James Pratt's #Chess Diary Plus, 8 – 22nd July, 2010

8 – 22nd July, 2010
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London, Saturday 10 July 2010

Golders Green Parish Church Hall, London NW11 7QG. Open/ U-170/ U-140/ U-120. Arrive before 11.30 am and claim a bye and still play.

Weald, 10 – 11th July 2010

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, Tuesday 13 July

Professor Sam Black Memorial Blitz 7.30-11.30 at Wanstead Ho, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT. 1st £100. Regularly draws 30+ including internationals. ncclsecretary@yahoo.co.uk. 6 double rounds.

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.

Middlesbrough, 16-17th 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.

Winchester, 16 August 2010

New Scrabble Club opening in the Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester S023 8SB. 10-12 noon in the café. Ample car parking at rear, 3 minutes from Railway St down the hill. `No need to book, just turn up.'

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. G Strachan.

Brilliancy Prize at Canterbury , 25 July – 7th August 2010

In Memory of JE Littlewood, John's family have donated £100 as a brilliancy prize for the best game by an Under 18 in the British this year. Here's John, who died earlier this year, in action in the days of his youth:

EG Berg
JE Littlewood
I.M. Brown Memorial Prize, 1952
Lopez, Berlin
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0–0 Bc5 5 Nxe5 Nxe4 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 d3 Nxf2 8 Qe2 Ng4+ 9 Kh1 Qe7 10 Re1? [10 Rxf7 says Fritz, although black is still better.] 10  ... Nf2+ 11 Kg1 Bg4 12 Nxg4 Nxg4+ 13 Kh1 Nf2+ 14 Kg1 Nxd3+ 0-1.
A pleasant change from the Bisguier game, a Chigorin Defence, which is always quoted. John wrote the column, some years back, in CHESS,  `John Littlewood's Junior Games'.

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. 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 a throw gala dinner. Adams/McShane v Short/Kasparov. CJ – the ECF President -Sponsored. Staunton Society bash. Signings, speeches …

Liverpool, Monday 23 August

Atticus CC hosts lecture by GM Stewart Haslinger. See Atticus website nearer the time for details.

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

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