St Albans Chess Club

The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road - a few steps from St Albans City station. See Map & Parking

 Welcome

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.
  • For more information, please, contact club secretary, Chris Pines. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.
  • For more information, please, contact junior organiser, Matt Ball. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

Name Qual Pts Round Rank
Gemmell John  8817 R1 1
Fraser-Mitchell Jeremy  8308 R1 2
Lawrence Paul  7984 R1 3
Sommerbauer-Cornell Ben  7968 R1 4
Grant Stephen  7845 R1 5
Ellis Aidan B  7420 R1 6
Price Liam C  7406 R1 7
Taylor Stephen A  7160 R1 8
Hotala Greg  6754 R1  
Douse Terry  6422 R1  
McWilliams Olly  6249 R1  
Gemmell Adam  5994 R1  
Soans Shoked  5950 R1  
Moore Ray  5749 R1  
Angel George  5652 R1  
Claret Ray R  5336 R1  
Calvia Luca 5251 R1  
Mulqueen Tom  5191 R1  
Brito Miguel  5159 R1  
Cale Chris  5120 R1  
Deland Stephen  5110 R1  
(in old money, 8800 pts = 200 ECF perf, 8000 pts = 173 ECF, etc) 
 
Tournament Director: Jeremy

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.

ECF Ratings

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

 801300 1802050

     Grade Rating      Grade Rating
  100 1450   200 2200
  120 1600   220 2350
  140 1750   240 2500
  160 1900   260 2650

 

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