More FIDE rule changes came into effect 1 January 2018 - see foot of right-hand column, where important changes underlined
Sunday evening sessions (6-8) for juniors at the Coach & Horses, Croxley Green,  resumed on 7 January.
 
 

CLUB NIGHTS

The club meets on Monday evenings at West Herts Sports & Social Club, Park Avenue, Watford, from 6.30 to 10.45.   

Chess is played in the Function Hall although members and visitors also have access to the separate and comfortable lounge bar area - as well as alcoholic beverages, the bar serves tea, coffee and soft drinks and a limited range of snacks including rolls.   Juniors have priority during the first hour .   There is ample free parking on Mondays at the new venue.

Members are asked to remember that glasses brought to the playing area need to be returned to the bar - they lack their own means of propulsion - and that the hall should be left tidy.

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR 4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE

Next J4NCL weekend is 20-21 January at the Park Inn, Telford, with Watford having already withdrawn its third team and a second team looking increasingly unlikely.   

Three Watford teams competed in the first J4NCL 2017-18 weekend (30 September/1 October) at De Vere Wokefield Park, near Reading, with 16 of our juniors spending part or all of the weekend there.   Our strongest team played in Division 1, which this year is FIDE-rated, and the other two teams in Division 2.   All three scored 50% or slightly better.

Final J4NCL weekend is 21-22 April 2018, again at Park Inn, Telford.   

Watford Juniors 1 (L to R, Avi, Kian, Aman, Roshan) at October J4NCL

To maintain its elite status, Division 1 is restricted to teams with average strength ELO1400 (or ECF standardplay equivalent) while Division 2 is open to teams with average strength ECF85 (whether standardplay or rapidplay).  

To meet FIDE requirements, Division 1 games will be played with a longer time-control, i.e. all moves in 80 minutes but with 10 second increments from move 1.   Saturday's games will commence 10.0, 13.30 and 17.0 with Sunday's games at 10.0 and 13.30.  Coaching sessions have been retained, aligned with the Division 2 timetable, but Division 1 players will be unable to attend these unless their games finish early.  The new rules  now appear on the 4NCL website.

4ncl_dinner

Watford Juniors 2 (L to R, Alexander, Dharmik, Bruno, Param.  Not shown, Karan) at October J4NCL 

Watford Juniors 3 (L to R, Zak, Siena, Avie, Theo.  Not shown, Lettie) at October J4NCL

More background on J4NCL appears at http://www.watfordchessclub.org/index.php/junior-4-nations-weekend

 

 

JUNIOR WAITING LIST / TRAINING

The junior waiting list recently closed on 26 December.   More information from the Juniors Secretary or use the "Contact Us" link.    

Sunday evening training sessions (6 until 8) take place at the Coach & Horses, Croxley Green, resuming 7 January after the Xmas/New Year break.  This is an open-to-all drop-in.   There is no charge as the pub lets us have the free use of several tables - but please do buy the occasional drink otherwise we shall become unwelcome customers!

 

 HERTFORDSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE, 2017/8

 The 2017/8 season began in early October.   Watford is running four teams in the main section of the league (in Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively) and a fifth team in the under-120 league.   Watford teams are also contesting the four knock-out cup competitions.

 

As last year, the Watford team in the separate Hertford & District League (under-160 players only) is an all-junior side.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Kian Shah 6/9 (jt 8th), London u-12 (major) final; Bruno Zheng 5.5/9 u-12 (minor); Adithya Pramod Paleri 4.5/6 (jt 2nd), Xmas major; Roshan Gurjar 4/6 (jt 4th), Xmas minor, 28-30 December

Roshan Gurjar 6/7 (jt 2nd), London u-10 (major) final, 16-17 December

Chris Duncan 5/9 at Olympia FIDE Open, 1-11 December

Kaveer Mehta 5.5/6, jt winner Shenley u-10 rapidplay, 25 November, Theo Hurrell 4.5/6 (rd 6 loss v ECF170) in u-12

 

Jeremy Davies got to meet and play ex-world champion Garry Kasparov on 4 October, game appears below.

UPCOMING CONGRESSES (MAINLY LOCAL):

Until this is updated, please refer to the ECF Calendar 

  

   

 

 

         4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE - DIVISION 4

The next weekend is taking place this weekend at De Vere Wokefield Estate, near Reading.    After wins in our two November matches, we rotated our team which resulted in a round 3 loss to Surbiton.  Full round 3 results:

The Pitstop 1 - 5 Oxford 3
Iceni 1 4 - 1 West is Best 4
Wessex B 5 - 1 Kent KJCA Kestrels
Watford 1.5 - 4.5 Surbiton
All Anands on Deck 3 - 3 Throw in the Tal
CSC 2 3.5 - 2.5 Poisoned Pawns 2
Fischer's Catch 2 - 4 CSC 3
Iceni 3 0.5 - 5.5 Oxford 4
Barnet Knights 3 1 - 5 Iceni 2
Brown Jack 3 2.5 - 3.5 K Kings 2
Invicta Chess 1.5 - 4.5 Brown Jack 2
Sussex Martlets 3 2.5 - 2.5 MK Phoenix 2
Barnet Knights 4 0.5 - 5.5 D&D United

