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Pull Over for a Pit-Stop (14.07.2017.)

G’Day all,

Following the huge success of last year’s “Blitz at the Pits”, we’ll be running the event again this coming Friday (14 July 2017) at the Pit-Stop Cafe in Marsh Barton, Exeter.

Please see below for full details!

[Club captains / presidents / secretaries - please help spread the word about the event... thank you!]

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Exeter Chess Club presents…

*BLITZ AT THE PITS*

A fun evening of fast chess, open to all (and free!)

7-10pm on Friday 14th July 2017,

at the Pit-Stop Cafe

(25 Marsh Green Road East, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8PQ)

Venue website: www.pitstopcafeexeter.co.uk

[Arrive 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Plenty of parking available.]

Format
Up to 40 places are available.

Two large balanced teams will be formed from the entrants, and you’ll get to play two blitz games (20min/game)
plus two blitz “chess variants” (15min/game) against different opponents.

Full details on the night!
Games will not go for grading.

Entry fee?

Entry is free! You are encouraged to purchase refreshments from the venue

(which are subsidised by £1 per entrant).
And you might even go home slightly richer than you arrived, as there will be a free raffle with a £10 cash prize to the winner!

How to enter

All players from all Devon clubs (and beyond!) are welcome to come and play, but please notify Brian Aldwin in advance [by Thursday 13 July] if you’d like to participate!

Brian’s details are:
brianaldwin@yahoo.com

07435 317941

Transport?


Finally, if would like to offer a lift to/from the venue, or are in need of one, please mention this to Brian when you contact him.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday for what should be a very fun evening of chess!

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Teignmouth RapidPlay 2017.

The Teignmouth Club has had its problems in recent years, mainly due to the ill-health of several senior members, and this has forced other members, perhaps less experienced in the administrational and organisational side of chess, to step up to the plate and ensure this popular event stayed on the road. This they did, and the event went ahead successfully on April Fools’ Day at its usual venue, Trinity School.

The table below lists all the prizewinners. All scores out of 6, and rapidplay grades are given, current preferably or failing that last year’s. Where no rapidplay is given on the ECF website, the current standardPlay grade is given.

There were no major speedkings this year – no Jack Rudd (playing in Jersey) or Keith Arkell, but this just seemed to make the Open all the more competitive, as any one of the top 6 had a chance of 1st prize. In the final round, Bd. 1 consisted of top seed Paul Hampton (Seaton/Exmouth – 193) vs Hartmann which went right down to the wire, with, at the end, both players making c. 20 moves instantaneously, until Hampton’s clock ran out when Hartmann had just 4 seconds left. Bd. 2 consisted of John Fraser, whose loyalties this season have switched from Newton Abbot to Exeter University, vs 2nd seed Jonathan Underwood (Seaton/Exmouth – 185) and this game went to Fraser who thus came 2nd=. He was matched by Oliver Wensley who beat Exeter’s Graham Bolt in their last game.

The details were:-

Teignmouth RapidPlay     01.04.2017.
Open
Name Club Grd /6
1st Lorenz Hartmann Exeter University 179 5
2nd= Oliver Wensley Exmouth 160
John Fraser Exeter University 178
U-166 Steve Dean Seaton 154
U-151 Alan Dean Exmouth 141
Graded Section (U-137)
1st Duncan Macarthur Keynsham 139
2nd Reece Whittington Exeter 136 5
U-122 Macey Rickard Teignmouth 111 4
Graham Mill-Wilson Yate & Sodbury 113 4
John Constable Bude 121 4
Gregor Fotheringam Tiverton 121 4
Zoe Strong Clevedon 121 4
U-111 Nicholas Cunliffe Wells 98 4
David Thomson Exmouth 99 4
Christine Constable Bude 106 4
U-94 Peter Strong Exeter University 4
Team Exeter University
Hartmann
Fraser
P. Strong  (14/18)
Juniors
U-16 John Skeen Churchill Academy 110
U-14 Max Walker Churchill Academy 126

General view of the Open Section, Wensley vs Hartmann nearest.

General view of the Minor Section (top bds nearest)

Oliver Wensley vs Lorenz Hartmann with Bolt vs Fraser in background.

Top seed Paul Hampton (193) White - starts a last round game that finished in a nerve-shredding finale. Fraser vs Underwood in the background.

Wensley on his way to a win against Graham Bolt to take 2nd=.

Lorenz Hartmann - clear 1st - with trophy & cheque.

John Fraser receives his 2nd= prize from Congress Director, Mark Cockerton.

Oliver Wensley radiates pleasure at his 2nd prize.

Regular Bristolian visitor, Duncan Macarthur, wins the Minor.

Reece Whittington took clear 2nd prize in the Minor.

Winners of the Team Prize l-r Peter Strong, Lorenz Hartmann & John Fraser.