James Pratt's #Chess Diary Plus, 1 – 15th July, 2010

James Pratt's #Chess Diary Plus, 1 – 15th July, 2010


1 – 15th July, 2010



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Hendon, Thursday 1 July


Blitz, Golders Green Parish Church Hall NW11 7QG.


www.hendonchessclub.com. 32 played last time, you'll surely join them?


Yorkshire, 2 – 4th July


Harrogate Congress, The Conservative Club, East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LG. 5 rd swisses. Open/ U-166/ U-141. Restricted to 50 players. R Batten, 13 Caroline Gardens, Howden, Tyne & Wear NE28 OBZ.


Noel Boustred. nboustred@yahoo.co.uk


Bath Spa, Sunday 4 July
Chess is played fortnightly outside Bath Abbey. Turn up and play. Next sesh on 4 July.
C Lamming,  en2cpgl@bath.ac.uk.


Ilford, Sunday, 4 July


King & King Essex Blitz at Ilford CC, 188 Beehive La, Ilford IG4 5EE. – Teams of 4 (Morning kick-off) and Individual (afternoon session). 10 minute games. School teams welcomed. Ilford won last year ahead of the sponsor's team that – breaking news - announces a changed line-up for 2010: Piper, Harari, Wright and Kalinsky.

I Smith, 163 Lodge Rd, Writtle CM1 3JB

01245 421 193.


Canterbury – closing date for the British is 5 July  – join Mickey Adams, Simon Williams, Keith Arkell, Peter Wells and the gang. Many sections: Afternoon commentary, seniors, graded swisses, 1 day, weekend, all week, kids and full fortnight.

www.englishchess.org.uk. Enter now on line and miss the late fee!


British Winton Capital Management Solving Championship


Closing date for first stage – only one position - 31 July 2010. P Valois, 14 Newton Pk Drive, Leeds LS7 4HH. www.bstephen.me.uk/wcbcscstater. All entrants, not currently members, receive a free Problemist. (that's a magazine not an Agony Aunt played by Maureen Lipman) Second stage – 8 positions – then final (in the flesh!) next February with top solvers.

10th July

Golders Green Rapidplay - www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com

Weald, 10 – 11th July
Copthorne Prep School, Effingham La, Copthorne, Crawley (just off Junction 10 of A23). Open/ U-180/ U-150/ U-125. J Tuck. weald2010@sussexjuniorchess.org.
Wallace Chess, Six weekly training sessions for juniors in central London, in 3 day bursts. July 12-15th/ending 3rd September. 9pm-1am run by IM J-P Wallace, Teignmouth Ct, 35 Mapesbury Rd, London NW2 4HL. All staff CRB checked. www.wallacechess.com.
0787 965 5581. wallacechess@gmail.com. Refer-a-friend, early-bird & sibling discounts!
London, Wednesday 14 July
London League AGM at Golden Lane Community Centre. That's the Barbican to you and me! 7.00 pm start.

Talk, Wednesday 14th July 2010

Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 4JN (<5 minutes walk from Chiswick Park station)

IM Thomas Rendle will be at the West London Chess Club on the 14th of July 2010 giving a lecture on positional sacrifices, drawing not only on personal experience but historical games and giving tips on when such a sacrifice may be appropriate in your own games. The lecture is expected to last between 2 and 3 hours. Questions will be taken, casual games can be played and light refreshments will be available throughout the evening. We'll also be heading to the pub afterwards with some boards and clocks.
Canterbury, 1 August
Cricket Match. Congress versus the Locals. Trainee Boycotts, CB Frys and WG Graces should bring whites and report to Andrew Martin during the ECF Congress. P.S. when was there last an event in Canterbury? I don't know, but the FIDE Problem Congress in which England – Johns Nunn  & Beasley, co-author of 'Endgame Magic' (Batsford) - came 4th behind Finland, Yugoslavia and Israel was held at this centre of Christendom in 1978. Howzat?
Correspondence Players
3rd ICCF Veteran's World Cup starts on 1st September 2010. The event will be organised in three stages, which will allow several players from each group stage to advance to the Semi-finals and Final. The number of promotions will depend on the total of entries received, but groups at each stage will comprise of 13 players (12 games) played by webserver with a rate of play of 10 moves in 40 days.
ICCF Veteran's World Cups open to 60 years old or more at the start of the tournament. Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two Semi-final groups or more than one place in the Final (otherwise they'd have to play themselves wouldn't they?-jp)
. Enter before 17th July 2010. Subsidised entry fee £15 through BFCC. A Dearnley, 17 Smithy Hill, Upper Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UH, che£ues payable to 'BFCC'.

An invitational 10-player in August an all play all women's tournament run along side the e2e4 Uxbridge International, 11-15th August.

If you are interested in playing in the event, please contact Loz Cooper direct on lozcooper@hotmail.com or +44 1785 242269. Any donations towards supporting the event are also gratefully appreciated. This not-for-profit event helps to promote women's chess in the UK, and the success of this event will help more tournaments such as these occur.


London, Consultation Games, Wednesday, 8 September


Simpson's in the Strand. £200 gala dinner. Adams/AN Other v Short/Kasparov. CJ – the ECF President -Sponsored. Staunton Society bash. Signings, speeches …


Organisers. Please let us have some post event publicity – pics, results, games even – to publish to the ECF site.


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Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY

Hendon Chess Club: http://www.hendonchessclub.com/

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Best wishes

Adam Raoof

ECF Director of Home Chess
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY

Hendon Chess Club: http://www.hendonchessclub.com/

Mailing list: send a blank email to adamraoof-subscribe@topica.com

Mobile: 07855 036 537

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