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 17th July 2021

ECF grades for Cumbria 1997-98 

You may find the 2 images interesting. They are Cumbria grades from 1997-98.

Click a picture to get a better view.
   
   
Over 20 years ago. Makes me feel old !
 
Thanks to Richard McCann for supplying them.

17th July 2021

 Announcement from Jonathan Rashleigh - Cumbria Secretary


Dear Secretaries and Officers

Notwithstanding the level of current Covid infections, the opening up process means that from next Monday indoor over the board chess will be a permitted activity.  As such it is important for the Cumbria clubs to meet and agree the way forward.

An AGM has therefore been pencilled in for the afternoon of Saturday 28th August.  It will probably take place at the Crown at Eamont Bridge but that is not yet confirmed.  I apologise that this is the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend but it is the only date that works for the committee members. Hopefully the month before that date will help to clarify the overall state of Covid infection and the extent to which that is likely to impact on any plans.

Although the meeting will cover the usual formalities, the main purpose will be to agree the practical issues of getting league chess going again during the Winter.  As such it really is essential that each club can field at least one member at the meeting and that clubs have discussed their own situations ahead of the meeting.

There are bound to be a lot of issues and the season will probably get off to a slow start whatever is agreed.  Among the issues that will need to be discussed are:

 I am sure that there are many more issues that members will also want to raise.

 I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm the agenda and venue.

In the mean time club's should be arranging their own meetings to establish their own situation and view. Please let me know of other items that your club would like to be included in the discussions.

 Thanks and best wishes

Jonathan Rashleigh.


15th July 2021

4NCL Cumbria Team 

Amendment to the note from Alan below. Andy McAtear is controlling any 4NCL team so please contact him if you are interested.


15th July 2021

4NCL Cumbria Team 


A note from Alan Llewellyn
-

Hi Cumbrian chess players,

I am looking into the possibility of creating a Cumbrian Chess Team maybe called the CUMBRIAN CHESS POETS, for the 4NCL League otb for next season beginning in November 2021 and going on to May day 2022.  The format is a weekend away in Bolton or Doncaster. It would mean one nights sleep, 69 pound single occupancy Saturday night, travelling down for the afternoon Saturday game and travelling back after the morning game on Sunday.

There would be about 10 pound needed for petrol money and there are 5 weekends each about a month apart.  If you want to play National chess in the 3rd division north of the national league you will have to be a ecf gold member. But maybe a payment of 20 pound or so by each club each weekend could help with the costs and make them manageable also a pool of players could be used we need 6 in a team, also the county could provide the 75 pound or so registration fee in order to support the idea, and also pay for travel to the car Travel providers in Carlisle and Barrow, one car taking 3 people from each city as the main hub.

 
Its just an idea at the moment but if anyone is interested to play email: alanmanselllewellyn@outlook.com

Alan Llewellyn
   


14th June 2021

Lockdown Release Rapidplay Swiss






Oh well.


In case you havn't guessed there will be no Swiss Rapidplay on 26th June.  


1st June 2021

Lockdown Release Rapidplay Swiss Saturday 26th June

  Cumbria Chess  will be providing some Prize money.  

    Possibly  1st - £75, 2-  £50, 3 - £25, with a grading and junior prize.  Depending on number of entries.





See the Entry Form for the details.





Please email me as follows with  -

Name:
Club:
ECF Membership No.:

NB please say none if not a member.
Please note -

List of Players entered so far.


 Please Note -


If Boris does not totally release us from lockdown the tournament will be held at a later date.
 

   

 
29th May 2021

Cumbria Chess Reunion Rapid Saturday 26th June

  

So that Cumbrian Chess enthusiasts can meet up again I am going to run a one day Chess Rapid Play Swiss on Saturday 26th June at The Crown, Eamont Bridge, Penrith.  





Possibly

Details will follow.



    All this depends on our leader, of course.     

   

 
14th April 2021

SOUTH LAKES CONGRESS 2021 & 2022

Now society is opening up with lockdown easing, we were looking at the possibility of holding the 2021 South Lakes Chess Congress (SLC) later this year. Unfortunately the Kendal Leisure Centre is not available for the remainder of the year and therefore we have to announce that the 2021 event is cancelled. 

