32nd Crowborough Chess Congress
Saturday 16th September 2017
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Krzysztof Jamroz from Petts Wood playing at Crowborough for the first time won our 32nd event with a perfect 6/6 score. Pictured here with the Joe Berberich Cup and the first prize of £150.
Matthew Payne scored 5/6 for the 3rd year running and picked up 2nd place and £80.
It was one of our most competitive tournaments with 13 players graded over 170.
Unfortunately not everyone can go away as winners however we do have six grading prizes so everyone has a chance. Matthew Britnell had a tough start scoring only ½/3 but then had a storming 3/3 finish to pick up a grading prize of £40 while Martin Faulkner had the opposite experience of achieving a 100% score after 3 rounds but could not maintain the momentum but still picked up a share of the grading prize.
Both Matthew and Martin are amongst a number of parents who take advantage of the opportunity to play in this competition while their children are playing in the junior tournaments run by Sussex Junior Chess that take place with exactly the same time control and round times as the adults.
There are also a number of the stronger juniors who try their luck in the senior tournament and take a few scalps. 12 year old Oliver Manchester deserves a mention for a fine mature victory that overturned a 50 point grading difference and 50 years of experience. It was a particularly nice finish in an endgame that took home the point against yours truly.
In the junior tournaments Elena Currah & Thomas Kindell won the Crowborough Town Council Cup please see the Sussex Junior Chess website for full results.
Thankyou to Carol Graham for these views of the playing hall.
As always it is a big thank you to the band of helpers especially those from Sussex Junior Chess who make this congress possible at all. This includes all the catering, pairing and arbiting that takes place on the day and of course thank you to all of the competitors for coming along and supporting our event.
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31st Crowborough Chess Congress
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Weald Chess Congress 2015
The Weald Chess Congress took place over the weekend of the 11th and 12th July 2015 in Copthorne and attracted a record 140 entries.
The time control was the whole game in 80 minutes + 10 seconds a move and with 3 games on saturday that could mean 9 hours of chess so a number of players took a half point bye in round 3.
Full results can be found on the congress website.
Crowborough players' results ;
I have picked out the following positions from my games as I think they are instructional especially for our junior players.
I was white in this king and pawn ending and as in all such endings each player is only one slip away from disaster. My opponent decided to defend by playing 47... Kd6 ?? (Kd5 draws) and after 48.Kg6 Ke7 49.Kxh5 c5 the following position arises.
In order for white to stop black's pawn the white king must be able to step into the square created by the black pawn and have a clear run to the queening square. Which in this case it can by playing 50.Kg4.
The other important aspect of this position is to note that the two white pawns are safe from attack by the black king, as with careful play by white, if black captures one of the pawns the other will get away and queen.
This is one that got away from me.
I was black in this rook and pawn ending and once again have two passed pawns and felt that I was better due to my good king and rook positions. Unfortunately I did not find 48...Rc1 which is the only winning move. After this the white rook cannot stop both pawns in their relentless quest for promotion. eg 49.Rg4 f3 50.Rxh4 f2 and the pawn will queen.
It is worth remembering that in rook and pawn endings an active rook and control of the queening squares are extremely important.
My opponent broke the rule about not moving the same piece twice in the opening which is especially true when you are black.
Black has just played the tempting 6...Ng4 and if white plays 7.Rf1 black has the thunderbolt 7... Nxh2 8.Nxh2 Qh4+ winning.
However white has the choice between playing two good moves.
7.Qe2 which I played and after 7... Bf2+ 8.Kf1 Nd4 9.Nxd4 Bxd4 white is doing well due to his better development and more space or the complex 7.Ng5 when in a miniature played at the Gibraltar Masters this year the following position arose after 15.Nd5;
This is a good example of a classic checkmate that black did not wish to see demonstrated and promptly resigned.
eg 15... Qg3 16.Ne7+ Kh8 17.Rxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5#
Is also about checkmates and is why we practice those puzzles on junior club night. I just wish I was paying attention as if I had I would have won this game and taken home the first prize.
I was white in the above position and after my opponent had pinched a pawn on a2 missing a strong reply, I just had to finish the game off.
Unfortunately I played the very bad 34.c4 and though not losing in itself allowed the black king to escape on the dark squares. Can you see the checkmate idea that I missed?
