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20 Sept

WQ2 Vs 2A (aka Talent Squad)

Evening all,

 Thursday night saw South Birmingham's 2A side hosted by Warley Quinborne in what turned out to be a very tense and close match.

 The teams lined up as follows:

 1 Fahy, John F (154) vs Malik, Faraz (164)
2 Turner, Jon (150) vs Thomson, David (163)
3 Jeffs, David (140) vs Ralph, Sean (162)
4 Moxley, Stephen (136) vs Emanuel, John L (u/g)
5 Maybury, Philip C (129) vs Lane, Tim A (161)
6 Pakenham, John H (100) vs Lo, Matthew (125)

 First to finish, playing white in a Philidor Defence, was Matthew Lo.  Matthew withstood a useful-looking attack, won a pawn, and simplified to a won king-and-pawn ending.  I was looking forward to writing the first "1" on the scorecard when Matthew sadly played a terrible blunder and plucked defeat from the jaws of victory.

 Tom-Tom was also white, against Jon Turner's Scandinavian Defence.  I didn't see too much of this but got a summary from David on the way home.  Faced with the loss of a pawn he decided to give up the exchange instead, and got a powerful bishop on the long black-squared diagonal in compensation.  Eventually the pressure got too much for the defender and white won a rook and the game.

 Sean was black in a Dutch/Nimzo hybrid.  Most of the pawns remained on the board for most of the evening and, although Sean did his best to drum up some play, the position remained stodgy and level.  Eventually peace was declared, leaving the match level at 1½-1½.

 The other three games all went down to the wire.

 Faraz was black in a Stonewall.  I only saw snippets of this, but Faraz seemed to be under some pressure early on, before starting to turn things round and developing a promising initiative.  I decided we had no worse than a draw there.

 On board 4, John played 2. d3 against the French.  White normally fianchettoes his KB in these systems, but John got quick development and his bishop, unusually, ended up on d3.  After a dozen or so moves, John was tempted into a Bxh7+, Kxh7, Ng5+, Kg8 sacrifice.  His queen went to c2 to threaten mate on h7.  The problem was, Black could get a knight to f6 to defend the mate.  John tried to get a rook to e3 and then f3 to threaten the knight, but it all looked a bit slow.  This one looked like a draw at best.

 Playing black on board 5, my own game started 1. Nf3 d6; 2. g3 e5.  I managed to build up some pressure in the middle-game and eventually won a pawn, but I made a mistaken swap of a pair of minor pieces and ended up with 2R and a bad bishop against 2R and a good knight.  I was desperately trying to find a winning plan, but eventually my extra pawn dropped off and, behind on the clock, I decided to bale out with a draw. Two-all!

 By now Faraz had won a couple of pawns and both sides were bashing out the moves in a R+P ending with a minute or so left on each clock (we were playing with 10-second increments).  Faraz avoided a couple of traps and eventually promoted a pawn.  3-2 to SB!

 On board 4 John was on the ropes, a piece down, with black pawns advancing to e4 and f4.  A mistimed ...f3 allowed him to grab a pawn back, but the position got wildly tactical, with pins, counter-pins, and threats of discovered check, and just seconds left on each clock.  Suddenly I saw that John was losing his queen for (I thought) a rook.  Game over?  Match drawn?  Not yet!  Either I mis-read the position, or black misplayed it (take your pick), and suddenly the dust cleared and John had 2R vs Q and was fractionally ahead on time.  Black had an extra pawn or two on the Q-side and could have tried to use them to force a win, but at ten seconds per move it would have been a tough ask, so he offered a truce, and we had won the match 3½-2½!

