Entry forms for the Watford Junior (under-12) Rapidplay at West Herts Sports Club on Monday 30 July can now be downloaded from this site - click the appropriate link in the "Policies and Procedures" menu, top right on this page
Club nights (Mondays) now start 6.15 but Sunday evening junior sessions suspended until further notice

CLUB NIGHTS

The club meets on Monday evenings (6.15 - 10.45) at West Herts Sports Club, 8 Park Avenue, Watford WD18 7HP.   This includes public holidays with the exception of Christmas/New Year.

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, soft drinks and a limited range of snacks.   Juniors have priority during the first 75 minutes.   Please note however that, on 30 July, a junior chess tournament will be taking place in the Function Room so members will be restricted to games in the lounge bar.

There is usually ample free parking on Mondays, but less so when cricket matches are being played.   

Intending new members of all levels and abilities are welcome.   Club policy is that newcomers are allowed three visits as guests to sample the atmosphere and decide whether they wish to join the club - or, in the case of juniors, the junior waiting list.  (Juniors on the club waiting list are able to continue as guests).

 

FIDE DEVELOPMENTS - KIRSAN FINALLY DROPS OUT

Incumbent FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has finally dropped out of this October's contest to elect a new president.    KI remains on the United States proscribed list for - and we will be cautious here - real or imagined misdeeds and the US has implemented sanctions against KI and organisations with which he is involved including FIDE, whose main bank accounts have been frozen.  

Betting favourite to replace KI is Georgios Makropoulos whose record as deputy president appears to show him, until recently, as supportive of his predecessor and many of his more controversial decisions.    Also standing is English grandmaster Nigel Short - on a platform of, among other things, cleaning up FIDE.   The ECF has decided to nominate Nigel's team although, rather confusingly, ECF international director Malcolm Pein is deputy president-elect on GM's ticket.

In June, former Russian deputy premier Arkady Dvorkovich joined the runners - seen as indicating Russian keenness to remain involved in FIDE mechanics.  Former world champion Gary Kasparov noted, "I don't think you can say that Dvorkovich 'decided' to run for FIDE President.  He was probably told to do so.  That's how things work in authoritarian regimes".    

 

 HERTFORDSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE

 The 2017-18 season began in early October.   Watford, which headed the Hertfordshire League for the previous five years, ran 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.    

After a long run at the top, Watford relinquished the Division 1 title with the final league table as follows:

 

HERTS DIVISION 1

P

W

D

L

GPs FvA

MPs

Little Heath

12

8

1

3

34 - 26

17

Hemel Hempstead

12

7

1

4

32-28

15

Watford

12

6

2

4

33 - 27

14

Hertford

12

4

3

5

32-28

11

Royston

12

4

3

5

30-30

11

St Albans

12

3

4

5

28½-31½

9

Letchworth (relegated)

12

3

0

9

20½-39½

6

 

None of the other Watford teams will be promoted or relegated, each finishing in mid-table.   There's a separate under-120 league which the Watford team has won comfortably. 

Watford teams also entered the four county knock-out cup competitions, with just one still in contention by the end of May  - in the "open" event where Watford lost on tie-break to Hemel Hempstead in the final on Monday 4 June.   

As last year, the Watford team in the separate Hertford & District League (under-160 players only) was an all-junior side - except for one match where adults had to help out.   Our team won three and drew one of its 8 matches.

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR 4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE

Final 2017-18 J4NCL weekend was 21-22 April 2018, again at Park Inn, Telford.   Sadly, for the first time in several years, there was no Watford representation.   There has been a recent change of plans over 2018-19 venues with the first weekend (29-30 September) now taking place in Daventry, the second (19-20 January) weekend in Peterborough with the third (2-3 March) back in Daventry.

Coaching at J4NCL - picture courtesy of Andrew Martin

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.  These rules appear on the 4NCL website.

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

 

JUNIOR WAITING LIST / TRAINING

The junior waiting list closed on 30 June but should reopen later in the summer.

Sunday evening training sessions at the Coach & Horses, Croxley Green have now been suspended with the last session having taken place on 1 July.

 

Watford coach Simon Charles plays a mini-simul against three juniors at the Coach & Horses

NEWS IN BRIEF:

Paul Littlefair 7/9 in simul against club juniors, 9 July

Neil Dunlop England board 2 in Deaf Olympiad, July 2018

Kian Shah, Jeff Tomy both 4.5/6 in UK Chess Challenge u-11 gigafinal; Judith Tomy 4/6 in u-7 girls, Siena Gurjar 6/6 (1st) in u-8 girls, 8 July

Maanav Nagda 5/6 (3rd) in UK Chess Challenge u-9 gigafinal; Kaveer Mehta 5/6 (6th) in u-10; Lettie Ganyushin 4/6 in u-10 girls, 30 June/1 July

AGM date fixed for Monday 10 September - see 'Fixtures' page for full September programme

Mace Carnochan won the club championship for the Price Cup with 6/7 ahead of holder Andrew Stone on 5.5, both undefeated, with Ernest Karumazondo, Darrell Pigott and Samir Yassir joint third with 4.5. 

Simon Charles recorded a 100% score in a simultaneous display against 9 juniors and parents on 28 May

Jeff Tomy 5/7 (jt 3rd), 4NCL U1825 tournament,25-28 May

UK Chess Challenge, Herts South megafinal, 27 May:  Kaveer Mehta and Bruno Zheng 4.5/6, u-10 boys; Kian Shah 4.5/6, u-11 boys. 

Geir Erik Nielsen has set up a new YouTube channel at

SackAndMate banner

 

 

Jeremy Davies (right, above) got to meet and play ex-world champion Garry Kasparov on 4 October.

UPCOMING CONGRESSES (MAINLY LOCAL):

Until this is updated, please refer to the ECF Calendar 

  

   

 

 

4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE - DIVISION 4

After an inaugural season (Watford finished in mid-table with +5 =1 -5) to familiarise ourselves with 4NCL, the decision for next season (2018-19) is to enter a second team (and remain open to the idea of a possible third team) and for our first team to push for promotion from Division 4.   With that in mind, the club is looking for more 4NCL players both from existing members of the club - adults or juniors - and from any new members who may be interested.   (You can use the 'Contact us' facility on this webpage to get in touch).

The top three Division 4 teams were promoted at the end of the 2017-18 season, with four teams (Anglian Avengers 2, The Full Ponty, Hackney and West is Best 3) being relegated from Division 3.

Next season will see four 4NCL weekends taking place at Daventry, Northants, and one at Bedford.  All are within comfortable driving distance (roughly 60 and 45 miles respectively - incorrect distances were given here prior to 11 July!) of the Watford area. 

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.   All games are ECF-graded and FIDE-rated.

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

 

Jeff Tomy (left) collects his share of first prize at St Albans, April 2018, from chief organiser Ray Claret.

PRIVACY POLICY - FORMAL NOTICE

If you are a member of Watford Chess Club (the "Club") or a junior on the Club's waiting list, 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".

 

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 10 September - further details in due course.

At the 2017 Annual General Meeting,  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 

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  (after April 2018, vacant)

** Other Committee members

(up to 5 additional positions)

Roger Lancaster, Cecil Sloan, Sanjay Vig, Darrell Pigott (retired May 2018), Simon Charles 

Auditor

Philip Abbott 

 

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)

4 Nations Chess League (incl. J4NCL)

http://www.4ncl.co.uk/ (up to date)