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2nd Sept 17

Azaadi Rapid play

Hi Chess players,

On Saturday we had the honour to host the Azaadi Rapid play tournament as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan.

We have to thank Azmat for coming up with the idea and the Pakistan Consulate for sponsoring it and their overall support.

Alan did a lot of work on the website for it and kept the list of entries up to date. Tim made sure that the financial side of it was taken care of.

Dave Thomas did an excellent job controlling the tournament. In the end we had 61 players competing in four sections.

It was opened by the Lord Mayor. Although Martin had asked me to have a word with the Lord Mayor to see if I could get his bins emptied, unfortunately I did not have the opportunity.

The Pakistan Consulate supplied complementary food that was ongoing all day. There were big boxes of Samosa, and Bargees and lots of snacks, free tea, coffee and pop.

It was a bit like going out for a meal and playing a few games of chess at the same time! It was a friendly affair and I think most people enjoyed themselves.

DT tried some of the food and kept going back for more. He told me that he thought it was addictive.

DT and I had several players come up to us at the end and thank us. DT said this was unusual. DT, who is one of the top arbiters in the country gave it 9/10.

I have since had 3 emails thanking us and saying what a Friendly atmosphere there was and will we let them know when the next one is!

 

29th Aug 17

The 31st. annual "Friendly" match between Olton and South Birmingham

took place on Tuesday 29th August 2017 at Olton's place over 19 boards.

Members from all of our eight teams played in the match. Our youngest member Elis Dicen aged 6 years made her first appearance

 for the club and put up a strong fight against her much experienced opponent. I predict that we have a strong player in the making.

Olton made more of an effort this year with 10 out of their top 13 players playing in the match. and even Alan Lloyd turned up at 7.10 p.m.

Olton out graded us on 16 0f the 19 boards, so I thought that it was going to be a close match.

The wins started to come in for us and we ended with a 11½ - 7½ Pictures are on Galleries Tab.

This is the 18th successive victory!

 SOUTH BIRMINGHAM                     OLTON

1.       Pavel Besedin       193    0  -   1    Phil Holt       201

2.       Kevin Hurney        191    1  -   0    Alan Lloyd    180

3.       Marcus Walsh       178    ½  - ½   Richard Smith  172

4.       Martin Smyth        160    ½  -  ½   Mark Cundy      172

5.       Sean Ralph           154    1   -  0    Robert Reynolds  159

6.       Robert Glass        154    ½  -  ½   Gary Hope      165

7.       Tim Lane              153    ½  -  ½   Rob Wallman   163

8.       Terry Walker         151    1  -  0    Trevor Holt     146

9.       Derek Stockhall    139    ½  -  ½   Frank Jimenez   145

10.    Jim Barrett           135     1 -  0     Richard Reynolds  144

11.    Mian Azmat          135    1  -  0    Richard Liszewski  146

12.    Simon Killarney    131    ½  - ½    Jon asbury      135                      

13.    Derek Green        118     ½  - ½   Ken Allen    133

14.    Alan Woollaston   118    1  -  0    Paul Hodgskin   133

15.    Imogen Dicen      114     1  -  0    Jim Gillespie    124

16.    Paul Heeney          90     0  - 1    Warren Archibald  118

17.    Boson Das             89    0 -  1     David Reeves     114

18.    Joe Kadar             76     1  -  0    Tom Evans      85

19.    Elis Dicen             u/g    0 -  1    John Clulee     72 

                                                        11½     7½

 

10th Aug 17

SBCC Dudley League Campaign Evolves

The South Birmingham Dudley Representative attended this year AGM and Made Fixtures for a team in all three Divisions.

After three seasons of participation SBCC have never finished out side the top two places

Winning Div 2 2014-15 & 2015-16 & Winning Div 3 2016-17.

This coming Season There are 6 matches in Div 1 & div 3, and 9 matches in Div 2.