 TAL

 

18th September

Dudley Double up at Mutual

Tonight the SB Dudley Div 2 and Div 3 took on Mutual Circle in a Tag team Dudley affair,
Captains Singerman & Windows done a bit of team sorting out in the car park to maximize the effect.
SBD2 Lined up Bd1 Invincible (AKA Mat Thompson), Bd2 Singerman, Bd3 2 Car Mats, Bd4 Killa,
SBD3 Lined up Bd1 Kitty, Bd2 Windows, Bd3 Brush, Bd 4 Persian Mat (lives on the Pershore Rd (AKA Mat Smith))
This was my Game in which I was White, my draw offer after playing 28.h6 was accepted, it seemed unclear at the time to how the dust would settle.
1. c4 e6 2. e4 Bc5 3. d4 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 b6 7. Nf3 Nge7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. h4 Ba6 10. Be3 Na5 11. Nd2 d5 12. exd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Ng6 14. f4 Re8

15. Kf2 Nxc4 16. Nxc4 Bxc4 17. Bc2 Qf6 18. Rae1 h6 19. Qg4 c5 20. h5 cxd4 21. cxd4 Ne7 22. Qf3 Nf5 23. Bxf5 Qxf5 24. g4 Qc2+ 25. Kg3 Re4 26. g5 hxg5 27. fxg5 Rae8 28. h6

After 8 Boards of Chess the scores read in our Overwhelming Favour       MC 1½   -   6½ SB
With three Mats amongst our players you could say we hit them with the Carpet shop..
SBD2 145max
Matt Trig  (145)             0     Invincible Mat  (Ug)   1
Mike Hollier   (135)      ½    Singerman      (135)  ½
Richard Leaper  (133)  ½    2 Car Mats    (126)     ½
Chris Pitt     (121)         ½     Killa       (126)           ½

SBD3 115max
Peter Hughes      (99)      0    Kitty     (102)           1
Shammas  Tabraiz (85)   0    Windows   (100)     1
Emile Paffard-Wray(74)  0    Brush        (99)        1
Jan Trembecki   (40)       0     Persian Mat  (75)   1

Afterwards Five of us got on the Magic Carpet and rolled on to Adils Balti House …. EXCELLENT......

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Singerman

 

15th September

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Hello Chess Players,

Yesterday (Friday), I arrived at the club at 9.00 a.m. to move all the stuff out of the analysis room ready for the arrival of the carpet fitter.

Windows arrived shortly afterwards to assist with anything that needed doing.

The carpet fitter arrived at 10.00 a.m. to fit the carpet and completed the task at 12.30 p.m.

After vacuuming the carpet, Windows and I then returned the tables and chairs to the room.

The bookcases and all the books have now been reinstalled.

Pictures have now been hung on all the walls. Finally finished at 5.00 p.m.

Work now completed and the room is ready for you to enjoy. I hope you like it?

Thanks go out to all those volunteers who did the work and the members who contributed financially.

Your combined effort made this possible.

Cheers,

Tricky

 

3rd Sept

1st BDCL Match 1A Vs 1B

   Hello All,

                  Sorry this is a bit later than usual but on Monday the A team had a very tough match against our own B team. As I was playing, I didn't get to see much of other games but I will give a quick report of games.  I was in the Elizabeth of York pub having a coffee and I always check for e-mails in case of late messages from players that need to be acted upon.

About 6.45-6.50pm, Neil sent a message saying he was unwell....I went to club only 5 minutes away and Terry started ringing players and Singerman, who was just about to have his dinner (What a star!), got to club for 7.30pm and was rewarded with a game against Richard Mycroft. I think it was 3 Knights and when I looked near the end, Richard was a rook up in the endgame and the first to finish. This might have been planned by Singerman to get back for his dinner, His match-fixing case comes up on Monday!!!    ha-ha......

Jon Swindells won on the black side of a Ruy Lopez  against Ann-Marie James and John Pitcher had an exciting type of French Defence with Cory Hazlehurst but as Cory plays the Caro-Kann, he probably played...c6 and ...c5 to get to this type of position. Jon's King was in the centre on d or e2 but Cory at some point sacrificed a rook or two. Jon won the game!

I was on the black-side of a Kings-Indian Yugoslav against Dave Dunn....The game was tight for the first 20 odd moves but a few mistakes on my part and good play by Dave won him the game. He finished with a nice combination!

