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Fifth Witney Weekend Congress

 

 

This event will take place 21st & 22nd October 2017 at Cokethorpe School, Witney. There are four main sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120 with a prize fund of over £1900 | More here |

 

ENTER Tournament

You can pay your entry fee easily by credit or debit card or through PayPal. Alternatively you can or download a paper entry form here.

 

Contact: Mike Truran Email: mike@truranfamily.co.uk

 

Sponsored by Cokethorpe School


Witney Rapidplay 2017

 

 

This popular one-day event is an excellent warm-up for the new season, and is one of the best-value congresses around. It will take place on Sunday 24 September 2017. The venue will as usual be The Batt C of E Primary School in central Witney. There are two main sections, Junior and Senior.

 

Junior Entry   Senior Entry
     

Paper entry forms can be found here | More information about these events is available here |


Megafinal Report 2017 - from Elizaveta Sheremetyeva

02.3.17 - The Oxfordshire Megafinal held on Saturday 29 April at Cokethorpe School attracted over 200 strong juniors, with Witney players performing creditably.

 

The most notable success among our juniors was Hugo Rayner’s 1st place in the U11 section; with 5 out of 6 points he only lost a tough game in the last round to the 2nd placed competitor. Hugo achieved the title of U11 Supremo.

 

Other results:

Bill Read (U13) - 4½/6

2nd place Freddie Beneat (U11) - 4/6

Joshua Soanes (U14) - 3½/6

3rd place Elizaveta Sheremetyeva (U15) - 3½/6 Suprema

 

Good luck to everyone in the coming Southern Gigafinal on the 22-23 July!


Grandmaster Peter Wells Simultaneous Display

08.4.17 - Peter held his annual simultaneous display at Witney Chess Club’s Ducklington Village Hall venue on Monday 20 March 2017. Always a popular event, it received very positive feedback from the juniors in particular. Peter found time to talk about their individual games, and signed an autographs for those that asked.

 

The evening was open to all Oxfordshire players, and was well attended. See a collection of photos here - with particular thanks to Paul Girdlestone and club members.

 


Kidlington - 2017 Tournament Report

Much to the organizer's surprise, we had a full house (192 players) for the Kidlington Tournament nearly a week before the start, with the result that we had to close entries early.

 

You can find a full report of the tournament, as well as crosstables of the four sections and a full list of prizewinners on the Kidlington Chess Tournament website.

 

Among notable successes by Witney players, clearly the headline has to be Marcus Harvey's splendid outright win (repeating his clear victory in 2015) in the Open section on 4.5/5, ahead of pre-tournament favourite, Grandmaster John Nunn. (The half-point he dropped was against Nunn in Round 3, and he beat Oxford University's Portuguese FM David Martins in the key game of the final round.) Also in the Open section, Dave Hackett, who I gather played in the very first Kidlington Tournament as a junior, had an excellent Saturday with 2.5/3, but came up against even tougher opponents on the Sunday. Jake Holton scored 2/5, in the process marginally outperforming his grading. In the Oxfordshire Individual Championship revived this season, the title and trophy going to the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections at Witney in October and at Kidlington, David Zakarian emerged as the winner with a total of 5.5 points, with Zoe Varney in second place on 5 points. (Marcus Harvey scored 4.5/5 at Kidlington, but he didn't play at Witney!)

 

In the U180 section Alan Gentry scored well above his grading, scoring three points and losing only to two of the players who shared second place. In the U145 section, young Bill Read scored a very creditable 3/5. And in the U120 section Hugo Rayner finished on +1 with 3 points, losing in the final round to one of the joint winners.

 

My thanks go to everyone involved in making the tournament a success: to all who came to play; to the staff at our venue, Exeter Hall, Kidlington; to Andrew Butterworth of Chess Direct, for providing the bookstall and the sets and boards for the tournament, as well as many of the clocks we used; to Helen Hackett of Hacketts Food & Drink of Witney; to Ian Brooke; and most of all to our team of controllers (Tim Dickinson, Priscilla Morris, Andrew Varney and Lucy Smith) who ran things in their usual efficient, unruffled and friendly way, and to our Treasurer, Tom Williams, who is now standing down after being at the heart of the organization of Kidlington for all the first 40 years of its existence. A very special 'Thank you' to Tom!

 

The 41st Kidlington Chess Tournament will take place on Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 February 2018. Further details and entry forms will be available later this year. I hope to see many of you there!

