I hope everyone is keeping well in these difficult times.
Sadly it looks like very grim news about over the board chess.for the foreseeable future.
For those of you interested in playing some fun chess online, with a team element, David Fryer of Crowborough Chess Club is running a Mid Sussex League tournament on the last Thursday of every month (next will be Oct 29th).
The MSL event is between 7:00pm – 9:00pm, time limit 10 mins plus 5 seconds, play for as long as you like. You can play as an individual but if we get 4 along then we can challenge for the team title.
To take part first request to join the Worthing Knights Chess Club Online Tournament team (I then approve) on lichess and then request to join the Mid Sussex League team (David Fryer will approve), full details below (please don’t be put off by the number of steps, it doesn’t take long and is just a one-off – just call Dave and he will help as needed).
Sent by Dave Graham on behalf of Nick Skinner, Chairman. 07982 737784
JOINING INSTRUCTIONS 1) Create a lichess https://lichess.org/ account if you have not got one already (use the SIGN IN button on the top right of the screen) 2) Once signed-in to lichess, Select COMMUNITY, TEAMS 3) Select All teams 4) Search for Worthing Knights 5) Select Worthing Knights Chess Club Online Tournament 6) Select JOIN TEAM, solve the puzzle, select JOIN TEAM
Dave will then approve your request to join the team (you may have to remind him to do this!)
7) Once Dave has approved your request you now repeat the process for the lichess team Mid Sussex League
Once David Fryer has approved your request you can join the next tourney
1) Select COMMUNITY, TEAMS 2) Select Mid Sussex League 3) Select the latest tournament and JOIN making sure you choose to play for Worthing!
The Tarring Club has recently re-opened which is a positive step forward.
The club is having to adjust to the new regulations of social distancing, one-way systems, cleanliness, etc. and the chess club committee is staying in touch to see how they are getting on.
To resume chess in September, current guidelines indicate we would have to organise a risk assessment and then play potentially with perspex shields, gloves, masks etc. and cope with cleanliness issues on the sets and boards.
The hope is that over-the-board chess can resume at the Tarring Club in the new year. For now, the AGM and subscriptions are on hold until we have a planned restart date (hopefully you have all received a copy of the accounts by email recently).
The Mid Sussex League has announced that the league is on hold, probably until the new year, although they will review the situation every couple of weeks.
If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please get in touch.
Worthing Chess Club were delighted to have IM Tom Rendle at the club for the evening on 8th July 2019.
Tom started with an explanation of the following line in the Petroff Defence:
and then illustrated the potency of the line with a couple of his games.
Tom’s comments were insightful and well received by the audience. Plenty of suggestions came from the club members (some good and some not so good!) and were deftly analysed by Tom. A hugely enjoyable hour with many useful tips and strategies illustrated.
The 21 club members were then lined-up for the simul.
What followed was really special, Tom getting through all the games in a couple of hours not stopping for more than a few seconds over any move. This gave big chances to the simul players and was so refreshing – I’ve watched many simuls where the top player plays obsessively to win taking significant time over his moves, particularly where the positions get complex.
Huge thanks go to Tom for the spirit in which he played the event and for making it so enjoyable.
Simul Opening – First 45 Mins
The club players started really well with precious few, if any, significant errors. Tom was solid on all boards and had picked off a pawn or 2 but no games were clearly won. Ben, Alec, Matt and Max had all gone for it in the opening creating unbalanced positions which are tough to play against in a simul.
Simul Middlegame – Next 30 Mins
Many of the club players started to suffer in this phase as Tom built up some significant strategic advantages and some winning material advantages. As I wandered around my eyes went to Max Bennett’s game where Tom had sacrificed his Queen; Tom could find nothing better than a perpetual and Worthing picked-up their first half point.
Further hope came from Nick who was a pawn up and Tim who’d got into an ending where he had R & 7 pawns vs. N, B & 6 pawns.
Simul Endgame – Final 45 Mins
Plenty of wins for Tom but the club players fought back:
Matt played a lovely game weaving his way through the tactical complications
Nick converted his extra pawn into an exchange advantage and then more
Paul O’Brien was looking down and out but found a back rank mate
Hector was met by a strategic Q sac from Tom but defended well to get a draw
Tim was solid throughout and claimed a fully deserved draw
Dave Bennett and Alec were the last to fall and Alec picked up the best game prize having bravely declined a draw in an effort to win.
Final Score: Tom 16.5 – 4.5 Worthing
Big thanks to all who took part – see you for the new season in September.