Talented junior Daniel Shek played a nice game for Crowthorne against a strong opponent at the recent 4NCL. Many thanks to John Upham and British Chess Newsfor the annotations. (Click on a move in the game to display a board.)
Many thanks to our Online Team Captain, George Green, for providing the latest season’s roundup.
Crowthorne had a squad of 14 players (initially 13, then Ben Coates joined us with 2 rounds to go) for our 2 teams of 4.
Plenty you might think, but, as the season went on, fewer people were available, meaning that in the end we had 62 availabilities for the 56 games, so there were only 6 occasions when someone had to be “rested”.
Crowthorne 1 had been promoted to Division 3. We lost our first 3 matches, but then won the next 4, putting us 4th out of 8 teams in our group. The highlight of the season was possibly our 2½ – 1½ win over local rivals Farnham, who outgraded us by over 100 points on average.
Crowthorne 2 had a harder time of it in Division 5, but the 4NCL does give some of our less experienced members the chance to play longer (45+15) competitive games of chess.
They finished 43rd out of 56 teams, with 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses.
The 4NCL currently has plans to run season 5, starting in late January.
I’ll contact the club members nearer the time to see what interest we have in participating in this.
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.
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