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2019 Burns Supper
The evening 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.
More traditionally held in late January, this event had to be postponed because of a heavy schedule of league chess matches.
The evening 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.
Tasty food was then provided, courtesy of Sandy and Christine.
Sandy carried 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.
2019 Khyber Cup tournament
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.
A match evening at Camberley Chess Club
2018 Outstanding Player of the Year Award
Colin Lyne presenting the Club’s “Outstanding Player of the Year Award” for 2018 to Martin Wallman
2018 Christmas Tournament
2018 Autumn Get Together
An evening of chess and nibbles was much enjoyed by many Camberley Chess Club members at the home of Paul Sloane, treasurer, on Tuesday 4th September 2018.
The Players: Julien Shepley, Paul Sloane, Martin Wallman, Alfredo Barquin, John Upham, Sandy McCubbin, David Hemmings, Scott Leadbetter, Christine Coates, Gordon Birch
Pairings Organiser: Ivor Kelly
The six rounds of chess produced some very interesting and hard-fought results. Julien was victorious in all of his first five games. That run ended when he came up against an inspired Martin. Paul and Sandy also played well throughout, with John, most unusually, being involved in the only draw of the entire evening.
Gordon and Christine gained a point each from their two games against each other (different colours), while Alfredo created his usual magic. This was Scott’s first exposure to such ferocious chess and Dave was his normal difficult-to-beat self. The final round ended with Julien and Paul tied on five points each. A decider was therefore played, with Julien prevailing.
Our host generously provided a wonderful spread of nibbles, cocktail sausages, a lot of cheese, different varieties of crisps, soft drinks, baked delights and, the highlight to many, choc ices half way through the evening’s entertainment. Sincere thanks to Paul and his family for all of this hospitality.
All said and done, a really enjoyable evening was had by all. The one surprise, amusement is perhaps a better word, was the reaction of the winner to his first-place prize. For the record, those reduced-price McDonalds vouchers may have been small in size but were definitely still valid. Enjoy!
Additional thanks are due to Christine and Dave for bringing sets, boards and clocks and returning them afterwards.
|1st||Julien||178||5 / 6|
|2nd||Paul||185||5 / 6|
|3rd||Sandy||114||4 / 6|
|4th =||John||128||3½ / 6|
|4th =||Martin||162||3½ / 6|
|6th =||Christine||87||3 / 6|
|6th =||Alfredo||130||3 / 6|
|8th =||David||114||1 / 6|
|8th =||Gordon||81||1 / 6|
|8th =||Scott||113||1 / 6|
2017 Khyber Cup tournament
The annual Khyber Cup mini chess tournament, which was held on Saturday (Aug 5th), had all the attributes of a traditional Khyber Cup – excellent surroundings, thirteen superb and friendly players (and one mum), and weather varying from glorious sunshine to moderately heavy rain. Fortunately the latter came down while we were all warm and dry in the Thatched Cottage pub, and only the boards and pieces got wet. The winner, for the second year running, was Ken Coates. But Ken’s path to victory was not as assured as last year: he went into the final round needing a clear win against Peter Tart, and after a very tightly fought middle game it was only towards the end that Ken gained a slight but sufficient advantage, and even then had to play with caution to avoid Peter’s typically tactical trickery. Well done Ken. So Ken won, with 4 out of 5 points. Peter and Andrew Marley were second on 3.5 points, and Colin was next on 3 points. A special mention too for the youngest player present, George Taphouse, just 9 years old, who won his mum the bottle of wine for being the most promising new player. Thanks to John Upham for not only being an excellent host for us all, but also for the organisation and advertising on Facebook. This very much made the event the success it was. Many thanks also to John Upham for the photos which appear below:
Colin Lyne presenting the Club’s “Outstanding Player of the Year Award” for 2016 to Peter Tart (right)
Camberley Chess Club Party Evening, 20th December 2016
2015 BBQ and chess evening
Here are a couple of chess club pictures from a recent event won by Peter Tart.
2014 BBQ and chess evening
Camberley Chess Club enjoyed a BBQ and 10 minute games tournament. Thanks to Paul Sloane for organising and hosting the event and to Ken Coates for running the 10 minute, time handicapped, 7 round Swiss style tournament. The joint winners on 4 points out of 7 were Christine Coates, Alan Hemmings, David Hemmings, Ivor Kelly and Peter Tart.
From top left, Ivor Kelly, Julien Shepley, Martin Wallman, Peter Tart, Sandy McCubbin, Paul Sloane, Alan Hemmings and David Stallan. And seated, Steve Harley, Christine Coates, Neil Binney and David Hemmings.
2014 Burn’s Night
A and B teams at start of 2013-14 season
BBQ Chess Evening July 2013
Colin Lyne performs simultaneous display at the club, 4th June 2013