August 2017 Grades

The August 2017 ECF grades have been published:

M Barnes 207, T Adams 192, R Evans 179, P Mercs 178, J Swain 177
G Jennings 169, M Naylor 165, O Graham 162, S Hunter 162, O Kofi-Ofuafor 158
D Sudar 151, H Edwards 147, B Hayward 145, J Huthwaite 144, J Tassi 142
G Hopkinson 131, G Gibson 128, D Padvis 126, K Roper 126, P Gorecka-Marshall 125
M Harper 124, M Gretton 92, A Groves 88, R Watson 84, K Heath 67, G Smith 50

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Darnall Rapidplay

Three Gambiteers entered the FIDE rated Darnall Rapidplay.

John Swain narrowly missed out on a prize after losing in the final round, leaving him joint 5th on 4/6 (Aditya Munshi & Anita Somton from WN were joint 2nd on 4.5/6).

Derek Padvis scored 2/6 in the Major, including 2 draws with two 1800+ players.

Drag Sudar also scored 2/6 in the Major after being on 2/2. In the final round his opponent played p-c8, pressed his clock, and replaced the pawn with a queen. Drag should have claimed the win because of the illegal move (you have to replace the pawn with another piece (Q, N, B or R) before ‘completing’ your move by pressing the clock), but didn’t bother. Had this occurred in an earlier round he would have done so.

In a separate game, a player moved his king to a square attacked by a pawn, took his hand off but, just before he pressed his clock, he noticed and and moved his king elsewhere before pressing his clock. This is allowed because the move is not ‘completed’ until the clock is pressed. As long as you spot the error before you press the clock you may correct it if you have a legal move with that piece.

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No Weeping Willows at Pre-Season Time Handicap

Jonah & Hambel Willow showed the Gambiteers how to play by coming 1st and joint 3rd respectively in Gambit’s annual pre-season time handicap (10 mins pp +/- time based on grade diffs).

Although Jonah was mostly drawn against relatively low graded opponents, it meant he had only 4 mins against his opponents’ 16 mins in 3 games and he had 5 mins & 6 mins against two others. He made no mistakes and also had a nice win over Mike Barnes in round 5 on his way to the 1st prize with a perfect 6/6 score.

Hambel had an excellent tournament as she beat John Swain & Mike Naylor and drew with Pete Mercs, scoring 4 points to finish joint 3rd.

The other prize winners were Oliver Graham in 2nd place on 4.5 points, Pete Mercs joint 3rd on 4 points, and John Huthwaite also joint third after beating Mike Barnes & Mike Naylor and drawing with Oliver Graham, losing only to Jonah in the final round.

There were some other ‘giant killings’. Derek Padvis beat Graeme Jennings & Onos Kofi-Ofuafor. Mike Naylor beat Pete Mercs. John Swain, in a very generous mood, handed out full points to Mick Harper, Aiden Mosley and Hambel.

16 club members and 4 guests took part (plus Drag controlling), an excellent turnout.

Final scores:
6.0 J Willow
4.5 O Graham
4.0 J Huthwaite, P Mercs, H Willow
3.5 M Barnes, B Hayward, G Jennings
3.0 M Harper, G Hopkinson, D Padvis, K Roper
2.5 M Gretton, O Kofi-Ofuafor, M Naylor
2.0 A Mosley, J Swain
1.5 M Radford
1.0 G Gibson, P Gorecka-Marshall

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2017-18 Teams

Gambit 2 will remain in division 1 next season, even though they ended up 7th last season, because the LMC has somehow allowed Grantham 2 to be relegated to division 2 even after finishing 5th, 4 points ahead of Gambit 2. Grantham easily has both the strength and numbers to comfortably field two highly competitive teams in division 1, so…

Gambit 1, 3, 4 & 5 will be in divisions 1, 3, 4 & 5 respectively, as expected from their final positions last season.

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CWANG 2017

Gambit finished 2nd in this year’s CWANG. We were equal 1st with a combined Mansfield / RB team going into the final round but they pulled ahead to win on 29.5 points to our 26, with Ashfield on 24, a combined Nomads / Beeston team on 11 and a combined Central /  Gambit team last on 9.5 points.


CWANG Round 1, and members of the winning team: Nick London (RB), Jon Tait (Mansfield), Jim Burnett (Mansfield) & Marcel Taylor (RB)

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2017-18 Gambit Lightning

Mike Barnes came from behind to emerge the winner of the Lightning event. In round 3 he was defeated by Pete Mercs but recovered to win his final 3 games, although he was lucky to win in round 5 against Graham Gibson, who missed a guaranteed draw. Graham also gave away a draw to Drag Sudar in round 1 when clearly winning.

