06.04.2020 - Newsletter

To all Club Members We are open online Good Friday April 10that 6:30pm https://lichess.org/tournament/GB9m7jhT Usual rules 10 minutes +5 Sec increments – juniors start at 6:30pm adults join in at 7:30pm please. Current Leaderboard Please send me your online playing photos with your username and any stories. I will post on our website Gallery We are arranging Team Battles with other Sussex Clubs so please join our Team on LiChess. https://lichess.org/team/crowborough-chess-club We have created a Zoom Pro account so expect invites over the coming weeks to our special online training events including; Beginner classes aimed at our younger members Strategy classes for our intermediate members Game analysis for all members Opening Clinics for our stronger juniors and adults Master Classes...

05.04.2020 - New Plans for Online Chess

Following on from the success of the Online Tournament every Friday we are making plans for chess classes specific to individual needs.To this end we are rapidly learning how to use Zoom so do expect invites to online classes by email. These will be free for our club members with maybe a small donation requested from non club members.We are planning; Beginner classes aimed at our younger members Strategy classes for our intermediate members Game analysis for all members Opening Clinics for our stronger juniors and adults Master Classes with invited GM to talk and answer question We may also try simultaneous displays on LiChess.All suggestions welcome as we try to give value for being members of the Club in these rather strange times...

03.04.2020 - Clubnight Friday 3rd April 2020

We will be running our club tournament again tonight Friday 3rd April juniors from 6:30pm adults please join in at 7:30pm. I know it’s a little unfair but I am keeping junior and adult scores separately Link to LiChess tournament is https://lichess.org/tournament/wv7gcfyP Password CCC If you want to chat then link to Discord is https://discordapp.com/invite/yWJC2A4 Time control is 10 minutes + 5 secs a move but you can choose to go Beserk before playing your first move in a game. Half the time no increment but an extra point if you win. Also note if you win two games on the trot you are on fire and scores double in your next game. Tournament ends at 10pm. If you are still playing then that game continues and is rated but does not score in the tournament. More the merrier so guests are welcome and I have emailed our old club members to see if they want to join in. Just let me know your username by email. So you may see a few new names if not faces ...

27.03.2020 - Clubnight Friday 27 Mar

A REMINDER We will be running our club tournament again tonight Friday 27th March. Link to LiChess https://lichess.org/tournament/lrCp66r4  Password CCC If you want to chat then link to Discord is https://discord.gg/yWJC2A4  LiChess are struggling a little bit with the volume of users so bear with them if pairings are a bit slower tonight or you cannot see friends listed. More the merrier so guests are welcome and I am going to email our old club members to see if they want to join in. Just let me know your username by email. So you may see a few new names if not faces tonight. Adults please join in at 7:30pm – I know it’s a little unfair but I am keeping junior and adult scores separately . I have created a MSCL tournament to start on Wednesday 1st April at 7:00pm for everyone so an even playing field on that one. https://lichess.org/tournament/DwiWXMc8 Password is MSCL  REMEMBER I am keeping a record of Usernames and real nam...

26.03.2020 - Gladiators

Monday 30th March 2020 Make this a date for your diary.  You may have enjoyed the film "Gladiator"...................but this will be better! The 2nd Knock Out Blitz ("KOB2") competition is continuing online on Lichess.org. The competition has now progressed to the four quarter final games and these are scheduled successively every 30 minutes starting with the first at 7 pm on Monday 30 March. Each player has 10 minutes plus a 5 second increment per move so each game should complete within about 28 minutes. So you can settle in with a bag of popcorn and watch all four contests. To watch a game simply login to Lichess, locate the search option at the top right hand corner of the screen, type in one of the usernames playing in the game you want to watch, and then select the black-coloured TV symbol when the next screen appears on that player.  The 8 surviving contenders (the "gladiators" of the Crowborough Chess Club), and the times of their games, ...

