James Pratt's #Chess Diary Plus, 15 – 29th July, 2010

Diary Plus


15 – 29th July, 2010




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Millfield 'Zomerset' 15-18th July 2010


Young Masters. 6 rd swiss. 1st £500! G Purland, 11 Warwick Drive, Wallasey CH45 7PJ.

glynispurland@yahoo.co.uk. Full board, weekend tournament. Nearest rail: Castle Carey.


Middlesbrough, 16-18th July 2010


Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium, Shepherdson Way (15 min walk from railway station). Open/ U-170/ U-145/ U-125. NCCU and U-18 Championships contested within in the sections. B Whitaker, 24 Kiloss Close, Thornaby Stockton TS17 9QN. (01642) 762 719.



Snodland Rapidplay, Saturday 17 July 2010


Wolfe Centre, Holmesdale School, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS. D Lettington.



Bideford, 17-18th July 2010


Castle Chess, Tantons Hotel, Bideford, Devon EX39 2HR. Open/ U-160/ U-120. Marc Shaw (07947) 813303.

A Corfe. www.castlechess.co.uk. Entry form says 6 rounds, timetable says just five. We suspect the latter! Players forum between rounds, a nice touch.


Winton Capital Snodland Rapidplay, Saturday 17 July


Includes Kent Rapidplay Ch.

Wolfe Centre, Holmesdale School, Snodland. Six rd swiss, one section, starts at ten.

1st £250!

D Lettington (07729) 624141     



Richmond on Thames, Sunday 18 July


The White House, The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN.


J Coleman.  rapidplay@aol.com


Essex Rapidplay, 18 July 2010


Open/U-160/ U-140. 6 rd swisses at Bardwell Social Club, Brentwood. G Strachan, 36 Northend, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5LA.



London, Saturday 24 July 2010


Ealing Rapidplay, St Thomas the Apostle Hall, 182 Boston Rd, Ealing W7 3HL. 5 rd swisses. Open/ U-165/ U-130. S Tserendorj, 39 Academy Pcae, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5FD. Buses E8 or 195. Special 50+ prize!


Worcester, 24-25th July 2010


New venue--University of Worcester, Conference Centre, St John's Campus, Henrick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ. (A mile from Worcester Foregate Station.) 5 rd swisses. Open/ U-160/ U-120. A Farthing, 9 Peninsula Rd, Brockhill Village, Norton, Worcester WR5 2SE. 01905 358 949. Profits to local hospice.


Canterbury, Sunday 25 July 2010


Simul at Kent University, 2 pm start. Free game against a titled player (reminds me of the joke at Morecambe 1981. Major Open top seed MJ Staples was asked by a foreign opponent what his titles were. "I nearly said Mister!" quipped Maurice.)

What can happens if you're lucky:

Emms-McShane, Pre-Congress Sunday Simul, Najdorf, 1994:


1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 f4 e5 7 Nf3 Nc6 8 Bd3 Be7 9 0–0 0–0 10 a3 b5 11 Kh1 Bb7 12 b4 Qc7 13 Qe1 Rad8 14 Bb2 d5 15 Nxd5 Nxd5 16 exd5 Rxd5 17 fxe5 Nd8 18 Qg3 Ne6 19 Bf5 Bc8 20 Rae1 f6 21 Bxe6+ Bxe6 22 Nd4 Bc8 23 exf6 Qxg3 24 fxe7 Qxg2+ 25 Kxg2 Rg5+ 26 Kh1 Bb7+ 27 Rf3 Rxf3 28 e8Q+ Rf8+ 29 Qe4?? [29 Nc6] 29 ... Bxe4+ 30 Rxe4 Rf1# (OK, this was Rod McShane .. but then it was John Emms.)






London, Wednesday, 8 September




Simpson's in the Strand. £200 gala dinner. Adams, McShane, Short, Kasparov and  – new signing - Karpov. CJ – the ECF President – (part) sponsored. Staunton Society bash. Half rake-off to Karpov's bid to be FIDE President. Signings, big wigs, speeches, consultation matches, best tux and dickie-bow. Event organiser: Raymond Keene, OBE ['I appeared for this game wearing a dinner-jacket and black elasticated bow tie, determined to perish in style. Photographs taken during the game later revealed that after Botvinnik's 26th move the elastic snapped, leaving my bow tie dangling at an absurd angle, a fact of which I was obviously oblivious at the time.' – Ray at Hastings 1966/7] …



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