St Albans Chess Club
The Chess Club re-opened on Monday 19th July 2021 at the County Club in accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 advice.
Adults & Older Juniors
- Monday evenings between 7.30pm and 11.00pm, excluding Bank Holidays.
Early Knights Junior Club
- Monday evenings between 6.15pm and 7.15pm, during school term time only.
- Please, read entry requirements to junior club on Early Knights page.
Club events planned for October
- Mon 4th Oct, HCA KO u1600, Letchworth vs St Albans
- Mon 4th Oct, HCA KO u1900 (Sharp Trophy), St Albans vs Watford
- Mon 11th Oct, HCA KO Open (Russell Trophy), St Albans vs Letchworth
- Mon 11th Oct, HCA KO u1750, St Albans vs Watford
- HCA League expected to begin in November (details awaited)
- See Calendar of Events - https://stalbanschessclub.org.uk/matches-a-events/season-2021-22
Peter Roberson Simultaneous Exhibition Match - Results
IM Peter Roberson played 26 club members in a simultaneous exhibition match last night (20th Sept).
Play commenced at 7.45pm, and apart from an initial interruption to add the final 6 boards, Peter played without a break to complete all games within three hours.
The final score was 20 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses.
Congratulations to George Angel, Matt Ball, Chris Cale, Ian Cross and Emily Maton for their wins and Andrew Smith and John Gemmell who drew.
Many thanks to Peter Roberson for an excellent simul.
Silver Rook Qualifier - Round 1 Results
The first of three qualifiers for the Silver Rook club championship took place on Monday 13 September. It was a four round Swiss Rapidplay (15min + 3sec increment) comprising 21 players.
The rules and list of previous Silver Rook winners are available at: https://www.stalbanschessclub.org.uk/competitions/silver-rook
Detailed tournament results are available on chess-results.com website: http://chess-results.com/tnr578761.aspx?lan=1&art=4
Ranking of players after round 1 is as follows:
|Ellis Aidan B||7420||R1||6|
|Price Liam C||7406||R1||7|
|Taylor Stephen A||7160||R1||8|
|Claret Ray R||5336||R1|
AGM - July 2021
Our first meeting was partly devoted to the club's AGM which was well attended with three prospective new members joining us.
Matt Ball, Early Knights Organiser, reported on the Juniors successes during Lockdown when playing in the Five Counties League and J4NCL. Five juniors progressed to the Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge which took place Online.
Three Early Knights Juniors were invited to participate in the ECF Academy which included coaching sessions with England's leading Grandmasters.
Jeremy was re-elected Club President, Chris Pines succeeds Robert Collopy as Secretary and John Gemmell takes over from Simon Narbeth as Treasurer. Simon was presented with an engraved tankard in appreciation of his long service. Ray Claret continues as Congress Organiser.
Subscriptions fees remain unchanged, although those of existing members will be discounted to compensate for the club nights lost at the end of the 2019/20 season. The 2020/21 season (over-the-board) was missed entirely.
Subscriptions for the new season are now due and the normal early payment discounts apply if received before the end of August 2021.
The Herts Chess League would be expected to start in October, but with the considerable uncertainty as to how many teams each club could support it is likely there may be some delay. The matter will be discussed at the next Executive meeting of the Hertfordshire County Chess Association in early September.
The ECF have introduced Elo ratings in place of the earlier ECF Grades.
A conversion table between Grades and Ratings can be found at: https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/help/help_conversion.php/ where, ECF Grade = ( ECF Rating - 700 ) / 7.5
Ratings are published monthly. Hertfordshire League will use the start-of-season (September) Rating throughout the season.
Club members' ratings (1st July 2021) are available at: Members & Grades
The ECF grading database is available at: https://www.ecfrating.org.uk/v2/new/list_players.php