Watford's 4NCL squad selection under way - please contact club if interested in taking part

Mike Luberto clock simul, 26 August - see below, LH column, to see how to take part

3rd Junior Rapidplay results now shown at http://chess-results.com/tnr457143.aspx?lan=1

CLUB NIGHTS

The club meets on Monday evenings (6.0 - 10.45) at West Herts Sports Club, 8 Park Avenue, Watford WD18 7HP.   Juniors have priority during the first 90 minutes.   There is usually ample free parking on Mondays.  

It is anticipated that there will be no separate juniors session on 2 September

Chess is played in the Function Room although members and visitors have access to the separate and comfortable lounge bar area - as well as alcoholic beverages, the bar serves tea, coffee and soft drinks.     

Intending new members of all levels and abilities (with the obvious proviso that they know how to play chess) are welcome.  Club policy is that newcomers are allowed three visits as guests to sample the atmosphere and decide whether they wish to apply to join the club.

Watford v Uxbridge, junior match, 7 January

Watford juniors celebrate, along with team coach Roger Lancaster, after retaining the trophy on 17 June
 

CLOCK SIMUL, MONDAY 26 AUGUST

Mike Luberto will give another clock simultaneous display (60 minutes on his clock and on those of his opponents) starting 6.30 on Monday 26 August.    Probably limited to 18 opponents at any one time (replacements will be allowed over an initial period, perhaps 45 minutes) and with upper grading limit ECF150 although some flexibility for border-line cases.  

The event is open to adult as well as junior members of the club.  To take part, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., remembering to mention if you cannot make 6.30.   We need to know the numbers in advance so as to set out the correct number of tables, boards, sets and clocks.

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR 4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE   

The first 2019-20 J4NCL weekend will take place 5-6 October at Basingstoke Country Hotel, Hampshire.   Two Watford teams are definitely expected to take part, with a third possible.   Interested new players are invited to use the "Contact us" facility on this website, no later than 2 September please, to request further information.   To be eligible, juniors must be under 18 on the date of the game in question.

We are particularly interested in juniors able to make the entire October weekend - but not to the exclusion of anyone who can make Saturday only or Sunday only.   

October will be the first of three J4NCL weekends, with the others on 18-19 January (South Normanton, Derbyshire) and 15-16 February (Mercure Daventry Court Hotel) 2020.    

Last year, our team (Alan, Aman, Avi, Theo, Sean, Avy) for the first weekend was strong enough to finish joint third (+3 =1 -1) in Division 2 - although the tie-break meant that the team missed out on a trophy.     

Watford's September 2018 (Saturday) team - from back to front, Alan, Theo, Sean, Avy

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

 

 

 HERTFORDSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE

The 2019-20 competition will begin in October.   In 2018-19, Watford - league champions for 5 of the past 7 years - finished as runners-up in Division 1.    (The competition was decided on match points, not game points).

Final league table below.  

DIVISION 1   P   W D L   MPs   GPs
Little Heath 1   12   10 0 2   20   36
Watford 1   12   9 1 2   19   38.5
St Albans 1   12   6 1 5   13   32.5
Hertford 1   12   6 0 6   10   30
Hemel Hempstead 1   12   4 1 7   9   28.5
Royston 1   12   3 3 6   9   26.5
Hemel Hempstead 2   12   0 2 10   2   18

 

Watford runs 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 2 finished third in Division 2 but Watford 3 and Watford 4 each only narrowly escaped relegation.   The under-120 team will finish in mid-table.

Watford also runs an all-junior team, playing against adult opposition, in the separate Hertford & District League.   The juniors won two of their eight matches.

 

PLAY AN AI (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)

Leela

Tired of playing the boring old computers that always beat you or play so weirdly you can't understand what is going on, asks webmaster Geir Erik Nielsen? Read our article on Artificial Intelligence and how you can install it at home

Also embedded in the updated article is now a video of how to get the best of Arena and Leela at home.

As a teaser for it all, and as an incredibly instructive game, here is how Leela deals with the Benoni

 

PRIVACY POLICY - FORMAL NOTICE

 

If you are a member of Watford Chess Club (the "Club"), your personal data will be processed by the Club for the purposes of Club and membership administration and to facilitate your participation in club competitions and similar events.  For fuller information, click "Privacy Policy" link under "Policies and Procedures".

 

 

 

 

CLUB NEWS IN BRIEF:

Hampstead u-1700, 10-11 August:  Maanav Nagda 3.5/5

Richmond u-80 r'play, 11 August:  Jake Tomy 5/6 (1st=)

Watford u-12 rapidplay, 29 July:   Maanav Nagda 5/6 (1st=), Seb George, Zishaan Ghafoor & Theo Hurrell all 4/6

UKCC South gigafinal, 20 July: Avy Dasgupta 5/6 (2nd=), u-9

Barry David (first left) and Neil Dunlop (third left) playing for the London team in the 24th European Deaf team championship, 16-20 July

Neil Dunlop (see pic above) scores 5/7 at the European Deaf team championships, 16-20 July

Michael Luberto wins all 13 games in clock simul against juniors, 15 July

Ed Holland and Andrew Stone tie on 4.5/5 in club rapidplay, 8 July, Paul Littlefair 3rd, 3.5 pts

UKCC Midlands gigafinal, 7 July:  Siena Gurjar 5.5/6 (1st), u-9 girls.

