On the 3rd of September 2019, Paul Sloane, long serving club member, provided a chess chat on one of the club nights. He gave us all some innovative words of chess chat wisdom on his chosen area of expertise – playing the Caro-Kann as black.
The Caro-Kann chess opening
The Caro–Kann Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. e4 c6. The Caro–Kann is a common defence against the King’s Pawn Opening and is classified as a “Semi-Open Game” like the Sicilian Defence and French Defence, although it is thought to be more solid and less dynamic than either of those openings.
There were fourteen entries for the 2019 Khyber Cup with the following results after five rounds :
Richard Webb 4.5 – Khyber Cup and Stopper
Paul Sloane 4
Alain Dekker, Colin Purdon 3.5
Julien Shepley, Peter Tart, David Herring, Scott Leadbetter 3
Daniel Shek 2.5
Mark Cross 2
Jonathan Welton 1.5
Ivor Kelly, Kim Shek, George Taphouse (Wooden Spoon each)
The time control was R20’ + 10”. The rain just about held off but threatened in the morning to wash us out. Lunchtime food and drink was provided by The Alexandra Public House in Cove and the sun made a welcome appearance during the afternoon. Huge thanks to all of those who provided tables and chairs plus post prize giving food arrangements: cake ! John.
of Tuesday 18th June 2019 saw Camberley Chess Club celebrate a Burns Supper, in
memory of one of Scotland’s finest poets, Robert (Rabbie) Burns.
traditionally held in late January, this event had to be postponed because of a
heavy schedule of league chess matches.
kicked off with a quiz about the great man’s life and family. At the conclusion
of these thought-provoking questions, Team Scotland held a single point
advantage over Team Rest of World. One particular question about the meaning of
the word ‘hagiology’ invoked much friendly banter, where the possible answers
included reference to the study of food, witches and warlocks, and the study of
famous literature and authors.
was then provided, courtesy of Sandy and Christine.
out the ritual that traditionally surrounds the meal of haggis, neeps (swede)
and tatties (potatoes). His passionate Address to the Haggis was definitely one
of the highlights of the event, with toasts to Burns and the Lassies concluding
this part of the evening’s entertainment.
Two rounds of
rapid-play chess followed where an innovative handicapping system, rightly or
not-so-rightly dubbed ‘Irish Random’, did such a precise job that the outcome
was a tied team score. Special mention must be made here of the double-game
successes of David Hemmings, Gordon Birch and Alfredo Barquin – well done
gentlemen. Other notable results were achieved by Ken Coates and Colin Purdon,
who started their games at substantial disadvantage.
To decide the team winner, an even-more-speedy play-off followed with Team RoW emerging triumphant. The night concluded with presentation of the Burns Jug to their captain, Christine Coates.