Chess Scalps is a social competition devised as a way to
encourage friendly, informal games
on club nights (Tuesdays 7:30 onwards). NEW - Games can be rapidplay graded providing both players agree. Here's how it works.
Each player starts with 30 minutes or 25 mins plus 10 seconds a move, 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.
Last season the always competitive Laskeys came out tops. Richard finished first, a late rally giving him 200 points and 8 scalps. Mark finished second on 162 points but with 9 scalps. In third place was the early leader, Alan, a long way behind on 75 points.
Here's the new season leaderboard.
This table summarises chess activity for games played just for the club. It's normally updated at the end of each week.
The figures include graded friendlies played against opposing teams.
Organised by Andrew to signal the start of the new season, this was a 6 round blitz, 10 minutes per player per game. There was a good turnout and a close match resulted with
the red team just taking the honours.
Jan 3rd - 5th   Gerald finished joint 4th with 3½/5 in the Minor category of the Shropshire Congress. He won a grading prize!
October   Corinne has taken over the captaincy of the County U160 Team. She replaces Mike Price who did it for many years.
Sep 27th - 29th   Gerald finished 3rd in the Foundation category of the Northumberland Congress.
Sep 21st - 22nd   Paul was runner up and Alan joint second in The Capel, Burn & Bunce Tournament held at the Hertford Club. Jeff and Brian also took part. Jeff, playing his first competitive game for 3 years, beat Alan depriving him of sole second place. Well done Jeff!
June 7th - 9th Paul scored 2/5 in the Open section of the South Lakes Chess Congress held in Kendal.
May 17th - 19th   Corinne scored 2/5 in the Intermediate section of the Frome Chess Congress.
May 18th   Alan won his game in the ECF County Championships Q-F but Herts lost the match against Worcestershire 6 - 10.
April 6th - 7th   Paul, Simon Morris, Alan and Brian played in the St Albans Congress. Simon did best, finishing joint in the Intermediate tournament.
March 21st   Corinne won the Tom Wright Trophy scoring 4½/6 (the best performance) for the Herts U160 team this season. The team finished second in the East Anglia County Championships. As a result they qualify for the ECF final stages. However, the difficulty finding enough players may result in the Herts U160 team declining the ECF invitation this season.
March 17th   Corinne scored 1½/2 for the county U160 team.
February 23rd   Mark Buswell, Simon Morris, Alan Brewis and Brian Kirby represented Hertford in the EACU Team Championships at Bury St Edmunds, winning their first match and losing their second.
February 17th   Corinne and Simon turned out for the second time this weekend, on this occasion for the U160 team. The format here is two matches in one day played in Newmarket.
February 16th   Four Hertford players came to help the U140 county team, after a plea from the captain. Simon and Duncan won, whilst Corinne and John lost in their match against Essex.
February 9th   Mark, Alan and John helped Herts beat Surrey 7½ - 4½ in Cheam, South London, scoring a win, a draw and a win respectively.
February 8th   Mike H, Duncan, Alan, Andrew and Mark attended the Hertford U3A Sci-Tech Group talk 'Relativity for the layman' by Ron Hulman. Ron successfuly demonstrated that the concepts of relativity are understandable to most people if explained logically and without maths. It seems that along with bird watching and cycling our chess club has a third special interest group - physics.
January 26th   Corinne was one of only two players to score full point in Herts u140 match against Kent. Result Herts 6½ - 9½ Kent.