Club championship (Price Cup) ended 30 June:  Ernest Karumazondo & Andrew Stone 1st= with 6.5/7, Jeff Tomy 3rd, 5 pts; Darrell Pigott 4th, 4.5;  Mace Carnochan 5th, 4.

UKCC London gigafinal, 29-30 June:   Judith Tomy 4.5/6 (3rd=), u-7 girls;  Thenral Manimaran 4/6 (4th=), u-8 girls;  Jeff Tomy 5/6 (2nd=), u-12.

Watford Juniors 24-13 Uxbridge Juniors (17 June)

 

The three Tomy siblings (L to R, Jeff, Judith, Jake) pictured with Herts megafinal (February 2019) organiser Michael Flatt and their trophies.

Club rapidplay, 8 July 2019, results at http://chess-results.info/tnr453784.aspx?lan=1

Price Cup (2018-9 club championship), October 2018 to June 2019, results at  http://chess-results.com/tnr382758.aspx?lan=1

2nd Watford Junior (u-12) Rapidplay, 27 May 2019, results at http://chess-results.com/tnr435032.aspx?lan=1

Club rapidplay, 13 August 2018, results at http://chess-results.com/tnr374277.aspx?lan=1

1st Watford Junior (u-12) Rapidplay, 30 July 2018, results at http://chess-results.com/tnr373197.aspx?lan=1

 

UPCOMING CONGRESSES (MAINLY LOCAL):

Until this is updated, please refer to the ECF Calendar 

  

   

 

 

4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE - DIVISION 4

Watford will re-enter this event in 2019-20, with the first two rounds taking place in Maidenhead on 9-10 November, when the first team will renew its attempt to gain promotion to Division 3.    Dates/venues for the 4 later weekends are shown on our 'Fixtures' page.   Expectation is that we will stick to two teams although, if there is sufficient demand, particularly among our juniors, a third is not out of the question.    Interested new players are invited to contact the club committee (as an option to personal contact, you can use the 'Contact us' tab at the top of the page) to express their interest.

Main points to note are that 4NCL entails 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 Saturday of each weekend followed by (except in the May three-day weekend) 11.0 for Sunday's games.   In theory, reserve games start one hour later on each day but, in practice, few (if any) seem to take place.   All games are ECF-graded and FIDE-rated.

Final 4NCL weekend for 2018-19 was 4-6 May when we were back in Daventry for the last three rounds.   Sad news is that our first team, after winning five of its first six matches and looking possible promotion candidates, lost the next five - which left them with a slightly worse result (despite stronger opposition - all 11 opposing teams, bar one, finished in the top 15 places) than in 2017-18..   Our second team, playing in the same division, won three and lost seven of its ten matches which was pretty much in line with expectations.    The final league table appears below.

Go to http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ for more information, game scores appear at http://www.4ncl.co.uk/downloads.htm:

    P W D L GPs MPs
1 Crowthorne 1 (promoted) 11 10 1 0 47 21
2 Ashfield 1  (promoted) 11 9 0 2 41½ 18
3 Wessex B  (promoted) 11 6 3 2 39 15
4 Oxford 3  (promoted) 11 6 3 2 39 15
5 The Full Ponty 11 6 1 4 38 13
6 Celtic Tigers 2 11 4 5 2 37 13
7 Throw in the Tal 11 5 3 3 36 13
8 Poisoned Pawns - Next Generation 11 6 1 4 36 13
9 Fischer's Catch 11 6 1 4 33 13
10 MK Phoenix 2 11 5 2 4 37½ 12
11 Shropshire 2 11 5 2 4 37 12
12 Warwickshire Select 2 11 4 4 3 34 12
13 West is Best 3 11 6 0 5 31½ 12
14 Ashfield 2 11 5 1 5 37½ 11
15 Check Innmates 2 11 5 1 5 37½ 11
16 Wood Green Youth 8 5 1 2 24½ 11
17 All Anands on Deck 9 2 30 10½
18 Watford 1 11 5 0 6 32½ 10
19 Oxford 4 11 5 0 6 31 10
20 Banbury Bulldogs 11 3 4 4 27½ 10
21 CSC 3 7 5 0 2 24½ 10
22 Sussex Martlets 3 11 3 3 5 30½ 9
23 Rook & Roll 10 4 1 5 28½ 9
24 Wessex C 11 4 0 7 32½ 8
25 Shropshire 3 11 3 2 6 29 8
26 Barnet Knights 2 11 3 26½
27 The Pitstop 11 3 1 7 28½ 7
28 West is Best 4 8 2 25½ 7
29 Iceni 3 11 3 1 7 24½ 7
30 Cambridge University 3 5 3 1 1 14 7
31 Watford 2 10 3 0 7 18½ 6
32 Check Innmates 3 8 3 0 5 16 6
33 Crowthorne 2 6 2 1 3 10½ 5
34 Barnet Knights 3 11 1 0 10 14 2
35 Barnet Knights 4 3 0 0 3 4 0
36 Barnet Knights 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 Camberley Juniors 3 0 0 3 -2½ 0
38 Chesstivus 2 0 0 2 -3 0