 

1st July 17

SBCC Summer Programme 2017

South Birmingham Chess Club is open throughout the summer

A programme of special events has been arranged for Wednesdays as follows:

5 July          5 minute tournament

12 July        10 minute tournament

19 July        Lightning Tournament (10 seconds per move)

26 July        Kreigspiel and Four-handed chess

2 August     10 –minute tournament (set opening: Ruy Lopez (Breyer Defence)

9 August      Lightning tournament (10 seconds per move)

16 August    5-minute tournament

23 August    Simultaneous Display by Jonathan Swindells (Grade 214)

29 August    Annual "Friendly" Match at Olton Chess Club

30 August    5-minute tournament

2 September Saturday we host the Azaadi Rapid Play Championship, Details on our web site.

6 September Opening night of 2017/18 Season (time to pay your subs!)

Events will start promptly at 7.30 p.m. Please try and be at the club by 7.20 p.m. if you wish to compete.

Some of these events are very popular and late arrivals may be unable to complete their games in the available time.

 

30th June 16

Another Great Curry Night at The Diwan Balti Restaurant

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24th June 17

Dates for Diary

The Annual Pre season match with Olton has been arranged for Tuesday 29th August at Tyseley Workingman's Club 7.15 Start…..

Following the 2017-18 BDCL Fixtures Meeting at Olton last Tuesday… all the Eight SBCC Teams in the BDCL, now have their fixtures showing on their respective pages.

 

9th June 17

Our End of Season beer and curry night 2017 will be on Friday 30th June.                                                                            

The details are:

19.00 meet at the club for a drink

19.45 meet at The Prince of Wales

22.00 meet at The Diwan Balti Restaurant on the Alcester Road. B13 8AR

https://diwanbalti-moseley.co.uk/menu

The restaurant is 5 minutes walk from The Prince of Wales (opposite Trafalgar Road).

It is unlicensed so you can bring your own drinks.

There is an outdoor in Woodbridge Road

 

29th May 17

South Birmingham Chess Club Announce details of a Seven round Rapidplay Tournament to take Place at Moseley All Service Club Saturday 2nd September 2017

This is in Association with the Pakistan consulate celebrating 70 years of Independence. http://southbirminghamchessclub.com/SBCC-Rapidplay.htm

This will be FIDE & ECF Graded event of Four Sections, Open, Major (Max 170), Intermediate (Max 140), Minor (Max 110) Prize money:

FIDE Open: 1st £250, 2nd £150, 3rd: £75; Grading £25 Other sections: 1st £150, 2nd £80, 3rd: £50; Grading £25 …… Entry Fee: Open £16   Others £13

 

28th Apr 17

The clubs AGM is set for 24th May,

We have also entered five teams in the four sections of the 2017 Summer League

Open, 560, 480 & 400

 

27th Apr 17

Dudley 2 Runners up

South Birmingham Dudley Division two Side beat WQ 4- 0 in the final game to finish joint top & Undefeated

However if there is a tie …..The game between the sides is used and if that was drawn Total Board wins is used to separate the teams.

Halesowen get the title by winning 1 more Board over the season, so after SB winning it the last two seasons I will have to hand it back.

The team can still be proud as we have still only lost the very first match three seasons ago 6th Oct 2014….. Well done

Teams

SB For

Ag

Hal For

Ag

Mer

3

1

3

1

SB/Hal

2

2

2

2

Wtn

3

1

4

0

kId

2

2

½

MC

3

1

Sto

Bdm

2

2

3

1

WQ

4

0

3

1

21½

10½

22½

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Dudley Division-2

P

W

D

L

Pts

Halesowen 

8

6

1

1

13

SB Dudley Boyz 

8

5

3

0

13

Warley Quinborne 

8

3

3

2

9

Mutual Circle  

8

3

2

3

8

Stourbridge 

8

2

3

3

7

Wolverhampton 

8

3

1

4

7

Boldmere  

8

2

3

3

7

Kidderminster 

8

1

3

4

5

Mercia 

8

1

1

6

3

 

18th Apr 17

Indy Four Champion

Well Done to NtG (Nick the Greek) AKA Nick Papathanasopoulos winning the BDCL Individual Four Trophy

 

13th Apr 17

Dudley 3 Champions

South Birmingham Dudley Division three Side have become Champions at the First attempt

Well done to all those involved

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Dudley Division-3

P

W

D

L

Pts

SB-Dudley-3-Boyz

6

3

3

0

9

Halesowen-A 

6

3

1

2

7

Warley Quinborne 

6

3

0

3

6

Mercia 

6

2

2

2

6

Bushbury 

6

3

0

3

6

Walsall Kipping 

6

1

3

2

5

Halesowen-B 

6

1

1

4

3

 

4th Apr 17

Trophy Finals

In recent years South Birmingham have been prominent in the Trophy finals and this year was no different with two more teams representing South Birmingham at Olton in the Trophy Finals

 

Terrill Trophy Champions

1A made the final of the Terrill Trophy for the Eighth time in the last 10 years.