The good news though is that we plan to hold the 2022 event in Kendal on the weekend of June 3rd, 4th and 5th. The Kendal Leisure Centre is booked and we hope to see you there; an entry form will be available at the end of the year.

Keep well and safe.

Thanks,
The SLC Organisers
  


4th March 2020

Chess in Niger

Email from John Lydon ( Cumbria Junior Organiser ) -

One of the Carlisle Chess Club members (Martin Best) is currently working away from home, as he nearly always is.

He's working in Niger.

He has been doing his best to promote the game out there.

I've contacted my management at Chess in Schools and Communities, and they are in the process of helping him get some chess equipment for schools.

He's also trying to get the adult game promoted there as well.

Niger is a very poor country, and there is very little chess equipment at all.

Specifically, he asked about clocks.

In Carlisle we have some very old mainly analogue clocks that are rarely if ever used, and once we can gain access to them they will be donated.

My question is do any other clubs have any old clocks, that are no longer needed and that they would be prepared to donate?

Many thanks,
John
  


27th February 2021

Amateur Chess Organization - Oct 1st to10th  Crete

Email from Ian Mackay -  


Am I the first this year to sign up for ‘OTB’ chess abroad?

 I have entered this in Crete...

 

Amateur Chess Organization – ACO World Senior Chess Championship 2021

 
As you can see it rather grandly calls itself a World Championship event! Do you know anything of the ACO? As I understand it, it is not recognized by FIDE, & is therefore not a FIDE rated tournament.

But does that matter? It’s still chess. Their regular competitions are popular & held in very attractive locations...Crete, Sun, October, ouzo...something to look forward to....

Has anyone else in Cumbria played in ACO tournaments?

Cheers
Ian


23rd February 2021

Tony Kirby

It is my sad duty to publish the following email from Dave Cole -  

Click photo for larger image


Tony Kirby, Barrow chess player since the mid 1950’s has sadly passed away aged 82 on the 18th February 2021.

Tony was a strong player throughout his chess career and a tough competitor, reaching a grade of 151 in 2010.

His first success was in the Barrow Championship as long ago as 1955 and won again in 1988.

One of five chess playing brothers along with his father Norry Kirby, Trevor Blower tells the story of a get together in the Barrow club in 1990’s where Norry in his 90’s was joined at the club by his five sons, all six of them pensioners!

The top photo includes Tony in the Barrow Cumbria Major winning team in 1985.

This photo is from the South Lakes Congress 2010 in Grange-over-Sands where Tony on the left is playing Bill Burgess from Carlisle.


 


  


17th January 2021

Windermere Chess Club Old Photo




An old photo of Windermere Chess Club members recently appeared on Facebook.

It was taken about the time that Windermere held a simultaneous Chess Event given by Harry Golombek about 1960.



Click photo for larger image



As far as we know (L to R) -
Thanks to Colin Bragg, Ian Hewitson, Ian Mackay, Peter Cloudsdale, Martin Snow for info received. Please contact me if you wish to add, or amend, any details.

 

The simultaneous at Bowness Hydro Hotel. Albert Hebron is stood next to Harry Golombek.

Harry  won 49, drew 2, and lost 1.








If you have old pictures of your chess club send then in !

  


28th December 2020

Jim Billsborough 1942-2020

Sad to report that Jim Billsborough passed away earlier this month. Jim used to be the Cumbrian League Controller.


 Jim was also a talented artist.

 See more picures from him here.






  


24th December 2020
 
ECF The Queen's Gambit Scheme



Email from the ECF -

Dear chess colleagues

With many people working from home during lockdown and children stuck indoors out of school, the ECF, along with hundreds of clubs, has seen a spike in interest among former enthusiasts as well new players who want to learn and play chess online. The Queen’s Gambit Netflix mini-series has also contributed to the increasing popularity of the game by breaking down the stereotype that the chess is only played by men and led to increasing interest from women and girls.

