"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer

Friday, 27 September 2013

NCA: Grantham 2 Kicks Off With 2 Victories

Nottinghamshire Chess Association League has already started. In division 2, Grantham 2 have already played two matches a won both.

In the first match Grantham 2 played home and beat the surprise of last season - Gambit 3. On the top board Andrew Hebert crushed Keith Roper very quickly. Keith blundered a pawn and then Andrew, playing Black, put his Knight on d3-square and there was no doubt who will dictate the terms in this game.
Another big surprise was Grantham player on the board 5, Callum Foard, graded 111, who beat with Black pieces Gary Hopkinson, graded 140! An excellent debut for talented junior.

Grantham 2
Gambit 3
Andrew Hebert
Keith Roper
Ivan David
½ : ½
Hamzah Ali
Chris Holt
John Huthwaite
Ben Mason
½ : ½
Richard Edwards
Callum Foard
Gary Hopkinson

Last Wednesday Grantham 2 went away for match with the traditional rival Long Eaton with very strong player on the top Board - Raymond Evans. However, Grantham top player Andy Hebert did not give him a single chance and gained very important point for Grantham as well as for himself.

Long Eaton
Grantham 2
Ray Evans
Andrew Hebert
David Williams
½ : ½
Chris Holt
Andy Robins
Ben Mason
Norman Davies
Will Grummitt
Wallace Bryce
Chris Cumbers

Another very important point for Grantham 2 gained former King's School junior Will Grummitt.
Well, so far so good!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Lowestoft Open, 9th-10th November 2013

“The Lowestoft Open is being held at Parkhill Hotel in Oulton Lowestoft on the weekend of 9th-10th November 2013. It would be wonderful if you could enter and have a great weekend playing some great chess.”

More information can be found at http://www.thelowestoftopen.co.uk
Warren Kingston
Tiagrace Web Design

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

"East Midlands" Go for 4NCL

Quite recently I received an e-mail from Christopher Dunworth containing following information:

East Midlands team in the 4NCL.

Out of the 81 teams competing in the 4NCL last season, only two were represented the East Midlands  Pandora's Box Grantham and Ashfield / Breadsall.

Most 4NCL matches are also played in the EM  Hinckley Island in Leics, and Daventry Court in Northants.

Therefore we've decided to enter a team in the 4NCL under the name 'East Midlands'. If a sponsor comes along then we'd amend the name accordingly.

We'd start in Division 3 for the 2013-4 Season, with the aim of establishing a solid mid-table first division team within 3-5 years. We'd also enter a second team over the next year or two, numbers dependent.

We don't wish to take away any players from the two established EM teams (Pandora's Box Grantham and Ashfield / Breadsall) but believe that there is a wealth of talent and ability in the East Midlands for an EM side to succeed. 

With a population of almost five million, similar to Scotland, and the 4NCL weekends on our doorstep, we believe that EM 4NCL chess should flourish.

We're looking for chess players with an EM connection, graded 180+, who'd like to play for us next season, and not necessarily every weekend.

If you're interested then please drop us a line.

With Best Wishes,

Christopher Dunworth

Division 3 South 4NCL Weekends @ Daventry Court Hotel, Northants, NN11 0SG.

16 & 17 November 2013

11 & 12 January 2014

15 & 16 February

22 & 23 March

3, 4 & 5 May 2014

Everybody who is interested, please contact Mr Dunworth.