The Cowley Christmas Blitz is taking place on Monday 9 December 2019, please attend if you can.
“Cowley Chess Club invites you to its 2019 Christmas Blitz Tournament, which will be held on Monday 9 December at Cowley Chess Club (at Rose Hill Methodist Church in the Main Hall downstairs), with Round 1 beginning at 7.15 pm. All chessplayers are welcome.
There will be ten games in the Blitz (five rounds playing games with both colours, with a digital clock and a time allowance per player per game of 3 minutes plus a 2 seconds increment per move added from move 1). The tournament winner may take either a prize from the prizes table or a cash prize of 10% of the entry fees. There will be lots of other prizes of books, etc., on the prizes table, including grading prizes, prizes for juniors in various age groups, for the best slow starter, etc. (see below for lists of prizes and prizewinners in recent blitzes). We rely on donations of prizes, mainly chess books but also other (non-alcoholic) prizes, and these will be gratefully received.
Round 1 is scheduled to start at 7:15pm. Players who have not notified their entries in advance are asked to register by 7pm at the venue on the night, to enable pairing cards to be written and the first round draw to be completed promptly.
The Prizegiving for the Blitz will be at approximately 9:45pm. (It will be possible for young juniors for whom a 9:45pm finish is too late to play in either two rounds [8:05pm finish approx.] or four rounds [8:55pm finish approx.] if this is arranged in advance.)
Entry fee: £5 for adults, £3 for juniors (i.e., under 18 on 1 September 2019), to be paid when you arrive on the night. We will also be glad to receive additional donations for the Lester Millin Memorial Fund, which supports Cowley junior players.
To help us make a prompt start, please register your entry in advance if possible by sending an email to [email protected] giving the information requested below or by filling in one of these forms, hard copies of which will be available at the Cowley club (or otherwise getting the requested information to Gerard O’Reilly):
Current Grade (Standard-play rather than Rapidplay if you have one):
Age on 1 September 2019 if under 18:
Finally, if the entrant is a junior who can play in only the first two (or the first four) rounds, please specify which:
NB. Advance registration by email will be accepted until 4pm on Monday 9 December.
Gerard O’Reilly (Cowley Chess Club)”