The Gazette - May 2016

Edited by Julie Leonard
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

If anybody has any correspondence issues, or would just like to know more about it, please do not hesitate to contact a committee member. (See contact details at the front of this Gazette).

43rd Correspondence Championship

Listed below are the Groups for the 43rd BCA Correspondence Championship which started in January 2015 and is now almost complete.

Premier Group - Group leader: Mark Hague

Hague 0.5-0.5 McElroy (Samisch) 24

Whitehouse 0.5-0.5 Hague (Benko gambit) 29

Congratulations to Les Whittle who has won the Correspondence Chess Championship. There is still a game in progress between Les and Ernie but Les cannot be caught.

Scores: Les Whittle 4/4; Alec Crombie 3/5; Ernie McElroy 2.5/4; Guy Whitehouse 2.5/5; Mark Hague 2/5; David Mears 0/5.

Challenger Group A - Group leader: Denis Warren

Warren 0-1 Brown (Pirc) 55

Congratulations to Steve Brown who has won Challenger Group A.

Scores: Steve Brown 4/4; Denis Warren 3/4; Eric Gallacher 2/4; Jim Cuthbert 1/4; Derek Couchman 0/4.

Challenger Group B - Group leader: Eleanor Tew

Tew 1-0 Hilton (Queen’s Pawn) 19

Hilton 0-1 Hague (no details of opening) 9

Scores: Mike Hague 4/4; George Phillips 2/2; Hans Cohn 1/2; Eleanor Tew 1/4; Steve Hilton 0/2; Geoff Patching 0/1.

League Competition

A new league competition started in January 2016, with five players in each of the top two divisions and six players in the third division. Details of the three divisions are given below.

Division 1 - Group leader: Norman Wragg

Crombie 0.5-0.5 Heyes (English) 52

Hague 1-0 Heyes (Queen’s Gambit) 59

Players: Steve Brown, Alec Crombie, Mark Hague, Derek Heyes and Ernie McElroy.

Division 2 - Group leader: Denis Warren.

Players: Mike Hague, Michael McGuigan, David Mears, Geoff Patching and Denis Warren.

Division 3 - Group leader: Jim Cuthbert.

Players: Jim Cuthbert, Voldi Gailans, Eric Gallacher, Arthur Greatrex, Iki Nahaboo and Eleanor Tew.

Friendly Games Ladder Competition

There has not been much activity in the ladder competition in the last couple of years or so and players have still been on the ladder even though they have not played a friendly game for a long time. With the agreement of the recent AGM the ladder competition will be relaunched and our Friendly Games Coordinator Denis Warren and new Correspondence Chess Director Gary Wickett will be throwing their energies into this. Denis is a great fan of friendly games and writes:

“My introduction to the BCA was via a couple of friendly games with our Chairman, Norman Wragg, and our late and much missed friend, David Hodgkins. As a self-taught occasional player, no one will be surprised to learn that my efforts met with scant success! However, the help and support I received from them encouraged me to take part in the correspondence competitions. These inevitably led to friendly games with the pals I made. The Friendly Games Ladder adds a little spice to these encounters, and keeps us in touch in the quiet times when our competition games are over. I feel this contact is very important to those who, for one reason or another, are unable to attend the tournaments so ably run under the auspices of the BCA.”

Norman Wragg

Editor’s Note: Do get in touch with Denis or Gary if you’d like to get a foot on the BCA ladder!