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2nd Team - Mid-season Report

posted 31 Jan 2018, 07:35 by Kevin Walsh

 At the half-way point of the season Southport 2nd team find themselves in the top half of the table having played 9, won 5, drawn 1 and lost 3.

 One of the losses would have be a victory had not one of our players (Phil Ramsey) been deemed ineligible, having being listed for the 1st team. Something neither the player nor the 2nd team Captain was not aware of at the time.

 However, Skelmersdale are the runaway leaders of division 4 and cannot be caught.

 We are in 4th place but looking to improve in the second half ( - in fact the 2nd half of the season started off with two resounding 5-0 victories over Aigburth 4 and Liverpool 4).

 Danny Green is the top player on 7.5 out of 9 matxhes, closely followed by James Foy on 6 out of 8.

 Arnold Topham has settled into the team and has proved a valuable addition having won 3 out of 5 of his games.

 We have also progressed through 2 rounds of the Knotty Ash Cup and play Hoylake in the semi - final.

Peter Jenner, 2nd Team & Knotty Ash Captain

1st Team Mid-season Report

posted 18 Dec 2017, 21:31 by Kevin Walsh

Southport 1 got off to a shaky start, to say the least, with having to default their first game against Atticus 3 due to lack of player availability. A narrow defeat against Liverpool 2 was followed the very next week with a victory against Liverpool 1 then back to back wins places Southport 1 3rd on 7 points behind the two Liverpool teams both one point ahead with 8 points.

This is all the more remarkable as Minda has only been available for 3 games (three games three wins) and the services of Dave Fillis and Danny Green had to be called on. All three players have 100% records so I think for player of the year I may need to massage the results to include games played as well as results. 

2017 commences with 2 away games in January against Widnes 2 and Aigburth 2 and I hope to be able to field a strong team to continue the good work and a top three position.

For the latest league positions see MCA Division 2 standings

Karl Nadin, 1st team Captain

A Christmas Chess Story

posted 5 Dec 2017, 22:40 by Kevin Walsh

  This story was written by Paul Dansey, who tutors our Junior Club members, and hss been published in the Chessgames Winter 2015 Newsletter

 It was early Christmas Eve in Santa's workshop.

The enormous room was filled with toys and other presents ready for delivery by Santa. In one area there were piles of chess sets. As it was a magical time the toys were able to come alive.

A little plastic pawn climbed out of his plastic box. He looked around, there were thousands of plastic chess sets piled up to the ceiling.

Nearby he saw another chess set it was made of gold and silver and covered in precious stones, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Standing by this jewelled box was the figure of a warrior carrying a spear and shield. He was made of gold and also covered in sparkling stones.

He said, "I am a very important king's pawn and my set is going to be a present for an Arab prince. We are worth over a million pounds."

The plastic pawn was amazed.

Nearby he saw a wooden set with a wooden pawn with a similar shape to the plastic pawn but made of polished rosewood.

This wooden pawn said, "My set is going to be used in the next World Chess Championship and it costs over a thousand pounds."

The plastic pawn was very impressed.

He went back to his box, feeling sad and very unimportant.

Santa came round and said to the little pawn, "Do not be sad. You are going to be in the stocking of a young chess player who has asked me especially for a chess set so they can practice at home and improve for when they play games at their junior chess club. 

I have had letters from lots of young chess players asking for chess books or chess sets for Christmas so they can get better at playing this wonderful game.

The jewelled chess set and the championship chess set are not going to be used much but your set is going to have a lot of use. You are going to give a lot of fun to the young chess player
. So remember: all pawns are important".

Copright Paul Dansey 2014

2nd Team Bounce Back

posted 4 Oct 2017, 08:40 by Kevin Walsh

 After their 4.5 - 1.5 home defeat against Wallasey D last week, Southport 2nd team bounced backon Tuesday 2nd October with a decisive 5.5 - 0.5 victory over their visitors Liverpool 4.

 Individual results were:
Southport 2            Liverpool 4
P Ramsey      1  -  0       P Leonard
C Kennedy     ½  - ½      A Khwider
J Foy              1  -  0       J Frost
J Rothwell      1  -  0       P Grown
D Green         1  -  0       S Hebden
K Walsh         1  -  0       R Quigley
Result      5 ½ - ½

Southport through to next round of the Knotty Ash Cup

posted 24 Sep 2017, 10:27 by Kevin Walsh

 On Monday 18th Septemeber Southport's Knotty Ash team travelled to Waterloo to play in the first cup round of the season.
 On completion of the last game the score stood at Waterloo 2.5 Southport 2.5; but application of the "Board Count" tie-breaker rule meant that Southport were declared the winners and thus progress to the Quarter Finals which will be held in December.

 Individual results were:
Waterloo               Southport
Steve Jenkins 0     Carl Kennedy 1
Paul Treble 0         James Foy 1
Mike Crean 0.5     Peter Jenner 0.5
Chris Burr 1          Johnathan Rothwell 0
Jim Moran 1         Steve James 0

 Note: The Board Count rule is applied by  adding up the board numbers won by each team. The team with the lowest total is the winner.
 So in this match Waterloo's board count was 9, but Southport's was just 3

Blitz Tournament

posted 25 Aug 2017, 09:53 by Kevin Walsh

 As a start to the winter season we are holding a Blitz tournament next Tuesday at the Southport Conservative Club. For each game, each player will have 10 minutes on their clock. 

 The tournament will be organised on a Swiss basis, with the expectation there will be at least 4 rounds.
 Please come for 7:30pm so that we can register players and start at 7:45pm at the latest. 

Fixtures for 2017-18

posted 23 Aug 2017, 07:49 by Kevin Walsh

 The 1st and 2nd team fixture list for 2017-18 is now available on our Fixtures & Results page.

New Club Sponsor

posted 3 Feb 2017, 06:52 by Kevin Walsh

 We are pleased to announce that Big Game Hunters are a new sponsor for the Chess Club.

 Big Game Hunters are the Play Experts selling a huge range of outdoor toys and games.

They specialise in giant games including giant chess sets and have kindly donated one for our Junior Chess Club.

You can view all of their giant chess sets here.

Mid-Season Grades are now Available

posted 1 Feb 2017, 11:05 by Kevin Walsh

 The ECF has released its mid-season grading list for January 2017.

2nd Team Draw against Aigburth

posted 25 Jan 2017, 10:41 by Kevin Walsh   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 10:42 ]

 On Tuesday 24th January, In their first match of the new year,  Southport 2 drew at home against Aigburth 4
Southport 2                              Aigburth 4
Carl Kennedy (129)          ½ - ½          W Cook (128)
P Jenner (125)                  1- 0             A Bond (110)
K Walsh (100)                  ½ - ½            J McCormick (112)
S James (99)                     0- 1            S Kane (106)
J Foy (65)                         1 – 0            W Collinson (89)
L Bennett (-)                    0 - 1             A Thomas (98)        
                     Result 3 – 3

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