 The opponents this year were Reigning League Champions Sutton Coldfield, who last got their hands on the Terrill Silver 2001/2 Season, when Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) was World chess champion,

A lot of bragging rights were at stake with both clubs having won the Magnificent Rose Bowl 8 times before, as they have both been BDCL League Champions 8 times.

Hitman, AKA Kevin Hurney sums up the match…..Great night for 1A as we retained the Terrill Trophy in a 4-2 win against our perennial rivals Sutton Coldfield 1. There were wins for Pavel, Kevin and Dave.

 Colours were decided by the roll of a dice, a first for me, and the night didn’t start well when I rolled a 1. Golam Ali rolled a 2 so they had white on odds.

 Boards 1 and 2 finished first before I became the first winner on board 4 in a very sharp London System. My opponent’s aggressive play 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.Qd2 d5 6.h4 made for an interesting game but it fizzled out which left him with a lost position.

 Pavel won but had to endure some dangerous moments and he wasn’t happy with the game afterwards. Richard was 3 pawns down in a type of Wing Gambit and couldn’t turn the game around.

 3 - 2 up and even if we lost on board 6, the cup was ours on board count. However we didn’t need such tie breaks as Dave worked the magic with his advanced pawns.9 times Terrill Winners…..

I. Ortega             216        ½ - ½      215         J. Swindells

H. Stepanyan     199         ½ - ½      204         A. Mihalik

G. Ali                 169          0 - 1       199         P. Besedin

K. Escott            170         1 - 0       192         R. Mycroft

N. Owen            177          0 - 1       186`        K. Hurney

M. Sozynski       150          0 - 1       173         D. Dunn

Hitman

 

Homer Trophy

1C team played Redditch 3 in the Homer Trophy who had a 3½ start; this would mean we could concede no more than 1 board for victory. A very tough ask against a team who only lost 3 boards all season.

Tal, AKA Tim A Lane Sums up the match…. The first game to finish, unusually, was Martin's on Board 3.  White in a Benko Gambit, Martin played h4, Rh3, a4 and Ra3.  This is a configuration I don't think I've ever seen before, even from Martin.  A few moves later Martin called in at my board to say he had a terrible position but had been offered a draw: should we take it?  (Rules note: you can ask your captain whether or not to accept a draw, but you shouldn't offer an evaluation of your position while doing so.)  Anyway, I decided that a position evaluated by Martin as terrible must indeed be truly terrible, so I said "take the draw" which he did. Speedy, Black on Board 2 in what I think became an Exchange Variation Caro-Kann by transposition, quickly won an exchange and three pawns (didn't see how it happened) and won soon after. David was Black on Board 4 in a 1. d4 g6: 2. c4 Bg7: 3. Nf3 d6: 4. g3 Nc6: 5. Bg2 e5: set-up.  His opponent played utterly without ambition and David was unable to generate any of his characteristic complexity.  Eventually all the pieces came off and another draw was agreed. I was Black on Board 6 in the same opening, except that my opponent omitted c4.  I shuffled around for 25 moves and then made my first attacking move of the evening, threatening a two-move cheapo, which my opponent missed.  Resignation soon followed. At this point we were 3-1 up, but we needed to win both remaining games.  Unfortunately Sean, White in an Exchange Variation Caro-Kann with, of course, an early g4, had a hopelessly lost position on Board 5, with R+B+P vs R+B+3P, with passed a- and h-pawns. Cory, pursuing a minority attack in his favoured Exchange Variation Queen's Gambit, seemed to have winning chances on Board 1. At this a little drama occurred. Sean's opponent unaccountably gave up his bishop (I think he miscounted the moves in a push of his a-pawn). Did Sean have winning chances now? I scurried over to Cory's board. But the gods of chess were playing fair, and balanced the Redditch blunder with a South Birmingham one, which cost Cory a piece and the game. 3-2 and the match was over. Sean's game eventually came down to the last couple of minutes each, with neither side able to make progress, and a draw was agreed. The handicap was too great for the 1C team to overcome in the Homer  final against Redditch 3 and, although we won 3½-2½ over the board, we lost 3½-6 with the handicap.

