The Players’ Cup and Bill Laar Trophy

TrophyEach year, Cumnor Chess Club holds two tournaments: The Players’ Cup and the Bill Laar Trophy.

As the club now has players with a wide range of chess skill, we decided for 2015 it would be more fun for everyone if we split our traditional annual internal competition into two.

Our top-performing players (who typically play for the Cumnor 1 team) battle it out during the year, playing each other twice, to see how will win The Players’ Cup.

Meanwhile, the rest of the club plays each other once (whether you will play white or black is decided randomly at the start of each game) to be in with a chance of receiving the Bill Laar Trophy.

Previous Champions of the Players’ Cup
2007 Steven Bennett
2008 Gareth Stevens
2009 Scott Bower
2010 Scott Bower
2011 Gareth Stevens
2012 Mark Sayers
2013 Liam Glenn
2014 Simon Terrington
2015 Gareth Stevens
2016 Mark Sayers
2017 Daniel Varney
2018…

Previous Champions of the Bill Laar Trophy
2015 Robin Carr
2016 David Sterrie
2017 Steve Bennett
2018…

Latest standings

Here are the current standings in the two tournaments, as kindly maintained by Liam:

Cumnor Cup Trophy standings 2018

#NamePWDLPts
1Mark107218
2Gareth105236
3Ian94325.5
4Liam83143.5
5Steve1110101

Bill Laar Trophy standings 2018

#NamePWDLPts
1Pedro64114.5
2Robert54014
3Chris42112.5
4Robin32012
5Graham42022
6Eddie51041
7Ollie10010
8Alan40040

Read about changes to the Players’ Cup for 2015, and the brand new Bill Laar Trophy tournament.