An enjoyable day of chess was had at Witney Rapidplay, hosted by Batt’s school on Saturday 24th September.
Representing Cumnor were Gareth Stevens, Daniel Varney, Marc Ives and Leonora Ives. Andrew Varney was running a book stall and helping his students in between games.
Gareth lost his first game, against Richard Beckett of Bicester. His second was a draw against Catalin Viscu. Then he went on a run and won the next three (against Christine Coates, Maria Mate and Neil Staples) to put him in with a chance of finishing in the top three overall.
However, in the last round Gareth faced James Cole, from MCS, and also an Oxfordshire county player. Losing a piece there was little hope and Gareth resigned when faced with losing his passed pawns.
Gareth and Daniel both finished joint 8th in the Senior section with 3.5/6. Marc Ives finished with 1/6 with a win against Ian Brooke of Oxford City.
Leonora finished joint 9th in the Junior Major section with 3.5/6.
The next tournament to look forward to will be the Witney Congress next month.
Here’s the usual reminder a month beforehand about the Witney Rapidplay on Sunday 25 September at The Batt School. Last year we had no fewer than 84 entries for what is one of the best value congresses in the UK – I’m hoping we can beat that number this time!
The 2014 Witney Rapidplay was held on Sunday 28 September at The Batt School, Witney, with 3 sections: senior, Junior (Major) and Junior (Minor).
Players were given 30 minutes per game (15 mins per game in the Junior Minor section, in which two games per round with alternating colours were played).
8 Cumnor players took part:
Andrew Varney was also there with a book stall, along with some much needed advice in the analysis room. Liam Glenn and Gareth Stevens popped in during the day.
Susana, Frida and Daniel all received a medal and a certificate for their results, Andrew received a certificate for his work in Junior Chess and Steve received a certificate for captaining the Oxfordshire U125 Team.
With the Chess season ended for the summer break, One might assume that not much chess is being played however One would be very wrong.
Zoe Varney is going to play in the European School Chess Championships 2014 organised in Kavala, Greece from 16 June to 27 June. We wish to send our Good Luck to Zoe, over in Greece and we hope to hear from Andrew who is going to post some information once the tournament starts.
Cowley Chess Club invites you to its 2014 Summer Blitz Tournament, which will be held on Monday 23 June at Cowley Chess Club, with Round 1 beginning at 7.15 pm sharp. All chessplayers are welcome. During the evening we expect again to be hosting the presentation of this season’s OCA team trophies and the individual medals for the best performances in the League. Further Information including how to enter can be found here.
Witney Chess Club are pleased to announce that entries for the Witney Rapidplay taking place on Sunday 28 September at The Batt School in Witney and the 2nd Witney Tournament taking place 18-19 October at Cokethorpe School are now being accepted. Further Information including how to enter can be found here.
And last but not least The 2014 Cumnor Players Cup is in progess, an exciting race has already started with many plays hoping to gain a top 4 place. The table can be found here.