12.10.2020 - The Rat Simul

I hope everybody enjoyed The Rat simultaneous exhibition the other day. I certainly did. It is a little known opening that is super-easy to play. All the moves are thematic and take little thinking time in the early stages of the game. As everyone can clearly see, The Rat is a forced win by Black from move 4! If you look at the statistics it shows that it might be the strongest defence for Black there is! Black wins 54% of the time, White only 10%! In the simul, I had 3 wins and 6 losses. Most of the games were won positions but there wasn’t enough time allocated to me! I will cover that below. Given an extra 30 minutes, I think I would have had 5 wins, 2 draws. The game against HLS20 seemed level, until I got very low on time. I had a tough game against Markapp74, where I also blundered a complete rook due to having to move instantly! When you’ve never played in a simul before, you don’t know what to expect. So I have a few takeaways...

06.10.2020 - What's On This Week

5th October to 11th October • Wednesday 7th October at 6:00pm Anti-Chess Club Championship• lichess.org/tournament/LQbPmwy9• Followed by a Special Event at 7:15pm – Jon Lawrance Simul on Lichess – THE RAT – not Jon, the Opening• https://lichess.org/simul/9W8uOgfU• Thursday 8th October at 5:30pm – Basic Chess with special guest David Graham on Zoom – How to Defend• Followed by an Arena Tournament hosted by Worthing Chess Club• lichess.org/tournament/0wYKt94P• Friday 9th October at 6:30pm Club Night• lichess.org/tournament/F1UViuI9• Saturday 10th October at 4:00pm it’s the XIV Worldwide Junior Team event• lichess.org/tournament/7tn3qC8cAll Zoom Meetings will have the same regular link of us02web.zoom.us/j/9798343402Meeting ID: 979 834 3402Club ChampionshipsCan you get your name on the Wall of Fame its Anti-Chess this week where piece sacrifices are definitely a good idea.Can you lose all your pie...

29.09.2020 - What's On This Week

 Wednesday 30th September at 6:00pm Three Check Club Championship   https://lichess.org/tournament/J6jsLCFI  Thursday 1st October at 5:30pm Basic Chess Training on Zoom us02web.zoom.us/j/9798343402 ·   Thursday 1st October following our Basic Training we will be joining up with Worthing Chess Club and playing in their junior tournament https://lichess.org/tournament/YbRuO2Gw  Friday 2nd October at 6:30pm it is Club Night https://lichess.org/tournament/cm1Iql4v Club Knock Out Tournament Can the last three 1st Round Games be played before Friday please these are; ·        CaptainBen vs TM9261 ·        Tocsmon vs rishajithendra ·        RJ2308 vs Cutebutterfly Time control 10+5 random colours any problems contacting each other message CrowChes...

28.09.2020 - Worldwide Junior Team Battle XIII

Congratulationa to all our players who were in our Worldwide Team on Saturday special mention to Ben, Peter, Lucy, Elena and Raina who all have Birthdays in September.Despite flirting with relegation for most of the 1st half of the tournament we repeated our 5th place finish in Division A. I had warned at the start that the three promoted teams from Division B were very strong and I was vindicated in my comment in that they finished 1 - 2 - 3 with last time winners Team Krasyliv finishing 4th. So a 5th place by our team lead superbly by ArchiePawn was impressive.I hope I did not get carried away in the Zoom commentary by twisting players arms to continue playing as they were tiring in the last ½ hour. This plea was certainly listened to by our regular speedy player Chess-Feminist whose flurry of last minute games confirmed our 5th place.All the results and games can be found at https://lichess.org/tournament/UkyZHjCn ...

23.09.2020 - What's On This Week

21st - 27th September 2020   Wednesday 23rd September at 6:00pm King of the Hill Club Championship ·        Thursday 24th September at 5:30pm Basic Chess Training on Zoom ·        Thursday 24th September at 7:00pm Sussex Team Battle ·        Friday 25th September at 6:30pm its Club Night ·        Saturday 26th September at 4:00pm Worldwide Junior Division A  We kick off with the King of the Hill Club Championship. We all know that centralising your pieces is important but your King? Well that’s the way to win in this variant. On Thursday we have Basic Chess training where last week all the players promised not to move the same piece twice in the Opening. Will these promises be kept? Format is about half an hour training on Zoom followed by Davids Arena where t...

21.09.2020 - 3rd KO Blitz Tournament

1st Round Results Time Control 10+5 Ratings as at 2pm September 16th 2020 Seed  User Name  Rating Result Game 1  1  ArchiePawn (w) 2166 1  9  markapp74 (b) 1634 0 Game 2  5  palkon2020 (b) 1847 1  13  PuffyTum (w) 1470 0 Game 3  3  Captainben1 (w) 1896 1  11  TM9261 (b) 1634 0 Game 4 ...

12.09.2020 - Premier League Fantasy Football

If chess is not enough then join our fantasy footbal league https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/i3mwoj code is i3mwoj ...

10.09.2020 - Online Club Championships

The first two Club Championship were up for grabs on LichessFirst of all we had the Bullet Championship a 1 minute on the clock for the whole game.Followed shortly afterwards by UltraBullet which gives you just 15 seconds each for the whole game. Quotes from the players;WhiteKnightSV 'why is this [UltraBullet] even an option?The_Pawn_Storm 'any sane person would have moved their Queen'this was after playing 6.Ne4 and premoving 7.Nxc5However yours truly found 6... dxe3 !! 7.Nxc5 Qxf2 mate ...

06.09.2020 - TeraFinal 5-6 Sep 2020

Follow the links below to see how all our players scored. The weekend saw the culmination of the 2020 UK Chess Challenge that started pre lockdown with the Crowborough Chess Club Qualifier during January and February with Henry Shaw winning our club competition.With the onset of the Coronavirus we then moved online for the MegFinal and then the GigaFinal and for the few remaining qualifiers out of a total entry of 30,000 it was the turn of the TeraFinal.Qualifiers from various age groups played a 7 Round Swiss Tournament on the Saturday with the top four in each group playing in a Knock Out to determine the champion. Saturday 5th September Main EventsUnder 8 TeraFinalUnder 10 TeraFinalSillySquash 1/7Under 12 TeraFinalMissElenaChess 4/7 OJS09 3½/7 K-A-B 2/7 Tocs 1½/7 Moksha 1½/7Under 14 TeraFinalArchieRook 6/7Under 18 Tera FinalHLS20 3/7 These were 7 Round Swiss Events with the Top 4 Qualifying for the KO Final on Sunday.These comprise of two semi-finals...

26.08.2020 - New Season 2020-21

To All Members and Prospective Members The Crowborough Community Centre is having a phased re-opening and is not ready to welcome us back in September and when we do return the English Chess Federation has quite a strict but not impossible Risk Assessment to complete. This may entail social distancing, for instance hiring the main hall rather than the meeting rooms and playing on separate boards and calling out moves or other methods of safely playing. Until the decision is made to return we have decided to re-open ONLINE as we were during March, April, May and June. This will include; ·         Weekly meetings on Fridays 6:30pm-9:00pm on LICHESS and ZOOM. Similar format as before. These were popular with about 25 entries each week. ·         I will be running a training session for juniors teaching chess basics on ZOOM. I will consult on day and time but was ...

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