Division 2. Colchester B were also promoted last year and are currently sitting top of Division 1, they have played more games than their rivals so are unlikely to stay there long.
In Division One, Colchester A have won their only game (against the B team). They are in 7th place having played fewer games than all other teams but if they win their games in hand will move up to 1st. The newly-promoted B team are proving to be competitive in the same division, and are currently in 6th place. They have played four games with one win and three defeats. They have lost just once on boards 1 and 3 and twice on board 2.
Colchester C, also newly-promoted, are currently in 1st place in Division 2. They started with a 4-0 away win at Dunmow and followed this up with a 2.5-1.5 win over Chelmsford B.
Colchester D lost their only match so far, on default, due to a mix-up about the venue for the match.
The winners of the club competitions for 2015/16 are:
The Club Shield was awarded to the best performance by a player graded under 120ECF in the Club Championship. The Grand Prix was won by the player with the highest combined score in the Club Championship, Tony Locke Rapidplay and NECL matches.
The Club Honours page has been updated to show the 2015/16 results and also now includes more historical results than previously.
The position at the top of the page is taken from the decisive game in the Club Championship (N Barnes - N Voelker). It shows the position after Black's 36th move. Nothing particularly special about the position, except that neither the White rook or bishop had moved at all in the first 36 moves. So, is the game still technically in the opening until White completes development?
Before the North Essex Chess League was formed there was the Essex-Suffolk Border League. Three games from this league have been included in previous posts, the material for this post was taken from the booklet "The History of the North Essex Chess League" by J. Priestley.
Colchester Chess Club mark the sad death of Martin Harris 1957 - 2016
Martin Harris came to Colchester Chess Club 3 years ago at a time when the club was on a low ebb and he was a big factor in its recovery. He played for all the teams, sometimes at a moments notice. He had been known to walk miles just to get to a game, when playing he was tenacious and dogged in his approach. He also went to many congresses, including Bury St Edmunds 2013 where he came joint first in the under 120 section. This year he was named player of the year, completing 24 graded games. He also had a great sense of humour and would entertain us with jokes and games.
A valued club member and friend, he will be missed.
Post from John Duff-Cole
The Essex & Suffolk Border League was formed in 1950 and ran for twelve seasons. When it finished there were just five member clubs: Colchester, Chelmsford, Clacton, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. The North Essex Chess League was formed a couple of years after the Border League stopped and covered a smaller geographical area.
D Brown, with the Black pieces, is the Colchester player in the game below.
Below is a game played in 1957 between Ipswich and Colchester. It was played in the Essex & Suffolk Border League - a predecessor to the North Essex Chess League. G Sainsbury, with the Black pieces, was a Colchester Chess Club member for a number of years.
See also: A game from the past 1
An opening disaster caused by playing a sideline which an opponent was able to prepare for, taken from Barnes, N (ECF:146) 0.5 - 0.5 Kjenner, S (ECF:154) (2016).
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 is the Scotch Opening. 4...Qh4 is a sideline, but not a bad one. This was the move that White had expected Black to play.
5.Nb5 is not the most common reply but does give scope for Black to go wrong. The knight threatens to fork the king and rook by capturing on c7. 5...Bc5 replies with a stronger threat.
6.Qf3 is one way of protecting the f2 pawn and also sets a trap.
6...Ne5 looks strong as it threatens the white queen on f3 and so seems to be bringing another piece into the attack with tempo.
However, Ne5 was a serious error allowing White to win material.
7.Qf4! was the prepared trap. According to the computer the best option for Black is 7...Qxf2+ 8.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 9.Kxf2 and White has won a piece for a pawn. The game continuation was 7...Qxf4. White missed the best move here - 8.Nxc7+ as after 8...Kd8 9.Bxf4 the knight on c7 is safe as 9...Kxc7 10.Bxe5+ Kd8 11.Bxg7 and White has an even greater material advantage than if Black allows the knight to take the a8 rook.
White's preparation ran out on move 7 though and 8.Bxf4 Bd6 9.Nxd6 cxd6 leaves White much better (more than +2 according to the computer) but the advantage is not as clear cut as after 8.Nxc7+.
