The 43rd Chess Olympiad is currently in full swing at Batumi in Georgia. There are currently two Crowthorne players representing England at the Olympiad – GM Nick Pert is playing in the Open tournament, and WFM Louise Head is in the Women’s tournament. Click the links to follow the progress of all the teams on the chess24 web site, including live games.
The Berkshire League website has been updated for the 2018/2019 season, including fixtures, divisions, match captains and so on. You can check the details by going to the website directly, or by using the links in the Useful Links page.
Now the fixtures/tables etc are available for both the Berkshire and Surrey Border Leagues.
From 01 September 2018 the Chess Club will meet in its original location in the newly-refurbished maths block. This is the venue that we used prior to the 2017/2018 season. Please see the About Us page for detailed instructions and map.
The Surrey Border League website has been updated for the 2018/2019 season, including fixtures, divisions, match captains and so on. You can check the details by going to the website directly, or by using the links in the Useful Links page.
The 54th Berks and Bucks Congress was held over the Bank Holiday weekend (25-27 August), with various Crowthorne players participating.
The star performer was George Green, who scored 4/6 to take equal 2nd in the Reserves A. In the Challengers, Andrew Kirby scored 3.5/6 with a performance rating of around 1670 – considerably higher than his current rating of 1437. Colin Purdon scored 3/6 in the Open, a result pretty much in line with his rating.
Louise had a superb tournament at the recent Czech Open, held in Pardubice in the last two weeks in July. Playing in the top section, she scored 5/9 including a draw against a GM and wins against a WIM and an FM. Her performance rating for the event is an impressive 2382!
Here is one of her games from the event, played against a 2354 rated FM. It is a complex game, with both players going hard for the win.
Jonathan has provided the following report on this year’s Khyber Cup, which was held on Sunday (!st July):
The annual Crowthorne Chess Club Khyber Cup was held today, in glorious sunshine. We had a good attendance with fourteen players, and a very high average standard of ability.
There were joint winners this year: Colin Purdon and Richard Webb. Both won all their games except their encounter against each other which was drawn, giving them 4.5 points each. Both winners already have their name on the Khyber Cup shield, including in 2009 when the were again joint winners. Well done Colin and Richard.
Harriet Haslehurst took home the bottle of wine.
We had two junior players this year, Daniel Shek and George Taphouse, both of whom performed well and above their expectations, coming away in the points. Between games they ran for miles around the garden, occasionally roping slow moving adults in to games of piggy-in-the-middle and the like.
Many thanks to John Upham for his excellent organisation and generosity in hosting the Khyber again.
The Premier Precision Cup is the Berkshire Chess Association grade handicapped knockout competition, in which the grading difference between the two sides is used to determine the score required to win the match.
The final between Maidenhead and Crowthorne took place on June 18th, and the grading difference meant that Crowthorne needed to win by a minimum of 3.5 to 2.5 to win the match. Crowthorne managed to score exactly 3.5 points (see scorecard) and are thus this year’s winners of the PP Cup! Despite the 5 draws, each game was hard fought, with the result of game and match in doubt until the last game had finished.