Bob Crawshaw has won the 2017 Postal Bronze Medal tournament with a score of 6/8 – well played Bob! The crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65661 A very close tournament where no player went undefeated. Bob wins an engraved Bronze medal & 3 BCCA Candidate Master points.
A BCCA team (BCCA Capablanca) has won the BCCTC for the first time in six years. The team crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61918 together with all the games. The BCCA team consisted of Captain Trevor Carr, John Brasier, Peter Catt, Les Ellis, Yosua Sitorus, Dennis Broadway, Ian Mason & Richard Tillett. Each Team member wins a Medal & a cash prize – congratulations to them!
We have two upcoming tournaments on the webserver & I have around 40 places available for BCCA members. Do you want to play?
1/ Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament: BCCA are affiliated to the Welsh CC Federation & we will be submitting four or five teams into this event. There will be five players per team & each player will play (probably) 8 or 10 games per player. Each board will have rating bandings as follows:-
Board One: Open
Board Two: No higher than 2,300
Board Three: No higher than 2,150
Board Four: No higher than 2,000
Board Five: No higher than 1,850
This should ensure even well-matched chess. Games will start in December.
2/ Scottish CCA Webserver Team Tournament: Organised annually & starting in January. We have submitted five teams in past years & I look to do the same again. There are four boards per team. There were three Divsions last season & the crosstables can be seen here:-
All standards are catered for. Each player will probably play 6 games.
Entry is free to BCCA members for both of these tournaments! So why not make the most of your BCCA membership & enter one of them or both!
Please also bear in mind that BCCA Medal tournaments will be starting in February or March so I appreciate that playing an additional 6-10 games is a fair-sized commitment. So manage your game loads carefully.
Please contact me (Neil Limbert – see the latest BCCA magazine for my email address or contact me through this website) if you wish to play. I look forward to hearing from you! If you do wish to play, please specify which tournament you would like to enter, or simply state you are happy to play in either, or that you would like to play in both.
All members are advised that our AGM will take place on Saturday November 4th, 2pm, at the offices of Pett, Franklin & Co. LLP, Victoria House, 116 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3BD. We will discuss the year gone by & plan for the year ahead. If you would like your say in how the BCCA is run, you would be welcome to attend. If you can’t go but would would still like to see a particular subject raised, please contact the General Secretary Neil Limbert.
BCCA teams have triumphed in the last couple of days!
BCCL (British CC League): the BCCA Giants team (8 players with each player playing two games) have won the BCCL Championship. The crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=63471 Although there are 2 games still awaiting adjudication decisions, the Giants cannot be caught. The full team was Captain Neil Jefferson, Olli Ylönen, Brian Thompson, Yosua Sitorus, Graham Pattrick, Allan Gardner, Johnny Owens, Andrew Ellis.
Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament II: the BCCA Wildcats have won this event (5 players with each player playing 6 games) which came down to the very last game. The full crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=56581 Congratulations to the team who comprised Captain Russell Sherwood, Mark Eldridge, Brian Thompson, Les Ellis, Keith Kitson.
The 2016-7 Handicap Tournament finished in a tie for 1st place between Paul Terry & Russell Sherwood. Paul earns 5 CM points & they share the prize money for 1st/2nd place. In 3rd place was Raymond Burridge.
The Handicap tournament is now free to enter so any member can enter at any time. Pairings are by post or e-mail.
Richard Akrill has been awarded the BCCA Candidate Master Title after reaching 20 Candidate Master (CM) points. His points were accumulated in 4 different Trio’s as well as winning a Silver Medal tournament: well done to Richard!
Richard is the 10th member to be awarded the Candidate Master Title during 2017. The full list of Title Holders can be seen here: http://www.bccachess.org/members/bcca-titles-within-reach-of-every-player/current-title-holders-and-year-awarded/#.WbqsgbJ96M8
All the games in this event have now finished & the final crosstable can be viewed on the Server here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65672 Congratulations to Greg Hughes who scored a fantastic 11.5/12 to win the tournament and a Bronze Medal – well done Greg! Honorable mentions go to Pablo Moujan & Ben Wood whose scores of 11 and 10.5 respectively would usually be good enough to win the event! Pablo earns 3 Candidate Master points for 2nd place.
The 2017/18 BCCA Championship Final, Candidates & Reserves have all just got underway for the new season. 79 players in total (11 in the Final, 36 in the Candidates & 32 in the Reserves). The Championship Final https://www.iccf.com/event?id=70820 has the highest average rating yet recorded of 2342. All crosstables can be viewed on the webserver. Good luck to all!
Alexander Sherwood has become the 10th BCCA member to be awarded the Candidate Master Title in 2017. His 2nd place in a BCCA Candidates tournament, added to his previous points from winning two Trio’s and a Silver Medal tournament, enabled him to reach the magic 20 points barrier. At only 18 years of age, Alex is the youngest holder of the BCCA Candidate Master Title.