C Hazlehurst     179         0 - 1         177      D Lambourne

M Ho                173         1 - 0         175       J Vaughan

M Smyth           167        ½ - ½        157       G Boswell

D Thomson       171         ½ - ½       157       G Cox

S Ralph            163         ½ - ½       156       N Towers

T A Lane           155         1 - 0         125       R Bricknell

Tal

 

7th Mar 17

Lightning Tournament

South Birmingham Chess Club entered four teams of four into this year's 10 second Lightning tournament, SB-A finished a very creditable Second to Winners Halesowen who had Grand Master Keith Arkell and his brother Nick in their Line up, Jan Sneberg made sure SB-A won the team with the best outfit Award. Imogen Dicen Scored a fantastic 5 out of 6 and showed composure beyond her age, not being at all phased by the watching players waiting for her to finish before the next round could begin. 

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        SB-A … Jan, Cory, Pavel, Jon              SB-B … Martin………………Dave………………………….Tim……………………..Rob…………………..     SB-C … Terry, Derek S, Jim, Derek G           SB-D… Azmat, Paul, Imogen, Joe 

                  

6th Mar 17

Indy

Well Done Brush, (AKA Joe Kadar) who beat John Pakenham to make the Individual 6 Final for the second year running.

 

26th Feb 17

Congratulations

South Birmingham Chess Club Player Killa (AKA Simon Killarney) scored 4½ from 5 to become Joint winner of the 2017 U120 Warwickshire congress,

11 year old Imogen got in the prize money with Joint Second with an Impressive 4 from 5.   All stand easy the Future has been secured……

South Birmingham Chess Club 2017 Junior Award me think……..

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Simon Killarney & Imogen Dicen

     

5th Feb 17

20/20 Chess Championships

On Saturday January 28th, Neil, Marco, Jim B and I took part in the 20/20 chess championships at University of Birmingham. Officially we were not South Birmingham but Worcestershire A and B. Instead a hybrid team existed in the A team made up two players from Redditch, a Manchester University student who had travelled down as a so called Barbarian player (replacing the ill Kevin Hurney) and myself.

With me on Board 1 for this so called A team (Technically the B team was stronger than the A team by a country mile) due to Kev's illness. This meant I was in for a hiding. I wont bore you all with the exact details of how I managed to play well and score 2/5 and nearly claim the scalp of two 200 players. But I will say it was a really enjoyable event, well organised and good fun. Even for those of us who threw numerous positions away. Furthermore Marco playing Board 3 for the B team scored 4/5 and won a bronze medal. Also the team qualified for the National Finals some time around May (?). Mind you I wouldn't hold onto the thought of proverbially packing your bags for Wembley, as I imagine Worcestershire will be looking for likes of Keith Arkell as the strength of some of the finalists will have 200 plus players on two or even 3 boards. Either way this is a good team format and I can see it catching on, as I think 30 mins is too long and Blitz should be left to the Internet.

So a belated congratulations to Team Diamond, Prof, Speedy and Physics, (AKA Neil Clarke, Marcus Walsh, Marco Ho and Jim Barrett).   

Bean

 

31st Jan 17

Indy

Well Done Sharp As, (AKA Rob Glass) wins BDCL  Individual 1 Semi Final against six times winner John Edge, SBCC have a finalist for the third Year running…………

 

9th Jan 17

Congratulations

After 180 miles in three days South Birmingham Chess Club Player Killa (AKA Simon Killarney) scored 4½ from 5 to become Joint winner of the 2017 U125 Shropshire congress, and a nice Cheque to go with it.
Killa follows in Speedy's, (AKA Marco Ho) footsteps who won it 2015 and Physics, (AKA Jim Barrett) who was 2015 Joint runner up.
NtG (Nick the Greek) AKA Nick Papathanasopoulos did well in the Major Section U160 ... Scoring an impressive 3½ from 5 but not having a official ECF grade (125 Conversion) preventing him getting the Grading Prize.

