Sunday, 22 May 2016

Tony Locke Rapidplay - Round 6

The draw for the final round of the Tony Locke Rapidplay has now been made. There are still a number of games from earlier rounds outstanding but the leaders at this stage are Matt Stemp, Brian Remmer, and Clive Bellinger, though there are a lot of players only half a point behind. For the purposes of making the draw games not played so far have been assumed to be draws, except where a player has played very few games in the competition - games against these players have been assumed to be default wins (these players have also, provisionally, not been put in the draw for round 6).

Draw for round 6:

Clive Bellinger (4.5) V Matt Stemp (4.5)
Norbert Voelker (4) V Brian Remmer (4.5)
Phil Daley (4) V Svein Kjenner (4)
Nathan Barnes (3) V Ed Goodman (2)
Pete Smith (2) V Dave Chatfield (2)
John Duff-Cole (0.5) V Martin Harris (1.5)

Currently the outstanding games are (if any of these matches have taken place, results have not been reported):

Clive Bellinger V Svein Kjenner
Martin Harris V Ed Goodman
John Duff-Cole VPete Smith
Dave Chatfield V John Duff-Cole
Ed Goodman V Pete Smith

Club Championship - round 4

The draw for the penultimate round of the club championship has been made. Currently in the lead (based on completed games) are Nathan Barnes and Norbert Voelker on 2.5/3, though there are a number of incomplete games so others could join them. For the purposes of making the draw, incomplete matches have been counted as being draws - scores will be updated as matches are completed.


Round 3

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)
Martin Harris (1.5)V Brian Remmer (1)
Svein Kjenner (1)V Ed Goodman (0.5)
Phil Daley (0.5)V John Duff-Cole (0.5)


Incomplete matches from previous rounds

Svein Kjenner V Mark Johnson
Felix SchnellV Phil Daley
Clive BellingerV Felix Schnell
Mark JohnsonV Martin Harris
John Duff-ColeV Ed Goodman

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Post from Clive


Colchester Chess Club A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday 29th June.


Any items for inclusion on the Agenda to the undersigned by Wednesday 15th June


Clive Bellinger

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Colchester B round-up

Colchester B drew and won their last two matches to finish the season unbeaten and finish in 1st place in NECL Division 2, improving on their 2nd place last season. They were 5 points clear at the top of the table (from Clacton A, Chelmsford B and Baddow B), this was a larger margin than that achieved by the A team in this division last season.

The team's final match was a 3-1 win against Chelmsford B. Felix won the exchange after the opening (an open Sicilian), but an inaccurate move and his opponent's strong bishop resulted in a draw by repetition. Mike held onto the gambit pawn in the Milner-Barry variation of the French Defence, he won a further pawn and was comfortably winning from then on. Mark got a strong position after the opening and converted this into an extra pawn. However, this wasn't quite enough to force the win in a rook and minor piece endgame. Nathan comfortably equalised as Black but then blundered a pawn when trying to open the game up. As pieces came off it looked like an outside chance of a draw at best, until his opponent blundered twice as time started to run out - once to a completely level endgame (it would have been knight and 3 isolated pawns against a rook with no way of stopping the rook being exchanged for the three pawns) and then into a mate-in-one.

Date: Apr-2016
NECL Division 2
1 w David Chandler (177) 0 1 Nathan Barnes (146) b
2 b Elliot Cocks (159) ½ ½ Felix Schnell (167) w
3 w Ed Porter (147) 0 1 Mike Wagstaff (148) b
4 b Peter Brander (125) ½ ½ Mark Johnson (104) w
(avg=152) 1 3 (avg=141)


Ten matches were played by the B team, with seven wins and a draw (against Clacton A) in the league; a win and a defeat in the knockout (against two division 1 teams). The player statistics (by board) are:


Board 1 (Total 8/10)
Svein Kjenner2/2
Norbert Voelker2/2
Nathan Barnes1.5/2
Felix Schnell2/3
Mike Wagstaff0.5/1


Board 2 (Total 8.5/10)
Svein Kjenner3/3
Norbert Voelker3/3
Felix Schnell2/3
Clive Bellinger0.5/1


Board 3 (Total 7/10)
Norbert Voelker2/2
Nathan Barnes1/1
Clive Bellinger1.5/2
Mike Wagstaff2/3
Phil Daley0.5/1
Svein Kjenner0/1


Board 4 (Total 5.5/10)
Norbert Voelker1/1
Martin Harris1.5/2
Mike Wagstaff2/3
Clive Bellinger0.5/1
Mark Johnson0.5/1
Nathan Barnes0/1
Brian Remmer0/1