A Chess Club For All

Whilst we wait for competitive chess to return in October, social chess resumes from Tuesday 17th August 7.00 to 9.00pm in the bar at the Hertford Club.

The webmaster is on holiday from Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 15th September

02/09/2021   At the AGM the following captains were appointed for the 2021-22 season starting in October:
1st team - Barry Cheal
2nd team - Andrew du Boulay
3rd team - Nick Wooster
4th team - Gerald Gregory
5th team - Alan Brewis
U120 League - Mike Humeniuk?
Russell Cup - Andrew du Boulay
Sharp Trophy - Mark Buswell
U140 Cup - Duncan Marshall
U120 Cup - Mike Gutteridge
Herts & District - Corinne Mountford

Summer Online Rapid Play
It's all over, but the crying! All matches played, without incident. Thanks for everyone's flexibility and organisation and informing me of fixed match times and results, which kept everything running smoothly.
Attached is the final standings table, from Alan. Congratulations to Barry, the pre-event favourite and clear outright winner with an impressive 5.5/6. Dave Rudd finished a snappy 2nd with 4.5/6 and there was a three-way tie for 3rd place between Simon, George and myself, with 4/6. It was great to welcome relative newcomers George and Luca into the event too; hope you'll stick around for more!
Thanks to Alan for having the idea in the first place and thanks to you all for making my job easy!
Hope to see you all soon for some OTB from September!
Very best wishes,
PS Visit the ECF LMS website for more detail.

4NCL Online - Tues 24th February
Well … what a night. 11 points out of 12! I could never have imagined that. And, while a few of us had a bit of luck (especially me, the fact is that our respective teams sit proudly in 2nd place in our Group in Division 2, we lead our group in Division 4 and sit proudly atop the 54 teams of Division 5.
Yes, yes … I know that it’s early days … but the bar has been set.
To use popular football parlance … “ we go again” in two weeks’ time. Meanwhile, enjoy the aftermath of a job well done. Your Skipper offers each of you a virtual pint for your efforts.
Thank you, Gentlemen.
Dave Rudd

The summer social in the garden of the Hertford Club proved good fun with plenty to catch up on after a forced absence of 18 months. Two new players, Ewan Fewell and Louis Cowell, joined us as well as Steve Bailes, a member in the 1980's. (See if you can spot him in the photo above). Around 20 had booked and after a pint and some sandwiches, 12 players then took their seats to play Stephen Swanson in a simultaneous. The games continued for more than two hours with two players, Andrew and Nick, managing to win. Thanks to Stephen for supporting the simul and to Andrew for organising the event - a celebration 30 years after the club reformed.
Photos from the event:


U1600 Results
Congratulations to Mike for winning this inaugural event. It was quite an emphatic victory too, 2 points separating him from 2nd place Steve is quite a margin, with the rest of us trailing behind. Mike was also the only player to beat everyone else.

Of the players finishing in the bottom half of the table, special mention to Ron who beat 3 in the top half. James also stole a point from Mike. Judging by the feedback everyone enjoyed it with most of the games proving very competitive.

In comparison to helping organise the 4NCL and HCO competitions, this was a walk in the park with no problems at all. Thanks to you all for that. Extra special thanks to Gerald who helped set it up as well as with the ongoing admin and communication.

Aside from thinking our club has a group of players who might like an event like this, another motivation was to use the English Chess Federation's League Management System (LMS for short). It arranged the pairings, provided 'match cards' with links to lichess, and also lists the results and tables. LMS also 'automatically' (after a nod for Gerald) posts the results for ECF online rating.

Herts Chess Online   The 6th and final round was played on Tues 15th June. Results here.

21/04/21     The 4NCL Season 3 final tables have now been published. These confirm promotion for Hertford 1 and Hertford 2 and likely relegation for Hertford 3. Hertford 4 were a whisker away from the coveted 60th place that we worked so hard for, but I quite like the fact that we finished above Aberystwyth University 2.
Sincere congratulations to all who played and sincere thanks from myself and the Captains for being such a great squad to manage. We hope that you all enjoyed your time and games.
Dave Rudd

08/04/21     4NCL Online
We had a great night on Tuesday in the penultimate round of the 4NCL. All four Hertford teams won. Well done especially to Hertford 4. That win has been a long time coming!
Hertford 1 have secured promotion to the 2nd Division. The final round on Tuesday 20th April will see them fighting the leaders in their group to secure a place in the play-offs.
Hertford 2 will be trying to gain their own promotion and Hertford 3 trying to avoid relegation! It’s going to be quite a night.

08/04/21     Herts Chess Online
First of all, well done everyone who took part in the second HCO competition. Hertford won the U1800 and U1500 competitions and came second in the Open. Brilliant! Our best individual performances (not including the bonus points) were Mark Buswell with 4.5 out of 6, and Aaron Tuveri and Mike Humeniuk with 4 out of 6. A third competition is envisaged.

23/03/21    4NCL Online
Division 3 'Hertford 1' 2½ - 1½ 'Wantage A'. Hertford 1 keep up their challenge for promotion.
Division 6 'Crewe BOL' 2½ - 1½ 'Hertford 2'. Hertford 2 need good results in their last two rounds
Division 6 'Hertford 3' ½ - 3½ 'Shropshire 5'.
Division 7 'Hertford 4' 1 - 3 'Streatham C'. Will we win a match?

09/03/21     4NCL Online
Division 3 'Cork' 1½ - 2½ 'Hertford 1'
Division 6 'Hertford 2' 3 - 1 'Plymouth 2'
Division 6 'Hertford 3' 2 - 2 'Jan Luke's Cyberwarriors'
Division 7 'Uxbridge Fury' 3 - 1 'Hertford 4'

25/02/21     Another entertaining and informative Zoom event. This time Stephen took us from the opening into the middle game of a not-so-popular but quite sharp e4e5 set up. We were taxed with finding the best way forward, faced with some difficult move choices.

21/01/21     Thursday evening and 19 players turned up on Zoom for a 90 minute analysis from Stephen Swanson of a 1st Division League club game played by Paul Byway. This was a real treat with everyone enjoying it.

Updated September 2nd 2021

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