22.1.17 U140 qualify for ECF stages with narrow win at Sussex

Despite starting a board short, the U140s pulled off a fine 9-6 win over Sussex on Saturday. Although we started a man short (playing 14 vs 15) that deficit was soon removed thanks to early wins from Paul Laskier and Alan Brewis. Brian Kirby managed a very creditable draw against his 44-grading-points higher opponent, and with Peter Seeley and Stephen Dicks scoring wins around the time control, the match state was looking good.

U120s draw 6-6 at Surrey

Wins were achieved by Mark Duggin ( opponent graded 116 ) on board 5; Chris Pines on board 6 against his opponent graded 112 against Chris's 102; Mark Lynch on board 6 against his opponent on a grade of 104, Alexandros Kalyviotis ( playing his first county match on an estimated grade of 100 ) won against his opponent graded at 103; and Peter Baker won on board 12 against an opponent graded 69. Steve Dicks on board 3 and Terry Douse on board 4 both on 117 grades had the only 2 draws. Commiserations to those who lost their matches but it was very close indeed.

HCA Newsletter

Contributions towards an end of season newsletter covering Herts chess activity over the 2016-17 season would be welcomed. Previous newsletters from Steve Law and Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell were well received. They can also form a useful results summary and social commentary of the Herts chess scene. Pictures, games, anecdotes are welcomed. The resultant newsletter would be free to contributors and members of the HCA. Content to the editor, Alan, please. alanl.brewis@ntlworld.com.

U140s beat Middlesex 9.5 - 5.5 in first match

The U140 season got off to a fine (if belated start) with a win over 13 Middlesex players by 4 clear boards. Despite Middlesex turning up ultimately with 13 players (vs our 15) we still won the actual match by 5 wins to 3, and hence ran out comfortable winners by 9.5- 5.5. Top 4 boards scored heavily, with 3 wins by Paul Laskier (on his board 1 debut) Michael Flatt and Andrew Maclaren, backed up by a brace lower down the team from Gary Ruddicks and Stephen Dicks. Our next game is against Essex on 3rd December back at the Gadebridge.

65th Herts Congress, 12th - 13th November 2016

County Hall in Hertford is once again the venue for the Herts Congress on 12th - 13th November 2016. Organised by the the Herts Chess Association it offers 5 round swiss tournaments in the Open, U170, U140 and U110 categories. The prize fund is £2000+. It's an ECF Grand Prix event as well as providing a British Championship Qualifying Place.
The playing conditions are excellent and there is a large free car park. Chess and Bridge will be there with a bookshop. On site catering provides cooked breakfasts, hot lunches, and evening snacks. There is a coffee shop too.

Closed County Competition Rules, 26th September 2016

The rules for the season ahead are at issue 23, http://www.hertschess.com/node/4. Here is a summary of the main changes.
Rule 3.6.3 gives the away team White on odd boards in the HCA league, but not in the U120 league. .
Rules 3.7.3, 4.1.2 and 4.2.8 introduce the option of Fischer Timing - at all moves in 70 minutes, plus 10 added seconds per move per player - as a rate of play in the league, U120 league and knock-out competitions respectively.