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The Gazette - November 2018

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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Correspondence Chess Director’s Report

The 44th Championship (2017-18) has finished. A big thank you to the group leaders who have shared the workload. Entries to the 45th Championship, starting on 01 January 2019, are now being accepted, closing date 23 November 2018. Correspondence play can take place using a variety of methods, Braille, cassette, email, telephone, according to mutual agreement. For further information contact the Correspondence Chess Director, details as shown in list of Officers.


Premier - Group Leader Paul Benson

McElroy 1 - 0 Phillips, Queen's Pawn, 33.

Phillips 0 - 1 Whittle, Queen's Pawn, 35.

Final scores: Alec Crombie 4-4, Ernie McElroy 2.5, Les Whittle 2.5, George Phillips 1, Mike Hague 0.

Challenger Group A - Group Leader Denis Warren

Final scores: Denis Warren 3.5-4, Guy Whitehouse 3.5, Eric Gallacher 2, Voldi Gailans 1, Arthur Greatrex 0.

Challenger Group B - Group Leader Gary Wickett

The final three games in this group required adjudication.

Patching 0 - 1 Heyes, Slav, 16.

Tew 1 - 0 Patching, Queen's Pawn, 26.

Wickett 1 - 0 Patching, 27.

Final scores: Derek Heyes 4-4, Gary Wickett 3, Jim Cuthbert 2, Eleanor Tew 1, Geoff Patching 0.

Congratulations to Derek Heyes on winning this group with a perfect score.

BCA LEAGUE 2018-19

Division 1 - Group Leader Guy Whitehouse

Mark Hague 0 - 1 McElroy, Sicilian, 26.

Scores: Alec Crombie 1.5-2, Ernie McElroy 1-1, Mark Hague 0.5-2, Mike Hague 0-1.

Division 2 - Group Leader Voldi Gailans

Final scores: Derek Heyes 2-2, Voldi Gailans 1, Denis Warren 0.

Congratulations to Derek Heyes on winning Division 2 with a maximum score.

Division 3 - Group Leader George Phillips

Phillips 1 - 0 Gallacher, Queen's Pawn, 20.

Tew 0 - 1 Phillips, Queen's Pawn, 42.

Scores: George Phillips 3-4, Guy Whitehouse 2-2, Arthur Greatrex 0-0, Jim Cuthbert 0-1, Eric Gallacher 0-1, Eleanor Tew 0-2.


Anyone wishing to play a friendly game on the Ladder should now contact myself, details as shown in list of Officers. Any friendly games played under correspondence conditions, such as by Braille, cassette, email, telephone, can qualify as a Friendly Ladder game. Please report such games and let your efforts be reflected in your accumulating score.


8 Roger Bishop;

7 Jim Cuthbert;

5 Stan Lightowler;

4 Mark Hague, Dorothy Hodges, Stan Lovell, Eleanor Tew, Denis Warren;

3 Ernie McElroy, Lea Ryan;

2 Lionel Bryant, Derek Couchman, Tony Elbourn, Jason Pearce, Ann Saunders, Bill Tatum;

1 Christopher Huby.

In closing, to those about to start a game: Break a peg!

Paul Benson