Witney Rapidplay

Written by Gareth Stevens seen here after his victory against Peter Wells
Written by Gareth Stevens seen here after his fine victory against Peter Wells
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.

The results can be found here on the Witney Site

Witney Rapidplay and Witney Weekend Congress 2016

Players deep in thought at the last Witney Congress
Players deep in thought at the last Witney Congress
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!

You can find online and hard copy entry forms here: www.witneychess.co.uk/witneyrapid16_entry.htm.

And the fourth Witney Weekend Congress takes place on 22nd and 23rd October 2016 at Cokethorpe School. Online and entry forms here: www.witneychess.co.uk/4thwitney_entry.htm.

Mike Truran
Witney Chess Club

Witney Rapidplay 2014 report

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).

Cumnor Players at the Witney Rapidplay 2014
Cumnor Players at the Witney Rapidplay 2014

8 Cumnor players took part:

  • Daniel Varney
  • Tony Heslop
  • Simon Terrington
  • Isaac Terrington
  • Marc Ives
  • Frida Ives
  • Steve Bennett
  • Susana Bennett

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.


More information can be found on the Witney Chess Club site, which has also published further photos from the event.

Tournaments Galore!

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.