Don't forget the League AGM is a fortnight today - on the 1st June,
at the Leamington venue at 7.30
Guy Greenland and Bruce Holland wish to relinquish running the Leamington Rapidplay Congress.
At least two volunteers are required to replace them.
If anyone is interested then contact Joshua Pink (email - J.Pink@warwick.ac.uk).
It is too late to run the event this year, so whoever takes it on would be looking at September 2016.
All the infrastructure is in place to run the event, so it isn't a case of starting from scratch.
The Team Knock Out Finals were held at Olton this year on Tuesday 5th May.
In the Open KO Banbury beat Shirley 3:2,
in the U700 KO Banbury beat Solihull 4:1,
and in the U120 KO Banbury beat Leamington 3:1.
This is the first time that a club has won all 3 Team KO competitions, so congratulations to Banbury for a great team effort.
Thanks also to Olton for hosting the event at very short notice in a friendly and efficient manner,
even though they had no team in the final.
The 2015 Leamington League Lightning Tournament saw a large entry of 44 players.
There was a stronger than usual entry in the open section and the numbers resulted in there being three sections in total.
Phil Holt (Olton) drew with Robert Reynolds (also Olton) in the opening round and this allowed Russell James (Solihull)
to retain the lead with a perfect score up to round 5.
Phil remained half a point behind and the deadlock was not broken in round 6 when the two leaders met, agreeing a draw.
The trailing pack consisting of Keith Ingram (Shirley), Mark Page (Kenilworth), Olivia Smith and Iain Brodie (both Solihull)
struggled to keep up, but the leaders dismissed all opposition until Round 9.
Phil Holt won his final game, but Russell James was beaten by Mark Page and pipped to the title by Phil.
The Under 140 section saw a strong challenge by Solihull entrants Paul Smith and Rayyan Farooq, along with Jason Madden (Leamington).
Gilbert Csecs (Banbury) and Marco Ho (Olton) might have done better, but both had a tough time against the stronger players.
Jason and Paul finished level on 5½ out of 9, with Rayyan half a point behind and it was Paul Smith who won the play-off.
The under 110 section saw some creditable performances, with a number of players reaching 3½ points.
However, Marik Zawadzki (Stratford) finished with 5 points and Gilbert Csecs scored 4½ to finish runner-up.
Thanks to the Reynolds brothers for organising and running the event so well, and to Solihull for hosting it.
For full results and pictures follow Lightning link.
Young Harry Bowman of Daventry has won the individual under 120 title.
Well done to Harry whose victims included Abbie Stevens,Rob Mantell and (after an epic three game final) John Green.
Congratulations to Leamington's Oladejo Olaleye on winning the Under 150 individual title.
Ola fought through an extremely tough field of Peter Drury, Nick Martin, Ben Graff and Neil Staples to claim his first league title.
Congratulations to Andrew Patterson on winning the Leamington individual open cup.
Andrew who now qualifies for the British Open beat Ola olaleye, Alex bonilla, Josh Pink and Carl Portman.
29/04/2015 Please note - The Team Knock Out finals will now take place at the Olton venue next Tuesday Not at Leamington, as the Leamington venue is unavailable then.
The League AGM will take place on Monday 1st June at the Home Guard Club, Leamington at 7.30.
The agenda is
Congratulations to Chris Fox on becoming the Under 90 Individual Champion.
Chris, who plays for Banbury saw off Tony king in their semi-final before beating Olton's Paul Kelly in the final.
The 2015 LDCL Lightning/Blitz tournament takes place at Solihull's Chess Club venue,
The Blossomfield Club, The Wardens, Widney Lane, Solihull, B91 3JY, on Wednesday 29th April, starting at 7:30pm.
Entry is £1 per person, all monies collected will be returned in prizes.
There will be 9 rounds at 5 minutes per game, paired on the Swiss system.
Prizes will be awarded in the Open and Minor sections, grading limit for the minor will depend on entries.
If there are enough entrants there will be 3 sections - Open, Under 140, and Under 100, as last year.
I would ask entrants to arrive before 7:30 in order to ensure a prompt start.
Can clubs make their members aware of the event, a good attendance always makes the tournament more interesting.
It's that time of year again.
Can people please return their trophies to Jason Madden of the Leamington club as soon as possible.
Jason needs them so that they can be engraved ready for the AGM.
Congratulations to Leamington's Ben Graff on winning the Individual Open Rapid title.
Ben enjoyed wins against Jason Madden, Paul Kelly and Tom Darling before defeating Joshua Pink
to win the title for the second time.
We have another game in the best game competition.
There are now 7 games in the competition
Nontheless, there is still time to send in your entry.
In the Under 90 Chris fox of Banbury knocked out Kenilworth's Tony King
to set up a final with Olton's Paul Kelly, who beat Peter Leggett in his semi-final.
John Green of Solihull has reached the Under 120 final after beating Peter Stiff of Stratford.
In the Under 150 Neil Staples beat Andy Johnson to reach the final.
At last, we have 2 entries in the best game competition.
However, as they are from the same person, unless we get some more entries,
the winner will be a forgone conclusion.
So, please, send some more entries in.
As yet, no one has entered any games for the best game prize.
Some of you must have played a game that they thought was quite good.
If you have, then send your entry (or entries) to me, preferably in pgn format.
If I don't receive any entries I will be forced to enter one of my own games - and that's no idle threat.
I have just been informed of the sad news that David Hodgkins of the Leamington club died last night.
David has been a huge part of Leamington Chess Club and the Leamington League for a very long time
and will be deeply missed by his many friends.
His passion for Chess and his values, integrity and good humour always shone through in everything that he did.
He never let any of the challenges he faced stop him from living his life to the full.
He was a true Chess player.
We have no other details at this stage, but will advise when we know what the funeral arrangements are.
Rest in Peace David.
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