Lincolnshire Chess Association

News 2020-21

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Lincolnshire Online Rapidplay (24th Nov)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Lincolnshire Chess are holding an Online Rapidplay tournament on Saturday 28th November. This will be our second Rapidplay event of the year following on from the successful Online Louth Rapidplay tournament held in June. The tournament will consist of six rounds with each player having 25 minutes for the whole game. The tournament starts at 10am and will finish at around 3pm. There will be no breaks in between rounds. Each round will start immediately after the last game of the previous has finished. A rough outline of the tournament schedule is given below:

9.00am : Registration for the tournament opens.

Round 1: 10:00am Round 2: 10:50am Round 3: 11:40am Round 4: 12:30pm
Round 5: 13:20am Round 6: 14:10pm Finish: 3pm

Everybody is welcome to play regardless of playing strength. We are hoping to be able to organize some prizes for the winner and probably a couple of rating prizes depending on entry.

The link to the tournament is here: https://www.chess.com/live#t=1776217

Players must be members of Lincolnshire Chess on Chess.com if they wish to play. To join Lincolnshire Chess go to Home - Chess.com and create your free account and username.

Once you have created your account you can join Lincolnshire Chess here: Lincolnshire Chess - Chess Club - Chess.com

It would be good if you could all keep Saturday 28th November free so that you are able to play. For the tournament to run smoothly we ideally need 30 players to enter so please make an effort to play if you possibly can please.

UK & Ireland County Championship (8th Nov)

Lincolnshire is registered in the UK & Ireland County Championship which starts in December. The time control is 3 days per move. The competition is split into divisions with around 10 teams in each division. As Lincolnshire are a new team they will start in division 4. Usually there will be one match per month. In each match you play 2 concurrent games against your opponent - one with white and the other with black. The aim is for all matches to be completed by 30th November 2021.

If you are a Lincolnshire player and interested in taking part then please join Team Lincolnshire on chess.com

CCWU20 (8th Nov)

The County Championship Warm Up Tournament (CCWU) has been taking place on chess.com. The game format is called Daily Chess which is a style of correspondence chess. The time control is 3 days per move. There are 2 groups with 5 teams in each group. All the teams play each other once in the group. The winner of each group then play in a grand final. There is no cut off date for the matches to end but a team can declare a win once an unassailable lead has been reached. Lincolnshire are playing in group 2. Full Results

Blitz Tournament (28th Sep)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

Our next scheduled blitz tournament will be held next week on TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER @7.30PM.

https://www.chess.com/live#r=492112

The time control will be 3 minutes for each player plus a 2 seconds per move increment.
Arena Tournament running for 90 minutes from 7.30pm - 9pm.
Registration for the tournament opens at 6.30pm.
Earn points by winning or drawing, and score bonus points for winning streaks. You can join or leave at anytime. When the time is up, all games end.

Everybody is welcome for a fun, fast paced evening of chess. We hope to see all of our regular players in action and it would be nice to have a few new faces competing as well!

Thursday 10 Minute Arena tournament (23rd Sep)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

After a short break we are back running tournaments for our Lincolnshire Chess members again. The first tournament of the Autumn series kicks off this coming THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER@ 7.30PM:

https://www.chess.com/live#r=490860

Arena tournament running from 7.30pm and finishing at 9pm.
Play as little or as often as you like.
Extra points are scored for winning streaks. When time is up the tournament ends.

We hope that you will continue to support our tournaments and hope to see you all on 24th September@7.30pm!

Online County Championships (13th Sep)

Lincolnshire had two teams playing in the finals. Neither team were successful on the day. The open team lost 8½-3½ to Northumberland and the U1825 team lost 7½-3½ to Essex.

Tournament on Thursday 20th August at 7pm (20th Aug)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#t=1511213

A six round Swiss Tournament.
15 minutes for each player but no increment.
Players of all strengths welcome.
We hope to see you all there!

Online County Championships (16th August)

The knockout stages began on 8th August. The Open team comfortably beat Norfolk 7½-4½. The U1825 team had a much tougher match but just edged past Middlesex winning 6½-5½. Both teams progress to the finals.

Online League Chess (16th August)

The Iceni Live League starts on 28th September. The time control is 15m + 10s and is played on chess.com via the club match feature. Teams must consist of at least four players but can extend to any number by mutual agreement. There are two divisions - an open division and a division where players must be U140 and 50% players U120. This may change depending on the number of teams participating.

The League is open to clubs from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

For clubs interested in playing, please follow these steps:

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24th September.

For more information please go to https://www.chess.com/clubs/forum/view/iceni-live-league-1.

Online Individual Swiss (16th August)

The Iceni Live Classic starts on 8th September. The time control is 45m + 15s and is played on chess.com. It is a 6 round tournament with one round played each week.

The tournament is open to players from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

The deadline for entry at Round 1 is Friday 4th September.

For more information please go to https://www.chess.com/clubs/forum/view/iceni-live-classic-1.

Blitz Tournament on Saturday 15th August @ 6.30pm (15th Aug)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#t=1508419
A six round Swiss tournament starting at 6.30pm this Saturday 15th August
Slow Blitz - 15 minutes per player - no increment.
We hope to see you all there!

Random Fun Arena Thursday 13th August at 7pm (13th Aug)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=414796

After the drama of last Saturday's County Semi Final matches a chance to relax and enjoy a fun Tournament.
Arena tournament running from 7pm until 9pm.
Time control 5 minutes per player plus a 5 second increment.
Players of all strengths are welcome.
We hope to see you all there!

Arena Tournament Thursday 6th August at 7pm (5th Aug)

Message from Nigel Birtwistle

https://www.chess.com/live#r=401894

The Tournament runs from 7pm until 9pm.
Play as little or as often as you like.
This week the time control is 7 minutes for each player but no increment.
Players of all strengths are welcome.
Also a good warm up for those players representing the two Lincolnshire teams in Semi Final action this Saturday.
We hope to see you all there!

Online County Championships (5th Aug)

Both Lincolnshire county teams have qualified for the knockout stages. The U1825 team play Middlesex and the Open team play Norfolk. The matches will be played on Saturday 8th August.

The National 100 (5th Aug)

The National 100 is a 4 region slow play national mini-league for U100 players played across the 3 middle Saturdays in August at 6:30pm. The first match starts on Saturday 8th August. Midlands U100 players wanting to play for the region will need to be ECF members and should fill in the form on the Midlands club home page.

Chess Notes

Back issues of Chess Notes (in pdf format) can be downloaded here.