Robert Glass lost against Matt Thompson in a Nimzo-Indian in which Matts Queen and Bishop were stronger than Rob's Queen and Knight...Rob sacrificed his knight but gained nothing from it.

3-2 up and James Hanley v M. Walsh was very nicely poised....I think James was a pawn up in a Queen and minor piece endgame where he had to be careful of dark square weaknesses around his king. He played a few checks and reached a position where Marcus's king would have had to move to the same rank as the queen which would have been lost next move   4-2                        Well done team!!

Hitman.

 

29th August

And so it begins …….Again

Pre season Friendly Match

The 32nd annual "Friendly" match between Olton and South Birmingham took place on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at our club room.

This year the match took place over 18 boards (originally 19, but my opponent defaulted). Result therefore not counted in line up.

With our top ten graded players not available to play in the match, it was difficult to field a strong team. It was thought based on Olton's team last year

 that this could be our year for defeat.

At the last minute, players from the "old guard" in the form of David Dunn and Martin Smyth came to the rescue to strengthen our team.

Olton were without their usual top board (Phil Holt) which also helped us.

Members from six of our seven teams played in the match and represented our club.

I expected to get most of our points from the bottom boards, where we have a lot of under graded talent.

They did not disappoint. More surprisingly, look at the top 4 boards.

The first player to finish was new member Kavin who won his game fairly quickly and opened the score in our favour.

Results continued to go our way throughout the evening giving us our 19th successive victory!

 

 1. Neil Clarke           168         1-  0    Alan Lloyd              194

 2. David Dunn           166         1 - 0   Mark Cundy          171

 3. Sean Ralph           162         1 - 0    Richard Smith        160

 4. Tim Lane              161         1 - 0     R. Liszewski           154

 5. Martin Smyth       153         ½ - ½  Rch. Reynolds        150

 6. Rob Glass             153         0 - 1     Rob. reynolds         150

 7. Imogen Dicen       141        ½ - ½   Rob. Wallman         147

 8. Derek Stockhall   136         ½ - ½  John Freeman         146

 9. Alan Woollaston  135         ½ - ½   Richard Evans   143

10. Simon Kilarney   126           1 - 0    Thomas Evans Jr  129

11. Mat Little           126            1 - 0    John Asbury          126

12. Mat Thompson   u/g           ½ - ½   Frank Jimenez      121 

13. Roy Gough         117           ½ - ½   Jim Gillespie          116

14. Paul Heeney       107           0 - 1      David Reeves        111

15. Derek Green       101           1 - 0     Tom Evans Sr        93

16. Joe Kadar            99             1 - 0    John Clulee            68

17. Kavin Selvaraj    u/g            1 - 0    I.Mahmoud             53

18. Elis Dicen             92             1 - 0    M.Mahmoud          u/g

   

                                Total          13 - 5

Tricky

 

29th June

The end of another Season ………Another Curry night

Curry June 2018.jpg

The Diwan Balti Restaurant have now built us our own section and again TOP MARKS for service and Food.

This Picture was taken by The Brush, Kitty nodding off as usual…

 

21st June

Second Trophy of 2018-19 season

SBCC 480max summer league Champions,

A total of eight players helped the team to achieve this with Paul Heeney AKA Nurse scoring 5/6

It has to be said a large amount of gratitude is owed to Solihull for getting their sums wrong when adding up grades.

Well done

President

480

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

SP

MP

IM

South Birmingham

 

10

4

5

1

25

15

16

0

0

0

Rushall

 

 

 

10

5

2

3

25

15

15

0

0

0

Warley Quinborne

 

10

5

3

2

23

17

15

0

0

0

Greenlands

 

 

10

2

3

5

17

23

9

0

0

0

Westminster

 

 

10

3

3

4

17½

22½

10

0

0

0

Solihull

 

 

 

10

2

2

6

12½

27½

5

2

0

0

 

21st June

First Trophy of 2018-19 season

SBCC win a 5½ - 2½ aggregate victory over Warley Quinborne to become 400max summer league Champions,

A total of ten players helped the team to achieve this but the most outstanding performances were achieved by new members

 Mat Thompson who scored 6/6 and Kavin Selvaraj who scored 5/6. Well done to both of them.