 

 

 

Stone vs Lubarto

Andrew Stone and Michael Luberto in blitz face-off on 17 September

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.15 on Monday 16 September (and not 9 September as previously stated here)..

The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held at West Herts at 7.45 on Monday 10 September. The agenda below omits various attachments sent by the club secretary.   There proved to be no contentious issues; club membership subscriptions kept at 2017-18 rates; new constitution adopted;  officers, secretaries and committee all elected as per agenda.

2018 AGENDA

1.  Receive apologies for absence

2.  Approve minutes of September and October 2017 AGM

3.  Receive report from the President on the 2017-18 year, and to approve the Accounts for the financial year ending 31st July 2018

4.  Agree Club membership subscriptions for 2018-19

5.  Decide whether to adopt proposed new Constitution

6. Present trophies to winning individuals

7.  Elect Officers, Secretaries and Committee for 2018-19:

 

Post

(* = committee)

Incumbent

Nominations received for 2018-19

     

* President/*Treasurer (joint)

Hanisha Gurjar, Jennifer Hurrell

Hanisha Gurjar, Jennifer Hurrell

* Club Secretary

Paul Littlefair

Paul Littlefair

* Membership Secretary

vacant

 

Juniors Secretary (newly *)

Roger Lancaster

Roger Lancaster

Tournament Secretary

vacant

Andrew Stone 

Match Captains

Andrew Stone (1st, Russell)

Mace Carnochan (2nd)

Cecil Sloan (3rd)

Paul Littlefair (Sharp)

Sanjay Vig (4th ,u140ko)

Geir Erik Nielsen/Pete Edwards (u120,u120ko)

Christian Bland (H&D)

Andrew Stone (1st, Russell)

Ernest Karumazondo (2nd)

Cecil Sloan (3rd)

Paul Littlefair (Sharp)

Geir Erik Nielsen/Pete Edwards (4th )

Sanjay Vig (u120,u120ko)

Christian Bland (H&D)

Webmaster

Geir Erik Nielsen

Geir Erik Nielsen

Equipment Curator

vacant

Bradley Mead-Herbert

* Other Committee members

(up to 4, previously 5, additional positions)

Simon Charles

Roger Lancaster

Cecil Sloan

Sanjay Vig

Simon Charles

Bradley Mead-Herbert

Cecil Sloan    

Sanjay Vig

Auditor

Philip Abbott

Philip Abbott

 8.  Any Other Business  

Paul Littlefair

Secretary

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USEFUL CONTACTS AND WEBSITES

 

Watford Chess Club email address

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English Chess Federation

www.englishchess.org.uk/ 

Hertfordshire Chess Association

http://www.hertschess.com/ 

Hertfordshire Chess League results

http://chess-results.e2-e4.co.uk/ 

Hertfordshire Schools Chess Association

http://hsca-chess.com/ 

4 Nations Chess League (incl. J4NCL)

http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ 

Tournament chess results (main site for this)

http://chess-results.com/Default.aspx?lan=1

 

 FIDE RATING REGULATIONS

FIDE (the World Chess Federation) is seeking responses to a questionnaire about the length of games required for standard games to be FIDE-rated.    Apparently FIDE has received much correspondence suggesting it should change its rating regulations to allow shorter games to be standard rated.     The most relevant FIDE rating regulation for standard games currently states 
 
 

For a game to be rated each player must have the following minimum periods in which to complete all the moves, assuming the game lasts 60 moves.
Where at least one of the players in the game has a rating 2200 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 120 minutes.
Where at least one of the players in the game has a rating 1600 or higher, each player must have a minimum of 90 minutes.
Where both of the players in the game are rated below 1600, each player must have a minimum of 60 minutes.

 

It may not be immediately obvious but, taking by way of example the rule for players rated 2200 or higher, a time control of "all moves in 90 minutes plus 30 second increments from move 1" already complies because - if the game lasts 60 moves - the increments will have accumulated to an extra 30 minutes which, when added to the basic 90, total the required minimum of 120 minutes.
 
Just to clarify, all games which qualify for FIDE standard rating under its current regulations (and are played in England or another ECF-qualifying environment) are also eligible for ECF standard grading.    However, the reverse is not true.
 
If you wish to respond to FIDE, the questionnaire (completion needed by 26 October) can be found by going to https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/11769-qc-questionnaire-on-time-limits-for-rated-games.html.