4NCL - 2019/20 dates and venues (Maidenhead for first three weekends, Daventry for final two) for Division 4 now known - click on "Fixtures" at top of page for full information

Club facilities will be limited on 27 May due to the 2nd Junior (u-12) Rapidplay taking place that day.   Entries are also now being taken for the 3rd Junior (u-12) Rapidplay (click on headings in the 'Competitions' section, far right, for details of both events) on 29 July.

 

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.  

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

 HERTFORDSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE

The 2018-19 competition began in October.   Watford, league champions for 5 of the past 6 years, and reigning champions Little Heath are dominating Division 1.  

Provisional league table as at 30 April below.  

DIVISION 1   P   W D L   MPs   GPs
Little Heath 1  * 11   10 0 1   20   35
Watford 1   10   8 1 1   17   31.5
St Albans 1   12   6 1 5   13   32.5
Hertford 1   11   5 0 6   10   27
Hemel Hempstead 1 * 12   4 1 7   9   27
Royston 1   11   2 3 6   7   22
Hemel Hempstead 2   11   0 2 9   2   16.5

 * MPs assume Little Heath win o/s match where they lead 2.5-1.5

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.   Midway through the season, Watford 2, 3 and 4 are all in or about mid-table.

Watford also runs an all-junior team, playing against adult opposition, in the separate Hertford & District League.

New players interested in representing the club in 2019-20 should get in touch!

Go to the foot of this column for league rule changes applying for 2018-19:

 


 

 

 

 

JUNIOR 4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE   

The 2019-20 J4NCL weekend is expected to take place 28-29 September at a Midlands venue, very likely Daventry or Solihull, and Watford is preparing to send two teams - assuming, of course, enough juniors wish to take part.   We will ask for interested parties to come forward once the date and venue are confirmed.   This should be the first of three J4NCL weekends, with the others expected in January and March 2020.

Last year, our September team (Alan, Aman, Avi, Theo, Sean, Avy) 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.    Unfortunately there was not enough demand to raise a team or teams for later weekends.  

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

 

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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

 

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Stone vs Lubarto

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

 

 

CLUB NEWS IN BRIEF:

Watford's Chris Duncan, playing for Blackthorne Russia in 4NCL Division 1, found himself playing womens world champion Yifan Hou on 4 May.  See what happened at http://www.4ncl.co.uk/replay/1819/div1a_1819.htm#r9

Herts UKCC megafinal, 4 May:   Judith Tomy 5/6 (1st) in u-7; Jake Tomy 6/6 (1st), Ishaan Chadha 4/6 in u-10; Kaveer Mehta 5/6 (2nd=), Zishaan Ghafoor 4/6 in u-11;  Jeff Tomy 5.5/6 (1st=) in u-12.

4NCL Stevenage 19-22 April:   Ernest Karumazondo & Omowale Nelson 6/7 (1st =) in u-2050, Cecil Sloan 4.5/7 (4th=) in u-1825,  Tomy Joseph 5/7 (1st =) in u-120

St Albans Congress, 6-7 April:  Ernest Karumazondo 3.5/5 (3rd=) in Challengers, Tomy Joseph 4/5 (3rd=) in Minor 

Thenral Manimaran 4/6 in Berkshire u-8 UKCC megafinal, 7 April

Avy Dasgupta 5/6 (2nd=) in Michael Uriely memorial, 24 March

Club championship (Price Cup) 6th round (of 7) pairings are at http://chess-results.com/tnr382758.aspx?lan=1

 

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

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

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

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.

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.    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 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.

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 11 10 1 0 47 21
2 Ashfield 1 11 9 0 2 41½ 18
3 Wessex B 11 6 3 2 39 15
4 Oxford 3 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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.

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

(as at 12 May, problems on this website)

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