Sunday, 31 January 2016

January ECF grades

The January 2015 ECF Grading List has been published. The standard play grades for active Colchester players are:

256466LGooding, Ian189B190B
302172LVoelker, Norbert182E
186371LStemp, Matt172D174E
301977ASchnell, Felix167E
297026AOrava, Aleksandr163D165E
299554CKjenner, Svein154D147E
120924DWagstaff, Michael148C147C
140673FBarnes, Nathan146A158B
250046CBellinger, Clive133C130D
155695CDaley, Phil121C120D
150405JHarris, Martin118A120A
213710ASmith, Peter111C119C
117812LRemmer, Brian107C109D
301854EGonzales, Denzel105F
293018DJohnson, Mark104B100B
298130AJaufarally, Mohammud102A100A
283272AHarris, Peter1795D91D
227455DDuff-Cole, John93B89C
256466LGoodman, Ed84C74B
290797FWood, Dave26A24A

A few players have increased their grades - with Ed Goodman (+10) and Svein Kjenner (+7) having the most significant increases.


The following players have a standard play grade for the first time (or reappear on the list) - FĂ©lix Schnell, Norbert Voelker and Denzel Gonzales.


The rapidplay grades for active Colchester players are:

186371LStemp, Matt180F
140673FBarnes, Nathan155E160F
299554CKjenner, Svein148D151F
250046CBellinger, Clive136F136F
293018DJohnson, Mark109D107D
150405JHarris, Martin101D94E
298130AJaufarally, Mohammud91B101A
227455DDuff-Cole, John87F
155695CDaley, Phil85F
256466LGoodman, Ed74F78F
283272AHarris, Peter1768E39F
301407BParker, Leon1654F46F
290797FWood, Dave58A52A

There are also a number of 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 Peter Harris (+29), Leon Parker (+8), Martin Harris (+7) and Dave Wood (+6) having the most significant increases.


The following players have a rapidplay grade for the first time (or reappear on the list) - Matt Stemp, Phil Daley and John Duff-Cole.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Club Championship - round 3

The draw for the third round (out of 5) of the club championship has been made. Clive Bellinger is the only player on 2/2 from the first two rounds, though there are a number of incomplete games so others could join him. For the purposes of making the draw, incomplete matches have been counted as being draws - scores will be updated as matches are completed. Third round matches should be completed by 30th March at the latest.


Round 3

Clive Bellinger (2)V Felix Schnell (1.5)
Nathan Barnes (1.5)V Svein Kjenner (1)
Norbert Voelker (1.5)V Phil Daley (1)
Mark Johnson (1)V Martin Harris (1)
Brian Remmer (0.5)V Pete Smith (1)
John Duff-Cole (0)V Ed Goodman (0)


Incomplete matches from previous rounds

Svein Kjenner V Mark Johnson
Phil Daley V Pete Smith
Pete SmithV Nathan Barnes
Brian RemmerV Svein Kjenner
Felix SchnellV Phil Daley

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Premature resignation

After a poor result in their first game, Colchester A have won four matches in a row. The most recent match was a 3-1 away win against Witham A to move them up to 2nd place in Division 1. Svein was first to finish, while he was definitely winning was his opponent's resignation premature?

[Event "NECL League div 1"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.01.06"] [Round "?"] [White "Kjenner, Svein"] [Black "Pearce, Dave"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B11"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r2qr1k1/1b2bppp/1p3n2/p1pp4/2P5/2BQ1N2/PPB2PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 19"] [PlyCount "1"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] {This game ended fairly quickly. After} 19. Bxf6 {Black resigned. Some commented that it was premature. I also had that feeling, even though I knew Black position should be lost. But there is still room for mistakes...} ({After } 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 (19... gxf6 $4 {is mate in two with} 20. Qxh7+ Kf8 21. Qh8#) 20. Qxh7+ Kf8 21. Rfe1 {[%csl Rb7][%cal Re1e8] Black has difficult problems. Important is the Bishop on b7, allowing the following variations: If} Rxe1+ { my plan was} (21... g6 22. Bxg6 fxg6 (22... Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 fxg6 24. Qxb7 $18) 23. Qxb7 {White is winning. But I think Black should have continued the fight.} ) 22. Rxe1 g6 23. Bxg6 ({According to the machine} 23. Ng5 {was better. The Knight can of course not be taken. The engineline goes} Bg7 24. Nxf7 Kxf7 25. Bxg6+ Kf8 26. Re5 $1 {it would have been fun to play this move, but I am afraid I would not ever even consider these lines. That is more for engines and postal players.} Bc8 27. Re8+ Qxe8 28. Bxe8) 23... fxg6 24. Qxb7 $18 { If Black tries} dxc4 {White can play} 25. Re6 {with the idea} Qd1+ 26. Ne1 Bxb2 $4 27. Qe7+ Kg8 28. Rxg6+ Kh8 29. Qh4+) 1-0