All posts by Neil Limbert

BCCA General Secretary, Editor of “Correspondence Chess” : BCCA & ICCF Tournament Director; ICCF International Arbiter (IA) : ICCF Qualifications Commissioner for 4 years from 2009-13.

Stan Cranmer Funeral

Stan Cranmer’s funeral will be held on February 9 at 1pm at the Mansfield Crematorium. Any BCCA member planning to attend are asked to contact the family first to let them know. Contact details available via Neil Limbert.

Book & DVD Sale

Ron Cooper’s chess library has very kindly been donated to the club by his widow  and is most appreciated. Books/DVD’s will be sold on a first come first served basis and the proceeds will go towards promoting the club and correspondence chess. Prices: £5.00 for one item; £8.00 for two items; £10.00 for three items. Postage & Packing to UK will be on top & will depend on the number/size of items ordered & your location. Please go to “BCCA Members” – “Book & DVD Sale” or click here: Book & DVD sale

Please email your requests to Neil Limbert

Checkmate TV Series

BCCA member Malcolm Winter is one of the producers of a new TV series called “Checkmate” which is now available on Amazon Prime.  The show is based on the old TV show Master Game , with a twist, 6 men and 6 women competing , there are some very interesting games from leading Grandmasters and the players take us through the game move by move. The show is hosted by Anna Richardson and expert commentary by Simon Williams.  Well worth watching!

Medal Tournaments – Last Call for Entries!

All members still have time to enter this years Medal tournaments. The last date for entries is 31 January 2018. So far, we have 40 entries for webserver tournaments & 14 entries for Postal tournaments – see below. If you have entered & your name is not showing, please contact me straight away.

Webserver

Batchelor, P
Beckett, P
Bruce, R
Burridge, R
Campbell, E
Carter, M
Cheek, C
Clark, S
Cole, S
Copsey, A
Coyne, D
Cunningham, B
Elwood, D
Gardner, A
Grobler, D
Hardwick, M
Hughes, G
Jefferson, N
Kitson, K
Lindberg, W
Mason, I
Morton, P
Moujan, P
Owens, J
Pheby, I
Picken, RD
Reed, A
Relyea, A
Roberts, AA
Sherwood, A
Sherwood, H
Sherwood, R
Smith, A
Smyth, S
Sutton, A
Tibbert, P
Tymms, J
Winter, M
Wood, B
Woodhouse, S

Postal

Beckett, P
Burridge, R
Clayton, I
Crawshaw, R
Dixon, R
Frith, D
Frith, R
Gallimore, D
Mann, RHK
Morton, P
Phillips, P
Smith, ADJ
Terry, P
Toye, DK

Stan Cranmer †

It is my very sad duty to report the death of BCCA member Stan Cranmer at the age of 86. Stan was one of last remaining stalwart Postal players; he never obtained a computer & kept records of all his postal games on various pockets sets that he owned.  He was a very active OTB player right to the end but the undoubted crowning achievement of his OTB career was winning the British U-150 Championship in 1998.  In CC, he played in the Postal Championship, Postal Medal tournaments & the Handicap. As I can personally testify, he was always a tough and determined opponent, but very friendly and willing to discuss chess at any time. He will be very sadly missed -RIP.

Keith Kitson awarded BCCA Master Title

Keith Kitson has been awarded the BCCA Master Title after accumulating the necessary 20 BCCA Master points – well played Keith! Keith won (or jointly won) five separate Class 3 Trio’s and also earned points from coming 2nd in the British Championship & 3rd in the British Veterans.

The full list of BCCA Title holders can be seen HERE

All members can see their current Points totals (towards the Master & Candidate Master Title) HERE This page is regularly updated.

Medal Tournaments – Confirmed Entries so far…..

The following players are confirmed as having entered the 2018 Medal tournaments. If you haven’t entered yet, there is still time (last date of entry 31 January). If you have entered & your name is not below, please contact me.

Webserver 

Batchelor, P
Beckett, P
Bruce, R
Burridge, R
Campbell, E
Carter, M
Cheek, C
Clark, S
Copsey, A
Coyne, D
Cunningham, B
Elwood, D
Gardner, A
Grobler, D
Hardwick, M
Hughes, G
Jefferson, N
Kitson, K
Lindberg, W
Mason, I
Morton, P
Moujan, P
Owens, J
Pheby, I
Picken, RD
Reed, A
Relyea, A
Roberts, AA
Smith, A
Smyth, S
Sutton, A
Tibbert, P
Winter, M
Wood, B
Woodhouse, S

Postal

Beckett, P
Burridge, R
Clayton, I
Crawshaw, R
Dixon, R
Frith, D
Frith, R
Gallimore, D
Mann, RHK
Morton, P
Phillips, P
Smith, ADJ
Terry, P
Toye, DK

2018 Medal Tournaments now open for Entry!

Members can now submit their entry for the 2018 Medal tournaments. Simply go to the “Payment Page” & scroll down.  Prices have been kept low and are still only £3.00 for a webserver tournament & £2.00 for postal. Great value!

We look forward to receiving your entries!

John Toothill †

Very sadly, we have to report the death of BCCA Life member John Toothill. Our condolences go to friends & family.

John’s name may not be familiar to newer members but he was the BCCA Best Games Secretary from 1996 until the termination of the competition in 2013. But you have to go back to the 1970’s/80’s from his CC playing career. In 1972/3 he won a British Championship Reserves tournament & was a prize-winner in the BCCA Handicap. Already a Class 1 player, John won a British Championship Candidates in 1973/4 & advanced to the Final. He came 6th in 1974/5 & 2nd in 1975/6. But it is on the CC International scene that he is best known, as part of the Great Britain team that won the Gold Medal in the 9th CC Olympiad 1982-87; the first & only time that a British team has won this top CC team event. At the time, this was a fantastic achievement beating the all-conquering Soviet Union team into 3rd place (West Germany were 2nd). John was also a member of Great Britain team in the 1st European Team Championship Final (1978-81), and a member of the winning England team in the 1st North Atlantic Team tournament (1981-4). He was awarded the CC International Master Title in 1981.

John was a strong OTB player playing for Windemere Chess club for over 40 years winning the County Championship on several occasions. He also led Windemere to victory in the BCCL 1975/6.

There are three excellent annotated games of John’s in Tim Harding’s superb book Correspondence Chess in Britain & Ireland 1924-1987 and he also featured in Grigory Sanakoev’s book World Champion at the 3rd Attempt.

RIP.