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12th Dec 16

Agreed Christmas Curry was very enjoyable, very good food, excellent company – what more can one ask?

Diamond (AKA Neil Clarke) definitely won the best Christmas Jumper competition shown to advantage in the 2016 photo!

Kitty

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11th Dec 16

Curry Night at The Diwan Balti Restaurant turned out to be one of the Best I have been to. Up on the Dewat and definitely up on Grameen Khana, My food was excellent even the side order of Chips. ………….. Let's hope it stays open

Singerman

 

30th Nov 16

Our Christmas beer and curry night 2016 will be on Friday 9 December.                                                                              

The details are:

19.00 meet at the club for a drink

19.45 meet at The Prince of Wales

22.00 meet at The Diwan Balti Restaurant on the Alcester Road. B13 8AR

https://diwanbalti-moseley.co.uk/menu

The restaurant is 5 minutes walk from The Prince of Wales (opposite Trafalgar Road).

It is unlicensed so you can bring your own drinks.

There is an outdoor in Woodbridge Road. Kitty has offered to store drinks in his big trunk.

The restaurant has been recommended by Physics 1 and some David Cameron geezer.

 

25th Nov 16

If anyone is thinking what Christmas Present to buy the 1d Team, I suggest a Compass. January sees them leaving Moseley for the first time this season….. Shock horror, It may be difficult according to one email I received,

Free tickets to Carlsen v Karjakin match in New York. FIDE asked me to go but unfortunately I told them I couldn't make it as I have a match against Solihull on Wednesday ………….... I mean New York and Hudson Street, with the tinkle of festive lights around Macy's or the activity of Times Square and a visit to The Marshall Club, the infamous club of the late great Bobby Fischer. This can not compare to the creaking floorboards and poorly ventilated rooms, where on a Wednesday evening you get the left over scraps from the Darts Team buffet (if you are lucky) and then to pass the streets of old Moseley and watch the locals drinking the finest inorganic cheap cider known to man in the tranquillity of a public bench in the centre. Sorry FIDE, Moseley wins every time.

Bean

 

30th Sep 16

New Members 2016-17

1.                   Sneberg, John

2.                   Szelc, Adam

3.                   Papathanasopoulos, Nikolaos

4.                   Pratapa, Vamsi K

5.                   Farooq, Azmat Mian

6.                   Baulch-Jones, Ian

7.                   Dicen, Imogen

8.                   Leighton, James

9.                   Green, Derek

10.                Cotterill, Sam

11.                Perez Guerra, Alberto

12.                Dodgson, Joe

 

30th Jun 16

Summer League 2016

We have won the first Trophy of 2016-17... Summer league Open section winning all 12 matches

 

31st May 16

Season 2015-16

Last Season we made history by being the only club since the league was formed in 1897 to get 4 teams into division 1. An amazing feat!

Richard Mycroft won the Division 1 Individual championship and became the first South Birmingham player to do so.

Three more teams earned promotion.

The total number of trophies won was an amazing 15.

1.                   Terrill Trophy winners

2.                   2nd in Division 1

3.                   Division 1 individual champion - Richard Mycroft

4.                   2nd in Division 2 and promotion to division 1

5.                   Division 2 Individual champion runner up - Tim Lane

6.                   2nd in Division 3 and promotion to division 2

7.                   Division 3 - Winners of the Homer Trophy

8.                   Division 3 Individual champion - Marco Ho

9.                   2nd in Division 5 and promotion to division 4

10.                Division 5 Individual champion - Alan Woollaston

11.                Division 6 Individual champion runner up - Joe Kadar

12.                Winners of section 2 of the league lightning championship

13.                Summer League 2015 Open Championship winners

14.                Summer League 2015 winners of 560 section

15.                Division 2 Champions of the Dudley League for the second season running,

Terry

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