Chess Scalps is a social competition devised as a way to
encourage friendly, informal games
on club nights (Tuesdays 7:30 onwards). Here's how it works.
Each player starts with 30 minutes on the clock. If player A beats player B then A can be said to have taken B’s scalp. If A beats B twice he doesn't get two scalps. That would be greedy. But if, the following week, B beats A, not only does he win his scalp back but he can boast he has now won A's scalp. A player can win or lose several scalps - they're only virtual after all.
We keep track of the number of games played and the number of scalps currently held. Those two numbers are multiplied together to give a points count. No scalps change hands (or heads) for a drawn game but players are rewarded with a bonus half point. The bonus is added to the 'plays' count.
We are keen to encourage social chess at Hertford Chess Club so we reward players for playing (as well winning). The competition is very flexible: play as many, or as few, games as you like. Just come and play! Oh - make sure the result of your scalp games reaches Mike Humeniuk.
December 1st Ex Hertford player Svetlana Sucikova scored 4½/15 in the UK Open Blitz Championship Final.
November Paul Byway plays for the 'Poisoned Pawns' in Division 3B South 4NCL weekend tournaments.
November 15th Alan and ex-member Steve Bailes travelled to London to watch the 5th game of the Carlsen v Caruana world championship match. You would think we were at the local swimmimg pool as two days before our visit the organisers suddenly introduced session entry to the games area. The game area was disappointing anyway with limited hard bench seating. So perhaps it wasn't quite so bad being evicted after only 40 mins play as we adjourned to the analysis area. This was better, the seats had backs, and we stayed to see the whole game which, conveniently for us, finished at 6.00 pm in a draw. Judit Polgar was commentating. The arrangements at the match were quite well organised but overall the organisers lacked ambition.
October 27/28th Paul Byway finished on 2/5 in the Scarborough Open.
October 28th Corinne and Simon scored 2/2 and ½/2 points respectively for the U160 team.
October 27th Brian Kirby won his game in the u120 Essex v Herts match played in Wansted. Herts lost the match 8 - 4 though
October 20/21st Alan & Brian finished on 3½/5 and 3/5 respectively in the Bury St Edmunds Minor. That won Alan a grading prize.
October 13th Mark, John and Alan all won to help Herts beat Middlesex in the SCCU U120 County Championships.