The ECF’s new Queen’s Gambit Scheme, which offers FREE Supporter membership for women over 18 who have not previously been members of the ECF, together with a package of events aimed at new player joiners, will run alongside the current Free Junior Silver membership scheme with the idea of encouraging women and generally wider participation in organised chess.

Key points

The Queen’s Gambit Scheme (and Free Junior Silver) packages last until the end of the membership year and will include:
All Supporter benefits (and all Silver member benefits for Free Junior Silver membership);
ECF Online club membership and ability to play in regular club events and online internationals;
The ability to enter special new player events at the British Online Chess Championships and in ECF Online Clubs over the coming months.

New player events will include:
Special tournaments alongside the British Online Chess Championships;
Beginners coaching on Zoom during the British Online Chess Championships;
A rating limited tournament added to the regular club events;
A monthly chess variant event added to the regular club events;
Other events including a chess marathon in the New Year.
In Director of Women’s Chess Chris Fegan’s words, ‘The Queens Gambit series which has recently been shown on Netflix has been a tremendous success and has been seen by millions of people throughout the world, many of whom have been encouraged to take up the game for the first time. The ECF wishes to keep the momentum from the TV series going into 2021, and therefore we are offering free Supporter membership to women over 18 alongside our Free Junior Silver membership scheme for girls under 18 to enable them to experience the benefits of ECF involvement for themselves.’

To take advantage of the Queen’s Gambit Scheme and become an ECF Supporter at no cost, or to become a Junior Silver member at no cost, join here — https://ecf.azolve.com/. To find out about the benefits of being an ECF Supporter or a Junior Silver member click here — https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-2020-21/


29th November 2020
 
The Queen's Gambit


The recent film on Netflix is waking everybody up to the beautiful game of chess.

Holden Davis and myself contributed to a short piece on the Mike Zeller Breakfast Show on Radio Cumbria on the 26th November.

You can listen to it here in case you were still in bed -
Radio Cumbria Interview.


I had been hoping to get a plug in for Cumbria Chess so people interested could contact their local club. Unfortunately any information I supplied has not been included.

If anybody is looking for contacts of a local club they can all be seen on the Clubs Page.

You can join Chess.com here  and join Cumbria Chess Online Club here. 


13th October 2020
 
ECF Membership

An extract from the recent ECF Newsletter -

Message to members from ECF Chief Executive Mike Truran

I am writing to you to ask for your help in the ECF’s hour of need.

Despite members’ best efforts so far, however, only 43 percent of members have renewed their subscriptions. We will face serious financial difficulties and potential damage to our infrastructure if the current crisis extends too far into 2021 without sufficient membership income to sustain a cost base that we have already stripped back as far as we feel able.

       

NB - You can check your own status as well as your club members by looking at the Clubs Page and clicking on the 'Club' ECF Grades link.


30th September 2020
 
ECF Grades

I am sure that you are now aware that the new style ECF grades are with us.

Please note that these will be updated every month, so Andy will need results from both internal Club games and Cumbria games as soon as they happen.



See ECF Grading page for the new grades. The old grades can still be seen here ECF Grading page.
  
The Clubs Page has a link to the new grades for each club.


There is a rating faq page here.

Cumbria will be using these new grades for both League and Whitaker assuming we ever play again.

I am working on a new Whitaker form even as we speak, and there will be a few minor alterations to our Constitution. I am not panicking about it just yet !

 


 20th August 2020   

Ian Mackay 

 

It is with some regret that I have to inform you that Ian Mackay has retired from professional chess (he later admitted that he wasn't really earning a great deal from it).

He is to enter into the more profitable world of Antiques and is seen here at the Antique Road Show, Windermere on September 29th. Ian is the one with the busts.




7th September 2020

Cumbria Online Chess Club
 
 
Cumbria Online Chess Club currently has 57 members.

At the moment there are 2 tournaments every week -

1) The Saturday morning dash.
  5 minute games played from 11 to 12 am.

2) The Midweek Arena.
  Varying time controls usually about 10 mins, sometimes with increments. Played Wednesday 7 to 9 pm.