20.03.2020 - Online Chess Club

Friday 20th March 2020 Remember to join the fun online – Juniors start 6:30pm Adults join in at 7:30pm Many of you are already members of LICHESS but those who are not should join beforehand at Lichess.org its simple and free you just need an active email address. Once you are a member follow this link and join the fun https://lichess.org/tournament/1crBjpAO password is CCC You can join and leave at anytime and the time control is the usual 10 minutes + 5 seconds a move. You can play as many games as you wish with the final result announced at 9:30pm. BESERK mode (less time but extra points) is allowed for the players wanting a faster game. Virtual Trophies can be won ! For the more Adventurous This part is not necessary to play chess in the tournament In order to speak and hear others while playing on LICHESS as well as the option to see my screen download the DISCORDAPP which is a free voice and text chat app. Works on your mobile, your laptop ...

16.03.2020 - DON'T WORRY

We can all still play chess on Fridays. If you have not already done so Register an account with LICHESS.ORG simple to do you just need an email address. Best to choose an anonymous name for example I am CROWCHESS and when not playing in our tournaments go to settings and turn on KID MODE to stop any inappropriate chat. Every Friday we will be running an Online Tournament between 6:30pm – 9:30pm but could I ask adults to not start playing until 7:30pm. A Link will appear on our website simply click and Join the tournament – password is CCC – you can join and pause and join again for as long as you wish until tournament ends. Pairings are automatic. Time Control will be 10 minutes + 5 seconds a move but we will allow you to go BERSERK which means your time control will change to 5 minutes with no increment and in return you will score DOUBLE points. Virtual Trophies for the winners! Please email with your Username so that at least I know who i...

13.03.2020 - CoronaVirus Update

We will be opening the Chess Club up as usual tonight Friday 13th March though I will be cleaning all the boards, sets and clocks before and after the club. However it will be perfectly understandable if you do not wish to come due to concerns over the virus. Also if you or your children have any symptoms or are feeling in anyway unwell please do not attend. Online Tournament To this end we have set up on LICHESS an online Tournament starting at 6:30pm. Password = CCC This will be a trial run and something if successful that we can run each week so that everyone can still play even if not attending in person. You will need to have joined LICHESS and created an account which is completely free. Do not use your real name as your username. I am CROWCHESS for example. Later today you should find the Crowborough tournament listed for starting at 6:30pm simply choose to join and after entering the password CCC you should be automatically paired at 6:30pm. You can j...

13.03.2020 - UK Chess Challenge Qualifier

For the past 9 weeks we have been playing the qualifier matches for the UK Chess Challenge.Click for Full Results PDF Overall Result; Winner – Henry Shaw Second= – Daniel Longley Second= – Oliver Stockham Fourth and Top Girl – Lucy Hopkirk Under 11 Result; Winner of Regency Chess Board - Oliver Stockham Second - Hugo Wibberley Third and Top Girl - Lucy Lai Qualification for the Mega-Final was by; Score a minimum of 15 points Highest Scoring boy and girl in each year group Players in age groups U12-U18 Nominated Wildcard by controller for exceptional performance Age groups as at midnight on 31st August 2019 List of qualifiers and method of qualification; Henry Shaw Top Under 16 Benedict Weis U16 Daniel Longley Top Under 15 Thomas Martin Top Under 14= Elliott Hookway Top Under 14= Benjamin Pearce Top Under 13 Suriya Velayudham U13 Lucy Hopkirk Top Under 12 Girl Rafe Chapman Top Under 12 Boy Dyl...

26.02.2020 - Lewes vs Crowborough Rapidplay

Our youth team achieved a hard fought draw away at Lewes last nght.It took 1½ hours for the first game to finish as all four games went into endgames.Thomas after achieving a half norm and 160+ performance at the weekend went into his game all guns blazing but misplaced a piece in the middlegame and despite multiple pins could not retain his material equality. However the endgame was unclear but efficiently executed by Austin.Raina shortly after equalised the score, nicely converting a strong pin from her bishop into the full point.The other two games were finely poised with non of the players giving any quarter.Ben was next to finish when he neutralised his opponent's edge by liquidating down leaving Henry with an impotent force of King, wrong coloured Bishop and Rook Pawn.So with the score at 1½-1½ all eyes turned to board 3 where Daniel and Jacob were fighting out a Rook, Knight and 3 pawns each endgame. With both their clocks ticking down to below 2 minutes une...

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