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MCF Heaton Cup

Posted by ian on June 16, 2021 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

MCF Heaton Cup

The MCF Heaton Cup is an online tournament developed by the MCF to support players wishing to play long games during the pandemic. The tournament also focuses on fun and learning with all the games annotated by the tournament team and shared with participants.

There have been two cycles of the Cup, both played on Lichess, consisting of 1 round per week for six weeks, with the time control of 60 minutes + 15 seconds increment.

The first cycle ran from 24th August 2020 to 3rd October 2020. The second from 19th April 2021 to 29th May. In both cases around 50 players took part and included participation from practically all MCF clubs. The first tournament was ECF unrated, but in the second the all games were ECF online rated games.

1st Heaton Cup – August to October 2020

• 1st place: Daniel Lee (Chorlton Chess Club)

• Joint 2nd place: Jamie Kumar (Worsley Chess Club) and Julio Calcina (Manchester Social Chess Club)

• Team prize (overall points): Eccles Chess Club

• Team prize (most points by top 3 players): Chorlton Chess Club

2nd Heaton Cup – April and May 2021

• 1st place: Carl Tillotson (Heywood Chess Club)

• Joint 2nd place: Daniel Lee (Chorlton Chess Club) and Andy Stoker (Stockport Chess Club)

• Team prize (overall points): Eccles Chess Club

• Team prize (most points by top 3 players): shared by Heywood Chess Club and Stockport Chess Club

 

Grand Chess Tour, 2021 starts on Saturday at 13:00 GMT.

Posted by ian on June 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Superbet Chess Classic is a 10-player classical round-robin taking place in the Sheraton Bucharest Hotel in Bucharest, Romania from 5-14 June 2021. It's the first stage of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, a series of five events with a total prize fund of $1.275 million. In Bucharest the players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.

Official Website https://grandchesstour.org/

Live Games: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/grand-chess-tour-bucharest-superbet-2021/1/1/1

LIve Commentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6vCmzfFlyE GMs Alejandro Ramirez, Yasser Seirawan


The second online Heaton Cup is now complete!

Posted by ian on June 3, 2021 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tournament prizes:

 

1st Place: Carl Tillotson

 

Joint 2nd Place: Daniel Lee & Andy Stoker

 

Team prizes:

 

Most points: Eccles

 

Elite team (most points by top 3 players): Heywood & Stockport”

 

Futher deatils at the official website  https://www.mcfonlinecomp.org/ ; with games annotated from the event.

Speical thanks to Aidan Rawlinson and  Andrew Shingleton  for organsing the event.

Online Counties Championship June 2021.

Posted by ian on June 2, 2021 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester is thinking of put a team in the online county championship and hope to get a team out in either the open/1900 and under 1800 team (we won the plate Championship last year)

I appreciate that time is short in respect of ascertaining player availability generally and for round 1 on 12 June, so when contacting players do enquire as to both. My apologies for the short lead in. Scheduling and format adoption have been particularly challenging against moving goal posts elsewhere and a wish to prioritise over-the-board activities.

Team entries Close at 6pm on Friday 11 June.

Initial Player Registration on LMS for R1 closes at 8pm on Friday 11 June

Veiled LMS Team entry by 2pm on match day which for Round 1 is Saturday 12 June at 6:30pm.

Further to the earlier publication of the competition dates we have settled on a streamlined format but preserving the three core Championships from the first season, with Division 2 becoming an average team rated Championship (not exceeding 2020).and keeping the previous 6:30 pm early Saturday evening time slot (there was no consensus as to an alternative).

Open

Minor Open 1900 (average team rated)

U1800 (player rating)

Please see the attached synopsis which hopefully covers the essentials. Captains will be able to agree (with permission) 10 or 11 board matches instead of 12 and are free to increase the number of boards in any match, though only the first 12 boards will count towards tie-break application (save for Match Points, where all boards will count to determine the match outcome).

Qualifying league all-play-all groups have been replaced with a Team Swiss structure to reduce the number of mismatches in each Championship and in the expectation of less interest second time round; though do prove that wrong !

For captains the administration burden has been reduced as much as possible with everything conducted through the ECF LMS. Counties should let me know asap those who will require administrative access to the LMS for player registration so I can arrange logins for those who do not have one.