Its simple when you spot it. 35.R2f6+ Kc5 36.Rxb7!! and if Rxb5 then all those hours practicing checkmates in one come to the fore.
and just for completeness if black plays 36...Rc8 then 37.Bd7! and the black rook is lost or its still checkmate.
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Summer Lightning 2015
Our annual 10 second buzzer chess tournament attracted 16 entries including three dads of juniors and guest Sue Carter from Uckfield.
With play fast and furious there were some remarkable games including some tough rook and pawn endings as well as a number of opening novelties!
Of the juniors playing Theo Hall performed exceptionally well scoring 2½/4 before he had to go due to an early start on Saturday morning.
Of the dads Mark Currah did best with a score of 2/3 including a fine sacrificial win in 15 moves against yours truly.
Game continued 11.Nxe6 Qb6 12.Nxg7+ Kf8 13.Bh6 Qc7 14.Qe8+ Nxe8 15.Rxe8#
Prizes were kindly donated by Chess & Bridge Shop and went to ;
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2nd Team Captain's Report - Season 2014/15
Last season, Crowborough 2 won every game & won Mid-Sussex Div.3 with games to spare.
What a difference a year makes !
Promotion was always going to be difficult with the higher standard in Division 2 & so it proved. The loss of Robert E., Gerry M. & David F. to the 1st team & other players unavailable from time to time or leaving the club made life in div.2 hard, but it should not have been terminal. Despite some very good performances from Jon L. & Amardip A. we have been relegated by probably only half a point.
The season started by being well beaten by Brighton 2 who greatly outgraded us & not unexpectedly, will get promotion. That set the scene for the season. Although we then went on to beat Brighton 3, a narrow loss to Hastings 3 in the end cost us dear. Jon & Amardip put in very good performances but we lost 3 – 2.
Next was a loss to Horsham 3 who again well outgraded us & look set to clinch the other promotion slot as Div.2 champions.
The match against Woodpushers 1 was the match that probably sealed our fate. A narrow loss kept Woodpusher above us in the division even though Jon & Amardip on top boards won their matches. The captain played rubbish & the match was lost 3 – 2.
Match 6 vs. The Argumentatives ended in a draw. Jon & Amardip drawing against higher graded players with Jon only having seconds on his clock. (nothing unusual there then). Again the captain played rubbish against a lower graded player trying to force the pace, made a truly rotten move from a good position & was the very lucky recipient of a draw offer. With a little more patience, a win should have been possible which would have won us the match & that extra half point that may have kept us in division 2.
The 7th match of the season ended in a 4 – 1 win for Worthing 2 although our overall grading was better than them. Again, the captain played poorly & lost from a strong winning position.
The 8th & last match of the season ended on a high with a win against Lewes 2. Our top 2 boards of Jon & Amardip winning & the captain on board 3 playing badly again. (does nothing change?) Gary M. & Caroline on the other boards getting draws to see us to the win.
Overall, it’s been an enjoyable season despite being relegated. The highs were the way Jon & Amardip performed along with no defaults for the team. My thanks to all the players but especially to Caroline, Graham & Gary for doing the away matches & filling in at short notice & Don faithfully organising the boards & refreshments etc. Much appreciated. Just one significant low was the way the captain performed. Might be better to give him the big heave-ho. It won’t come as a surprise!!
2nd team captain.
2nd Team Stats
Current League Table
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29th Crowborough Chess Congress 2014
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British Chess Championships 2014 Aberystwyth
A number of Crowborough members picked up sticks and travelled to West Wales for the annual British Championships.
First of all congratulations to David Howell on defending his British title with a fantastic fight back from a loss in round 4. David was a member at Crowborough for many years with his name appearing on the Crowborough Town Council Cup which is presented each September to the top score by a Crowborough Junior in our Chess Congress. From the age of 9 he was playing for our 1st team in the MidSussex League and a short while later played regularly on top board.
In the Major Open Joshua Higgs scored 6½/11 and came 4th=
In the age group sections
U16 Billy Twigg-Molecey scored 4/7 and came 6th=
U14 David Liu scored 5/7 and came 3rd=
U13 Kartik Velayudham scored 3½/7 (unbeaten!)
