Our friendly summer mini-tournament, the Khyber Cup was held last Sunday, and for the first time we held it in the spacious function room of the Pinewood Centre Bar & Café. This worked out well for us, we didn’t have to travel anywhere for lunch as hot food was available on site, allowing us to make up for a later start than usual. They even had a set of bridge tables we could use to play on. The only downside was an interruption at one point, caused by repeated banging on the door to the room. This turned out to be a gleeful toddler happily crashing his ride-on fire engine into the door, and was soon resolved by an apologetic parent.
We had a perfectly decent turn-out, particularly given it was bank holiday weekend, and apologies again to those who would have attended but couldn’t due to the choice of weekend.
In play, gold, silver and bronze went to Derek, Colin and Harvey respectively. Congratulations to them, particularly Derek who has shared top place before but this year did so as clear winner and is rewarded by being able to take home the prestigious trophy and accompanying shield.
Thanks to Tahir, Mat, Varniethan and Nick, playing in their first Khyber Cup. Thanks also to Ian, who came along to balance numbers in the morning, and to Jess, who originally came to support Mat and sportingly stepped up to replace Ian after lunch. In recognition of her valuable contribution the bottle of wine was awarded to Jess, who generously passed it on to Nick in recognition of his performance.
… and many thanks to Jonathan both for organising the event, and for the above report.
The infamous Crowthorne Chess Club summer mini-tournament, the KHYBER CUP, will be next Sunday, the 29th August. This will be at the Bar & Café in the Pinewood Centre off New Wokingham Road/Peacock Lane in Crowthorne. Doors open at 10am and play will start not long after that, once we’ve set everything up. We aim to finish approaching 4pm, with a break for lunch.
For those not in the know: the Khyber Cup is a friendly rapid play chess event held since time immemorial (1984) with prizes (don’t get excited by this). Usually we meet in a member’s house or garden with lunch in a nearby pub, but this time, since we’re in the Pinewood Centre bar, we don’t need to move location for lunch. They do food there, burgers, scampi, that sort of thing. I’m sure it will be fine to bring sandwiches if you prefer. Tea and coffee (and beer and other drinks) are also available at the usual café rate.
We advise attendees to be mindful about covid; having a mask to hand would be a good idea. The weather forecast is looking favourable, and we should be able to play outside, plus the function room we’ve reserved has sufficient space that if we do play indoors the tables can be well separated.
To make the organisation slightly less chaotic than it would otherwise be, could you let Jonathan know whether you plan to attend or not. Some of you already have, so thanks for that.
Finally, playing in the Khyber Cup is not restricted to club members. It is also open to family and friends, as well as friends from other chess clubs, so please bring them along. Again, it would be useful for me to know approximate numbers and names in advance.
In addition to our regular Wednesday evening meeting on Zoom, we will meet in the real world on Thursday this week (June 10th). We will meet at the Pinewood Cafe and Bar at the Pinewood Centre in Crowthorne from 8pm. See the map below, and Jonathan’s email for more detailed directions.
Our Online 4NCL Team Captain George Green has provided the following summary of Crowthorne’s season.
The 4NCL season 3 has now finished for Crowthorne.
Our 1st team didn’t gain automatic qualification to Division3, finishing 3rd in their group. Out 2nd team finished 59th out of 72 teams in Division 5.
We had a squad of 13 players, which comfortably supported 2 teams, with an average availability of 10.5 people for 8 boards. This meant that I had to “rest” one or more players each time, but I shared this around as fairly as I could.
It was good to see one or two of our junior members winning games against higher rated opponents. In fact Dylan won 3 such games with his entertaining play!!
The 45+15 time control is a bit quick for some our older, slower thinking players (me), but offers the juniors a chance to spend more time on their moves, which they’ll need to do as they improve. I’m not sure that they all made the most of this opportunity!
4NCL season 3 starts on August 24th. It is too early to say what the club’s position will be on OTB vs. Online chess, until we see how Covid goes.
Crowthorne played in Round 6 on Tuesday 6h April (with apologies for the belated update). Despite substantially outgrading their opponents Crowthorne 1 drew their match against Rugeley Rangers. This is a bit of a slip (in more than one sense of the word as a mouse-slip played a crucial part in one of the games!) which means that our promotion prospects depend on results in the final round.
Crowthorne 2 lost 3-1 against their higher rated opponents, congratulations to Aarav for winning.
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