 

However, Sunday saw a reversal in our fortunes.   Round 4 results:

Iceni 2 4 - 2 The Pitstop
CSC 3 1.5-4.5 Iceni 1
Oxford 4 1 - 4 Watford
Brown Jack 2 3 - 3 Wessex B
K Kings 2 1.5-4.5 All Anands on Deck
MK Phoenix 2 1 - 5 CSC 2
D&D United 1.5 - 4.5 Fischer's Catch
Oxford 3 4 - 2 Barnet Knights 3
West is Best 4 5 - 1 Iceni 3
Kent KJCA Kestrels 4 - 2 Brown Jack 3
Surbiton 5 - 1 Invicta Chess
Throw in the Tal 5 - 1 Sussex Martlets 3
Poisoned Pawns 2 5 - 1 Barnet Knights 4
Crowthorne 4 - 2 * Barnet Knights 2
Barnet Knights 2 3 - 3 * Camberley Juniors
Camberley Juniors 1 - 5 * Crowthorne

                                             * = triangular match

The three later weekends are 10-11 February, 24-25 March and 5-7 May (3 days), all at the same Berkshire venue, making a total of 11 rounds.  All games are ECF-graded and FIDE-rated. 

Main points to note are that it's one round each day, with the rate of play 40 moves in 100 minutes (plus 30 second increments from move 1) followed by the rest of the game in 50 minutes (again with 30 second increments). That means a 60-move game could conceivably take as long as 6 hours, far longer than local league chess.   Starting times are 2.0 on the first day of a weekend, 1.0 on the middle day of a three-game weekend, and 11.0 on the final day with reserve games starting one hour later on each day.

Watford will, in all probability, enter a second team in 4NCL in 2018-19.    League table after round 4 of 11 below.  Go to http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ for more information, game scores appear at http://www.4ncl.co.uk/downloads.htm:

 

DIVISION 4 SOUTH

P

W

D

L

GPs

MPs

1

Oxford 3

4

4

0

0

18½

8

2

Iceni 1

4

4

0

0

18

8

3

Crowthorne

4

4

0

0

16½

8

4

CSC 2

4

4

0

0

16

8

5

Wessex B

4

3

1

0

16½

7

6

All Anands on Deck

4

3

1

0

15½

7

7

Surbiton

4

3

0

1

16½

6

8

Iceni 2

4

3

0

1

16

6

9

Watford

4

3

0

1

14½

6

10

Throw in the Tal

4

2

1

1

14

5

11

West is Best 4

4

2

1

1

14

5

12

Kent KJCA Kestrels

4

2

1

1

12½

5

13

Fischer's Catch

4

2

0

2

15

4

14

Brown Jack 2

4

1

2

1

13

4

15

CSC 3

4

2

0

2

13

4

16

The Pitstop

4

2

0

2

13

4

17

Oxford 4

4

2

0

2

13

4

18

Poisoned Pawns 2

4

2

0

2

11½

4

19

Barnet Knights 2

4

1

1

2

12

3

20

K Kings 2

4

1

1

2

10

3

21

Camberley Juniors

4

0

2

2

9

2

22

MK Phoenix 2

4

0

2

2

2

23

D&D United

2

1

0

1

7

2

24

Sussex Martlets 3

4

0

1

3

7

1

25

Brown Jack 3

4

0

0

4

6

0

26

Barnet Knights 3

4

0

0

4

5

0

27

Iceni 3

4

0

0

4

0

28

Invicta Chess

4

0

0

4

4

0

29

Barnet Knights 4

4

0

0

4

0

30

Cambridge University 3

2

0

0

2

½

0

                   

 

 

 

 

 

  

Simon Charles, en route to winning the club rapidplay on 1 August, takes on Theo Hurrell with eventual runner-up Cecil Sloan in the background

 

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

The club's Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 5 September 2017 and a motion passed adjourning matters to a further session held on Tuesday 10 October, following which the following elections/appointments were made:   

post

(** = committee)

Postholders

2017-18

   

** President

Hanisha Gurjar & Jennifer Hurrell (joint)

** Club Secretary

Paul Littlefair 

**Treasurer

Hanisha Gurjar & Jennifer Hurrell (joint)

** Membership Secretary

Vacant 

Juniors Secretary

Roger Lancaster 

Tournament Secretary

Vacant

Match Captains, 2017-18

 

Andrew Stone (1st, Russell)

Mace Carnochan (2nd) 

Cecil Sloan (3rd)

Paul Littlefair (Sharp)

Sanjay Vig (4th, u-140 k-o)

Pete Edwards & Geir Erik Nielsen (joint u-120 & u-120 k-o)

Christian Bland (Hertford & District)

Sanjay Vig (4 Nations Chess League)

Various (Junior 4NCL)

Webmaster 

Geir Erik Nielsen 

Equipment Curator

Mace Carnochan 

** Other Committee members

(up to 5 additional positions)

Roger Lancaster, Cecil Sloan, Sanjay Vig, Darrell Pigott, Simon Charles 

Auditor

Philip Abbott 

 

 

 HERTFORDSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE, 2016/7

 Slip-ups by opposing teams meant that Watford narrowly retained the Division 1 title, which it has now won for the 5th consecutive year, before completing a "double" by winning the county open knock-out cup (known as the Russell Trophy) for the third time in those years.

