South Hams Chess Club
South Hams Chess Club

Half Way Point of the 2014-15 Season

On 18th December the club met for the last time before Christmas, for a social evening of rapidplay chess, with mince pies and other nibbles.

The Committee met beforehend.  It was decided that in future the AGM should be held at the end of a season, rather than at the beginning.  Accordingly, the date for the next AGM has been set for Thursday 30th April 2015, which will be the last meeting of the current season. Decisions on additional expenditure (for example the purchase of wooden sets and boards) were deferrred to the AGM.  Phil McConnell was invited to sit on the Committee in his Webmaster capacity, and so the Committee now consists of

Chairman: Barry Sweetman
Secretary: Clifford Peach
Treasurer: Roy Greenhalgh
Webmaster: Phil McConnell

The Committee believes that the new format for internal competitions is very successful, and should continue for the foreseeable future.  Thanks were given to Cliff for devising and organising these competitions, and to Phil for his work on the Club website, which is considered one of the very best of chess club websites.

During the main club session, Cliff announced where we stand with the Homan League and the Dunleavy League.  As announced at the start of the season, with effect from the 1st of January, the Homan League will become the top league, and the Dunleavy League will become the second league.  Players will be allocated to one league or the other acording to thier results in the first half of the season:

  • Ben and Phil will stay in the Homan League by virtue of finishing first and second respectively.
  • Dennis and James will move to the Homan Leage by virtue of finishing first and second respectively in the Dunleavy League.
  • The fifth player in the Homan League was due to be determined by a play-off between the players who finished third in the Homan League and third in the Dunleavy League.  In the case of the Homan League, it is clear-cut that Cliff came third, and he will therefore compete in the play-off.  However in the Dunleavy League, a number of games were not played by the Christmas deadline, in part due to the fact that several players sacrificed opportunities to play in the internal leagues in order to play for the Club in the Torbay and District Leagues.  The Committee reviewed the situation and it was deemed that although Ken finished above Roy on points, Roy had played fewer games partly because he played for the Club on three Thursday evenings.  It was decided (with the full agreeement of Ken and Roy) that Ken and Roy should play one another for the official third place, and the winner will then face Cliff in a head-to-head for the remaining place in the Homan League.
  • The Dunleavy League for the second half of the season will comprise Barclay, Tony, Barry, Anderson, Derek and two out Ken, Roy and Cliff (with the third member of this trio playing in the Homan League as described above).

Players should start arrranging their games in all the leagues, and in the Cookworty Cup, as soon as posible.  If you arrange an internal club game on a particular date, you can record it on this website (you will need to sign in first), or alternatively email Phil and he will record it for you.  Pre-arranged games can be viewed here, and also on the pages for each of the leagues.

What about the chess games played on 18th December?  Before the interval for tea and nibbles, one game of half an hour each was played, with players drawn at random.  This produced wins for Roy, Phil, Ken and Anderson (the latter after a bit of controversy - if, in the spirit of seasonal goodwill to all men, you let your opponent off the rule "an illegal move loses the game", is it fair play for your opponent subsequently to claim a win by applying the very same rule?).

After tea, 20-minute games were played. Phil beat Anderson and Roy beat Ken, which meant that Roy v Phil in the third and final round was in effect a decider for the evening's games.  Roy duly won when Phil, with time starting to get short, allowed Roy to skewer King and Rook with a Bishop.  Congratulations to Roy, but Cliff perversely decided to award the bottle of wine to Phil as a thank you for his efforts on the website.

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A very enjoyable evening. A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to one and all.

Tony v Anderson Tony v Anderson. Illegal move?
Barry v Roy Barry v Roy. Barry is looking worried already.
Phil v James Phil v James. Where's Phil gone? Oh, he's taking this photo.
Ken v Derek Ken v Derek. Ken claims he wore this headgear at work. We think he's just trying to distract his opponent.
Tony v Cliff Tony v Cliff. Cliff has a confident sort of look about him, don't you think?
Barry v Derek Barry v Derek. Note the table groaning with food in the background.
Barclay v Ken Barclay v Ken. Concentration, concentration...
Barry v Derek Barry v Derek. Just one chess clock obviously isn't good enough for these two...
Cliff v Tony Cliff v Tony. Time was running out at this point, and hands were flying between the board and the clock.