Both are Arena tournaments which make it extremely easy to join and play. You simply click on the supplied link, click Join Tournament, and that is it ! You just sit and wait and your game starts automatically. After the game you can go and pour yourself a drink and click Next Game when you are ready to play. You can join after the start of the tournament and/or leave before the end. It doesn't matter. You are not letting anybody down. It is all quite relaxed really, and it is good to play a few games with people you know from Cumbria Chess.

There are also Daily games, which are similar to Postal Chess so you get a lot of thinking time. It is proving popular.


 1st September 2020

Barrow Chess Club Restarted
 
 

Notes from Dave Cole on the Barrow setup -

The circumstances being, the British Legion only opened a couple of weeks ago and we found out the large concert room we use for chess is available once more and the players set up ‘distanced boards’.

 So conditions in the chess room are as follows:

 


 23rd August 2020
 
ECF North v South Challenge
   
Email from Mick Riding ( Northumberland Team Captain ) and Andy - 

On September 5 we have the opportunity to take part in a historic rematch between North and South, the first since 1894. 

 
To join just click on https://www.chess.com/club/ecf-north

For the background stuff go to https://www.englishchess.org.uk/online-north-v-south-challenge-2020/

The occasion is about participating. Of course it's nice if you're a 200+ ECF player, but us lesser mortals need not worry. The match will look to pair people up as closely as possible to their playing strength - so there's room for all.

On the back of our stand out efforts in the County, Pool and U100 matches this would be a big fat cherry on the cake. And The North has never won this challenge. Time to put that right yes? 🙂

The only prerequisite is ECF membership. Be aware most expire end August. So if you haven't renewed please do - or at least sign up as a Supporter (£10) which can later be upgraded to membership - and your £10 will counts towards membership.

 Thank you - Mick (mickriding@hotmail.co.uk)

Note -  Whether or not you play in the above as the email says ECF membership expires at the end of August. You can join/renew here - https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-2020-21/  

 


 20th August 2020   

2020 AGM - Note from Jonathan 

Dear Chess Club Secretaries and Officers, 

At the time of year when preparations for the new playing season would normally be underway, the Cumbria Chess Association Committee have been reviewing the likelihood of being able to resume over the board chess in the near future. 
 
Given that most club premises remain closed because of the virus, there is no possibility of commencing competitive chess in the near future even if club members are prepared to play.  Commencement of the 2020-21 season is therefore  delayed until further notice.

The Committee has considered a number of options such as the holding of a 'distanced'  AGM, or completing the 2019-20 season on-line, but have decided that, unless there is a groundswell in favour, these will remain in abeyance.

The Committee would appreciate views from all clubs as to what they think should happen.  Clubs should let the League Controller know if and when their premises are usable and their members are willing and able to play over the board chess in a safe way.

The Cumbria Chess Website will keep players updated on any developments with relevant guidance from the Government and the ECF. 

In the meantime Cumbria on-line chess will continue and all those who are able to do so are encouraged to join in.

 
Best wishes and keep safe everyone.

Jonathan Rashleigh

Secretary - Cumbria Chess Association


8th August 2020
 

Cumbria lost last night (Saturday) to Oxfordshire in the semi-final.  

See the CountyChess Page.

 


 1st August 2020
 

Cumbria drew last night (Saturday) with Somerset 6-6 in a rematch of the first round which was abandoned, and lead the Table.
 

See the CountyChess Page.

 


 1st August 2020   

Note from Dave Cole - 

It is with sadness to notify the demise of Derek Miller this week, a Barrow Chess Club player that some of you will know especially those in the South League. 

A tribute to him is on the Barrow Club site and also here.

Thanks,
Dave


26th July 2020
 
 Cumbria Chess  Swiss Tournament.




There is a 5 round swiss tournament on Wednesday evening 29th July at 7:00pm.

Time limit is 10 mins + 5 secs a move increment.


 26th July 2020

July 2020 Grades

If anybody is interested in ECF over the board grades the July ones are now on the ECF Grading page.  