The games listed below are the outstanding games from the 2015/16 Club Championship and 2015/16 Tony Locke Rapidplay. Final date for completion of these games is Wednesday 31st August. Incomplete games will be defaulted by one or both players at the discretion of the tournament secretary.
|Pete Smith||V||Clive Bellinger|
|John Duff-Cole||V||Svein Kjenner|
|Ed Goodman||V||Mark Johnson|
|Svein Kjenner||V||Mark Johnson|
|John Duff-Cole||V||Ed Goodman|
|Clive Bellinger||V||Nathan Barnes|
|Pete Smith||V||Mark Johnson|
|Svein Kjenner||V||Ed Goodman|
|Phil Daley||V||John Duff-Cole|
|Clive Bellinger||V||Matt Stemp|
|Phil Daley||V||Svein Kjenner|
|Nathan Barnes||V||Ed Goodman|
|Pete Smith||V||Dave Chatfield|
|John Duff-Cole||V||Pete Smith|
|Dave Chatfield||V||John Duff-Cole|
|Ed Goodman||V||Pete Smith|
Three trophies won by Colchester this year. This brings the total to seven in the last three years, after a barren period going back to 2005.
On the left is the Al Scibor trophy - awarded to the adult player with the best performance in the NECL league. This year it was won by Norbert Voelker with a 92% score from 12 league matches. This is the 3rd year in a row that this trophy has been won by a Colchester player (Alex Orava and Eldar Lachinov in the previous two years). Svein Kjenner was 2nd in the standings (for the 2nd year in a row) with Clive Bellinger, Matt Stemp, Martin Harris, Nathan Barnes and Mike Wagstaff also doing well.
In the middle is the NECL Division 3 trophy, won by the C team, who have now been promoted to Division 2.
On the right is the Roy Heppinstall Memorial Shield awarded to the winners of NECL Division 2. The B team were the winners this year, the A team the year before. So it is the C team's turn next...
The Club Honours page has been updated to show known achievements by teams representing Colchester Chess Club.
The July 2016 ECF Grading List has been published. The standard play grades for active Colchester players are:
A few players have increased their grades - with Peter Harris (+10) and Matt Stemp (+4) having the most significant increases.
The rapidplay grades for active Colchester players are:
There are other Colchester players who have played some rapidplay graded games in the last half-season (but not enough to have a grade yet).
A few players have increased their grades - with Mo Jaufarally (+6) and John Duff-Cole (+5) having the most significant increases.
An opening disaster caused by not paying attention to the line being played and just playing "normal" moves for the opening without checking...
Today's DITO shows an example of a common idea against the Slav, or rather a common idea that is not often seen as Black doesn't normally allow it, taken from Forrester, A (ECF:134) 0 - 1 Barnes, N (ECF:146) (2016).
Nothing wrong with the first few moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Bxc4 4. e3
However, 4...Nf6 is dubious as Black is giving the pawn back and allowing White to develop freely at the same time. Nf6 is normally played in the Slav but this is not the right time, 4...b5 is best.
White's reply is obvious, but after 5. Bxc4 Black is just losing after playing another "normal" Slav move (5...Bf5).
White can now win material and get a better position, with a tactic that Black should be well aware of if they are playing this opening...
White is a pawn up, for no compensation, after just six moves and the rest (should be) simple. Black made things worse by playing 6...Qc8 7. Bxf7+ Kd8, which the computer evaluates as being nearly the equivalent of a piece down for Black.
The draw for the fifth round of the club championship has been made. Currently in the lead (based on completed games) are Nathan Barnes, Clive Bellinger and Norbert Voelker on 3/4, though there are a number of incomplete games so exact positions/scores could change. For the purposes of making the draw, incomplete matches have been counted as being draws - scores will be updated as matches are completed.
|Nathan Barnes (3)||V||Norbert Voelker (3)|
|Pete Smith (2.5)||V||Clive Bellinger (3)|
|Brian Remmer (2)||V||Felix Schnell (2.5)|
|Phil Daley (1)||V||Martin Harris (2)|
|John Duff-Cole (1)||V||Svein Kjenner (1.5)|
|Ed Goodman (1)||V||Mark Johnson (1.5)|
|Svein Kjenner||V||Mark Johnson|
|Felix Schnell||V||Phil Daley|
|Clive Bellinger||V||Felix Schnell|
|John Duff-Cole||V||Ed Goodman|
|Clive Bellinger (2.5)||V||Nathan Barnes (2.5)|
|Felix Schnell (2)||V||Norbert Voelker (2.5)|
|Pete Smith (2)||V||Mark Johnson (1.5)|
|Svein Kjenner (1)||V||Ed Goodman (0.5)|
|Phil Daley (0.5)||V||John Duff-Cole (0.5)|
Colchester A finished in 4th place in NECL Division 1, with two draws and a defeat in their last three matches seeing them slip away from the top of the table. 4th place was a decent result for a team who had only been promoted to the top division in the previous season.
Twelve matches were played by the A team, with five wins, three draws and two defeats in the league; a win (on board count) and a defeat in the knockout. The player statistics (by board) are:
|Board 1 (Total 5.5/12)|
|Board 2 (Total 6.5/12)|
|Board 3 (Total 7/12)|
|Board 4 (Total 7/12)|