Thursday, 30 April 2020

Avengers 1st Team Cruise to Victory against Top-seeds Gonzago

In R4 of the 4NCL Online Tournament, the 1st team defeated top-seeds Gonzago by a comfortable 3-1 margin.

Anglian Avengers 1 2222 Gonzaga 2400
121 w Walker, Martin G f 2275 e 1 - 0 Maze, Sebastien g 2557
122 b Kanellopoulos, Panayotis 2265 1 - 0 O'Gorman, Tom f 2345
123 w Player, Edmund C 2172 0 - 1 Kanyamarala, Tarun f 2384
124 b Talsma, Paul 2177 e 1 - 0 Li, Henry f 2315
3 - 1

The match began in sensational fashion when GM Sebastien Maze gifted Martin a couple of pieces on move 6.  A "fat-fingered error" which could only occur in on-line chess?  Perhaps.  But as a certain G. Kasparov said: "Chess is not Skittles!"
Gonzago never looked capable of recovering from this blow.
FM Tom O'Gorman tried much, much too hard to make something from nothing against Panagiotis's no-nonsense defence: but ended up with less than nothing.
FM Henry Li struggled to retain equality against Paul's thoroughly prepared Riga Variation: but eventually succumbed to Paul's superior technique in a R v B+N endgame.
Only Ireland's number 1 junior, FM Tarun Kanyamarala, punched his weight for Gonzago: outplaying Ed in a Sicilian Rossilimo, and earning his team a consolation point.

This leaves the Avengers joint top of their group with Surbiton, who we play in R5.

Division 1: Group B

rd 1 rd 2 rd 3 rd 4 P W D L GP Pts
1 Surbiton 1 sur1 gona 2½ shr1 2 atta 3 oxf1 3½ 4 3 1 0 11 7
2 Anglian Avengers 1 ang1 shr1 3 wgm 2½ ark 2 gona 3 4 3 1 0 10½ 7
3 Wood Green Monarchs wgm oxf1 3½ ang1 1½ shr1 3 ark 2½ 4 3 0 1 10½ 6
4 Arkell's Angels ark atta 3 oxf1 2½ ang1 2 wgm 1½ 4 2 1 1 9 5
5 Gonzaga gona sur1 1½ atta 3 oxf1 3 ang1 1 4 2 0 2 4
6 Shropshire 1 shr1 ang1 1 sur1 2 wgm 1 atta 2 4 0 2 2 6 2
7 Atticus A atta ark 1 gona 1 sur1 1 shr1 2 4 0 1 3 5 1
8 Oxford 1 oxf1 wgm ½ ark 1½ gona 1 sur1 ½ 4 0 0 4 0

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

More online tournaments and expanding local online chess communities

Tonight there will be another open East Anglian Chess 'Arena' tournament, which will switch to a speedier 5 minute format. Last week this event attracted more than over 200 entrants.

The arena format means that you can play as many or little games as you like within the allocated time. More information can be found on the help pages of the website:

Also, last Friday online chess organiser, Phil Hopkins, set up another 5 minute arena tournament, which featured over 150 participants. Phil is planning to keep both of these events running for the foreseeable future.

If you're interested in taking part in these events, you can reach Phil via WhatsApp on 07912434358. Alternatively, you can join Team East Anglia and you will receive notifications about future events.

Team East Anglia

The East Anglian lichess online community is gaining more and more members. Once there are enough members there might be an opportunity to host some closed events, in addition to the existing open events. If you would like to become a member of the local online chess community, click on the link below to join:

Suffolk Online Chess Clubs

The following Suffolk clubs have online chess communities:
Is your club not listed?  If so, please use the contact form to let us know.

Suffolk Junior Chess 

Suffolk Junior Chess is doing a sterling job at running Friday night tournaments for Suffolk's up-and-coming chess stars via the platform. Tim Kent is regularly reporting about each week's results on this website's sister site:

English Online Blitz

This event, to be held on will have a group stage on Saturday 9 May, with finals to be played Saturday 16 May. You must be a member of the ECF to take part and join the ECF members "club", which you can find here. The time control will be 3|2. For more details and to register visit:

European Online Chess Championship

The European Chess Union is holding the first European Online Chess Championship from May 16. This will be played on and is open to any member of a European national chess federation with a valid FIDE ID. There will be five separate rated sections, and all games will have a time control of 10|2. Entry costs 5 euros. For more details and to enter the event visit:

Magnus Carlsen Invitational

This event is now approaching the final stages, with just five more days to go including today. Tomorrow conclude the all-play-all portion of the event, with four going forwards to the semi-finals which, along with the final, take place over the following three days. Many were bemused, but also somewhat encouraged to see what happened between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi in their first game yesterday, where Carlsen apparently had a complete mental blank and threw away a piece on move seven, with nothing to show for it. What's the earliest you've blundered a piece? Each day the action begins at 3pm, with live commentary available at from GM Peter Svidler and others.