 

- Gerard O'Reilly


Witney Grades - January 2017

 

05.2.17 - The revised club grades are published.

 

The Help Page provides guidance on using this list, and on grades in general. It answers many frequently asked questions.

 


Cowley Christmas Blitz 2016

The Cowley Christmas Blitz, held on Monday 5 December, attracted an excellent total of 62 participants, the highest number for many years.

 

 

The tournament resulted in a tie on 9 points from 10 games between Daniel Varney (Cumnor) and Cowley's Will Burt, with Daniel taking first prize on the tie-breaking system. Third and fourth place respectively (again separated only on tie-break) were Cowley's Rich Weston and Mike Handley.

A number of Witney's juniors competed. Among them was Bill Read, who was among the prizewinners for the third successive Cowley Blitz. In last year's Christmas Blitz he won the Best Under-12 prize. This summer, he won the Best Under-130 grading prize, and last Monday he won the Best Under-14 prize.

Congratulations to Bill!

     

The full list of prizewinners is as follows:

 

 

Rose Hill Methodist Church, Oxford OX4 4JP

1st: Daniel Varney (Cumnor) 9/10

2nd: Will Burt (Cowley) 9

3rd: Rich Weston (Cowley) 8

4th: Michael Handley (Cowley) 8

Best Cowley player: Maria Mate 7.5

Best visitor: Dan Rowan (Banbury) 7.5

Best junior (U18): Hari Selvaraj (MCS/Blackbirds) 5

Best lady: Jasmine Burgess (Cowley)) 4.5

Best U165: Ian Bush (MCS/Blackbirds) 7.5

Best Cowley U155: Bob Waugh 7

Best visitor U155: Kelly Riley (Cowley Workers) 6.5

Best U14: Bill Read (Witney) 5

Best U145: Tamal Matilal (Cowley Workers) 5.5

Best U130: Billy McCauley (-) 5

Best ungraded: Jim Vincent (-) 5

Best U12: Jenith Wiratunga (Cowley) 4

Best U10: David Kardashyan (William Fletcher PSch.) 2

Best slow starter - 0/2: Domas Druzas (Didcot) 5

Best very slow starter - 0/4: Hakeem Asif (Cowley) 4

 

- Gerard O'Reilly (11 December 2016)


Fourth Witney Weekend Congress

 
 

This event took place on 22nd & 23rd October 2016 at Cokethorpe School, Witney. There were four main sections: Open, U170, U145 and U120 with a prize fund of over £1900.

 

Pairings and Results

Open | U170 | U145 | U120 | Entries | Prizewinners | Photos |


Witney Rapidplay 2016

 

The annual Witney Rapidplay tournaments took place on Sunday 25 September at the Batt School in Witney.

 

 

There were lots of trophies, medals and certificates! In addition, there were good quality trophies for permanent retention for the top three places in each section. Ties were broken using sum of progressive scores, followed by sum of opponents’ scores where needed.

 

Results and Pairings

Senior | Junior Major | Junior Minor

 

Thank you for your support - MT.


Dates for your diaries

30.8.16 - The AGM is on 12 September - start 19:30, so we may not run a junior session that evening (although there will probably be some chess from around 20:30). Normal club nights start again on 19 September.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all for the new season!

 

- Mike


Pavel features in Guardian chess column

 

29.7.16 - Michael Adams, the England No1, is making a rare appearance in the annual British championship, which reaches its half-way mark at Bournemouth on Saturday. Games are free and live to watch online (starting at 2.30pm), with master and computer commentaries to help understanding of what is happening.

 

Read more in Leonard Barden's column about the Championships


Cowley Summer Blitz Report

11.7.16 - Although over fifty people registered for this year's Cowley Summer Blitz, held on Monday 27 June, we ended up with a slightly lower figure of 47 participants. (Perhaps some couldn't resist the lure of watching live on TV the England v Iceland soccer match at the Euros!).

 

Full report with results here ... with thanks to - Gerard O'Reilly.


Summer Tournament

See all the pairings and results from this year's Witney Summer Tournament.


