Updated Selection of Logos

We’d like your assistance in selecting our choice of logo. Please email Graham (the designer) or Phil with your favourite one or two designs before the AGM using the reference numbers above the design. Alternatively post a comment below. We’ll then aim to finalise the choice at the AGM.

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Town Crier Closed in April

The Town Crier is being refurbished in April and will be closed for all Tuesdays. Scheduled league matches will be held at Hoole Community Centre on April 3rd, 10th and 24th.

The club expects to resume Town Crier club nights on May 1st.

Chess Down Under

Visiting my sister in Ballarat near Melbourne I (Phil C) had the chance to play in the local Begonia Open. The organisers arrange for several Australian GMs/ IMs to play and then throw all the players into one open tournament with big grading prizes. Nigel Short won it a couple of years ago when they had a 50th anniversary.

This year GM Anton Smirnov and IM James Morris won with 6/7. Helped by a favourable draw I managed to join the trailing group on 5.5/7.

If you happen to be in Australia then it’s a fun if tiring 3-day tournament to play.

Receiving a chess lesson from GM Zong-Yuan Zhao (back row 2nd from left):

Joint 3rd prize winners including GM Ly and GM Zhao on the left. I’m in the middle looking slightly out of place with a collared shirt, no shorts and even socks:

Photos by Sabrina Koetsier and Rob Loveband from Ballarat Club’s tournament website:

http://www.begoniaopen.com/

A Logo for Chester Chess Club

As part of the development process for the new club website it was agreed at committee that a logo for the club be developed. Graham has promptly produced a number of hand crafted designs which can be seen below. A vote on which of these logos we will use as a basis for producing a digital logo going forward will be held at this year’s AGM.

And for the Roman Soviet Legionnaires amongst you…

Chester don’t win quite so big in Frodsham

This weekend saw the annual Frodsham congress. We entered the most players with 12 players allowing us to enter three teams (!) in the team competition. However, our results generally disappointed. James Lee and Seth Collinson both scored a creditable 3/5 in the Major. In the Open Phil Crocker managed 3.5/5, a rare occasion when this was sufficient for joint 2nd place.

Burchett, Lee and Buckley win big in Stockport

A number of members entered the Stockport Rapid this Sunday. Sam Burchett won the junior prize with 4/6 after storming to 4/5. (Your photographer was a bit slow off the mark, but it’s definitely Sam in the black hoodie). Ben Woodfinden managed 2.5 in the minor, recovering well from a slow start.

In the major James Lee and Colm Buckley tied for third with 4.5/6 with James also winning the grading prize. Colm managed to win a crunch match against Ben’s dad along the way!

In the open Phil Crocker and Mike McDonagh weren’t quite so successful against a small but tough field. We lost to Nigel Davies and Joe McPhillips respectively in round one and then never fully recovered. Mike did have the satisfaction of winning our individual battle though!

 

Savidge wins the Christmas Blitz

Thanks to everyone who turned up for the Blitz, with special thanks being reserved for David Hulme without whose involvement the tournament could not have been ran. Daniel Savidge won the prestigious title of Chester Chess Club Christmas Blitz Champion for the second time after a fine win in a tense and tactic filled Armageddon playoff with the black pieces against Paul Woodfinden.

1st = Daniel Savidge, Paul Woodfinden
3rd = Ian Clayton, Jack Yang

There was a good turn out of 26 people which we hope to see again future years.

Buckley and Yang win Chester and District Championship

By Sunday several Chester players were in contention to win the league individual championship. In the morning round Colm Buckley beat Dave Bryan and Mike McDonagh won against reigning champion Chris Doran. In the final round Colm and Mike drew, joining Michael Vidler on 3 out of 4. In a tense blitz playoff Mike M quickly won a pawn against Colm but later blundered a piece as time ran short. A tricky manoeuvring game ensued between Colm and Michael V with Colm’s superior time management finally bringing home the win.

In the U130 section Jack Yang seemed on course to clinch the title in his final round game against Mike Whale. However, he ultimately lost his way in a fascinating to watch but extremely difficult to play knight v bishop ending. An Armageddon tie break followed with Jack taking the white pieces and winning on time in a superior position with just a handful of seconds on his clock remaining.

Well done to both the winners and thanks to Tim Soar from Colwyn Bay for organising the event!