U11 Amardip Ahluwalia scored 3½/7
U9 Matthew Liu scored 2/7
U8 Suriya Velayudham scored 2/7
In the Weekend Atkins Open myself and Martin Faulkner competed. In this tournament everyone was very closely matched so there was no difference in pairings whether you won or lost. I luckily got off to a good start and scored 4/5 while Martin hit players in form scoring 1½/5.
With 4/5 I won the tournament and have no idea how I managed it playing some crazy chess on the way.
Click here for one of my games - not for the faint hearted (must be over 16 to view)
Rapidplay U2000 Amardip Ahluwalia scored 3½/6
Blitz 3m+2s Billy Twigg-Molecy 4½/9 beating myself 4/9 on the way.
Congratulations to all of above.
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Return to Montargis
During the recent twinning visit to Montargis with the juniors I was invited to return in June for the Open International d'Amilly.
So on Friday 6th June I duly boarded the Eurostar to Paris and after negotiating the Paris Metro to Bercy I caught the SNCF train down to Montargis.
I was met by the Goix family and after a beer and a few games of chess they kindly dropped me off at my hotel. Later in the evening I walked round to the chess club where the juniors were having a high tech training lesson with a big screen and chess base.
After a takeaway and beer (apparently a club night tradition) we settled down to numerous games of exchange chess that with the french rule of allowing checkmate by pieces added to the board were short and chaotic.
Chess proper started on Saturday and ended on Monday with 2 games per day. The field included two IMs; Benjamin Bushijo from a neighbouring club and was there to counter the Bulgarian challenge from Tervel Serafimov.
The good thing about playing abroad is that your opponents do not know how you like to play and in round 5 Jacques Masset made the mistake of almost forcing me into a crude kingside attack.
see the game here
I did lose to the french IM Benjamin but started round 6 in a great position on 4 points out of 5 with the two high rated IMs playing each other. Unfortunately my concentration was lost after 18 moves when what sounded like explosions came from the theatre roof. On leaving the playing hall to investigate I discovered that an enormous hailstorm was in progress. This was like no hailstorm I had seen with golf ball size hail stones hitting the ground (and cars) at tremendous speed.
On returning to the hall I was met by a scene of chaos as the central skylight had been smashed and pieces of the ceiling and hail stones were pounding a number of tables. But in a truly laid back fashion the french simply moved their tables to the edge of the room and carried on playing !
Anyway my concentration was gone and I offered my opponent a draw which was duly accepted. Similar results occurred on the other top boards.
4½ points out of 6 was a good return and earned me 7th place and 33 Euros.
See http://www.echiquierdugatinais.fr/ for full results.
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Montargis Visit 10th - 14th April 2014
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28th Crowborough Chess Congress 14 Sep 2013
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British Chess Championships 2013 Torquay
Our esteemed Chairman despite a poorly ankle travelled to Torquay offering wise words and encouragement to all our players.
Club Secretary did 'play' scoring 4/6 in the Week 1 Rapidplay and 4½/11 in the Major Open. Less said the better and despite his new training technique christened the 'Blue Duck' managed to blunder away pieces and won positions in wild abandon.
Warmed up with a week of adult chess in the under 140 grading section then in the second week took on the best juniors in the country.
Amardip scored a fine last round knight and pawn endgame win to finish on an excellent 5/7 and 6th= in the under 10s.
Tough to beat Joshua played in the under 14s scoring 50% and only losing once.
Scored a superb 7/11 in the Major Open finishing 6th= and in the process qualified for next years British Chess Championships that are being held in Aberystwyth.
Despite a tough start in the under 14s he was unbeaten in the last five rounds and finished 4th= with 4½/7.
Former Crowborough 1st team player and past regular junior player at the club won the British Championship for the second time and in fine style by clinching the title with a round to spare.
If anyone has any photos or wishes to expand on their performances with commentary or annotated games please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Crowborough Fun Day
Saturday 1st June 2013
With some nice weather the crowds were out in Crowborough High Street where the Chess Club sharing the Community Centre gazebo challenged all comers to a game.
It was a good advert for the club both Senior and Junior with a string of players taking turns to take on Amardip, Jonathan, Don and David.
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19th Oct 2012 Crowborough 2 vs East Grinstead 2
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2012/13 Season has started
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