Annual Club Dinner

 

23.5.16 - The annual club dinner took place at Hacketts in Witney on Friday 20 May, and the trophy winners were:

 

Witney 1: Dave Hackett

Witney 3: Elizaveta Sheremetyeva

Witney 4: Marianne Hauer

Witney 5: Freddie Beneat

Chairman's Award: Josh Soanes

 

More photos here


Peter Wells Simultaneous Display - 14 March 2016

 

Very many thanks to Grandmaster Peter Wells for another enjoyable and instructive evening. Peter as always received many accolades for his sporting and generous conduct, including letting players have numerous move passes and allowing players to start a second game in the event of a quick loss. Mrs T.’s copious refreshments also went down well, providing the sustenance needed for the 25 attendees to achieve a number of wins and draws.

 

Josh Soanes, another of Witney Chess Club’s crop of promising juniors, deserves great credit for his win against Peter, as does even younger Hugo Rayner for his fighting draw, and I understand that Marc Ives’ draw will shortly be doing the rounds of Cumnor Chess Club.

 

Ian Bush (draw) and Gary Reynolds (win) also recorded excellent results.

     

The roll of honour:

 

Josh Soanes 1:0

Gary Reynolds 1:0

Marc Ives ½:½

Ian Bush ½:½

Hugo Rayner ½:½

 

Many thanks to everyone, whether players or organisers (Alan, Tim, Danny and Faith), for their support, without which these events could not take place.

 

More photos here

 

- Mike


Pavel wins 1st prize at the 39th Kidlington Chess Congress

 
   

14.2.16 - I know it's a bit late but just a few words about Pavel (left) winning first prize at the 39th Kidlington chess congress on his third attempt.

 

 

This is the first time he has entered the U225 section as a top seed and it was a new experience for him, but he coped very well and went on to win all his games finishing top with 5 out of 5! It was really fine display and he managed to beat a list of very strong opponents. After four rounds he was leading with 4/4 and a point ahead from the closest rivals so for the fifth round all he needed was a quick draw and he would have guaranteed himself the outright wining of the tournament. The game started well and he was offered a draw after 17-18 moves but he declined and played on like a champion!

 

The game proved to be one of the longest games and was entertaining quite a few spectators at the end of the tournament and Pavel managed to show his endgame skills and won it to finish 5/5.

 

I am very happy to see that Pavel is taking over from where Marcus has left it and keeping the Kidlington title with the Witney chess club! I hope Witney will continue to see more success stories of its players for the years to come!

 

Prizewinners 2016 | U225 Crosstable and Results | Other Crosstables |

 

- Asen Asenov


Kidlington Chess Congress 2016

10.2.16 - Witney Chess club were well represented at Kidlington Chess Congress this year, there being 11 players from our club spread over the 4 sections. They were composed of 7 juniors and 4 seniors.

 

Congratulations must go to Bill Read who scored 4/5 in the U120 section(2 draws and 3 wins) and came 2nd equal.

 

Bill has been board 1 for the successful Witney 5 team all season and has recently moved up to the 4th team. Definitely one for the future.

 

Our biggest plaudits must go to Pavel Asenov, (the highest-graded U 15 in the country!) who won the top section, U 225,

with a marvellous 5/5, a point clear of his nearest rival. At his rate of progress, I doubt if he will be allowed entry into that section next year! Pavel showed great powers of concentration and will to win in his last match when he could have easily accepted a draw, forcing the situation in an unbalanced position before going on to convert a Queen and pawn ending with consummate skill.

 

Photos here with thanks to Brendan Gorman | Tournament Report by Gerard O'Reilly

 

- Alan Gentry.


Witney Grades - January 2016

 

The revised club grades are published.

 

Grades are based on results up to 30th December 2015. They are not written in stone. Corrections may be made at any time, both to game results and to players' details, as errors come to light. They are based on games played up to 31st Dec 2015.

 

For detailed guidance on using the list, see the new ECF Grading website.

 


Cowley Christmas Blitz Report

 
   

The 2015 Cowley Christmas Blitz was held on Monday 14 December and attracted 54 entrants, the best total for our Christmas Blitz in the years for which I have records. The clear winner, with 9/10, was Witney's Marcus Harvey, the sixth time he has won the Cowley Blitz. The only point he dropped was in the final round against Graham McInnes of Didcot Chess Club. Sharing second place, a point behind, were Jake Holton (Witney), the current British Under-14 champion, and Didcot's Matthew Staniforth. They were followed by five players on 7½/10.