Terry

480

Team

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

SP

MP

IM

South Birmingham

 

10

8

1

1

29

11

21

0

0

0

Redditch

 

 

 

10

7

2

1

29

11

20

0

0

0

Sutton Coldfield

 

 

8

4

1

3

16

16

9

2

4

0

Warley Quinborne

 

8

2

2

4

15½

16½

7

0

0

0

Shirley & Wythall

 

8

2

0

6

12

18

5

0

0

0

Westminster

 

 

8

0

0

8

½

29½

-2

2

2

0

 

20th June

Summer Programme of events 2018

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

4 July                     5 minute tournament

11 July                    Lightning Tournament (10 seconds per move) 

18 July                   10 minute tournament

25 July                    Kreigspiel and Four-handed chess

1 August                10 –minute tournament (set opening: Caro Kann)

8 August                5-minute tournament

15 August              Lightning tournament (10 seconds per move)

22 August              Simultaneous Display by John Pitcher

29 August              Annual “Friendly” match against Olton Chess Club

 

 On Monday 3 September the opening night of 2018/19 season starts with the first match when our 1A team will be playing against our 1B team.

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.

 

16th June

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

The story so far -
Last week we left you with Miracle Man, bloody but unbowed and wearing his underpants outside his other garments like a proper superhero, hanging by
his fingernails over a dark pit full of ravenous Miracle Man eaters.
Now Read On...

During the week - Killer came and did required painting touch-ups.
Terry came and hung new curtains. Main room emptied of furniture on Wed evening.

Windows & kitty came in 10:00am on Friday to oversee carpet laying and finish window slats and other little jobs.
Carpet men laid new carpet. Finished at midday. Expected about an hours work after carpet men finished.
Turned into an epic with door problems, problems with new chairs etc - finished at nearly 6:00pm !

Note - Barman Bob will be seeing about the gas pipe. We not to touch it. Kitty will arrange 'weather' deflectors outside windows to protect against
driving rain and fit PADSS (ran out of time).
The 'bottom line' is : The club room main decorating project is essentially
completed and the room ready for use again.

regards kitty
That's All Folks ! Asta La Vista Baby, Sayonara etc. etc.

 

10th June

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Dear Alice et al

just to be clear...they are not 'window flaps' !!!

- they are our new 'High Tech Air Conditioning System' (H-TACS) with

Bi-Lateral Individual Climate Control (BLICC)

OK ??

 

 fyi -

Alice had purchased and bought along exactly the same 'H_TACS securing kit' as I had, that morning in another place, almost bought then rejected on

price grounds at B&Q. He paid (PoundstretcherLand Shop) less than half wot I would have been charged. And, because he's a good egg, he doesn't want any

money for it. Nor for the five million screws he put in the squeaky boards. Then everyone left. The painting done. (Although Simon will pop in to do a

few touch-ups during the week. He  told me he was good at that sort of thing). The room looks so much better now after the cleaning & painting

which was by far the bulk of the work and much thanks are due to the painting team, including Nursey who battled with his near terminal vertigo

problem at the top of the ladders on Saturday!, so abley led by our own expert Joe.  Members have helped with their free labour and expertise, ideas

aplenty (solicited and unsolicited!) and several with free donations of tools/materials to get this job done for as little cost to the club as possible.

 A true team effort.

 

Tim & kitty decided that the addition of a Personnel Anti-Defenestration Safety System (PADSS) would now be sensible. This will consist of a strip of

wood going across halfway up the each window since they were now so clean after little Matt's deep cleaning exploits that you can now, unexpectedly,

actually see through them almost as if they weren't there. Those green tinges we could previously discern through the windows have resolved

themselves into trees ! While many shops and businesses put stickers on their doors/windows to help prevent people walking into them, we had relied

on 30+ years of grime and grot. Until Matt happened ! Left alone I began the job of fitting the H-TACS securing kit but, just in

time, realised that the locations of some of the securing mechanisms depend upon the sealing strips. And we don't have them yet. But we will soon.

