The club maybe closed for the summer but the Juniors are still playing their chess.
Today was the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinals which were held at Taunton School. The Delancey Uk Chess Challenge is the worlds largest junior chess competition which has been running since 1996 and over 1 million children have competed in the competition since it began.
What better day to have a tournament with the sun shining enabling parents to sit out on the grass as they waited for the result of each game.
Each junior played 6 games throughout the day and the top boy and girl from each section received trophies and medals for second and third place. All those receiving an award qualify for the gigafinal and all players scoring a minimum of 4/6 points qualify for the gigafinal. In addition; U-7s, U-9s and U-11s scoring a minimum of 3.5/6 qualify for the Gigafinal.
I am pleased to say that our juniors did us proud today with them all taking home an award and qualifying for the gigafinals for their age group. Congratulations to both Josh and Adri for winning their age group.
Well done!! 1st place – trophy / 2nd place – purple silver medal / 3rd place – chequered bronze medal. (It seems, by accident, the teams colours were green and blue today!).
Tuesday 3rd May was the first session of the inaugural Taunton Chess Club Rapid Tournament. The tournament is being played over two weeks, with the final night on the 10th May.
It was really encouraging to see so many players even if not all were fully enjoying the time limit of 15 minutes for each player. There was plenty of room for blunders and missed opportunities with some players excelling.
What is the best advantage in a rapid game? A youthful quick brain or years of studying strategies.
Lots of concentration.
One of our promising junior players, Frey, always gives a challenging game.
Great to see so many taking part.
Chris did a great job of organising the event, it even had David standing to attention.
Make sure you come to the club on Tuesday 10th May for the deciding 4 rounds.
There will be prizes!
A big thank you to Chris Greenaway for organising the tournament.
Calling all Taunton Chess Club Junior Players.
When: 12th June 2022
Where: Taunton Pre School
Age: Aged 18 and younger (born after 31.08.2003)
The tournament is part of the Delancey UK chess challenge for juniors and covers all the UK. Mega finals are held in different areas of the country (Somerset being our local tournament), then those who are successful will proceed to the gigafinals, then the terafinals.
More information about the Delancey program can be found here: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/enter-the-challenge/
Taunton Chess Club Juniors are eligible to enter the competition at the megafinal stage and we would like to encourage all of you to enter, if you are able, as it will be great experience for you all and even better if you continue on in the competition. The cost is £20 and to submit your entry please head over to the entry form at the following link:
If you do sign up to take part can you please drop an email to Sharon & Chris on the club email: firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are going so we can gather together during the event and Chris will be on hand to walk through games, give advice and Sharon can bring cake and look after bags etc!
Hope you can make it.
We have played two friendly matches recently, one against Sedgemoor and one against Wellington.
When we visited Sedgemoor last, we suffered an ignominious defeat 5 1/2 to 1/2.
When they came to us on the 5th April we beat them 5-0. Perhaps it was our posh wooden match sets that unnerved them, or maybe we just played better.
Especially well done to Louis Wainwright representing Taunton for the first time. A solid victory over Sedgemoor’s Ryan.
The result at Wellington was not as good. We lost 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 ; that is 1 loss and 3 draws.
Perhaps in current times though, results are less important than the opportunity to play over the board chess against unknown opponents.
Anyway thanks to all who took part. Niall, Ioannis, Chris, Stan, Richard, Arnold, Phil, Frey and Louis.
Ok. So this was our second friendly match. We had had to postpone the match twice owing to non-availability of players but finally agreed on a mutually convenient date and Sedgemoor were good enough to visit us.
Joshua Acibar, in his first match for the club. played, as usual, at lightning speed but unfortunately also lost at lightning speed.
Niall won a protracted and fairly close game thanks to a superior pawn count.
Richard won, fortuitously I thought, in a close game when his opponent, playing too quickly, was obliged to continue a move having touched his piece, a rook. Richard was able to fork the King and Rook leaving him a bishop up.
Fernando lost a close game agin showing the advantage of a superior number of pawns.
Arnold, playuing against a much higher rated player fought for and got a draw in a position I thought was lost. Well done Arno;d.
Mike’s game I didn’t see much of and he lost graciously.
Well done Sedgemoor. 3½ v 2½
On Tuesday 12thOct Wellington came over with a 6 man team for a friendly match,there being no official league matches until at least Christmas. Taunton fortunately has a large enough area for us to accommodate a normal club night with a match. I’m curious as to why we continue to call these ‘friendly’ as I did not notice any lack of competetiveness, the last game not finishing until 10.30pm.
Kym, the Wellington Captain and I had tried to ensure a fairly evenly graded pairings, though as it turned out their No 1, Alex was considerably stronger than ours. To be fair Taunton’s top 3 players have not got an official ELO grading, so the placings were a bit arbitrary.
The results were as follows:
Alex Conway (Wellington) beat Richard Hailstone
John Jeremiah lost to Giannis Papaoikonomou
Robert Harris drew with Niall Homer
Ollie Sells lost to David Graham
Rupert Sells lost to Steve Smith
Eric Wall beat Nathanael Tretheway
Final result therefore was Wellington 2.5 – Taunton 3.5
I think most people enjoyed the ‘Over The Board’ experience, so we will be planning some more.
Happy New Year to one and all and especially to our gallant and brave team who ventured out last Thursday. David Graham lost a closely fought match with Malcolm Dinham having also lost to him in the previous match. Congratulations to Vic for once again beating Steve Miles, rated 30 points above him, Mike Ward drew and Chris Greenaway accepted his opponent’s offer of a draw to level the match at 2-2.
Afterwards he said he could have won, but we all say that don’t we? In this case though I think he could have. Anyway, I was pleased with a draw after our last outing to Weston ended in a 3-1 defeat against the Weston Bishops team and a 1.5 to 2.5 defeat when the Weston Knights visited Taunton in September.