 

The success of Witney juniors was a noteworthy feature of the event. In addition to Jake Holton, other Witney juniors walking away with prizes were Elizaveta Sheremetyeva, Marianne Hauer, Bill Read and Freddie Beneat. The complete prize list is as follows:

 

 

 

Rose Hill Methodist Church, Oxford OX4 4JP

1st: Marcus Harvey (Witney) 9/10

2nd: Jake Holton (Witney) 8

3rd: Matthew Staniforth (Didcot) 8

4th: Csaba Koszta (-) 7½

Best Cowley player: Will Burt 7½

Best visitor: Graham McInnes (Didcot) 7½

Best junior (U18): James Cole (MCS/B) 7½

Best lady: Francesca Matta (Bicester) 6½

Best U165: Geoff Rasell (Cowley) 7

Best Cowley U155: Oscar Idle 6

Best visitor U155: John Place (MCS/Blackbirds) 6

Best U14: Elizaveta Sheremetyeva (Witney) 5½

Best U145: Marianne Hauer (Witney) 5½

Best U130: Kelly Riley (Cowley Workers) 5½

Best ungraded: Sandy Ruxton (-) 7½

Best U12: Bill Read (Witney) 5

Best U10: Freddie Beneat (Witney) 3½

Best slow starter - 0/2: Ian Bush (MCS/Blackbirds) 5½

Best very slow starter - 0/4: John Taylor (Cowley) 4

 

We at Cowley are grateful to everyone who helped make the event a success, especially:

 

Rose Hill Methodist Church for allowing us the use of the downstairs Hall for the event; the Kidlington Chess Tournament for the loan of the equipment we used; those who kindly donated prizes or made donations to the Lester Millin Memorial Fund; John Taylor, Will Burt, and Dave Robson for particular assistance with the transporting of equipment and setting up; Rob Harvey for manning the wallcharts and keeping the results up to date round by round; the many people who helped clear up afterwards; and, above all, our controllers Tim Dickinson and Priscilla Morris, for their calm and efficient running of the event.

 

- Gerard O'Reilly (19 December 2015)


Witney Rapidplay and the third Witney Congress 2015  

 

 

Just to let you know that all the details for the forthcoming Witney Rapidplay (Sunday 27 September 2015) and the third Witney Congress (the weekend of 17-18 October 2015) are now available; just follow the “Witney Rapidplay 2015” and “3rd Witney Congress” links above.

 

You can find the entry forms for the Witney Rapidplay here (separate junior and senior entry forms – please also note that there are two sections in the junior tournament) and for the third Witney Congress here.

 

If you are able to enter online, that makes the administration easier all round! - Mike Truran

 

 

Photo from 2014 rapidplay event

 
Weekend Congress 17 and 18 October, Cokethorpe School, Witney.
 
Pairings and Results: Open | Major | Intermediate | MinorEntries | More information |
 
Round times: Rd1 Sat 09.30; Rd2 Sat 14.00; Rd3 Saturday 18.30; Rd4 Sunday 09.30; Rd5 Sunday 14.00.

 


Rapidplay (Sunday 27 September 2015) Pairings & Results: Senior | Junior Major | Junior Minor | Entries | Photos |


 

Matt Rose | September 2015

 

Young guns on rise in federation ratings

The latest English Chess Federation (ECF) ratings list has been published showing the now standard upward march of younger brains at the expense of their seniors.

 

Oxfordshire has a fine record of producing promising juniors and presently boasts some of the most impressive young players in the country ... [Read more]

 


Witney's Jake Holton wins British U14 title

 
   

The British Chess Championships 2015 were held at the University of Warwick, incidentally where my parents both went to university.

 

Before the U14 competition came the U15, which I suppose was an overall success: 74 FIDE points won, largely thanks to beating the second and fourth seeds, but some bad games, blundering an exchange then collapsing the game after as a result.

 

Read Jake's report here ...

 


More success for Witney Chess Club juniors

 

12.8.15 - Many congratulations to Jake, who is the new British U14 Champion after coming half a point ahead of pre-tournament favourite Koby Kalavannan (FIDE rating 2178).

 

You can find details of Jake’s performance by following this link: http://bit.ly/1N2udZm

 

Pavel also did well in the Championship itself, scoring 5½/11 with a 2200+ FIDE rating performance and including a draw against Grandmaster Simon Williams.

 

Details of Pavel’s performance can be found here: http://bit.ly/1JTDQYg

 


 

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