So, instead, I tidied up the analysis room a bit then left. The bottom line is that I will complete the H-TACS (& BLICC) and PADSS

installations later. (prob. Friday after the carpet men finish). The main difference between this 'bottom line' and one of Alice's 'bottom

lines' is that this one is near the end !

best regards

kitty

 

 

24th May 18

Clubs AGM took place tonight, with around 20 members in attendance.

A Small rise in Membership fees was agreed to cover rising costs of ECF membership plus Clock and Web fees.

Full membership which include ECF fees will now be £45 with half Membership being £35

Best Junior Award was won for the second year by Imogen Dicen

Potters Trophy for dedication to the cause was awarded to Joe Kadar

Nickers Trophy for the most Draws in a season was won by Rob Glass who amassed an incredible 25

Yours truly was elected as the annual Club President. No Russians Involved.

The End of Season Curry Night will be Friday June 29th

 

1st May 18

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One-A beat Solihull in a play off for the BDCL Runners up Trophy, Since 2000 this is the sixth runners up win to add to the 8 Championship Titles. Making 14 top two finish’s in the last 18 years

 

29th April 18

Summer League

SBCC have Entered all four Sections of the BDCL Summer Rapid play League, Two teams in the open section and a team in 560max, 480max and 400max sections

 

26th April 18

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Chess players,

 Many thanks to those of you who have offered to help out with the decorating party.  This will take place on the earlier of the two weekends originally proposed, namely 9 & 10 June.

 Kitty the Property Developer and Joe the Brush have been working a little magic to broaden the scope of the project.  As a result of their planning and arm-twisting, we have a number of pieces of good news:

 The All Services Club is going to donate towards the cost of the work.  Thanks are due to Joe the Manager (normally to be found at the far end of the bar).

 

23 April 18

Dudley 1 Champions 1st.png

SB Dudley 1 became champions after putting Sutton Coldfield to the sword with a great ½ -3½ Away victory

With one game still to play SB have only lost one board from 20 played

SB Dudley 1 Have emulated SB Dudley 2 & SB Dudley 3 Teams by winning the division at the first attempt

SBCC can now boast to winning FIVE division titles in four Seasons

2018…..Div 1 & Div 3

2017.....Div 3 (Div 2 lost out on Board count)

2016.....Div 2

2015…..Div 2

 

22nd April 18

Ârchive Section

The Ârchive Section now contains BDCL Match records which were mixed in with club history,

Dudley, Cannock & Summer League, Plus…. The Annual “Friendly” Match records with Olton Chess

 

 

17th April 18

Minnie Mouse

Elis Dicen (6) AKA Minnie Mouse younger sister of Imogen (912) won her Second Game in five days.

Elis After a great Debut win for MNFour Thursday against a WQ….108 on Board six. Added another win Monday, this time for MNFive by beating her board 5 opponent who was a former Ky....131

Great thanks to the Dicen Family for giving time and allowing The Girls to be part of our club………… The futures Bright, the futures Dicen Powered.

 

11th April 18

Dudley 3 Champions 1st.png

SB Dudley 3 became champions for the second year running after a 4 -0 win against Mercia

SB have only lost four boards from 24 played

Excellent Performance from Scott Leadbetter AKA Geog, finished 100% 6 from 6 with Paul Heeney, AKA Nurse gaining 4½ from 5……….

 

 

13th March 18

BDCL 2018 10 second buzzer Lightning Tournament

South Birmingham Entered a Team in each of the three sections of six rounds Lightning Tournament

Section A Team Jon Swindells. Cory Hazelhurst. Adam Szelc. Sean Ralph. Tim Lane. Finished 2nd winning 14½ out of 24 Boards

Section B Team Rob Glass. Terry Walker. Derek Stockhall. Simon Killarney. Finished 1st winning 12½ out of 24 Boards

Section C Team Derek Green. Imogen Dicen. Matt Little. Paul Heeney. Elis Dicen. Finished 1st winning 15½ out of 24 Boards

Elis Dicen age 6 won Three out of Three games played.