The Knockout Finals have moved to September. Please note the new date of 11 September for the semi-finals and that in the event that the preseason OTB regional competition is not held, that the semi-finals will brought forward to 4 September and we then expect to use 25 September for the North v South Blackburn Challenge match (currently without a fixed date in the ECF online calendar).

Enhanced Fair Play arrangements will be in place in line with current ECF policy particularly for the knockout Finals Stage

Contact John Reyes for further details. email address:  chillireyes@hotmail.com

Manchester League winners have been updated.

Posted by ian on May 29, 2021 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester League winners have been updated. On the Histroy of the MCF page. https://www.manchesterchess.com/history-of-the-mcf Thanks goes to Mick Norris for the latest updates.

MCF Online Rapidplay 2020-2021 winners and runners up.

Posted by ian on May 29, 2021 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The second cycle of the MCF on-line league has now been completed. Full results are available at the MCF Results website.http://manchesterchess.org.uk/main.php

The MCF Council has yet to decide whether to organise a third cycle – feedback from MCF clubs would be most welcome. Thanks to Phil Adams for the list of winners and runners up.



 Division 1 Inaugurated 2020


 2020

Champions: 3Cs 1

 

2nd : Stockport 1

 

2021

 

Champions: 3Cs 1

 

2nd : Stockport 1

 

 

Division 2 Inaugurated 2020

 

 

2020

 

Champions: 3Cs 2

 

2nd : Northenden 1

 

2021

 

Champions: Worsley 1

 

2nd : 3Cs 2

 

 

Division 3 Inaugurated 2020

 

 

2020

 

Champions: Ashton Community 2

 

2nd : Bolton 2

 

2021

 

Champions: Ashton Community 1

 

2nd: Chorlton 2

 

 

Division 4 Inaugurated 2021

 

 

 

2021

 

Champions: 3Cs 4

 

2nd: Ashton Community 2nd






ECF Chess for All, Online chess Festival starts Sunday 30th May 2021.

Posted by ian on May 24, 2021 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

ECF Chess for All Online Festival Starts Sunday!

Join ECF exciting course of week's training and tournaments aimed at beginners and improvers! Plus spread the word if you know anybody else that might be interested. Thanks.

As Muhammad Ali once said, “Even the greatest was once a beginner.” The Queen’s Gambit and Covid-19 have combined to inspire many people to take up chess for the first time or perhaps revisit it, having lapsed. We welcome everyone to join our Chess for All Festival where we will be holding a week of training and tournaments aimed at beginners and improvers (both juniors and adults).

ECF are pleased to announce that IM Lorin D'Costa will be coaching the improvers and Lateefah Messam-Sparks will be coaching the beginners. GM Keith Arkell and IM Lorin D'Costa will be doing a simul each. For only £15, entrants can get four training sessions as well as access to special tournaments. The Festival will run from Sunday 30th May to Friday 4th June. More details and the schedule at the ECF's Chess Festival Page at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/chess-for-all-festival/ and sign up now at our registration page at https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/q1foayuu0jdiqeh/

Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup Online.

Posted by ian on May 21, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Magnus Carlsen faces World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi as the FTX Crypto Cup, the 6th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, begins Sunday, May 23rd at 17:00 CEST. One of the strongest line-ups ever assembled features the full Top 10, meaning a Tour debut for the last challenger and world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana. The last Major on the Tour offers a direct spot to September’s Tour Finals in San Francisco as well as a record online chess prize fund of $320k, with sponsors FTX providing a $100k Bitcoin bonus. The FTX Crypto Cup, to be played on chess24 from May 23-31, the time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move from move 1

Live games Prelims https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-ftx-crypto-cup-2021-prelims/1/1/1

Live games Knockout https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-ftx-crypto-cup-2021-knockout/1/1/1


FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar. Starts Saturday 22nd May 2021.

Posted by ian on May 19, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar will have a great commentary duo - GM Nigel Short and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni. And for the second week,GM  Nigel Short will give his place to non-other than GM Veselin Topalov!  Live Commentary  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8yzLbuwG9k

Watch live broadcasts on our YouTube, starting Saturday, 22nd May  https://www.youtube.com/fidechannel

Live games https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/fide-womens-grand-prix-2021-gibraltar/1/1/1

Tuesday, 18th of May 2021 only. 25% off Chessbase products.

Posted by ian on May 17, 2021 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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