Watford amassed 15 match-points (+6 =3 -3) from a maximum of 24. In a close finish, this left them just ahead of Hemel Hempstead and Little Heath (both with 14 match-points), Royston (13), Hertford (12), St Albans (10) and Bishops Stortford whose total of 6 match-points meant relegation.

Watford 2 (+5 =1 -6) and Watford 3 (+1 =1 -10) each played in Division 2, with the former ending in mid-table but the latter relegated.   Watford 4 (+10 =1 -3) won its last match to gain promotion, albeit only on tie-break, from Division 5. Another Watford team finished third (+8 =2 -4) of eight teams in the related under-120 league while yet another lost to Stevenage in the final of the county under-140 knockout cup.

The separate Hertford & District League, restricted to players graded under 160, was contested by the club's junior team (+1 =1 -6) against adult opposition. The juniors found the opposition tough but enjoyed the experience.  Full results of all events may be found in the "Latest Results" section.

 

KEITH ARKELL SIMULTANEOUS

The English Chess Federation's "Chess Master @ The Local" programme arrived at The Happy Hour pub in Eastbury Road, Watford, on 25 August 2016   

Local juniors turned out in numbers to take on grandmaster Keith Arkell, along with some adult members of the club and rather more members of the general public who had been attracted by the publicity.   In all, 20 people played against Keith (a couple more than once!) but only former Zimbabwean international Ernest Karumazondo prevailed.

For more information, go to this Watford Observer article 

ABERYSTWTYH 2014 - FIDE AMENDS RULES

Those interested in the history of this dispute can find details at http://watfordchessclub.org/index.php/c ... cle?id=118  The FIDE Laws of Chess now include a new law 10.2 reading "The total score of any game can never exceed the maximum score normally given for the game ..." which covers this point.     

 

 

 

 

 

USEFUL CONTACTS AND WEBSITES

 

Watford Chess Club email address

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English Chess Federation

www.englishchess.org.uk/ (up to date)

Hertfordshire Chess Association

http://www.hertschess.com/ (appears to be somewhat out of date)

Hertfordshire Chess League results

http://chess-results.e2-e4.co.uk/ (up to date)

Hertfordshire Schools Chess Association

http://hsca-chess.com/ (variable but currently seems up to date)

 

 

 FIDE Laws of Chess

Amendments approved by 2017 FIDE Executive Board in Antalya, Turkey

to be valid from 1 January 2018

7.5.1 An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. If during a game it is found that an illegal move has been completed, the position immediately before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. Articles 4.3 and 4.7 apply to the move replacing the illegal move. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.
7.5.2 If the player has moved a pawn to the furthest distant rank, pressed the clock, but not replaced the pawn with a new piece, the move is illegal. The pawn shall be replaced by a queen of the same colour as the pawn.
7.5.3 If the player presses the clock without making a move, it shall be considered and penalized as if an illegal move.
7.5.4 If a player uses two hands to make a single move (for example in case of castling, capturing or promotion) and pressed the clock, it shall be considered and penalized as if an illegal move.
7.5.35 After the action taken under Article 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.4 for the first completed illegal move by a player, the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player.However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’sking by any possible series of legal moves.
7.6 If, during a game it is found that any piece has been displaced from its correct square, the position before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.
Articles 7.7.1, 7.7.2, 7.8.1 and 7.8.2 to be deleted
Editor's note:  Articles prefixed with the letter "A" apply to rapidplay but not standard games
Old Article A.4.2 deleted entirely and replaced by following amended Article A.4.2
A.4.2 If the arbiter observes an action taken under Article 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.4, he shall act according to Article 7.5.5, provided the opponent has not made his next move. If the arbiter does not intervene, the opponent is entitled to claim, provided the opponent has not made his next move.  (However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves - this sentence is deleted).   If the opponent does not claim and the arbiter does not intervene, the illegal move shall stand and the game shall continue. Once the opponent has made his next move, an illegal move cannot be corrected unless this is agreed by the players without intervention of the arbiter.
A.4.3 To claim a win on time, the claimant may stop the chessclock and notify the arbiter. (For the claim to be successful, the claimant must have time remaining on his own clock after the chessclock has been stopped - this sentence is deleted).  However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the claimant cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.
A.4.5 The arbiter shall (replaces "can")also call a flag fall, if he observes it.