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.
A good result for our 1st team. Unfortunately Derek’s opponent didn’t turn up, so the match is actually scored -0.5 – 4.0 in Crowthorne’s favour.
After three rounds, this leaves Crowthorne 1 on 4 match points out of a possible 6 in their eight-team group in Division 4. This puts us in equal second but with four rounds to go it is obviously early days yet.
Our 2nd team lost, but Dylan won and Teah managed an amazing stalemate!!
Final position of J Leake – Teah de Silva. Black to move!
On this Wednesday’s club night we will have a mini tournament using a relatively fast time control. We will default to use 5m+5s, unless there is a clear preference for something else. We’ll be using chess.com instead of our usual lichess, for the benefit of those who prefer chess.com.
Other than that, there will be time enough for chat, and post-match analysis of games worthy of analysis.
8pm on Wednesday – your chance to be the club’s February champion 😉
Jonathan Welton organised this year’s Christmas Handicap, which was played yesterday (Wednesday 6th) and he has provided the following report:
The first online Christmas Time Handicap was expected to be a chaotic affair, and it exceeded expectations. We had a generous 16 players, a good mix of adult and juniors, all briefed with the knowledge of how to adjust timers on lichess to match the speed handicaps. But, unfortunately, when we started to play we found that lichess doesn’t allow timers to be adjusted within the confines of a swiss tournament. This caused me to despair we would be unable to continue, but the players took the initiative, abandoned the swiss format, and simply challenged one another to pair-wise games, which could be adjusted to the speed handicap time distribution, and this proceeded successfully for most people. It certainly proved to be an entertaining event.
The evening’s winner by a considerable margin was Arjit Das, playing off an official ECF rapid grade, who won 13 games, including a run of 9 consecutive wins, and losing only one game. Well done Arjit!
Second place on a points basis was Anrudh (7 points), followed closely by Louise and Harvey on 6.5
Second place on a percentage score basis was Louise, (73%) followed very closely by Daniel (72%).
Thank you all for playing and making the night a very memorable, and possibly unique, one in the club’s history. Hopefully next year we can all look forward to being back to a face-to-face Christmas handicap.