Friday, 16 August 2019

Colchester B round-up

Colchester B finished in 5th place (out of 10) in NECL Division 1, with three wins, two draws and four losses. This was one place ahead of the A team. In the knockout competition the B team won 4-0 in the first round against Writtle B and then lost on board count to Chelmsford B in the quarterfinal.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 7.5/11)
Ian Gooding5.5/8
Michael Catabay1/1
Svein Kjenner1/1
Nathan Barnes0.5/1

Board 2 (Total 6/11)
Michael Catabay5/7
Felix Schnell1/3
Svein Kjenner0/1

Board 3 (Total 4.5/11)
Felix Schnell2.5/5
Mike Clapham1/1
Svein Kjenner1/3
Nathan Barnes0/1
Mike Wagstaff0/1

Board 4 (Total 4.5/11)
Nathan Barnes2/6
Mike Clapham1/1
Emil Tihov1/1
Clive Bellinger0.5/1
Jamie Van Amstel0/2

Friday, 2 August 2019

Tony Locke Rapidplay

The club's internal rapidplay championship (Tony Locke Rapidplay) was held on Thursday 30th May. The competition was won by Nathan Barnes with a score of 5/5 (his third consecutive win). Felix, John, Phil and Craig tied for second with 3/5. Seven players took part.

In round 1 the three highest graded players Ian, Nathan and Felix all won. Round 2 saw Felix beat Ian to move to 2/2 and Phil picked up his first win of the evening against Colin. John successfully nullified Nathan's attack in a complex position but at a significant time cost which meant he could not hold onto the deserved draw in a completely level endgame.

This meant that round 3 would see the only two players to win both their first games would play each other. Nathan won a pawn in the middle game and agressive play won the game soon after. The finish to this game can be seen below. John was unlucky not to pick up a half point in round 2 and had the chance to pick up at least that in round 3 but an error in a won position meant a 2nd loss against a higher graded opponent. Phil won his 2nd game in a row to join the chasing pack on 2/3.

[Event "Tony Locke Rapidplay"] [Site "?"] [Date "2019.05.30"] [Round "3"] [White "Barnes, Nathan"] [Black "Schnell, Felix"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "150"] [BlackElo "142"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "4rrk1/7p/1q2pbp1/1p6/p2PQP2/P1P1NR2/1P5P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "9"] {[#]} {White is a pawn up but with all the major pieces still in play the game isn't won yet.} 1. Ng4 Bh4 {OK, Bg7 was a bit more solid.} 2. Qe5 $5 {No better than the simpler Re2 but gives scope for Black to go wrong.} Rf5 $4 ({ The rook on e1 was safe} 2... Bxe1 3. Nh6#) (2... h5 $142 $1 {The only move that keeps Black in the game.} 3. Nf2 $16 {White still has the pawn advantage.} ) 3. Nh6+ Kf8 4. Nxf5 Bxe1 {Black allows the mate finish.} (4... gxf5 {The best move, according to the computer, but Black is still completely lost.} 5. Qh8+ Ke7 6. Qxh7+ Kd6 7. Qxh4) 5. Qg7# 1-0

Round 4 saw the top two seeds play. Clearly having a bad evening, Ian made several errors in the opening and lost quickly, though the resignation was perhaps slightly premature the position was lost. John was playing his 3rd higher-graded opponent in a row and this time converted his early advantage to pick up the result his play in the earlier rounds had deserved. Craig won his first game of the evening and, due to the small number of players, Phil had a bye to move into sole 2nd place with 3/4.