In 2nd place was Pete Mercs who, after beating Mike, only drew with Drag before losing to Derek Padvis, but then beat Mick Harper in the final round.

Joint 3rd were Drag and Mike Naylor, who met in round 5 with Mike punishing a poor move by Drag before losing in the title decider to Mike Barnes.

Final Scores (out of 6):
5.0 Barnes
4.5 Mercs
4.0 Sudar, Naylor
3.5 Padvis, Hayward
3.0 Harper, Jennings, Roper
2.5 Gibson
2.0 Tassi, Huthwaite
1.5 Hopkinson
0.5 Gretton

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2016-17 Gambit Rapidplay Championship

Congratulations to Mike Barnes for winning Gambit’s first graded Rapidplay Championship, played out over 5 rounds during the season. Graeme Jennings and John Tassi were joint 2nd on 6.5/10 points. In each round the opponents play two games against each other, one with each colour. Full Results:

1st: M Barnes 9
2nd: G Jennings, J Tassi 6.5
4th: B Hayward, M Naylor, J Swain 6
7th: R Edwards, J Huthwaite 5
9th: D Sudar 4.5
10th: C Grainger 3.5
11th: D Padvis 1.5
12th: K Heath 0.5

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2016-17 Individual Performances

This was a tough season for most of our members, with 3 of our teams finishing in relegation places. However there were some notable individual results.

The best 4 wins of the season were:
Graeme Jennings (159) v Nigel Birtwistle (196) and Richard Truman (180)
Onos Kofi-Ofuafor (167) v Robert Richmond (192)
Ken Heath (72) v Alberto Rodriguez (116)

The best draws of the season were:
Tom Adams (ung) v Alex Posazhennikov
Alan Groves (88) v Graham Neil (122)
Rob Ensor (124) v Owen Hunt (154)
Derek Padvis (127) v Matt Smith (160) and John Harrison (151)
Keith Roper (137) v Anita Somton (165)
Charlie Grainger (139) v Alex Combie (171)
John Tassi (142) v Steve Prior (190) and Glenn Halfpenny (176)
John Huthwaite (148) v Zoltan Tardi (181)
Drag Sudar (152) v Steve Prior (190) and Peter Mercs (180)
Mike Naylor (164) v Jim Burnett (197)
Graeme Jennings (159) v Peter Mercs (183)
Onos Kofi-Ofuafor (167) v Mike Barnes (203)

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NCA takes incremental steps towards new match time controls

Several league rule change proposals were passed at last night’s well attended rules revision meeting, but probably the most interesting one for players will be the option for teams to mutually agree to use increments in league matches from next season. Teams will be able to agree to play all moves in 75 minutes (60 in div 5) plus 10 second increments. This is a welcome and logical step forward from the introduction this season of all moves in 90 minutes (75 in div 5) as clubs obtain more digital clocks.

Rule C7 has also been greatly simplified, focusing entirely on the 20 points tolerance when determining board order, with the administrative aspects of how temporary grades may be assigned next season to be covered by hopefully ‘user friendly’ LMC guidelines.

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2016-17 Club Champion: Michael Barnes

Congratulations to new club champion Mike Barnes (left, with club president Alan Groves).

Mike had to work hard to win the title after slipping to a first round draw against a dogged Peter Gorecka-Marshall.

The only shock result in round one was Peter G-M’s draw with Mike. In round 2, Drag Sudar laid a trap which John Swain fell for, leaving Drag on 2 points alongside Pete Mercs and Tom Adams with Mike and Peter G-M on 1.5 points.

In round 3 Peter G-M beat Drag to join Mike in 2nd place behind Pete M who had beaten Tom. Round 4 saw Mike finally wear down Pete M, while Drag missed a chance to win a rook in his draw with Tom.

Drag made up for this in round 5 with a nice win over Pete M while Tom beat Peter G-M and Mike beat Brian Hayward. Mike was worse than Tom in the final round but fought his way back to win and take the title. Drag managed to beat Brian and finished 2nd on 4.5 with Pete M third after beating Mike Naylor.

The club championship is held at the end of the season over 2 weeks with 3 rounds in each week. Games are 25 minutes per person +/- a time handicap depending on differences in grade. This year 16 club members took part.

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