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All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club

10:41am Tuesday 18th October 2011

 

 

All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club

(centre): Marianne Hauer of Witney CC.

Experienced players joined the fun at Witney Chess Club’s annual rapidplay tournament last week.

 

For the first time, the event, at The King’s School, pictured, featured an adults section alongside the junior event, attracting 20 people.

 

The juniors section was also well supported, with 35 boys and girls taking part.

 

Mark Hannon won the adults section, with Geoff Rasell in second place and Maria Mate third.

 

Liam McKnight won the juniors section, with Zoe Varney and Matyas Hanisch sharing second place.

 

Chloe D’Souza-Eva and Benjamin Headlong won the under 11 and under-nine trophies respectively.

 

Susana Bennett-Anton won the controller’s award and Zoe Varney and Matyas Hanisch received free places in the forthcoming Richard Palliser simultaneous display, donated by the Oxford University Chess Club.

 

The English Chess Federation’s chief executive officer Andrew Farthing presented the prizes, and also presented the club with a commemorative set and board in recognition of it winning the federation’s website of the year award.

 

Witney Chess Club meets every Monday evening at Ducklington Village Hall.

 

For details, call Mike Truran on 01993 708645.

 

Source: http://bit.ly/p0fY6K

 

 

All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club

Archive - Tuesday, 18 October 2011

 

 

All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club

(centre): Marianne Hauer of Witney CC.

Experienced players joined the fun at Witney Chess Club’s annual rapidplay tournament last week.

 

All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club All ages enjoy rapidplay at Witney Chess Club

 

For the first time, the event, at The King’s School, pictured, featured an adults section alongside the junior event, attracting 20 people.

 

The juniors section was also well supported, with 35 boys and girls taking part.

 

Mark Hannon won the adults section, with Geoff Rasell in second place and Maria Mate third.

 

Liam McKnight won the juniors section, with Zoe Varney and Matyas Hanisch sharing second place.

 

Chloe D’Souza-Eva and Benjamin Headlong won the under 11 and under-nine trophies respectively.

 

Susana Bennett-Anton won the controller’s award and Zoe Varney and Matyas Hanisch received free places in the forthcoming Richard Palliser simultaneous display, donated by the Oxford University Chess Club.

 

The English Chess Federation’s chief executive officer Andrew Farthing presented the prizes, and also presented the club with a commemorative set and board in recognition of it winning the federation’s website of the year award.

 

Witney Chess Club meets every Monday evening at Ducklington Village Hall.

 

For details, call Mike Truran on 01993 708645.

 

Source: http://bit.ly/nRFmdQ

 

 

 

Witney reborn as top club

3:21pm Monday 9th May 2011

 

By defeating Cowley 1 on April 4, Witney 1 secured enough points to finish ahead of City 1 and secure their first division 1 title for ten years.

 

The club — seemingly in the doldrums in recent times - has been reborn thanks largely to the energy and enthusiasm of first team captain Mike Truran.

 

As well as success on the board, Witney also set an example by organising other chess-related activities — such as the recent opening preparation lecture by grandmaster Peter Wells.

 

Furthermore, Witney 3 topped their division - so congratulations to Mike and all those at the club. Key to the first team’s success this season has been Mark Hannon.

 

Playing on board 4 or 5, his splendid 12 out of 13 in the league is sure to gain him the first division top scorer award.

 

The following game - played in January - is rather one sided; but well demonstrates the ability to punish inaccuracies that has made Mark such a feared opponent.

 

 
   

Dave Robson (Cowley 1) - Mark Hannon (Witney 1)

Oxfordshire League, Division 1

Scotch Game

1.e4 e5 2.d4!? exd4 3.c3 Robson chooses the Danish gambit - recommended by Nigel Davies.

 

3...c5!? The usual way to decline the gambit is Capablanca’s 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Be2 Bxf3! 9.Bxf3 Qc4 when Black has few worries. Mark’s choice is rare and at least has the merit of requiring Dave to think for himself.

 

4.cxd4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Nxd4 We now have a Scotch - but without the c-pawns - or perhaps a Sicilian minus a pawn each! Black’s structure looks less attractive than in the Scotch proper. On the other hand, as in the Sicilian, Black’s Queen has access to the queenside.

 

6...Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Qd3!? Probably better was 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bd3 d5 when White could take advantage of the absence of his c-pawn with 10.Qa4.

 

8...d5!? 8...Qe7 9.f3 d5 would have been even stronger.

 

9.exd5 Qxd5 10.Nxc6 Qxc6 11.Bd2? White should be thinking about equalising and 11.Qb5 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Bd7 13.Qxc6 Bxc6 14.f3 would have been a good way to do it.

 

11...0–0 12.Qc4?! White should probably have castled; but after 12.0–0–0 Be6 Black is still having all the fun.

 

12...Re8+ 13.Be3 Nd5! 14.Qxc6 bxc6 15.Kd2?! Dave has succeeded in swapping queens but his king is still under fire. It’s relatively best to play 15.0–0–0 - gifting Black a pawn - but escaping the coming onslaught.

 

15...Bf5 16.Rc1 Unfortunately for White, 16.Bd3 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Rad8 just loses a piece Similarly, after; 16.Bc4 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Rad8+ 18.Ke2 Bg4+ 19.Kf2 Rd2+ 20.Kg3 h5 White is unlikely to survive.

 

16...Rad8 17.Ke2 Bg4+ 18.Ke1 18.f3 is no better since 18...Nxe3! (18...Rxe3+ also wins of course.) 19.fxg4 Nxg4+ 20.Kf3 Re3+! leads to mate.

 

18...Nxc3 0–1 White resigned since 19.bxc3 Bxc3+ 20.Rxc3 Rd1 is mate.

 

The original OT article is here at the bottom of which there are additional links to chess stories about Witney CC and OCA.

 

 

 

 

 

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