Going into the final round, Nathan was in the lead with 4/4; Phil was in 2nd with 3/4 and there were then four players a point further back. Craig took advantage of a blunder by Ian to win a rook, John beat Colin to join Craig on 3/5. Phil found the right defensive moves in a complex position, but like John in round 2, used up too much time against Nathan who took advantage and had a definite edge in the middle game when Phil's flag fell.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Colchester A round-up

Colchester A finished in 6th place (out of 10) in NECL Division 1, with three wins, two draws and four losses. Chelmsford A finished in first. In the knockout competition the A team lost (on board count) in the first round against fellow Division 1 side Brentwood A; the A team reached the final of the Plate competition where they lost 2.5-1.5 to Purleigh A. Shaun Munson played his first games for the club this season.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 4/13)
Shaun Munson2/4
Michael Catabay1/2
Jan Cesenek1/2
Nathan Barnes0/1
Matt Stemp0/4

Board 2 (Total 6.5/13)
Jan Cesenek2/4
Michael Catabay1.5/3
Matt Stemp1/1
Nathan Barnes1/2
Ian Gooding1/2
Felix Schnell0/1

Board 3 (Total 6.5/13)
Felix Schnell2.5/4
Svein Kjenner1/1
Matt Stemp1/2
Michael Catabay1/3
Mike Clapham0.5/1
Emil Tihov0.5/1
John Duff-Cole0/1

Board 4 (Total 9/13)
Nathan Barnes4/4
Felix Schnell1.5/2
Ian Gooding1/1
Emil Tihov1/1
Mike Clapham1/2
John Duff-Cole0.5/1
Clive Bellinger0/1
Phil Daley0/1

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Colchester C round-up

Colchester C finished in 6th place (out of 7) in NECL Division 2, with three wins, three draws and six losses. Billericay A finished in first. Mike Clapham played his first games for the club this season.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 5.5/12)
Mike Wagstaff2/3
Svein Kjenner1.5/3
Emil Tihov1/3
Mike Clapham0.5/1
Felix Schnell0.5/1

Board 2 (Total 4.5/12)
Mike Wagstaff1.5/2
Emil Tihov1/2
Mark Johnson0.5/1
Felix Schnell0.5/2
John Duff-Cole0/1
Pete Smith0/2

Board 3 (Total 3.5/12)
Felix Schnell1/1
Mike Wagstaff1/1
John Duff-Cole1/3
Emil Tihov0.5/2
Jamie Van Amstel0/2
Pete Smith0/2

Board 4 (Total 3/12)
John Duff-Cole2/4
Clive Bellinger0.5/2
Jamie Van Amstel0.5/2
Mae Catabay0.5/1
Charles Mallon0/1
Pete Smith0/1

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Colchester D round-up

Colchester D finished in 6th place (out of 11) in NECL Division 3, with three wins, three draws and four losses in the league. Brentwood B finished in first, one point ahead of the D team - with Clacton B and Chelmsford E close behind. Charles Mallon and Jamie Van Amstel played their firest games for the club this season. The D team's results were above expectations as they were outgraded in 8 of their 10 matches.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 4.5/10)
Clive Bellinger1.5/2
Pete Smith1/1
Jamie Van Amstel1/2
Brian Remmer0.5/1
Emil Tihov0.5/3
John Duff-Cole0/1

Board 2 (Total 6/10)
Jamie Van Amstel3/3
Mark Johnson2/2
Clive Bellinger0.5/1
John Duff-Cole0.5/2
Mae Catabay0/1
Charles Mallon0/1

Board 3 (Total 4/10)
Jamie Van Amstel2/4
Charles Mallon1/1
Craig Bradshaw1/4
Phil Daley0/1

Board 4 (Total 3.5/10)
Charles Mallon1.5/3
Craig Bradshaw1/3
John Duff-Cole0.5/1
Mae Catabay0.5/1
Asci Catabay0/1

Tuesday, 28 May 2019


Colchester Chess Club


will be held on
Wed 17th July

at The Belle Vue Social Club

Any items for inclusion on the Agenda to the undersigned by Thursday 20st June

Clive Bellinger

Friday, 4 January 2019

New venue

With immediate effect the club have a new venue. The new venue is the Belle Vue Social Club on Colne Bank Avenue (postcode is CO1 1UU).

We will still be meeting on Wednesdays at the normal time.