Saturday 22 September 2012

Leicester Chess Congress 2012

It is that time of year just before the beginning of the new season when suddenly there is loads and loads of chess to play.

This week there will not be any matches on Tuesday, but there may be the chance of some friendlies down at the Heathcote Arms, although i probably will not be there.

On Wednesday 26th, there is the annual LRCA prizegiving and charity quickplay event at the Latimer Club. Contact Graham Booley if you are interested in forming a team.

The Leicester Chess Congress (The Atkins) begins on the evening of Friday 28th and finishes on Sunday 30th September. This takes place at Regent College off University Road and is Leicester's chess calendar highlight of the year. See for details. Even if you do not want to play, it is worth coming down just for the bookstall.

So far, Graham Booley and Rob Ensor (Formerly of this Parish) will be in the Major; with Hacker Dave, TPFKAR, Gordon and myself will be in the minor [a blog from everyone would be great].

There may be other Heathcote players too, but time to register, without the late entrance fee, is running out.

Like Sean says, 'Get your entries in'.

The following week, all three of our teams have their first matches of the season: HA1 is at home on Tuesday 2nd October against Braunstone 1. Also at home that night is HA3 against Syston 3. On Thursday 4th October, HA2 is away against Kirby Castlers 1.


Saturday 15 September 2012

Fifth Rounds of the Wylie and Harrod Cups

Our club finished its Summer Rapidplay competitions with two home matches on the same night.
We all fitted into the dining room.

All the Heathcote Arms players began their first games with white. Graham S defeated Alan Byron and Graham B beat Ed Galyov to finish the first half of the Wylie fixture even with their opponents.

Meanwhile, in the Harrod we had two new players on boards 3 and 4 both against experienced Willowbrook players. Chris was not messing around and managed a convincing win, whilst Drew went down on material quite quickly, but hung on until the bitter end with a lone king. Pete and John both lost their first games.

After the break, the home team went down 4-0 in the second games of the Wylie.

In the Harrod, Pete and John both won. Chris left a bishop en prise and was being forked all over the place, but managed a partial recovery, but then swapped off queens when material down. Drew played a far better second game - still equal on material until the ending. He was outplayed here, but again played down to a lone king, offering his opponent a draw on the way.

On paper the results for the night were quite bad, but there were good individual performances. Chris and Drew both show considerable promise.

This Tuesday (18/9/12), there are no matches and the dining room and skittle alley are both booked out, but we should be able to play some friendlies in the bar.

Well done everyone,


Wylie Cup

11 SepHeathcote Arms 1W - BB - WWigston 2
2 - 6
1192Sharpe, Graham1 - 00 - 1Byron, Alan203
2160Cowley, Michael0 - 10 - 1Horspool, Philip177
3141Booley, Graham1 - 00 - 1Galyov, Ed151
4105TPFKAR0 - 10 - 1Harlow, Phil155

 Harrod Cup

11 SepHeathcote Arms 1W - BB - WWillowbrook 1
3 - 5
1149Peter the President0 - 11 - 0Pattinson, John151
2130The Grinder0 - 11 - 0Deacon, Paul150
380Chris Johnson1 - 00 - 1Busby, Michael118
460Drew Harbidge0 - 10 - 1Adams, Mick81

Saturday 8 September 2012

Harrod Cup Last Round

On Tuesday 11th September 2012, we play at home in the Harrod Cup against Willowbrook. This is an opportunity to field a couple of new players.

There will be friendlies too.