  The Top 10 grades
   
Name Club Grade
Robin Moss Keswick 210
Matthew Mackenzie Barrow 191
Roy Ellames Carlisle Austin Friars 183
Dave Phillips Windermere 182
Alex J. Billings Windermere 178
Jacob McAtear Penrith 178
Holden Davis Penrith 174
Neil Maxwell Keswick 173
Stavros Karampatos Carlisle Austin Friars 171
Dave Cole Barrow 166
      
   Congratulations to Robin on leading the table ( again ) !


22nd July 2020
 
 Cumbria First Online Swiss Tournament

 

The First Cumbria Online Swiss Tournament has just finished with Neil Jones taking first place.

Well played Neil !

See the full result on the Cumbria Online Swiss Page.

 


 19th July 2020
 

Cumbria drew last night (Saturday) with Shropshire 7-7, but still lead the Table.
 

See the CountyChess Page.

 


 10th July 2020
 
 Chess clubs and Covid-19

ECF Website

 The ECF has just done an interesting article on Chess Clubs opening. It may be a little early yet, but things are stirring !  It was interesting to see the suggestion of playing with 2 boards - one each. Just like Syd !

  Here is the link ECF and Covid. Make sure you click on their Word | Pdf link to read the article.


 7th July 2020
 

Cumbria beat Worcestershire 7½-6½ in the 3rd round of the Counties Championship. See the CountyChess Page.

 


 22nd June 2020

Julio Calcina v Alan Llewellyn

   



Andy has posted a game from the recent County match games here.









 21st June 2020
 

Cumbria beat Hampshire 10-2 in the 2nd round of the Counties Championship. Well played Cumbria !

Read Andy's report on the CountyChess Page.

 


 18th June 2020
 
 1st Cumbria Chess online 5 round Swiss Tournament.

Cumbria Online Swiss Tournament Page




If the ECF can run a competition so can I !





I am running a 5 round swiss tournament on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm for 5 weeks with one round per week. Each round has two games between players, alternate colours, a half-hour per person per game.

 To enter please just let me ( Dave Shaw ) know ASAP. Hopefully we can start Wednesday 24th June but we will see.

   


 17th June 2020
 
 ECF Online Chess.


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all over-the-board chess came to a standstill when the lockdown was imposed. This inevitably lead to a surge in online chess and so the ECF organised online chess competitions. See their webpage here


So far 2 competitions have been organised.
  Further details for these can be seen here.

Cumbria chess is involved in the English Counties Championships. Details can be seen on the CountyChess page. If you are interested in playing contact Andy.

 


 19th May 2020

 The Unfinished Season.

It is about this time of year that we are usually considering the date of the Cumbria Chess AGM. Obviously it is not going to happen until we receive some positive news and guidance from the Government.  

It is hoped that we can finish the important games from last season.
 Perhaps these games could be played in August, but I fear that may be optimistic. Whatever happens I am sure we can get these games played as we start a new season.



 

We may need to find some large tables when we start again.


    

     





       
2nd May 2020
 
    

Email from Andy -

Hello chaps,

                      Could you please circulate this to all your members and ask them to contact me if they're interested in playing in this. All the details aren't finalized yet but you'll get the picture if you read the attached PDF file.

Many thanks......Andy.

 


 11th April 2020

 Cumbria Online Chess Club
   
 
 

The first 11am Saturday morning tournament took place with 10 entries, which made for an entertaining competition. Hopefully we can build upon this and more turn out across Cumbria (and beyond!) for future Saturday mornings.

 


     

Thanks to all who participated,

To request registration for Cumbria Online Chess Club: 

https://www.chess.com/club/cumbria-chess-association 

Regards,

John 


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Open League
Team Pld Pts
Penrith A 6 27½
Carlisle Bishops 6 24½
Keswick A 7 24½
Maryport 6 22
Windermere 5 15½
Carlisle Kings 6 15½
Keswick B 7 11½
Penrith B 7 9

South League
Team Pld Pts
Barrow A 6 24
Barrow B 8 23½
Ulverston A 6 20
Kendal 5 19
Ulverston B 7

See League Tables for full details.



See ECF Grading page for the new grades.
  
The Clubs Page has a link to the new grades for each club.

See ECF Grading page for the old grades.



Join Cumbria Chess Online Club  here.

Cumbria Online Swiss Tournament Page  


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