Endgame Tournament Results 2016-17

Russell Sherwood won the 2016-17 E-mail tournament, and Bob Crawshaw won the 2016-17 Postal tournament.  For further details see “Tournaments” – “Endgame Tournaments” – “Results”.

The Endgame tournaments are ideal practice for Endgame play without putting any rating points at risk. Why not give it a go for the 2017-18 season!? Entries now being taken.

Stan Grayland is the BCCA Champion for 2016-17!

For the 2nd time in 3 seasons, BCCA President Stan Grayland has also become BCCA Champion – well played Stan! The current Final ( https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61194 ) looks like being one of the closest ever fought, with 3 games still ongoing. Stan is level on 6.5 points with two other players, and there are also two more players who could join them on 6.5! Incredible. But the first tie-break is “number of Wins” & Stan has 4 wins which no other player can match. So, despite losing a game, Stan’s positive play has been rewarded.

Webserver Trios – May Update

It has been a busy month in the Trio’s Tournament with 5 Trios decided. Unfortunately two Trios were subject to silent withdrawals with is extremely poor etiquette and results in the players concerned being banned from the ICCF server and all BCCA Competitions for up to 2 years.

BCCA/C2/Tr73 – LIM Helen Sherwood has won the trio with a great score of 3.5/4, Helen receives 4 BCM Points taking her total to 23 and receives the coveted BCCA Candidate Master Title. Helen is already playing in Class 3 chasing the BCCA Master Title and a Trio Championship Semi-Final Slot.

BCCA/C2/Tr70Alex Tupper is the winner against David Howel. Because there was a silent withdrawal – there is no promotion to Class 3 and Alex receives 2 BCM points instead of 4. Both Alex and David are awarded a free trio as compensation.

BCCA/C1/Tr157 –  Unfortunately there were 2 silent withdrawals in this Trio making Jun Xiang Tee  the winner by default. Jun is awarded 1 BCM point and a free trio as compensation. Both players who withdrew are suspended from all BCCA Competitions at the moment.

BCCA/C2/Tr71Johnny Owens is the winner with an excellent score of 3.5/4. Johnny is promoted to Class 3 and receives 4 BCM Points. The other players were Malcolm Winter and Stephen Woodhouse.

BCCA/C2/Tr79Ray Kappel wins with a score of 3.5/4, well played. Ray is promoted to Class 3 and receives 4 BCM points. The other players were: Malcolm Winter and John Walker

Membership Renewal now Open for 2017/18

Membership Renewal  & Tournament Entry now Open for 2017/18!

BCCA Membership year runs from 1 September to 31 August. From now until August 31, you can renew your Membership of BCCA until August 31, 2018 & enter the tournaments for the 2017/18 season. You can renew online at this website or you can wait for the paper Renewal form which will be issued with the Summer magazine – entirely your choice!


New Tournament Organiser for the Gambit/Counter-Gambit Tournaments: Alex Relyea

Fred Clough has decided to retire from this role after many years of excellent service to the BCCA – thank you Fred! Fortunately, we have been able to find an excellent volunteer to take over so we would like to welcome Alex Relyea as a new BCCA Tournament Organiser.

The Gambit/Counter-Gambit Tournaments are unique! As far as I know, no other CC club or Federation offers such tournaments. They are played by e-mail only & are not ICCF rated. Each Tourney usually consists of five players in All-Play-All format, so eight games in all, one with White and one with Black against each of the others.    (Occasionally the Gambit and Counter Gambit Tourneys may be combined if there are insufficient entries).

In the Gambit Tournament White selects the opening from a set list of Gambits. In other words in each pairing of two games each player chooses the opening in the one game where he has White. You can choose any combination of Gambits, from the same Gambit in all games to four different Gambits.

In the Counter-Gambit tournament Black selects the Opening to be played from the  list. Thus, in each pairing of two games, each player chooses the Opening in the game where he is Black. Once again you can choose any combination of Counter-Gambits, from the same in all games to four different Counter-Gambits.

You will see below the lists that Alex has provided for the Tournaments that will start in September with the new season. You will be able to enter these Events online from June 1st, or with your paper Renewal form when this is received with the Summer magazine. Why not give it a try!

Gambit List

(1) Double Muzio Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O gxf3 6. Qxf3 Qf6 7. e5 Qxe5 8. Bxf7+
This variation of the King’s Gambit leads to wild tactical play. White sacrifices two pieces in the opening! Is it playable in CC? I don’t know, but an unrated tournament is the place to find out.
(2) Lisitsyn Gambit 1. Nf3 f5 2. e4
An anti-Dutch gambit. An “improved” version is 1. Nf3 f5 2. d3 Nf6 3. e4, but I prefer to offer the original this year.
(3) Bishop’s opening, MacDonnell double gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. b4 Bxb4 4. f4
A player suggestion. Any interest in proving if this is completely obsolete?
(4) French Defense, Papa Gambit 1. e4 e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 dxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g4
Mike Papa is a national master from New Orleans. This variation of the Reti Gambit is his pet line against the French.
(5) French Defense Alekhine-Chatard Attack: Albin-Chatard Gambit 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5
White sacrifices a pawn against the French Classical for an open h-file and an attack.
(6) Queen’s Gambit Accepted 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3
An extremely topical opening. For those who would wish to try 3. e4, ICCF is offering a postal thematic in that line in December.

Counter-Gambit List

(1) Benko Gambit 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5
Being an American, I can call this the Benko, though you might better know it as the Volga. Unusually, this is a positional gambit, and Black can retain his positional edge into the endgame without needing to win the pawn back. If this proves a popular choice, perhaps I’ll pick a variation of this opening for next year.
(2) Elephant Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5
Chessbase lists 32(!) moves that have been tried as Black’s second. 2.. d5 is an unusual idea that may be worth a try.
(3) Petroff’s Defense: Damiano Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2
When we were learning chess, it was driven home to us that 3.. Nxe4 led to an automatic loss. Now that we know more, we find it surprisingly playable! I leave to you the choice between .. Qe7 or .. d6.
(4) Bird’s Opening: Schlecter Gambit 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 Nc6
Last year we tried the From Gambit. This year we experiment with its less common cousin. Note that Black has scored noticeably better with the Schlecter.
(5) Albin Counter Gambit 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4
We recently offered this counter gambit, but offer it again with one more move played.
(6) Bellon Counter Gambit. 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 e4 4. Ng5 b5
This opening is also back from last year. Perhaps I’m not the only one looking for a response to the English?

Webserver Trios – April Update

A fairly quiet month for the Trios with just two decided.

BCCA/C1/Tr145 has been won by Jonathan Tymms with a perfect score of 4/4. Jonathan has been awarded 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points and promoted to Class 2, Jonathan now has 6 BCM Points – Paulwell played sir. The other players in Trio were Vincent Palmer and Keith Dudeney.

BCCA/C1/Tr140Malcolm Winter is the winner with another perfect score of 4/4, well played – Malcolm is awarded 2 BCM Points taking his total to 16 (Just a Class 2 win needed to take the title) and promoted to Class 2. The other players in the Trio were Paul Wood and Chris Kent.