 

Section A

Teams

SC-A

SB-A

Olt-A

Sol-A

MC-A

Wes-A

Totals

Finished

Suton Coldfield A     Section A Winners

1

SC-A

 

3

3

4

4

16½

1st

2

SB-A

1

 

3

4

3

14½

2nd

3

Olt-A

1

1

 

3

2

3

10

3

4

Sol-A

0

1

 

3

8

4

5

MC-A

0

1

2

 

1

6

6

Wes-A

0

½

1

1

3

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section B

Teams

SB-B

BSM

Red/SW

Grn

WsK

Sol-B

Totals

Finished

South Birmingham B                            Section B Winners

1

SB-B

 

3

2

2

2

12½

1st

2

BSM

1

 

2

3

4

12½

2nd

3

Red/SW

½

2

 

1

2

4

5

4

Grn

2

1

3

 

2

3

11

4

5

WsK

2

2

2

 

4

11½

3

6

Sol-B

2

0

0

1

0

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

Section C

Teams

Olt-B

SB-C

SC-B

Col

MC-B

Wes-B

Totals

Finished

South Birmingham C  Section C Winners

1

Olt-B

 

1

3

1

3

3

2

SB-C

3

 

1

4

4

15½

1st

3

SC-B

3

 

2

4

15

2nd

4

Col

1

½

2

 

2

7

5

5

MC-B

3

0

½

 

2

8

4

6

Wes-B

1

0

0

2

2

 

5

6

 

15th Oct 17

ENG     23rd BIRMINGHAM Rapid Play WINNER1st.png

Name

Dicen Imogen   (912)

Starting rank

2

Rating

109

Rating national

109

Rating international

0

Performance rating

647

Points

6,5

Rank

1

Federation

ENG

Club/City

South Birmingham

Rd.

Bo.

SNo

Name

Rtg

Club/City

Pts.

Res.

1

2

18

Simpson Richard

85

Shirley & Wythall

4,0

w 1

2

1

11

Heeney Paul

98

South Birmingham

3,5

s 1

3

1

13

Watkins Harvey

92

Warley Quinborne

3,5

w 1

4

1

5

Loach Peter L

105

Boldmere St. Michael's

5,0

s 1

5

1

16

Calderbank Stuart

87

Stratford-On-Avon

5,0

w 1

6

1

3

Stanton T Giles

106

Redditch

4,5

s ½

7

1

34

Manukyan Tigran

0

None

4,0

w 1

 

 

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

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

 

19TH Feb 17

South Birmingham's 11 year old Imogen Dicen shows the older juniors how it's done. "Brilliant display"

 2017 Birmingham Junior Open Under 18

Last update 19.02.2017 17:37:53 Final Ranking after 6 Rounds

Rk.

SNo

Name

Rtg

Club/City

Pts.

1

2

Dicen Imogen

94

Ke Handsworth

5,0

5

Morris William

89

Ke Stratford

5,0

3

1

Twaseen Shazaib

97

Kes

4,5

3

Westwood Cameron

91

Stourbridge College

4,5

5

4

Lo Matthew

89

Kes

4,0

8

Sanchez Eduardo

66

Kes

4,0

19

Shah Saksham

0

Ke Camp Hill

4,0

8

10

Aggarwal Hemal

49

Ke Camp Hill

3,5

9

6

Chaganti Vaibhav

79

Kes

3,0

7

Jose Rohit M

68

Kes

3,0

9

Anstice Benjamin

59

Guilsborough

3,0

16

Varachia Adam

0

Kes

3,0

18

Vas Kieran

0

Qm Walsall

3,0

14

17

Pandit Arjun

0

Ke Camp Hill

2,5

15

11

Patel Tanita

25

Kehs

2,0

12

Tamimy Ibrahim

0

Wolverhampton Grammar

2,0

14

Aslam Zain

0

Kes

2,0

18

13

Dhillon Gian

0

Kes

1,0

15

Jasinska Iga

0

Finham Park

1,0

 

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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