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Club Championship 2018-19


  1. As last year, the club championship is split into two categories : an open competition and a competition for players graded below 110.

  2. Rules are identical for both competitions. Both competitions are all-play-all once.
    Colours for games are pre-determined, as in the tables below and on the noticeboard.

  3. Points for games are as follows :
    • 1 point for a win
    • point for a draw
    • 0 points for a defeat
  4. Final positions will be decided as follows:
    • Number of points
    • Number of wins
    • If there is a tie for first place, a rapid-play play-off of two games, with each player having 30 minutes on the clock for all moves in each game. This will also be used to decide other places, if the players concerned want to do that.
  5. Standard Essex League rules apply. Each game will be played on the clock. Each player will have 1 hr 20 mins, plus an increment of an additional 10 seconds for every move made. By agreement of both players the time may be reduced to 1 hour each (again, with an incremental 10 seconds per move made).

  6. Players should write their moves down during the game. Once a player has fewer than five minutes remaining on the clock, however, a player does not have to record his moves. This is to get players used to competition conditions.

  7. Players commit to play all their games. The organiser will be pestering the players who are falling behind on their games played (apologies in advance!). Anybody dropping out having played five games or fewer (in the major category) or two games or fewer (in the minor category) will have all results voided. This is designed to be fair on the other players. Anybody dropping out after playing more games will have the remaining unplayed games decided on an estimated result. This will be decided by the organiser in consultation with the Club Committee.

  8. Based on past experience, players should please try to get as many games played as possible in the summer months, before the start of the regular season. Ideally we would like to get all games played by Christmas.

  9. The organiser is Martin. Please inform him of your results, either in person or by e-mail.

  10. We hope you all enjoy the competition.


On Wed 4th July we had our first two games.

Ken vs. Mick 1-0  ...   Ken opened with the English (1. c4), Mick's queen ended up in the middle of the board quite early and he fell quickly behind in development.

Martin vs. Gordon 1-0  ...  Philidor's Defence (1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 d6). Martin had knight, bishop and queen attacking a castled king in a closed position.

Wed 25th July
Martin vs. Lyn 0-1
Jonathan vs. Ken 0-1

Wed 1st Aug
Gordon vs. Lyn 0-1
Simon vs. Martin -   ...surprise, surprise!

Wed 8th Aug
Ken vs. Simon 1-0
Mick vs. Martin 0-1
Jonathan vs. Barry 1-0

Wed 15th Aug
Gordon vs. Ken 0-1  ...Ken extends his championship lead.
Jonathan vs. Simon -

Wed 22nd Aug
Lyn vs. Simon 1-0  ...Lyn reduces Ken's championship lead.
Martin vs. Jonathan 1-0

Wed 29th Aug
Jonathan vs. Lyn 0-1
Ken vs. Martin 1-0
Simon vs. Gordon 1-0

Wed 19th Sep
Barry vs. Ken 1-0  Barry dented Ken's championship hopes.
Lyn vs. Mick 1-0    Mick played well and had a good position but then Lyn got lucky (his own words).
Gordon vs. Jonathan 0-1

Wed 26th Sep
Mick vs. Barry 1-0  Mick won a king and pawn ending.

Wed 3rd Oct
Mick vs. Gordon 0-1

Wed 10th Oct
Gordon vs. Barry 0-1

Jonathan Simon Gordon Ken Martin Lyn Mick Barry Played Points
Newby, Jonathan w b 1w 0 b 0 w 0 b w 1 6 2
Moth, Simon C b w 1 b 0 w b 0 w b 5 2
Clarke, Gordon w 0b 0 w 0 b 0 w 0 b 1 w 0 7 1
Groce, Ken b 1 w 1 b 1 w 1 b w 1 b 0 6 5
van Tol, Martin w 1 b w 1 b 0 w 0 b 1 w 6 3
Stiffell, Lyn b 1 w 1 b 1 w b 1 w 1 b 5 5
Smith, Michael w b w 0 b 0 w 0 b 0 w 1 5 1
Jones, Barry b 0 w b 1 w 1 b w b 0 4 2


Wed 1st Aug
Mick vs. Tony 1-0
Ian vs. Gordon 0-1

Luc Harvey Colin Ian Mick Tony Gordon Played Points
Wilson, Luc w b w b w b 0 0
French, Harvey b w b w b w 0 0
Corrigan, Colin w b w b w b 0 0
Thompson, Ian b w b w b w 0 1 0
Smith, Michael w b w b w 1 b 1 1
Sullivan, Tony b w b w b 0 w 1 0
Clarke, Gordon w b w b 1 w b 1 1