The Gazette - November 2012
Edited by Rebecca Blaevoet
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.
Correspondence Chess Director’s Report
At last, the new BCA Correspondence Chess rules have finally been drafted and will appear at the end of my report. Hopefully, they are easier to understand and it is hope that this will lead to more BCA members playing in the BCA event. If anybody has any comments regarding the new rules, perhaps they could contact myself.
The 41st Championship is now completed and Ernie McElroy has been crowned champion. The premier group and this time one challenger group will appear after the results.
BCA 41st Championship 2011-2012
Premier Group—Leader David Hodgkins;
McElroy-Cohn 0.5-0.5; (Sicilian) 37.
Phillips-Hodgkins 1-0; (Black Mar Deema) 38.
Hodgkins-McElroy 0-1; (Sicilian) 46.
O’Brien-Hodgkins 0-1 (King’s Gambit) 34.
Final scores: Ernie McElroy 5-6, Hans Cohn 4-6, Les Whittle 4-6, Alec Crombie 4-6, David Hodgkins 2-6, George Phillips 1-5 from 6, Sean O’Brien 0,5 from 6.
Congratulations go to Ernie McElroy for winning the premier group. It was very close for second between Hans Cohn, Les Whittle and Alec Crombie with the tie-break coming out in the order given.
Group A—Group Leader Gary Wickett;
Gallacher-Patching 1-0; (no details).
Final scores: Mike Hague 3-4, Gary Wickett 3-4, Eric Gallacher 2-4, Mike McGuigan 1.5-4, Geoff Patching 0.5-4.
Congratulations to Mike Hague on winning promotion.
Group C results were completed and can be found in the February Gazette. Mark Hague won promotion to the premier group.
BCA 42nd Championship
Premier Group 2013/2014
Group Leader David Hodgkins:
Hans Cohn, Alec Crombie, Mark Hague, Mike Hague, David Hodgkins, Ernie McElroy, Les Whittle.
Challenger Group A
Group leader Gary Wickett:
Stephen Brown, Jim Cuthbert, Eric Gallacher, Sean O’Brien, Geoff Patching, George Phillips, Gary Wickett.
League Division 1
Group Leader David Hodgkins:
Mark Hague-Stephen Brown 1-0; (Queen’s Gambit Declined) 26.
Phillips-Stephen Brown 1-0; (English) 20.
Atherton-Stephen Brown 0-1; (Danish) 20.
Scores: Alec Crombie 1.5-2, Mark Hague 1.5-2, George Phillips 1-1, Stephen Brown 1-4, Frank Atherton 0-1, David Hodgkins 0-0.
At present Alec Crombie and Mark Hague are setting the pace with George Phillips hot on their heels. A long way to go and many games to be completed.
League Division 2
Group leader Sean O’Brien:
No results since last Gazette.
League Division 3
Group Leader Gary Wickett:
Warren-Cuthbert 1-0; (French) 28
Warren-Couchman 1-0; (Giuoco Piano) 31.
Wickett-Patching 0-1; (Giuoco Piano) 21.
Wickett-Cuthbert 1-0; (French) 33.
Patching-Mears 0-1; (Queen’s Gambit) 25.
Scores: Geoff Patching 2-3, Denis Warren 2-3, Derek Couchman 1-2, Gary Wickett 1-2, David Mears 1-2, Jim Cuthbert 1-4, Mike McGuigan 0-0.
Patching-Whittle 0-1; (Queen’s Gambit) 95.
(Was this the longest game RE moves for a BCA correspondence game?)
Scores: Orlando Sobers 14, Geoff Patching 14, Ernie McElroy 14, Frank Atherton 11, Stephen Thacker 9, Roger Bishop 8.