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Lockdown Summer Tournament: weeks 7 - 9

The weekly Summer tournament continues with slow chess of 90mins each on lichess. We welcome new players - some fun and exciting endgames with time being a factor.

With most clubs closed over the Summer months the Summer Tournament has been run for years to allow club players the opportunity to play serious slow chess. The setup allows for players to drop in and play as many or few games as they wish. Its been run by such distinguished members as Alex Beckett and Sam Moore. Players turning up on the night are paired roughly into 3 sections by rating and to give them White and Black colours on a fairly even basis. If players play 10 or more games they have qualified for the tournament and their percentage score will be what determines their position. A clever rule about playing a set number of games in the last 3 weeks:

Rules
1. Players must complete 10 games to be considered.
2. If a player does not play in two of the last three rounds they will be assumed to have played and lost 2 games. If they play only one then they will forfeit one game.
3. However if a player has played 14 or more games then they are exempt from rule 2.
4. Scores will be calculated on a percentage basis.

But if you wish to drop in and play a couple of games then thats still good.

With doing this remotely some things are different.

I email everyone who is registered to ask if they are playing tonight - I do this about 6:15pm. Then from the replies I pair players. At 7:00pm I email out the draw to all those registered. The player with White then on  Lichess challenges their opponent to a game with time controls of 90minutes and either rated or casual. The players play and email me the result.

The results for weeks 7 - 9. If you wish to play through any of the games click on the games links.

Week7
Rating White lichess userId Score Rating Black lichess userId
1645 Robert Lavery Yreval 1 - 0 1614 Michael Sheerin RDWRER https://lichess.org/O5WKUWLX
1259 Adrian Dornford-Smith Dornford 1/2 -1/2 1377 Chris Armstrong pcmorphy https://lichess.org/TC7fcN6a
895 Paul Anderson Number_8 0 - 1 1200 Joseph Gunning Josephgun https://lichess.org/mYaIXDyO#80
640 George Gamble ChessGeorge13 0 - 1 1000 David Corr MrScrumps https://lichess.org/M53Qt7VO
1053 Kyle Milligan pinallwizard 0 - 1 961 Michael Hood michaelhood https://lichess.org/wFIJeU78
Week8
Rating White lichess userId Score Rating Black lichess userId
1642 Mark Newman ishi100 1 - 0 1645 Robert Lavery Yreval https://lichess.org/omRaJJfCeBKD
1377 Chris Armstrong pcmorphy 0 - 1 1370 Andrew Todd Toddy-Aberdeen https://lichess.org/A4r6jaXP#86
1600 Cathal Keany Ckeany 1 - 0 1259 Adrian Dornford-Smith Dornford https://lichess.org/WnPD5qK6#81
1053 Kyle Milligan pinallwizard 1 - 0 1200 Joseph Gunning Josephgun https://lichess.org/8xR8mZjH#91
1000 David Corr MrScrumps 1 - 0 895 Paul Anderson Number_8 https://lichess.org/HcGcDBlv#61
Week9
Rating White lichess userId Score Rating Black lichess userId
1645 Robert Lavery Yreval 1 - 0 1215 Bernard McGahan jtsdad https://lichess.org/kGM9HyIf
1370 Andrew Todd Toddy-Aberdeen 1 - 0 1614 Michael Sheerin RDWRER https://lichess.org/vONdjYfm
1642 Mark Newman ishi100 1 - 0 1259 Adrian Dornford-Smith Dornford https://lichess.org/mYboi5vY
1200 Joseph Gunning Josephgun 1/2-1/2 1000 David Corr MrScrumps https://lichess.org/GJwCMdKz
1192 Michael Mckimm Meitnerium 1 - 0 1377 Chris Armstrong pcmorphy https://lichess.org/1rftF5cH
961 Michael Hood michaelhood 1 - 0 1053 Kyle Milligan pinallwizard https://lichess.org/yo64DKVV

 

The current standings after 9 weeks, 19 players and 41 games.

Rating Name lichess user Score Played %
1 1645 Robert Lavery Yreval 6 8 75.00
2 1642 Mark Newman ishi100 5 7 71.43
3 1614 Michael Sheerin RDWRER 0 2 0.00
4 1600 Cathal Keany Ckeany 1 1 100.00
5 1464 Richard Gould nir8888 0 1 0.00
6 1377 Chris Armstrong pcmorphy 1.5 6 25.00
7 1370 Andrew Todd Toddy-Aberdeen 6.5 7 92.86
8 1259 Adrian Dornford-Smith Dornford 2.5 7 35.71
9 1245 Chris Dorrian faunorcival 0 1 0.00
10 1241 Vincent O'Brien V_blunders 0 1 0.00
11 1218 Stephen Cullen steviec44 0.5 4 12.50
12 1215 Bernard McGahan jtsdad 2 5 40.00
13 1200 Joseph Gunning Josephgun 3.5 8 43.75
14 1192 Michael Mckimm Meitnerium 5 5 100.00
15 1053 Kyle Milligan pinallwizard 2 5 40.00
16 1000 David Corr MrScrumps 3 4 75.00
17 961 Michael Hood michaelhood 5.5 7 78.57
18 895 Paul Anderson Number_8 2 7 28.57
19 640 George Gamble ChessGeorge13 0 6 0.00

Some positions and choices from my game against Robert Lavery on week8. Just some thoughts - probably me missing some good moves!

I was looking for a pushing move

with the Knight Blocking the white squared

Bishop and the Queen I thought let me move a central Pawn

The e pawn to e5 and maybe to e6. and see what happens

me-robert-w8-1

The pawns are swapped and my e5 Pawn looks week so played

Nd5 developing and attacking the e7 pawn. Black doesnt

yet have time to take on e5. Also I am looking for a discovered

attack on the en-prise Knight on g4. If the Rook moves to defend

the pawn I can push e6 without fear of giving Blacks Rook an

immediate open file.

10 ... Re8  11 e6 fxe6 12 Nf4 threatening the fork on e6.

 

Here I wasnt sure what to play. I thought push the pawns on the Queen side

I played a bit quick and played c5 - and saw that Robert had Nb5

which he played threatening the Bishop and possibly winning a pawn.

Ouch I thought. But so throwing caution to the wind I played c6. If taken

we block the white bishop and if my Knight can get to c5 safely.

Robert played 26 ... Nxa3  27. bxa3 didnt want to advance Blacks

Bishop to b7.  27 ... b6 covering c5 - I did think Robert might check me

with Bd4+ first. So I play 28. Ke3 Robert played e5 allowing 29 Bb3+ Ke7

30 Nd5+ Kd8 - still feel ok with Blacks position feeling cramped But not

sure if I can make anything of it....

me-robert-w8-3

31 a4 - make a push on the Queen side

31 ... Be6 and Black might solve problem with Bishop - although worst piece

is possibly the Knight. Which would look good on e6. So note to myself dont

take the Bishop on e6. I continued with 32 a5 looking if possible to get Nc5

32 .... Bxd4   33 Bxd4 bxa   34 Nc5 getting my Pawn back.

Final position - I was luck to trap the Knight - Robert resigned