Back to Permanent Location

From next Wednesday (21 Aug), we will be meeting at our usual location in the Maths Dept, and no longer at our summer lodgings in PE1. Please click the image below for a detailed map, or go to the About Us page for detailed directions.

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Summer event: Random Opening Rapidplay Tournament

To complement the fixed opening rapidplay held earlier in the summer, Crowthorne Chess Club held a random opening rapidplay, with a different opening in each round. The results of the tournament, held yesterday evening with eight members playing were:

1st Harvey Duckers with 6 points (out of 7)
2nd Mark Taylor with 5
3rd Jonathan Welton with 4.5

The openings for each round were as follows:

1 Queen’s Gambit Accepted
2 Najdorf with 6 Be3
3 Fajarowicz variation of the Budapest
4 King’s Bishop Gambit
5 Open Ruy Lopez
6 French Winawer poisoned pawn
7 Grob


Summer event: Mini Rapid Trompowsky Tournament

Yesterday the club held a themed blitz tournament where all the games started with the position arising after the moves
1.  d4    Nf6
2.  Bg5  Ne4

This took most players off the beaten track and into very varied and unknown territory, and as a result many interesting games ensued.

Twelve members participated, and the event was held as an all-play-all blitz. Richard Webb won with an impressive 10/11, with Derek Johnson in second place with 8.5 and Ken Coates and Harrvey Duckers sharing third with 8.

Summer talk: Chess Puzzles

Yesterday Richard Webb gave a very entertaining talk, going through a number of endgame puzzles. The puzzles were all spectacular, often humorous and, of course, difficult to solve.

As a taster, here is one of the puzzles that Richard presented, a 1922 composition by Kubbel. White to play and win. Expand the “Spoiler” below to see the solution:

Spoiler

The main line of the solution is:

1 Nc6 in order to meet 1…a2 with 2 Nb4+
1 ….Kxc6
2 Bf6 threatening Bxd4, controlling the queening square a1
2 …. Kd5 if 2 …Kc5 3 Be7+ wins the a3 pawn
3 d3!! a2
4 c4+ Kc5
5 Kb7 a1=Q
6 Be7 amazingly, this is checkmate!

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Summer Mini Blitz Tournament

As part of our summer events Crowthorne Chess Club held a blitz tournament in the club room on Wednesday 10th July. With 10 club members playing, it was an all-play-all with a time rate of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move.
The results were recorded using state-of-the-art technology (a whiteboard – see the image below). Colin came first with 8 points, Richard was second with Daniel (the only junior playing) third with an impressive 6 points.

Many thanks to Kim for providing the video

Khyber Cup 2019

The Khyber Cup, which was held on Sunday June 16 fulfilled all the traditional Khyber cup elements: good natured but closely fought games in a friendly environment, and weather going from imminent rain to a lovely summer’s day. Even the traditional winner, Richard Webb, won the event, adding his name to the shield for the 19th time. Runner up was Paul Sloane and there was a three-way tie for the wooden spoon. Many thanks to John Upham for being a generous and perfect host.

Thanks also to Paul Sloane for providing these photos (click to see full image):

New Summer Location

We will be in a different room within Wellington College over the summer, in PE1 in Combermere. It is the same room we were in last summer. In the attached map it is arrowed in red (our current rooms are arrowed in blue). If leaving the current playing rooms turn left on the main road towards the front of the college and Combermere is the building beyond the Old Gym (see image below). PE1 is the first room on the left in the covered walkway. We will be in this room until 14th August, and return to the usual maths block room on the 21st August.

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4NCL Fifth and Final Weekend Report

Ken Coates, our 4NCL captain, has provided the following report on Crowthorne’s 2018/19 season

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s 4NCL campaign in division 4S.

Crowthorne 1 ran out the division 4 winners with 21 points from a possible 22 points with 10 match wins and one draw and will now play in division 3 next season.

Crowthorne 2 achieved a respectable 5 points considering they only played 6 of the 11 matches because players were unavailable to make a team.

The final table can be found at http://www.4nclresults.co.uk/2018-19/media/4ncl/prog-div4s.html

Before the next season I will be talking to everyone and gauging the viability of a second team. Unfortunately there aren’t many opportunities for people, and particularly juniors, to play FIDE rated games and to be noticed for England squad inclusion. Consequently many juniors have artificially low Fide ratings.

Major points about the results showed:
– we used 22 different players for the two teams

– Colin Purdon played in all 11 matches

– the following players actually didn’t lose a single game: Paul Cooksey (9/10), Richard Webb(6½/9), Colin Purdon (7½/11), Harvey Duckers (4½/5), Matthew Ward (2/3), Ganeshbabu Gnanagurusamy (1/1)

– scoring the most wins was Peter Tart and Paul Cooksey with 8 wins each

Regarding the next 4NCL season we don’t need to take any decisions yet because even the round dates and venues are not decided but there is a rumour that that some rounds could be in the Sunningdale area but this is not confirmed.

When I know more details I’ll be asking who wants to play next season particularly those who think they are likely to play in a majority of rounds because that information is likely to determine how many teams we have.

Individual perfomances are shown in the following table:

4NCL Round 7 Highlights

Paul Cooksey scored 2/2 on the 4th weekend, with the Black pieces on both days. Here is Paul’s Saturday (Round 7) game against Watford 1.

Paul won a pawn out of the opening, and pressed home the advantage with a nice exchange sacrifice which gave him a number of positional pluses.

A smooth performance by Paul, who made it look deceptively easy.